YAY! My favorite part of any meal are the sides. Luckily for us, Whole30 sides and snacks can be REALLY tasty! These are the sides that will be part of our meal plan. I’ve also included a few inspirations for the perfect Mini Meal and a few emergency food ideas for those days when – no matter how much planning you’ve done – you are stuck hungry without a plan. Just be very mindful when you are eating and don’t eat out of boredom but only when your body tells you that you are hungry!
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus– This is one of our family favorites! The crispy and salty prosciutto complement the asparagus so well.
Cauliflower Fried Rice– I know that a lot of you are really hesitant about cauliflower…don’t be! This recipe is packed full of veggies and protein. I eat it as a main course routinely! For this recipe, make sure you substitute coconut aminos for the Soy Sauce!
Coconut Toasted Rice- Another Cauliflower recipe…so good! The coconut milk adds an unexpected sweet element and the cauliflower crisps up like real rice!
Crispy Potatoes– My favorite potatoes BY FAR! The crispy edges of the potatoes with the warm, melty centers are delicious! If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can still cook these in the oven on 350 for 35-40 minutes then finish them in the skillet to get the desired crisp! love!
Not Your Momma’s Steamed Broccoli– I know that Broccoli gets a bad wrap but this stuff is awesome! The secret is to add a good flavor profile so that it’s not boring!
Zoodles– These are so good! For our meal purposes- we aren’t making the particular meatballs in this recipe, just the zoodles! The zoodles crisp up when they are sauteed and give you a nice crunch. I love pairing these with marinara but the possibility are endless!
Caramelized Brussel Sprouts– I’ve told you guys before, but I’ll tell you again: these are THE BEST brussel sprouts ever. The caramelization adds the perfect savoriness to this delicious side. I frequently eat these as the main course!
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes– Because sometimes you just need the real thing. Now that ALL potatoes are Whole 30 approved (thank you, thank you), I feel like we need to take advantage now and then.
Roasted Cumin Carrots– These carrots are a little sweet and a little spicy. Really flavorful! Be careful not to overcook them or they might get mushy.
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Rice– My favorite part about this rice is that it gets super crispy like REAL rice does. It’s a great staple in our Whole 30 arsenal and a quick option if you get in a bind.
Roasted Potatoes– These roasted Yukon Gold potatoes are creamy and buttery and cooked in BACON grease. There is no going wrong with these.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice– Growing up in South Texas, my love for Mexican food is unending. This stuff really hits the spot!
Ok – you’ve eaten your main meals for the day, but you’re stuck somewhere and you.are.hungry. First, if you know that you will have days like this, try to have mini meals on hand. Mini meals consist of 2 of the 3 main components of a full meal. Good items to have on hand for days like this are: CHOMPS Sticks, meat roll ups, olives, hard boiled eggs, olives, and approved nuts or seeds. Combine any 2 of those for a satisfying mini meal that will help you fuel through the rest of your day.
However, it is possible that there will be times that you have done all the planning you can, but you are faced with plummeting blood sugar and no great plan. For cases like these, I have the follow items in my office and bags:
Raw nuts– any mixture of raw nuts is a great snack. The only nuts that are off limits are peanuts! So stock up on cashews, pistachios, pecans, whatever your favorites are!
Lara Bars– about half of the flavors of Lara Bars are Whole30 approved! Make sure you check the labels. These are definitely good to go: Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Carrot Cake, Cherry Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Bar, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie
Homemade Lara Bars – I’ve made these Homemade Bars when not on a round and I make them while we’re whole30’ing but our toddlers aren’t. If you meal prep for a group, these would be great to make and include as mini meal components throughout the week.
FRUIT– eat any fruit that you want chopped up or mixed in with some great nut butter (my favorite is almond butter)
RX Bars– Like Lara Bars, there are some flavor of RX bars that are not compliant. Make sure that you grab the ones with only compliant ingredients. I like the Chocolate Sea Salt, Blueberry, and Mint Chocolate the best!
Chomps Snack Sticks– These snack sticks are a great source of protein. I eat them with olives or sunflower seeds for a quick and easy mini meal.
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