Over 65 delicious Whole 30 recipes that are also keto-friendly! Now you can do the Whole 30 cleanse without breaking your healthy keto diet.
It’s January, the time of year I lovingly refer to as “diet season”. This is the time of year when everyone and their dog jumps aboard some diet trend or other.
The keto diet is a popular one but for me, it’s not a diet. It’s truly a lifestyle and one I intend to live for the remaining years of my life.
The Whole30® Program is also exceedingly popular at this time of year and I can certainly see the allure. 30 days of whole foods, no cheats, no sweeteners, no dairy, in order to re-set your system. A limited timeframe and a very clean way of eating. It makes great sense as a way to kick of the year in healthy style.
Whole 30 vs Keto
Which one is better? Well, to be honest, they are not mutually exclusive and they share a lot of the same concepts. But a keto diet should not be a short term solution, whereas Whole 30 is more of a cleanse style program. It’s a useful tool for re-booting your system and clearing it of toxins.
So can you be keto and do Whole 30? Of course you can! It’s really not that hard and if you are following a keto diet, you are well on your way to a successful round of Whole 30.
That said, there are some things to watch out for and not every Whole 30 recipe is keto-friendly. Whole 30 is more of a Strict Paleo diet, but it allows for some higher carb fruits and veggies that don’t fit in well with keto. Sweet potatoes and other starchy veggies are pretty common, and the program even allows for white potatoes now, too. A big keto no-no, of course.
Carrots are quite high carb, and many Whole 30 soups use plenty of carrots. Onions are also surprisingly high carb so cutting back on them is a good idea. Whole30 recipes can sometimes include starches like tapioca flour so it’s good to read the full ingredients before assuming it’s keto-friendly.
Those following a ketogenic diet already know to stay clear of most fruits, and only eat berries in moderation. I’ve sometimes seen recipes that call themselves Whole 30 which are sweetened with dates, but the point of Whole 30 is to not sweeten anything at all, so be wary there.
What foods to avoid
The whole idea behind Whole 30 is to go squeaky clean and avoid anything junky or even anything healthy that masquerades as junk food. This means you will need to avoid:
- Sweeteners of any kind – no stevia or erythritol
- All dairy – except for ghee
- Grains or legumes – regardless of how low carb they might be (bye bye, peanut butter… at least for 30 days!)
- Baked goods – even if they are made with keto and Whole 30 approved ingredients. I hear a few of you FREAKING OUT! But the premise here is to avoid anything that could be a food trigger, something that causes you to overeat. So even pancakes and and keto bread are off limits during this time. You can do it!
- The scale! I think I may love and respect this part of Whole 30 the most. I know many people on a keto diet are obsessive about weighing in almost daily and I sometimes worry that this is just as bad as being obsessive about food. This forces you to take a break and just listen to your body. So for 30 days, you may not weigh or measure yourself in any form. Brilliant!
Keto Whole 30 Recipes
If you are interested in trying Whole 30 but still sticking to your keto diet, I’ve done a bit of the leg work for you. I’ve rounded up 65 keto approved Whole 3o recipes. Main dishes, soups, side dishes and breakfast!
Keto Whole 30 Main Dish Recipes
- Mexican Shredded Beef
- Keto Carnitas
- Walnut Crusted Chicken
- Shrimp and Sausage Skillet
- Oven Roasted Salmon with Wasabi Mayo
- Keto Fish Sticks
- Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner (sub ghee or coconut oil for the butter)
- Keto Turkey Club Wraps
- Lemon Dill Tuna Patties
- Asian Steak Bites
- Naked Fried Chicken
- Sheet Pan Steak Dinner
- Instant Pot Leg of Lamb
- Lamb Chops with Lemon Gremolata
- Chili Rubbed Steak with Avocado Crema
Keto Whole 30 Soup and Stew Recipes
- Dairy-Free White Chicken Chili
- Keto Beef Stew
- Thai Chicken Zoodle Soup
- Roasted Tomato Bisque
- Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup
- Creamy Cauliflower and Ham Soup
- Paleo Tortilla-less Soup
Keto Whole 30 Side Dish Recipes
- Broccoli Stem Noodles with Sesame Ginger Dressing
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice (simply sub ghee or coconut oil for the butter)
- Keto Mushroom Gravy
- Creamy Avocado Bacon Zoodles
- Blistered Green Beans with Spicy Aioli
- Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon
- Rosemary Roasted Radishes
- Sesame Roasted Asparagus
- Skillet Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Garlicky Oven Roasted Mushrooms
- Herb Stuffed Artichokes
- Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic
- Garlic and Herb Celeriac Fries
- Mexican Spiced Roasted Broccoli
- Cajun Cauliflower Rice
Keto Whole 30 Breakfast Recipes
- Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Casserole
- Frittata with Heirloom Tomatoes
- Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins
- Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs
- Sausage Egg McMuffins
- Hearty Egg Muffin Cups
- Egg and Prosciutto Stuffed Avocados
- Breakfast Meatloaf
- Zucchini Egg Nests
- Paleo Breakfast Muffins
- Blackberry Sage Breakfast Sausage
- Cauliflower Hash Browns
- BLT Breakfast Salad
- Green Shakshuka with Brussels and Spinach
- Asparagus Benedict
- Paleo Breakfast Burritos
Jane Nielsen says
Opened this email and was really pleased to read about this whole30 program but even more than that all the recipes that you shared for the program. More recipe down loading in my future for 2022.Thank you, God Bless you and your family in the New Year.
