Whole30 Lunches That Go Beyond Just Lettuce

You know those common sayings? “I’m doing a Whole30,” or “I’m clean eating.” What the does this even mean? Is it the same as Paleo? Kind of, but we’ll get to that...

It’s all rather confusing, isn’t it?

But, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s exactly what you need to know:

Whole30 is just a term that refers to eating unprocessed foods. Like Paleo, that means no sugar, dairy, soy, legumes, and grains.

However, unlike Paleo, it’s A LOT stricter. You get no wiggle room that comes with the 80/20 rule.

If you’re keen to learn more on how Whole30 works, check out It Starts with Food. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s 30-day program will teach you all about Food Freedom.

Personally, I’ve done a few Whole30s, and the best thing I learned was how I can eat food whenever I want. No more breakfast, lunch, or dinner for me, thank you.

I eat when my body tells me to.

I eat whenever I feel like it.

If I wake up at 7am and fancy some beef and broccoli, I’m eating it.

Here’s what’s really great. I learned to slow down and enjoy each meal. And you can too! No eating bland salads - the most common complaint when it comes to the Whole30 diet.

And luckily, I’ve compiled some super yummy Whole30 lunches you can eat on your own 30 day journey:

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Cooking time: 20 Minutes

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey, beef or chicken

  • 2 TB Whole 30 approved taco seasoning

  • 1 6 oz bag of plantain chips (Inka are my favorites, or you can make your own!)

  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
    desired toppings: onions, peppers, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, etc.

Salmon-Fajitas1a

Cooking time: 35 Minutes

  • 10 oz wild caught salmon fillet
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 in onion, halved and cut slices
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
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Cooking time: 30 Minutes

For the raspberry walnut dressing:

  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup walnut halves or pieces
  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon bittersweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 chicken breast halves 
  • Avocado oil for Cooking

For the salad:

  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 8 ounces strawberries
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 purple cabbage
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Cooking time: 60 Minutes

  • ½ medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (or 1 serrano pepper), ribs and seeds removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ cup cilantro, tightly packed
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Zest from 2 limes
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Paleo-friendly fish sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 6 pounds chicken wings and/or drumsticks
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted fat of choice
  • 4 limes, cut into wedges
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup green onions chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil for searing
  • 2/3 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
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Cooking time: 30 Minutes

Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut any larger ones in half
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Roasted Shrimp
  • 1/2 pound extra large shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
Zucchini Noodles
  • 2 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
SweetPVertical

Cooking time: 45 Minutes

  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups tomato sauce 
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Cooking time: 5 Minutes

  • 1 large avocado, cut into small chunks
  • 1 slice of a medium size onion
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ⅛ C. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 C of salad shrimp 
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

  • 1 lb. ground chicken breast
  • 2c grated zucchini (leave peel on)
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced
  • 3-4 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • (optional: ¾ tsp cumin)
  • olive oil, for cooking 
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

For the pulled chicken
  • 2 Lb. chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch sea salt
For the tandoori sauce
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
 
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

  • 1 cup Cauliflower Rice
  • 1/2 heart, romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup fajita chicken & veggies
  • Toppings of choice
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • green onions
  • pico de gallo
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Cooking time: 30 Minutes

  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup Whole 30 Pesto 
  • Extra virgin olive oil, optional
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Cooking time: 15 Minutes

  • 3 large or 4 small fillets Tilapia or other mild white fish
  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Fish Rub 
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chile powder
  • 1 medium head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion 
  • Guacamole
Salmon-Fajitas1a

Cooking time: 30 Minutes

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 small red onion, thickly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
 
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

  • 1 1/2 lb flank steak 
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon tapioca flour 
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon water divided
  • 2 medjool dates 
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • coconut oil for frying
  • 2 large green onions sliced on the diagonal into one-inch lengths
  • sesame seeds for topping
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Cooking time: 50 Minutes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chicken broth, 
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Cooking time: 3 Hours

  • 2 lb Butternut Squash 
  • 3 - 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 lb lean beef chuck
  • 32 oz Beef Stock (Whole30 approved)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • sprig fresh thyme
  • sprig of rosemary 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
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Cooking time: 1 Hour

Eggplant:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1-2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Mint

Spicy Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oile
  • 2 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Finely Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

 

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Cooking time: 9 Minutes

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

 

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Cooking time: 10 Minutes

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 large cabbage, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots, about 3-4 medium
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or diced
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork or chicken
Salmon-with-avocado-salsa-recipe

Cooking time: 45 Minutes

  • 2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
For the Avocado salsa:
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1-2 tbs finely chopped cilantro 
  • Salt to taste
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Cooking time: 1 Hour

  • 2 large shallots
  • 3 Scallions
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon Red Boat fish sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 10 drumsticks or 8 Chicken Thighs
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Cooking time: 20 Minutes

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion
  • 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 
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Cooking time: 50 Minutes

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cup ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • 1 2/3 cup sweet potato, diced
  • ½ cup homemade tomato sauce
  • Crushed red pepper to taste 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 big bell peppers cut in half
  • Add fresh parsley
Beef-Broccoli-PINTEREST

Cooking time: 35 Minutes

  • 2 lb Flank Steak, 
  • ½ Cup Coconut Aminos 
  • ½ Large Onion, sliced into strips
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger
  • ½ Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Pepper
  • 32 Oz Fresh Broccoli Florets 
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Cooking time: 30 Minutes

  • 3 cups Cauliflower Florets 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • 2 medium Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced Bell Peppers
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika Powder or red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Coriander or Cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • More cilantro, sliced avocados, jalapenos, lime juice etc for topping
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Cooking time: 25 Minutes

For the Salad
  • 4-6 slices nitrate free, sugar free bacon 
  • ½ lb chicken tenderloins
  • 2-3 tbsp cooking fat
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup chopped cucumbers
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • ½ med avocado 
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Green Onion
 
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Cooking time: 20 Minutes

  • 3 hardboiled eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • cumin
  • juice from 1 lime
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Cooking time: 10 Minutes

  • 2 cups brussel sprouts 
  • 4 cups fresh arugula 
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans or walnuts
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper

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