Paleo Moroccan Feast

While we’re on our Parisian adventure, Dave and I are feasting at Le 404, a swank and delicious Moroccan restaurant tucked in a cobblestone street. The last time we went there, we shared a traditional Bastila that brought tears to my eyes. In honor of our gluttony, I’ve collected all my recipes inspired by Moroccan cuisine and spices, just in case you want to have an exotic dinner, too. (All recipes are Whole30 approved unless otherwise noted.)


Sauces & Seasonings


Ras el Hanout: use on meats and sweet veggies, like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips — or sprinkle on Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Moroccan Dipping Sauce: tangy and fresh; drizzle on salads or cooked meats for zing!

Main Dishes

moroccansalmonMoroccan Grilled Salmon

Moroccan-Meatballs-thumb-e1336665872986Moroccan Meatballs

merguezmeatballs-e1332977019322Merguez Meatballs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChicken Bastila (not Whole30 compliant)



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACauliflower Rice Pilaf with Apricots, Raisins & Nuts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVelvety Butternut Squash





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  • Give me a llllllll the moroccan food! Looks delicious!

  • Yum! That orange salad is so pretty.

  • Christina says:

    Hi Melissa, where can I find a recipe to make my own ras el hamout?

    Sending packets to Sweden ups the costs considerably

  • Alison says:

    Hey Melissa,

    I’m on Day 22 of the Whole 30.

    I know I shouldn’t have done it, but I weighed myself last week and this morning.

    I was down 6 pounds last week, and this morning, I was up 2!

    How is this happening? I feel like I’m failing at this. I haven’t cheated on this diet, at all.

    I’m wondering if it is my fruit intake.

    Can I ask what your opinion is on fruit?

    I had pistachios yesterday — and I’ve been having maybe too much canned coconut milk?

    Would really appreciate any words of wisdom you might have.

    I just don’t understand how it’s possible that I cut out dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol, sugar, and soy — and I GAINED weight.

    I’m going to cry!!

    Thank you for your help.

    • Scale weight fluctuates for all kinds of reasons that are not fat gain — which is why the WHole30 folks recommend staying away from the scale. My weight can fluctuate by as much as 3 lbs in the SAME DAY because of water.

      Read this blog post and stay off your scale 🙂

      Re: fruit. I eat it when I feel like it, and don’t worry about it. If you’re following the Whole30 guidelines, you should be in good shape. The way your clothes fit and the way you feel are much better indicators than the scale.

  • Alison says:

    Thank you for your response. I took out fruit yesterday and today. I think I’ve needed to up my veggie intake & calm down about the scale. Thank you for the link. 🙂

    Just got worried that I’d been doing something wrong when I’m so close to completing this thing! Argh.

    Thank you, thank you. You are so inspiring! We use Well Fed 2 almost every day! & We made the Pad Thai from your website this past weekend — so freaking good.

    • It can be challenging when you’re just starting new habits, but give it time. If you follow the program guidelines, you’ll do just great!

      Make sure you’re getting some starchy carbs like sweet potatoes or plantains, too.

  • Linda C. says:

    I’m confused. In the beginning of reading the Whole30 it said NOT to eat salt. But, WellFed uses a lot of salt. Also, can you eat as much of these foods on the list as you want? Probably silly questions but I’m overwhelmed with hooking up on this site for the last 45 minutes. Thanks so much…I really need this for my health…feeling so trashy!

    • Salt is allowed on the Whole30 — I’m not sure where you got the idea that it’s not.

      From the Whole30 web site:
      “Salt: Yes

      First, salt makes your food delicious. Second, when you cut out processed and packaged foods, you remove the vast majority of sodium from your diet. Adding salt to your Whole30 plate won’t push you over reasonable sodium limits, and if you avoid salt altogether, you run the risk of an electrolyte imbalance (not to mention serious food boredom). We encourage a mix of iodized table salt and sea salt.

      Tip: Did you know that all iodized table salt contains sugar? Sugar (often in the form of dextrose) is chemically essential to keep the potassium iodide from oxidizing and being lost. But remember, salt is an exception to the Whole30 “no added sugar” rules. Without this exception, you’d never be able to eat outside of your own home, because iodized table salt is added to all restaurant and pre-packaged foods.”

      – See more at:

      Best wishes for an awesome Whole30!