30 #Whole30 Recipes You Can Make In 30 Minutes Or Less, Allegedly

for food lists

My girlfriend and I are doing Whole 30 this month for reasons that are not entirely clear to me, besides that she wants to and I like a good challenge and have like ten billion medical conditions that — who knows! — might get better if I submitted myself to a draconian health situation. (Particularly Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ADD.) To be fair it’s not a huge stretch for me: I already rarely drink, eat processed carbs or overload on sugar.

But… I love cheese. I love dairy products in general, truly. And I’m not crazy about most meat. Like, I don’t eat turkey in any form, ham in any form besides lunchmeat, pork in any form besides bacon or sausage, or any meat that reminds me of the animal it came from (steak, chicken wings).

We’re about a week into this and I realized I need to take my life into my own hands and plan out my meals ahead of time because I can only eat an avocado-kale-egg scramble so many days in a row, so I went out in search of Whole 30 Recipes (aside from those in the book). But I’m also very busy. So here are 30 Whole 30 Recipes that do not contain the meats I don’t like (which I’m sure is very important to you, not eating any meats that I do not personally enjoy) but look very tasty and might be tiny windows into the future of my table because I can make them quickly. You’ll probably need a Spiralizer for a lot of these if you don’t have one already.


I will say this, though: the Whole30 book prepared me to feel terrible for basically the entire time, which terrified my inner workaholic and delighted my inner masochist, but I’ve not felt terrible at all. I’ve actually felt really great? Who knows anything about anything anymore, really.

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Sautéed Apples: 30 minutes


Harissa Portobello Mushroom Tacos: 30 Minutes


Whole 30 Breakfast Bowl: 15 minutes


Eggs and Sweet Potato Hash with Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms: 25 minutes


Taco-Stuffed Avocados with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing: Unclear

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Peach Fall Salad: 15 minutes

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Mango Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower Rice: 30 minutes

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Shrimp & Sausage Paleo Skillet: 20 minutes


Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing: 15 minutes

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Minced Basil Skirt Steak Wrapped With Fried Eggs: 30 minutes

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Fish Taco Bowls: 20 minutes


Flourless Berry Banana Egg Muffins (25 minutes)


Paleo Baked Fries: 15 minutes prep, 50 minutes to bake

Technically fries are not allowed, but I don’t hate myself enough to follow that rule.


Roasted Apples with Pecans: 35 minutes


BBQ Meatloaf Muffins With Sweet Potato Topping – 30 minutes


Garlic Bacon Avocado Burgers: 15 minutes

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Coconut Shrimp Curry: 35 minutes
(without the rice, obvs)


Guilt-Free Cashew Chicken: 35 minutes

I feel like 35 minutes is similar to 30 minutes.


Egg Bake With Chicken Sausage & Veggies

I’m not sure how long this takes to prep, but after you make it, you can eat it every day for a week just by sticking it in the microwave, so I think it evens out to a very low number in terms of daily minutes.


Paleo Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie: 15 minutes

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Oven-Baked Italian Meatballs with Marinara Sauce: 35 minutes

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Garlic Scallops: 15 minutes

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Plantain Bacon Fritters: 20 minutes


Cilantro & Lime Salmon: 15 minutes

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Sausage and Kale Sauté: 20 minutes


Roasted Mexican Zucchini: 30 minutes

(Obviously do this without the cheese)

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Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Zucchini Pasta: 30 minutes


Lemon Chicken Skillet: 20 Minutes

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Whole 30 Banana-Almond Chia Pudding: 5 minuts prep, 8 hours “cook”

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Grilled Dijon Basil Chicken: 35 minutes


Chipotle Taco Breakfast Skillet Bake – 20 minutes

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Zucchini Noodles with Scallops and Bacon: 30 minutes


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  1. yes! i hit the jackpot. these are the things i’m always looking for — healthy meals that you can make in not a lot of time. thank you for these!

  2. I wonder if I can use my car to bake some of this. It’s hot enough out side. If I am in the car with the food It would probably cook faster since I am also very hot. Ladies, it is hot inside this damn car and I am hungry for this food…. and in need of water :/

  3. The timing for this is perfect! I’m trying whole30 to address a number of health issues I’ve been dealing with, and to encourage myself to cook more and detox from drinking. Has anyone done whole30 while in recovery from an eating disorder? If so, where there things you found helpful to avoid getting triggered or carried away?

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