The following is excerpted from WHOLE30 FAST & EASY © 2017 by MelissaHartwig. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
There are so many good things to say about the Whole30. It has the power to radically transform your health in just 30 days. It’s incredibly effective at breaking undesirable food-related habits. It fosters a comfortable, healthy, secure relationship with food. It can be one of the most life-changing, empowering experiences of your life.
But the dishes. Oh, the dishes.
And the grocery shopping. And the label-reading. And the prepping. And the cooking. Did we mention the chopping? So much chopping. Making the switch from grab-and-go, processed, convenience, or take-out foods to home-cooked whole food meals can have a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’d describe yourself as “kitchen challenged.” But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my own Whole30 and food freedom journey, it’s not to overthink this part.
Your Whole30 meals don’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or use obscure ingredients to be incredibly satisfying, totally delicious, and make you feel like a kitchen rock star. You can get an impressive Whole30 dinner on the table in under 20 minutes. You can buy “normal” foods from any old grocery store and use simple techniques to transform them into delicious, hearty, nourishing meals. You can throw five things into a slow cooker, walk away, and come back to an incredible, ready-to-serve feast. And thanks to modern conveniences like packaged “veggie noodles,” precut produce, and minced garlic in a jar, if you really don’t want to chop, you probably don’t have to.
Truth is, all you need to succeed with the Whole30 are whole-food ingredients and some helpful instructions to help you prep, cook, and serve them in a way that’s fast, easy, and tasty. In fact, this is an entire book full of recipes that do just that—plus the tips, tricks, and hacks I’ve cultivated in my own Whole30 kitchen. We’ve created more than 150 recipes using few ingredients, simple preparation instructions, short start-to-finish times, and/or little hands-on time. The end goal? Delicious, creative, satisfying Whole30 meals that won’t keep you chained to your cutting board, stovetop, or oven.
Finally, keeping in the spirit of “fast and easy,” I’ll offer this last piece of Whole30 advice: Let good enough be good enough. Not every Whole30 meal has to be a from-scratch, candlelit, religious experience.
Did you stick to the Whole30 rules? Yes. Did you feed yourself a satisfying, nutrient-dense meal? Yes. Should we let good enough be good enough here, given our modern lives, busy schedules, and emotional capacity for picking thyme leaves off the stem one by one? HELL YES.
(Learn how bone broth can help you lose weight with Women’s Health’s Bone Broth Diet.)
Now, for some cooking! Here are some easy, quick, Whole30 dinners to make your challenge way easier.