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100 Plant Based Whole30 Recipes

This huge collection of plant based Whole30 recipes is just the thing you need to get yourself started on a healthy and sugar free lifestyle that includes high amounts of vegetables!

100 Plant Based Whole30 Recipes

As we approach the new year, I’ve been hearing about many of you who want to try the Whole30 in January which I think is great! However, I’ve also been receiving several questions like, “How do I do the Whole30 without eating a ton of meat?” or… “Is there a way to do the Whole30 by focusing more on vegetables?” And the answer is, HECK YES.

I don’t know why there is such a widely accepted perception that going paleo or Whole30 is so meat heavy. While I do include some kind of protein in all my meals because that’s what makes me feel the best, that’s only a small portion of my plate. 70-80% of my diet is actually vegetables. I love all the micronutrients that I get from eating a large amount of plants and veggies so that’s what I like to focus on.

And to help you do the same for your Whole30 challenge, I put together 100 plant based Whole30 recipes from myself and my fellow bloggers that are healthy and so delicious. While some of these recipes do include meat, vegetables are the star of the dish and make up the majority of the ingredients. I hope this round-up helps you realize that a veggie-heavy Whole30 challenge is definitely possibly and can even be quite easy!

MAIN DISHES

Greek Veggie Bowls by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with Mint and Peas by Empowered Sustenance

Pesto Portobello Pizza by What Great Grandma Ate

Tomato Mushroom Spaghetti Squash by What a Girl Eats

Paleo Pesto Spaghetti Squash w/ Crispy Chicken & Bacon by Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Breakfast Hash with Poached Eggs by The Organic Kitchen

Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai by Tasty Yummies

Sweet Potato + Pepper Breakfast Tray Bake by From Pasta to Paleo

Baked Zucchini and Eggplant with Oregano and Mint by Paleo Bee

Paleo Vegan Bruschetta Sweet Potato ToastBruschetta Sweet Potato Toast by What Great Grandma Ate

Simple Chinese Stir Fry Cabbage with Dried Shrimp (Paleo, Gluten Free, Keto) by Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Spiced Lamb Patties and Cauliflower Tabbouleh by The Organic Kitchen

Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Walnut Parsley & Garlic by Eat Drink Paleo

Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Instant Pot Paleo Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto by What Great Grandma Ate

Dill Caper Sole by Healy Eats Real

Braised Cabbage With Potatoes & Chilli by Eat Drink Paleo

Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad by What Great Grandma Ate

Purple Cauliflower Mushroom Paleo QuichePurple Cauliflower and Mushroom Paleo Quiche by What Great Grandma Ate

Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Dried Cranberries by Raia’s Recipes

Coconut Pea Puree + Baked Sole Flowers by Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen

SIDES

Bone Broth Braised Greens by Tasty Yummies

Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables – 3 Ways by I Heart Umami

Paleo Turmeric Cauliflower “Rice” Recipe [Keto, AIP] by Paleo Flourish

roasted carrots with carrot top pestoRoasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto by What Great Grandma Ate

Mexican Green Beans by Low Carb Maven

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Black Sesame Yogurt Sauce by Strength and Sunshine

Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potato Hash by The Organic Kitchen!

Simple Paleo Roasted-Caramelized Butternut Squash by Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Sautéed Kale with Balsamic Glazed Shallots by Taste Abounds

Cauliflower Roasted with Bacon and Caramelized Green Onions by Low Carb Maven

Paleo Roasted Root Vegetables by Oh Snap! Let’s Eat

Tomato Basil Cauliflower Rice by Strength and Sunshine

Pan Fried Green Beans Almondine Recipe With Bacon And Garlic by Wholesome Yum

Pesto Cauliflower Bites by What Great Grandma Ate

Healthy Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes by Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes by Strength and Sunshine

Low-Carb Roasted Radishes With Chives by Today in Dietzville

Chipotle-Style Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice by Raia’s Recipes

