5 Make-Ahead Whole 30 Meals

I love a meal that you can make on the weekend that will just keep on getting better throughout the week. During the Whole 30, because there is a larger emphasis on cooking at home that during my normal life, I definitely like to have some simple meals ready to go in the fridge for nights when I would normally just say “Screw it, let’s just go out to dinner!”

Here are 5 awesome options for meals you can make on a Sunday but eat all week long. (Click the photos to take you to the recipes.)

1. Caribbean Plantain and Meat Casserole from Baltic Maid

2. Damn Good Chili

3. Paleo Shepherd’s Pie from Eat Boutique

4. Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup

5. Melt in Your Mouth Beef Stew from Health-Bent

(In this one I’d just substitute ghee for butter to make it Whole 30 compliant.)


If you have a favorite Make-Ahead recipe that is Whole 30 compliant, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments so everyone can check it out!


Happy Prepping and even Happier (Healthy) Eating!

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14 comments to 5 Make-Ahead Whole 30 Meals

  • reluctantmango
    December 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

    This is so helpful! We’re going away for New Year’s and are back to work right away. I’m going to shop ahead for a few of these so I’ll be ready to hit the ground running!

  • Rhonda H
    December 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    We have recently started making the Puerto Rican Beef recipe in Everyday Paleo and it is totally YUMMY!! I am new to the Whole 30 but it looks like it is W30 compliant — I am sure someone will tell me if it isn’t! LOL
    This dish is even better the second day and makes a very easy work lunch too!
    Here is a link to their page if you don’t have the book: http://everydaypaleo.com/puerto-rican-beef/

  • Nicole
    December 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I love this recipe from Nom Nom! So good and it’s already Whole30 compliant.


  • Kelly
    December 30, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for these make ahead meals- this is my first 30 day challenge, so I’m spending today getting my meals planned ahead. I think that’s the key to succeeding. I’m excited to get started-I feel like I need a detox from the holidays!!

  • Lisa
    December 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I love prepping and making stuff ahead. It makes it easy for lunches for work! I found a recipe with chickpeas, onions, feta and some other things. I’m going to make it new year’s day for my lunches.

  • Kelly
    December 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

    What can you tell me about caffeine? Should I give it up to get the full benefit of the Whole 30 Challenge? I undertand I can’t have the sugar and cream (which makes it so good….) but thought I could substitute coconut milk. Also, since I’ll be eliminating dairy, should I ramp up my calcium vitamins. I probably should be anyways, seeing I’m a woman in my 40’s. Any thoughts or ideas are appreciated.

    • Holly
      December 31, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Hi Kelly! Caffeine is going to be a personal choice on the Whole 30. It is not required to give it up, and I will tell you that the first time we did a Whole 30 I did not give it up. I felt like it would be too hard to be really strict about my food and also give up a major crutch at the same time (my morning coffee.) I was glad I did it that way. I did, however, give up all caffeine for the next 30 days just to see if it affected me, and WOW it really did. I felt noticeable improvements in my health and body when I gave it up. BUT, I was really sad without it, so I still drink it. It’s a very personal decision (ha!) so I would say just do what feels right for you. You will get Whole 30 benefits no matter what, so I would say on that front, don’t worry if you keep the caffeine in. As for calcium, dairy is actually a pretty crappy source of it, so I wouldn’t worry too much about your intake, but this link really breaks down calcium and the Whole 30 so I would point you there: http://whole9life.com/2012/02/what-about-calcium/
      I’m excited you are going to give the Whole 30 a try! It should be an awesome challenge!

  • Karen P
    December 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’m also doing the Whole30 on Jan 1. Looking forward to following along with you. Thanks for the recipes.

    I will be having black coffee for my Whole30. Gotta have that.

  • bethanyrx
    December 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Girlfriend, I would SWIM in that beef stew if I could! 😉

    I’ve made the Caribbean casserole once before, but Eric couldn’t handle the plantains… he was like, “why are there BANANAS IN THE DINNER?” Men.

  • Baltic Maid
    January 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring the Caribbean casserole. I love all the recipes you’ve chosen. Happy New Year!
    @ bethanyrx: That is really too bad. Plantains are sooo tasty. This is the first time I heard that someone doesn’t like plantains…

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