2020 has begun, which means that a lot of you have some awesome, strong resolutions you’re dedicated to pursuing. I’m so proud of you! I’m not really a big “resolution” gal myself. I know the way that my brain works, and it’s normally motivated by goals instead of by process. For example, instead of a “resolution” to stretch every day, I would set a goal to be able to do the splits by the end of the year.
I sat down the other day and made goals for 2020, and I am feeling so good and motivated! I know that most of you are too, which is why I’m here to help.
A new year is a great time to turn over a new leaf… to commit to making healthier choices. Which is why January is the most common time of year to start a round of Whole30! If you’ve never heard of the Whole30 before, it’s a 30 day elimination diet that helps you figure out your food sensitivities and calm your ever-raging “sugar dragon.”
I’ve done the Whole30 a few times, and I know that after a while, it gets so… boring. You’re tired of chicken and broccoli, and all you want is a nice scoop of rice (??? I never knew I could crave rice until I did the Whole30 lol). Luckily, over the course of 2019, I posted a few “accidental” Whole30 recipes… and I’ve compiled them into a list for you!
These Whole30 recipes have roots from all over the world. They boast interesting seasonings, delicious flavor profiles, and they are bound to make your Whole30 more exciting!
This is basically a version of shakshuka from Azerbaijan. It is made by cooking eggs in the beautiful juices of yummy tomatoes!
This acai bowl is made with frozen mangos and pineapples. The original recipe calls for peanut butter, but this can easily be substituted for your nut butter of choice– perhaps almond butter? It is a sweet and light breakfast that is guaranteed to get your day off to the right start!
Snacks and Sides Recipes
Be a little careful because these plantain chips COULD be considered SWYPO (sex with your pants on). However, if bingeing chips isn’t your normal MO, you’re fine to enjoy this healthy snack! Plantains are cooked in some oil to make a great, compliant snack! You can also bake them if you’re wary about frying.
Roasted Vegetable Salad
This roasted vegetable salad is great for a yummy side dish for your Whole30 compliant chicken or steak! Tomatoes, eggplants, mushrooms, onions, and almonds are all cooked together to make a yummy and heathy side!
One of the hardest parts about Whole30 for me was not eating legumes… I know that the purpose of the rule is to check for sensitivities, but it was hard to cut out a food group that I knew were just awesome, healthy sources of protein for seemingly no reason. For example, I hated not being able to eat some nice carrots and hummus!
This baba ganoush is a great solution to the problem. This recipe is great as a spread or a dip, but is compliant in every way!
Cambodian Fish Soup
It might not sound appealing, but this Cambodian fish soup is actually delicious! The soup is thickened with coconut cream, so it is creamy and unique! Just make sure to cut out the ½ tablespoon of brown sugar to ensure compliance.
This recipe is one of the most popular recipes on The Foreign Fork! Borscht soup is made with beets. It is topped with hard-boiled eggs and dill!
Walnut and Plum Stuffed Chicken
Okay, now this chicken breast is a GREAT way to keep your Whole30 delicious and interesting. Plums and walnuts are stuffed into this chicken breast for a sweet and salty dinner.
Tropical Stuffed Avocados
This recipe is probably my favorite recipe on this roundup list. I LOVE shrimp, avocados, and mango, so putting them together is heaven for me. This lunch or dinner is ready in 5 minutes and is the perfect packable lunch if you don’t have a microwave.
Shepards Pie with Scalloped Potatoes
This dish, called gyuveche, stems from Bulgaria. This is another very popular Foreign Fork recipe! It is a shepards pie base, but with sliced potatoes and eggs on top. So yummy!! To keep your gyuveche Whole30 compliant, make sure to not add any cheese!
There you go, my friends! 10 Whole30 recipes from around the world to keep your Whole30 interesting. If you liked any of these recipes, please make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you thought! Have a happy and healthy new year everyone.
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