If you are following the Whole 30 lifestyle, you’ll want to have a list of quick and easy recipes for dinner on hand. Whole 30 requires that you eat mostly whole foods, which means you’re going to be cooking! If your weeknights are busy, you’ll need meals that are easy to prep, that you can put together quickly, and get dinner on the table without too much fuss. We’ve got a list of Whole 30 dinner ideas that will have healthy meals on your table in no time.
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What Is Whole 30?
Whole 30 is a 30-day reset that helps you curb cravings and bad eating habits, heal your digestive tract, and calm your immune system. You’ll temporarily eliminate problematic foods from your diet that may potentially be causing negative mental or physical impacts on your body. Some people may associate Whole 30 with weight loss diet trends, but while it can help, the program is not intended specifically for that purpose. The program was originally designed to change overall eating habits and remove inflammatory foods from your diet to improve overall health.
Be sure to check the ingredients list on the prepackaged items you buy including sauces, meats, nuts, etc. There are many products available now that are made to be Whole 30 compliant, so keep an eye out for the Whole 30 Approved logo on things like salad dressings, mayo, and other condiments.
Whole 30 Benefits
People who follow the Whole 30 program often claim to experience a number of benefits from their change in eating habits. And many people who try it, go on to continue eating in the Whole 30 style as often as possible. Some of those benefits include:
Reduced joint pain
Improved digestion (get rid of or reduce acid reflux, bloating, heartburn, gas)
Acne may improve
Rashes and skin conditions may improve from elimination of allergenic foods
Improved allergies and sinus issues
Reduction of chronic pain
Controlled blood sugar
Lower blood pressure
Reduction of anxiety
Improved focus and productivity
Whole 30 Dinner Tips
When it comes to getting dinner ready, whether you’re cooking for yourself or a whole family, most weeknights, you want something that doesn’t take too much time. After a long day, we don’t want to spend an hour chopping and prepping, plus cook time…not to mention the clean-up part. Here are a few tips to make your Whole 30 dinners manageable.
Buy pre-sliced produce so you can just grab what you need and add it to the pan when you’re ready.
Prep your ingredients on the weekend and organize them by meal so when it comes time to cook, you can just grab your pre-prepped ingredients and go.
Make one or two large batch recipes on the weekend so that you have an already cooked dinner that is ready to be reheated.
Choose easy recipes like one-pot skillets, casseroles, soups, and sheet pan meals to eliminate extra dishes to clean up.
Use your Instant Pot and slow cooker. These make meal prep so much easier, and reduce the time you have to spend in the kitchen.
Plan your meals ahead of time and be sure to have your fridge and pantry stocked so you don’t have to make extra trips to the store mid-week.
Whole 30 Dinner Ideas
These Whole 30 Dinner Ideas are easy to prep, so you can put them together quickly, and get dinner on the table without too much fuss.
This Harvest Sheet Pan Dinner is a sweet and savory combination of chicken sausage, apples, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and bacon tossed in a delicious marinade and baked to perfection! You can even add some potatoes to this one.
This is one of my favorite things to do to plan for weeknight dinners. Pop a whole chicken in the slow cooker on Monday morning and you've got dinner ready, plus leftovers for the next busy night, too.
Get an Asian-inspired meal on the table in no time with this Teriyaki Beef Sheet Pan Dinner that combines thinly sliced beef and broccoli with a Paleo and gluten-free marinade that bakes up in 30 minutes!
Heidi Deal is an editor, mother of two, and seasoned home cook who enjoys experimenting with new recipes and teaching her kids how to prepare family meals. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.