Leslie Baker says
I need to do this for sure. I have fallen off the keto wagon with the pandemic and holidays. I am so tired of meal prep though. These recipes look great and I know they will help. I take it I can still have my coffee, black, of course?
I believe you can have black coffee, yes.
Leslie Baker says
wow, thanks for your reply! I started a menu using the recipes posted for the whole 30. I have confidence and I’m starting next Monday, after my birthday!
My husband has followed your Keto diet for about 9 months. He’s lost 25 lbs & his A1C went from 6.9 down to 6.1. Only problem now is that his cholesterol has skyrocketed. Doctor wants to put him on a statin. Now what???
I’m sorry, I am not a medical professional and cannot give you advice. However, I would research newer cholesterol studies and more importantly, look up triglycerides/HDL Ratio. https://www.journal-advocate.com/2012/02/27/the-importance-of-triglyceridehdl-ratio/
Sharon Harkness says
I lost 20kg last year on the keto diet and tried some of your recipe selections but the sweetener was too much I ended up tempted by all my favorite foods again and putting 10 kg back on so now I am back to clean keto dieting again without the treats as that is the only way I will get to my goal of loosing 40kg all up. I know I can do it with your 30 day kick start and no alcohol. See you on the other side of 2021 with 40 kgs gone.
I have lost almost 50lbs since the summer using the Keto diet. Unfortunately, I let the holidays and indulging throw me off the keto path, so for the past few days I’ve been considering following Whole 30 to help me get back on track. However, I was hesitant because it includes so many non-keto foods. Well perhaps not so coincidentally the universe provided me with the answer, because your email just appeared in my inbox! Thank you so much Carolyn for doing all the research for us! I have already started my meal planning and grocery list and can’t wait to try the delicious recipes!
Thanks, Lisa. Good luck on your January kickstart!
Every single one of your recipes that I have tried has been easy and delicious. What more could you ask for in a cookbook. I was looking for a way to get my post menopausal body under control so I looked on Amazon for Keto cookbooks and came across yours. Thank you for making my new eating lifestyle easy and tasty. I even get to have dessert. I also love getting emails with new ideas. Thank you!
This is a bit much for me So now no baked goods not even with keto sweeteners
Carolyn, you are the best. 90 days ago, my doctor almost had a heart attack when she ran my A1C and it was 14. Thanks to you, and your help, 90 days later my A1C is now a 5.5. Your recipes saved my life!! I didn’t know how easy it would be to lower my blood sugars. I thought that I was never going to be able to eat sweets again. But, no, you saved me since I have a sweet tooth. Your recipes are very easy to follow, and they are all good!! I can’t thank you enough!!
That’s an amazing improvement, congrats!
Michelle L. says
Thank you for this! I decided I’m doing a Keto Whole 30 for January and I was nost loving the idea of doing all my own recipes. This is a great resource!
Donna Young says
I so appreciate you. Your recioes are wonderful
Thank you for this! So needed after a bit too much overindulgence over the holidays (which honestly I blame you for, lol, I bought your newest book and it’s incredible!!) Do you realize how many times I literally utter out loud (alone or not) when looking at your work…This is amazing, or Carolyn is flipping amazing! And then you go and do it again & again, more amazingness! I truly appreciate the fact that you do all of this work and then share it with everyone, I hope you know how wonderful you are and how much what you do means to people.
Thank you, Brandy. I truly appreciate that!
This is one of the single best collections of recipes I’ve ever seen. Usually in a collection of 50 there are 2 good ones and 48 duds. I think I pinned almost every single one of these and discovered a bunch of new blogs. Thank you for this!!!
So glad you found some things you like!
Do you have a Keto cookbook we can buy? I prefer regular books with real paper pages over ebooks.
Yes, the Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen https://amzn.to/2mDxlmk
I recently discovered you – love the recipe selection! I tried Paleo and felt much better, then found out I’m nightshade sensitive (sigh – bye bye peppers and tomatoes)
I feel much better having eliminated them, but still yearn for a pot of chili or amazing Thai food!