Wednesday, May 13, 2015

6 Whole30 Approved Recipes

She was never a circus act but the way she could juggle was something I always admired. 4 kids, different schedules and sports and homework, a house to tend to and laundry to be done. Even so, my mom always had a home cooked meal ready and waiting on the table. Most nights I didn't mind what food was on my plate, although other nights I swore she cooked the meal just to make me throw a tantrum and want to move out. 

While my mom taught me most everything I know, cooking barefoot in the kitchen was not one of them. It wasn't until I moved to Denver and began living on my own that I was forced to branch out from Lean Cuisine's and Mac-n-Cheese. I will say that my skills of adding a pinch of this and a dash of that are still being refined, but I am quickly realizing that cooking is becoming a favorite hobby of mine. Seeking out new recipes and trying my hand at them makes my creative side come out in a new way.

Today I have 6 Whole30 approved recipes to share with you! Some are directly from the book released by the creators of Whole30, The Whole30: 30-Day Guide to Total Health & Freedom, while the rest are clickable links to websites in which they came from. 

1. Walnut-Crusted Pork Tenderloin from The Whole30: 30-Day Guide to Total Health & Food Freedom

2. Sweet Potato Meatloaf from

3. Chicken Meatballs from The Whole30: 30-Day Guide to Total Health & Food Freedom

4. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce from J is for Judy!

5. Pan-Roasted Brussels & Squash from The Whole30: 30-Day Guide to Total Health & Food Freedom

6. Beet, Butternut Squash, Orange & Avocado Salad from The Whole30: 30-Day Guide to Total Health & Food Freedom

So whether your mom taught you how to successfully orchestrate a Thanksgiving feast or not, I am confident that a day in the kitchen with the windows open and music on will get you there. Dust off your Pinterest boards or cookbooks and have fun with it! … Maybe test your smoke detectors first though, ok? 

P.S. Did someone in your family teach you how to cook? Comment below! 


  1. YUM! I AM ALLL about that sweet potato meatloaf! In fact, I want to make it within the next 2 - 3 days! :)

  2. Probably my favorite recipe from this post! It is very easy, quick, and full of deliciousness! Let me know if you make it and what you think!

  3. I kind of taught myself to cook, but my mom helped me on all the basics. It was definitely my creative outlet, so it was fun for me to explore and try new things.

    1. Sounds like your story is similar to mine! It's fun being creative and trying out new recipes, isn't it?! Have a great Friday my dear!

  4. That meatloaf sounds really good! I kind of learned how to cook on my own although my mom did teach me some basics when I was younger.

    1. It is really good! I encourage you to try the recipe sometime. Few ingredients and easy to make! Where would we be without our moms?!