Grain-Free Potato Latkes with Onions and Garlic by Raia’s Recipes

Smokey Turmeric Cauliflower Rice by Today in Dietzville

Roasted Beets, Yams, and Carrots by What Great Grandma Ate

SALADS

Bok Choy Salad with Apple and Persimmon by A Calculated Whisk

Creamy Bacon Beet Salad by What Great Grandma Ate

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette by The Organic Kitchen

Triple Green Kale Salad by I Heart Umami

Detoxifying Cabbage Salad by Real Nutritious Living

Roasted Bell Pepper Eggplant Salad by What Great Grandma Ate

Cauliflower Broccoli Rice Salad by Low Carb Maven

Simple Paleo Coleslaw by What Great Grandma Ate

Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Avocado by Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts SaladRoasted Brussels Sprouts Salad by What Great Grandma Ate

Tahini Celeriac Potato Salad by Strength and Sunshine

Low-Carb Classic No-Tato Salad by Today in Dietzville

Harissa Potato Salad by Strength and Sunshine

Paleo Spicy Thai Noodle Salad by Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Start-Loving Sardines Salad by What Great Grandma Ate

Red Cabbage Slaw With Creamy Avocado & Coriander by Eat Drink Paleo

Easy Broccoli Cranberry Salad With Bacon And Walnuts by Wholesome Yum

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw) by What Great Grandma Ate

SOUPS

Broccoli and Kale Green Soup by From Pasta to Paleo

Instant Pot Paleo Thai Carrot Soup by Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Stew by Today in Dietzville

Curry Butternut Squash Soup by Pure and Simple Nourishment

Creamy Carrot and Ginger Soup by Wholesome Delicious

Roasted Vegetable Soup by The Organic Kitchen

Hubbard Squash Soup with Pistachio Gremolata by A Calculated Whisk

Bacon Green Bean SoupBacon Green Bean Soup by What Great Grandma Ate

Low-Carb Zuppa Toscana by Today in Dietzville

Savory Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup by Real Nutritious Living

Paleo Broccoli Soup with Olive & Nut Pesto by Eat Drink Paleo

Snacks

Paleo Zucchini Tater Tots by Empowered Sustenance

The Best Guacamole Ever by What Great Grandma Ate

Paleo Potato Hummus with Crudités by A Calculated Whisk

Paleo Roasted Cauliflower Dip by Paleo Flourish

Gluten Free Paleo Spinach and Artichoke CupsPaleo Spinach and Artichoke Cups by What Great Grandma Ate

Spicy Chipotle Kale Chips by Today in Dietzville

Baked Yucca (Cassava) Fries by Strength and Sunshine

Irresistible Smoky Israeli Eggplant Dip by Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Low-Carb Cauliflower Hash Browns by Eat Drink Paleo

Tostones with Garlic Cilantro Mayonnaise by Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen

Baked Zucchini Chips by Wholesome Yum

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges with Chipotle Cashew Dip by The Organic Kitchen

Daikon Radish Fries by What Great Grandma Ate

Dairy-Free Instant Pot Queso by Today in Dietzville

Baba Ganoush by Empowered Sustenance

Crispy Plantain Curly Fries by What Great Grandma Ate

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus by What Great Grandma Ate

SAUCES & CONDIMENTS

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo VeganCreamy Chimichurri Sauce by What Great Grandma Ate

Wild Fermented Salsa by Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen

Fermented Cilantro Chimichurri by Today in Dietzville

Pineapple-Turmeric-Ginger Probiotic Sauerkraut by Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen

Fermented Pickles with Green Tea and Dill Flowers by Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen

Easy Mason Jar Sauerkraut by What Great Grandma Ate

Easy Homemade Pickle Chips by Raia’s Recipes

The Easiest Quick Pickled Onions by What Great Grandma Ate

DRINKS

Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Spice LattePaleo and Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte by What Great Grandma Ate

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake by What Great Grandma Ate

Pumpkin-Cranberry Smoothie (Omit sweetener) by Tessa, The Domestic Diva

Beet Kvass by What Great Grandma Ate

Pink Beet Latte by What Great Grandma Ate

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw) + Giveaway: Latin American Paleo Cooking

This paleo Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw) is refreshing and crunchy, and makes an amazing side dish for almost any meal!

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw)

I love me a good, refreshing salad, and this curtido has been my go-to side dish for the past few days. The best thing about this Salvadoran spicy cabbage slaw is that the flavors get better and better the longer it sits, so I’ve been loving the leftovers and it goes great with just about anything.

