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Even if youconsider yourself a pretty healthy eater, committing to a month of the Whole30 diet can be daunting. (Seriously, no quinoa?!)The programsays hasta luego to sugar, legumes, dairy, and grains of all kinds. Cue the freak-out when you realize peanut butter is also not allowed.

No matter how beneficial Whole30 may be for yourgut and your skin, like any diet or eating plan, if it requires too much effort, you're probably not going to stick withit. After all, a girl's got workouts to attend and people to see.

An ultra-nourishing, Whole30-compliant meal in under 30 minutes though?Thatsounds feasible. Justtake some deep breaths as you prepare to saygoodbye to hummus for awhile....

Originally posted January 5, 2017. Updated May 26, 2017.

Keep reading for 10 super-speedy, Whole30-friendly meals.

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1. Paleo Tuna Green Chile Zoodle Casserole

This isn't your mama's tuna noodle casserole.Cotter Crunch blogger Lindsay Cotter gives the comfort food a major upgrade with canned, safe-catch tuna and zoodles in lieu of pasta, which—bonus— keeps cooking time minimal.

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2. Chorizo Butternut Pizza Hash with Baked Eggs

Ordering a pie from the Italian joint down the street doesn't really fly when you're doing Whole30. Instead,Paleo Running Momma'sMichele Rosen fills her skillet dish with potassium-rich butternut squash andadds both crumbled chorizo and eggs for a protein boost. No crust speeds up cooking in a big way—just be sure to double check your sausage and tomato sauce to make sure there are no added sugars (the number one Whole30 no-go).

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3. One-Sheet Roasted Garlic Salmon & Broccoli

This meal is as easy as it sounds—especially consideringthat, besides the salmon, you likely have all the other ingredients in your kitchen already. Taesha Butler, the blogger behind The Natural Nurturer, coats her fish and veg with EVOO, garlic, and salt and pepper before popping it in the oven. And just like that, dinner's ready 15 minutes later.

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4. Mango Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

No rice, no problem. Taylor Kiserof Food Faith Fitness swaps in miracle veg cauliflower for the grain so that you can enjoy the flavorful Asian-inspired dinner. Whole30 means stashing away the soy sauce away, but Kiser usescoconut aminos, which provides similar flavor with a much simpler ingredient list.

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5. Ginger Garlic Shrimp Zoodle Bowl

Samantha Rowland—AKAPancake Warrior—tosses spiralized zucch' with asparagus and red pepper, and finishes the dish with shrimp that are sautéed in garlic and ginger. This veggie-packed dinner can be made in 10 minutes—one of the fastest on this list!

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6. Creamy Spiced Apple Pecan Chicken

Wholesomelicious blogger Amy Rains proves that you don't have to give up sweet-and-savory flavors when you give up sugar and dairy. (Her secret weapons? Apples and coconut milk.) Plus, it only takes one pan to whip up this whole meal.

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7. Tuna Poke Avocado Boats

Anya Kaats of Anya's Eats created this dishto satisfy her sushi bowl cravings, filling her avocados with tuna, macadamia nuts, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and sesame oil.Your Instagramandyour taste buds will thank you for this one.

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8. Pesto Frittata

Eggs are a staple in many healthy diets, and Whole30 is no different. The easy protein fix makes for a 5-ingredient, 15-minute meal. One caveat: Make sure you reach for a dairy-free pesto. Becky Winkler, the blogger behind A Calculated Whisk, likes to make her own, but any dairy-free version will do in a pinch.

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9. Cod en Papillote with Potatoes, Asparagus, and Scallion Pistou

Cooking everything in parchment paper is a genius—not to mention speedy—way to cook all the components of your meal at once. No wonder it's a weeknight staple forA Better Happier St. Sebastian blogger Jillian Guyette.

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10. Vietnamese Meatball Bowls

If you were a grain bowl devotee prior to starting the Whole30, cauliflower ricehas your back. The grain-free rice replacement, flavored here with turmeric, scallions, and broth, serves as a heartybase to any dinner. Pro tip: Stacey Isaacs of There's a Cook in my Kitchenspices these Vietnamese meatballs with lemongrass paste, and though you may not have any in your kitchen, it's worth picking up a jar—the herb has major healing properties for your digestive tract.

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Can I have rice on Whole30? ›

While grains (including rice) are not compatible with the Plant-Based Whole30 elimination, rice is often used for the fermentation and processing of certain forms of soy, such as miso and tempeh.

Is honey allowed on Whole30? ›

On Whole30, adherents must cut out all sweeteners including maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, date syrup, monk fruit extract, and stevia. However, dieters are permitted to use fruit juice as a sweetener.

Is Chick Fil A Whole30 approved? ›

Unlike fast-food spots like McDonald's or Wendy's, there are no real meat options since Chick-fil-A strictly serves chicken. Although they offer plenty of grilled chicken items, the Chick-fil-A ingredient list for their grilled chicken nuggets and grilled chicken patties does not comply with Whole30.

Do you lose weight on Whole30? ›

A calorie deficit is needed for weight loss. Because of its restrictive nature, the Whole30 diet will likely help create this calorie deficit. However, unless the food choices you make on this diet become a habit, the weight loss you experience may not be sustainable in the long term.

Can I have co*ke Zero on Whole30? ›

Though diet sodas and sugary beverages are off-limits on the Whole30 diet, you can drink water, herbal teas, coffee, and any other liquids that don't contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fruit juice, when 100% pure, is also acceptable on occasion.

Are bananas allowed on Whole30? ›

Yes, both pickles and bananas are allowed on Whole30. Yet if they are a potential trigger food for you (for instance, the sweetness of bananas sets off a craving for other treats or makes you want to binge on the fruit), then you may consider including them on your “don't eat” list.

Is monk fruit Whole30 compliant? ›

For those reasons, monk fruit is not compatible under the “no added sugar” rule during your 30-day elimination.


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