Every week, Healthy 7 brings you the best Whole30 menus found on the Internet. After months of compiling, preparing, and tasting recipes, we’ve compiled our all-time favorites into the Healthy 7 Awards. And here are the winners!
The award for the Best Comfort Food goes to Hungarian Goulash and Potatoes, by Melissa Joulwan, author of the Well Fed cookbooks. This hearty dish is easy to make – and it’s definitely worth investing in some Hungarian paprika, because you’ll return to this dish over and over.
The award goes to Chicken Zoodle Soup, from the wholesomedelicious website. It’s chicken noodle soup without the guilt! The zucchini noodles really bolster this recipe and make us feel a little “naughty.” And there’s an added bonus as this soup performs well in the freezer.
The winner is a healthified version of Spaghetti and Meatballs, using Marinara Sauce with Hidden Vegetables by theflavorbender and Easy Whole30 Meatballs from stayfitmom. Store the meatballs and sauce in plastic pouches in the freezer. Finish your meal with fresh spiralized noodles and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. Yum!
The most awesome Whole30 chili is Super Bowl Crockpot Chili from Meatified. And it’s just in time for playoff season! The secret ingredient: cacao powder. You’ll likely want to make a smaller batch of chili – unless you are feeding a family of linebackers! The recipe has a fabulous blend of flavors.
The Instant Pot (IP) is all the rage these days, and the award for the best IP recipe goes to Michelle Tam, of nomnompaleo legend, for her popular Kalua Pig. There’s nothing fancy about the recipe – pork roast, bacon, garlic, sea salt, and cabbage – but something magical seems to happen when it’s savoring in its own juices.
In 2014, the Whole30 Program changed their guidelines to allow white potatoes, and the world rejoiced! Our Healthy 7 Side Dish Award goes to Whole30 Mashed Potatoes from thedefineddish. While most mashed potato recipes use coconut milk as a replacement for cow’s milk (yuck), this recipe uses chicken stock. Brilliant!
The Healthy 7 Award for the Best Summer Meal goes to Teriyaki Beef Kabobs from the folks at andloveittoo. The pineapple and coconut aminos work great here – and you can swap out the beef for chicken, pork, or shrimp. Use leftover pineapple to make Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice (from Stupideasypaleo).
And there you have it…SEVEN wonderful recipes to get you excited about Whole30. If you’d like to see more recipes, just head to our Healthy 7 Menus page. Enjoy a healthy and happy day!
Dr. Brenda is a sociologist, educator, blogger, motivator, and financial coach. In addition to blogging at The Five Journeys, she writes 30-day challenges at BetterLifeChallenges.com. Her passion is guiding people on their journey to financial freedom through coaching at DrBrendaMoneyCoach and online courses at EarlyExitAcademy.com.