This curtido is actually one of the many delicious dishes from the Latin American Paleo Cooking, a fabulous new cookbook written by my friend Amanda from The Curious Coconut with her mother-in-law, Milagros Torres. When I finally got my hands on the cookbook, I was delighted by all the beautiful looking recipes (I looooove Latin American cuisine) and bookmarked a bunch of pages to try out right away. All the dishes are authentic, allergen friendly (and mostly AIP!), and you can tell there was so much love and attention that went into the book.

I’ve already tried the Tostones (twice fried green plantains), which were so crispy and dangerously addicting. Other recipes I’m most excited for are:

  • “Queso” Blanco: Dairy-free cheese sauce… whaaat?
  • Pastelillos: A type of fried empanadas stuffed with meat
  • “Rice” Pudding: One of my favorite desserts, made grain-free!
  • Canoas de Plátanos Maduros: Meat-stuffed ripe plantains, which sounds like a magical combo to me.

So much care went into making each dish authentic as possible and I love that the book caters to so many food allergies.

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw)Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw)

What you can find inside Latin American Paleo Cooking:

  • Over 80 traditional recipes made Paleo, with over 90% being AIP or easily adaptable.
  • All recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free; all but 1 are egg-free.
  • The countries represented include: Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Brazil, each marked with that country’s flag for easy reference.

Giveaway time!

Now that you’ve heard all about this amazing cookbook, I bet you would love a chance to have access to all the delicious recipes! I’m thrilled to give you a chance to win a free copy of the cookbook. Enter below:

This giveaway will be open for entry until September 1st at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced below and will also be contacted by email!

Can’t wait for the giveaway? You can purchase the cookbook HERE.

And to give you a sneak peek of the cookbook, hope you enjoy this curtido recipe!

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw)

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw)

Curtido (Salvadoran Spicy Cabbage Slaw)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 1 small head green cabbage, sliced very thinly or grated
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced and cut about 1" long
  • 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, diced and seeded (omit for AIP), or 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fine Himalayan salt
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a large, nonreactive bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir well. Depending on how large your cabbage is, you may need to add a bit more vinegar and water.
  2. Place it in the fridge for 15 minutes before serving. The flavors will continue to develop as it sits. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
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Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad [Video]

Refreshing and filling Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad is delicious and low carb, made with carrot and parsnip noodles!

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

I eat some kind of salad every single day as a meal, usually lunch. I love getting in some quality nutrients with a big ol’ bowl of veggies, in addition to healthy fats and proteins. Since my meals have to fill me up for several hours since I try to avoid snacking between them, my salads are usually chock full of filling and satiating ingredients that are low in sugar.

I made this Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad with exactly that in mind. Plus, I just love Asian flavors that are packed with umami and textures. The tender, juicy chicken in this recipe melds together with the freshness of the parsnip and carrot noodles and the crunchiness of the toasted cashews beautifully.

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle SaladPaleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

This salad reminds me of the papaya salads I had in Thailand. I had it everyday for the week that I was there because it was so delicious and spicy. While this Paleo Asian Chicken “Noodle” Salad isn’t spicy, you can add a bit of spice to it if you’d like with sriracha sauce or spicy pepper flakes. Although I’m a huge fan of spicy, I actually enjoyed this salad as it was and didn’t feel like I needed to add anything to it.

The best thing about this dish is that it gets better and better as it sits and the flavors meld together. I would make a big batch in the beginning of the week and enjoy the leftovers. It’s the perfect recipe for batch-cooking!

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

Paleo Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

Paleo Asian Chicken "Noodle" Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

Dressing

Salad

  • 1 lb chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 parsnip
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Cilantro or basil, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing and stir together to mix.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of the dressing to the chicken and massage with your hands to coat evenly. Set the chicken aside to marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a spiralizer or vegetable slicer to slice the parsnip and carrots into thin noodle-like strips.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add cashews and cook stirring for 3-4 minutes, until the cashews are browned and toasted. Add to the parsnip and carrot mixture.
  5. Heat coconut oil in the skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook for 6 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  7. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and slice in bite-sized pieces. Add to the salad.
  8. Add green onions and the rest of the dressing. Stir to mix well.
  9. Add salt and pepper, if needed, and sprinkle sesame seeds and cilantro or basil leaves. Serve immediately or chill before ready to serve.

Asian Chicken (Noodle- Salad (Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30)