Finding the energy to make any kind of dinner on a weeknight can be a struggle. But the task can seem even more daunting if you’re limited to Whole30 recipes, which is the case for 30 whole days for anyone following the notoriously strict elimination diet.
Whole30 requires cutting out various food groups for a month before incrementally reintroducing them, the theory being that it can help you figure out what foods may be causing symptoms (e.g., G.I. issues). Like many restrictive fad diets, Whole30 is widely criticized by R.D.s for the rigid eating habits it promotes—especially problematic for anyone with a history of disordered eating or a fraught relationship with food. (If you are in recovery from an eating disorder or managing a chronic medical condition, you should talk to an R.D. or your doctor before starting any kind of elimination diet.) Not to mention there’s a lack of evidence that it leads to improved health or sustained weight loss.
Although Whole30 is certainly not for everyone, it does have its merits—namely, the emphasis on cooking at home. “It does teach people how to prep and cook their own food, so that’s great for people who are used to buying most of their meals from restaurants,” Abby Langer, R.D., previously told SELF. While common weeknight dinner staples like whole grains and legumes are off the table, nutrient-rich ingredients like meat, seafood, vegetables, eggs, fruit, and nuts, are all fair game in Whole30 recipes.
So if you have decided that giving Whole30 a go makes sense for you, then you already know that you’re going to be doing a whole lot of cooking. Here are 41 Whole30 dinner recipes to help make weeknight meals a little more doable.