Whole30 Resources: The Mega Post

Since 2009, I’ve completed a handful of Whole30 months, usually when I was (a) trying to get a grip on what was happening with my health (see “thyroid removal complications“), or (b) trying to clean up my act after a big adventure, like a vacation or particularly stressful work project.

I realized the other day that because I’ve been doing this Whole30 schtick for so long, I’ve amassed a lot of helpful resources from my blog and others. So this page is a collection of links to information that I hope will help make the Whole30 more manageable for you, whether it’s your first or your fourth (or fourteenth).

If you need a reminder of why you’re doing this in the first place…

30 Reasons to Whole30
My list of the reasons I think the Whole30 is the greatest thing since Sunbutter.

Whole30 Success Stories
A collection of success stories on the Whole30 web site.

A-Z: Real-Life Testimonials
The Whole30 collection of quotes from people who solved health issues from A-Z

If you need a fully fleshed-out meal plan…

These food plans include step-by-step instructions for how to do a big ol’ cookup that should give you enough food to get through a week, give or take. Each one also includes a shopping list and links to other helpful resources.

Whole30 Food Plan: Week 1
Whole30 Food Plan: Week 2
Whole30 Food Plan: Week 3
Whole30 Food Plan: Week 4


If you need easy meal ideas that don’t require a recipe…

Great Ingredients: No Recipe Required
Tips for meal ideas that literally require no recipe, just some chopping and plating.

10 Paleo Flavor Boosters
A spritz here and a mince there and bang! you’ve got delicious food instead of just ingredients

Stuff to Put on Eggs
11 Whole30 approved eggcellent ideas. (sorry.)

Stuff to Put on Broccoli
11 Whole30 approved broccoli toppers.

Stuff to Put on Burgers
11 Whole30 approved ways to dress up a burger patty.

Steam-Sauté Veggies
The easiest way I know to cook lots of veggies and make ’em taste good.

If you need recipe ideas…

30 Whole30-Friendly Recipes
A collection of recipes from my favorite bloggers.

My Whole30 Recipe Collection
My recipe index is filled with Whole30 approved recipes!

Nom Nom Paleo’s 30 Days of Recipes
A month’s worth of meals and beauty shots from the fabulous Nom Nom Paleo.

Holly Would If She Could: A Month of Whole30 Dinner Ideas
A deliciously curated list of meals from Holly, who has excellent taste and sense of humor.

Stupid Easy Paleo: Whole30 Recipe Index
Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo also has a Whole30 approved index.

Whole30 Recipes on Instagram (plus, details on how to find Whole30 info on Instagram)
The Whole30 is BLOWING UP on Instragram. Visual inspiration at its finest!

My cookbooks
Together, Well Fed Weeknights, Well Fed and Well Fed 2 provide almost than 500 Whole30-friendly recipes and meal ideas, plus tips on organizing weekly cookups, cooking quickly, shopping lists, and much more.


Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less: My latest release! More than 125 complete paleo meals on your table in 45 minutes or less. My love of food and adventure is baked into this collection of recipes inspired by takeout classics, food trucks, and cuisines from around the world—all free of grains, dairy, legumes, and soy (Whole30 compliant!). Includes recipes like Korean Beef with Kimchi Salsa, Dirty Rice, Fried Chicken Meatballs, Pizza Noodles, Sticky Orange Sunflower Chicken, Italian Hoagie Salad, Mexican Mole Meatballs, Loaded Baked Fries, and and so many more.

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat: The original that started it all! With 115+ original recipes and variations—and detailed instructions on how to do a weekly cookup—this book will help you see that paleo eating, too often defined by what you give up, is really about what you’ll gain: health, vitality, a light heart, and memorable meals to be shared with the people you love. All but one dessert recipe is officially Whole30 approved. Includes recipes like Chocolate Chili, The Best Chicken You’ll Ever Eat, Scotch Eggs, Homemade Mayo, Velvety Butternut Squash, Pad Thai, Coconut Almond Green Beans, and many more.

Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat: The delicious follow-up! Well Fed 2 includes 110 original recipes, plus 45 of my popular “You Know How You Could Do That?” variations. You’ll also find 44 Quick Meal ideas (no recipe required!) and tips for turning individual dishes into multi-course meals. All but two recipes are officially Whole30 approved. Recipes include 15 meatball varieties, Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes, Thai Tod Mun Chicken Cakes, Pizza Veggies, Savory Granola, Slow Cooker Italian Pork Roast, BBQ Beef, and many more.

Whole30 books: I’m proud to have contributed four delicious recipes to The Whole30 Cookbook. And I also recommend the other Whole30-related books for feeding your brain: It Starts With Food, Food Freedom Forever, and The Whole30.

If you need help shopping & prepping…

Paleo Kitchen: Stocking Up
An outline of how I shop for our household with tips on how you can adapt what I do to what you need.

Paleo Kitchen: The Method Behind My Madness
A plan for making Hot Plates based on pre-cooked ingredients – saves time, never gets boring!

If you need tips for making your Whole30 a success…

20 Ways to Make Paleo Easier & More Fun
A post crammed with tips, tricks, and advice to win at paleo

How to be a Paleo Social Butterfly
Tips for keeping a social life while you’re Whole30-ing — without feeling deprived or killing anyone.

True Hunger vs. Emotional Appetite
Tips for distinguishing between the two so you can eat happily and healthily.

Holly Would If She Could: 10 Tips
Holly is a pro, and her advice is awesome.

Stupid Easy Paleo: 5 Tips (video) | Stupid Easy Paleo: 5 More Tips (video)
Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo is also a Whole30 vet with great insights to share.

The Whole30 Daily
This email service is worth every penny of the $14.95 cost. Daily email every day of your Whole30 with science, entertainment, tips, tricks, ideas, recipes, and more. It’s like personal coaching every day of your Whole30. (Full disclosure: My husband Dave and I worked on this project with Whole9 and we’re partners in the business.)

If you just need to know it’s do-able…

My Whole30/autoimmune protocol experiment (November 2012)
Just to see if I felt any differently, I did the autoimmune protocol (AIP). It was… interesting.

Daily recaps of my Whole30/autoimmune protocol experiment (November 2012)
List of every meal I ate, plus sleep and mood, during my AIP Whole30.

My Whole30 Story

It occurred to me that new readers might not be familiar with my long, loving track record with the Whole 30. It's not a success...

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Tips for Eating Paleo in Restaurants

I’ve been eating Whole30-style paleo since 2009, and somewhere along the way, following the guidelines stopped being a massive pain in the butt and just...

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Comments

  • Brian says:

    Melissa,

    I love your cookbooks — I have all 3. Plus given them as gifts. In the midst of my traditional January Whole 30 purge. I don’t know if I would be able to do it without your tasty recipes.

    Keep up the great work — hoping for a Well Fed 3! (in the form of the first two books)

  • Stacy Smith-Foley says:

    My husband and I are doing the Whole30 this month. I seriously couldn’t do this without you! He does most of the cooking 🍳 so I bought him your new book Well Fed Weeknights for Christmas. We already had the other two. We have never been able to get super organized and do a weekly cook up, but the new format is working well for us. We made the Silkened Ginger Zucchini soup, Zucchini Pasta with Chicken and Pistachios, mayo, ranch dressing, deviled eggs, and Harvest Tuna Salad 🥗 Platter this week. The cream of the crop was the Sesame Pork and Bok Choy Velvet Stir fry with cauliflower fried rice! This is one of the best meals I have ever served my family. I have tried to make cauliflower rice before and failed. My picky eater kids ages 9 and 12 even ate it. I want you to know what a difference you make in people’s lives. I feel confident that we can successfully navigate the challenge this month with your support!

    • This is so AWESOME! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and let me know the recipes are helpful. And thank you very much for buying our new cookbook! I’m so happy you’ve got a cauli rice recipe that works for you now — that will make for lots of great, easy meals. Keep me posted on how it goes… Happy Whole30!

  • Lisa says:

    This is such a great amount of resource information compiled into one place! Thank you! These recipes of yours look so delicious that I want to lick my computer screen but I will refrain… I’m Whole30 hangry!!!