Wednesday, June 7, 2017

28 Whole30 Meals for $216

I decided to do Whole30. My concept of "making mostly good choices" isn't working on my almost-30 body so I decided to make some changes. So this round of meals are all Whole30 or paleo approved meals. I'm hoping this will help keep me on track and I will get the results I want. And yes, I know, Whole30 is not a diet but whatever man. 1) I know so many people that have had success stories from using this "diet reset", and 2) I'm competitive and I just want to say I've done it.

Here we go...

Tilapia Filets
Blackened Shrimp
Chicken Cobb Salad
Grilled Pineapple & Turkey Burgers
Sausage and Shrimp Skillet
Sausage Bake
Beef and Broccoli
BBQ Chicken Casserole
Pulled Pork
Zucchini Lasagna
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Pork Burrito Bowls

Grocery List |

2 bags of frozen Tilapia filets
5 bags of medium shrimp (Get peeled if you can. Trust.)
5 bags of chicken breasts
4 packages of sugar-free bacon
5 smoked sausage or chicken sausage, sugar-free
2 lbs. shredded beef
1 lg. pork loin, 12+ lbs.
2 lbs. ground Italian sausage, sugar-free
2 lbs. ground beef

2 pineapples or 2 cans of pineapples canned in water
Ginger root
3 spaghetti squashes
1 red onion
2 bell peppers
1 onion
10 zucchinis
2 limes
1 bunch cilantro

Worchestshire Sauce
Liquid Aminos
Sesame Oil
Fish Sauce
Arrowroot Powder (I had to order this online)
Balsamic Vinegar
Chipotle Powder
All Spice
Buffalo Hot Sauce
Cajon Seasoning
Mrs. Dash Chicken
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
Mustard Seed
Lemon Pepper

4 bags of broccoli florets
1 bag frozen okra

4 tomato paste
1 tomato sauce
1 jar apple sauce, unsweetened
2 cans tomatoes
2 jars marinara, sugar-free
1 carton chicken stock
2 cans of Rotel

1 carton of eggs
2 packages of quinoa
Gallon Hefty bags
4 disposable trays (for convenience)

I shopped at Winco and my total was $216.

Okay, once home, label bags. The tilapia will go straight in the freezer, along with 2 bags of shrimp and 2 packages of the chicken or smoked sausage. The trays are for the lasagna and the BBQ chicken bake. Label the rest of the bags accordingly, then just work your way through each meal.

I went ahead and got the 2 lbs. of ground beef and 2 lbs. of Italian sausage cooking. I also cut all the spaghetti squash in half, scooped out the seeds, rubbed with EVOO and a little salt and roasted them face up for 1 hr. at 400 while I prepped everything else. Also, put one bag of chicken in the crock pot on high with some salt. This will also be for the chicken bake.

Tilapia Filets

Freeze one bag of tilapia filets.

Thaw and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Chicken seasoning and pan fry or grill with EVOO.

Blackened Shrimp

1 bag of shrimp (peel removed)
Season with smoked paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Thaw and grill and serve with an avocado, asparagus, and spinach salad.

Chicken Cobb Salad

1.5 lbs. of chicken breasts
Season with Mrs. Dash Chicken
Freeze 1 package of bacon

Thaw and grill. Serve sliced on top of salad with avocado, egg, bacon and this Whole30 ranch recipe:
(This recipe is from Against All Grain)

Grilled Pineapple & Turkey Burgers

1 pineapple sliced or 1 can of whole pineapple slices canned in water
1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 Tablespoon Worcestshire sauce
Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
Form into patties

Thaw and grill burger and pineapple. Serve with lettuce buns

Sausage and Shrimp Skillet
1 package chicken sausage
1 bag shrimp

Thaw and cook in a skillet with veggies. Season however you wish.

Sausage Bake

1 package smoked sausage
1 bag frozen broccoli florets

Thaw and slice. Add diced sweet potatoes, toss with EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic, and oregano. Bake at 415 for 45 minutes.

Beef and Broccoli

1 lb. shredded beef
4 T liquid aminos
1 2/3 T Sesame Oil
1 T fish sauce
2 pieces of ginger root
1 tsp of arrowroot powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

6 hours on low. Add frozen broccoli 30 minutes before serving on top of cauliflower rice or quinoa.

BBQ Chicken Casserole

1.5 cooked spaghetti squash
1/2 diced red onion
1.5 lbs of shredded chicken (from crock pot)
1.5 cups of Whole30 approved BBQ sauce, I used this recipe:
(Note: I added too much chili powder because my grocery store only had chipotle chili powder. I'll skip the chili powder next time.)

This is also a great BBQ sauce option from Against All Grain. It's sweeter, which I like. You just blend everything together and then let it simmer for 15 minutes.

3 eggs
1 package of cooked bacon (for topping)

Mix everything (but the bacon) together in a tray. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Top with some Whole30 ranch.


2-3 chicken breasts
1/2 lb. peeled shrimp
1/2 smoked sausage
6 oz. tomato paste
1 can tomatoes
1/2 bag frozen okra
1 diced green pepper
1 diced onion
Season with garlic, 2 bay leaves, pepper, Cajun seasoning, Thyme, and cayenne pepper (optional)

8 hrs. on low. Serve over cauli-rice, quinoa or just eat straight up.

Pulled Pork

3 lbs. pork loin
Season with garlic, chili powder, mustard seed, Smoked paprika, salt, pepper
2 Tbsp. apple sauce

8 hrs. on low. Serve in a baked sweet potato.

Zucchini Lasagna

1 lb. ground sausage, cooked
1 lb. ground beef, cooked
1.5 jars mariniar
5 zucchinis thinly sliced, long-ways

Using the tray and the sliced zucchini as noodles, layer zucchini and sauce in the tray. Thaw and Bake for 30-45 at 375. (Note: I added cheese on half of this for my kids.)

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

1.5 lbs. of chicken breasts
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup buffalo hot sauce

7-8 hrs. on low. Shred and stuff in a potato or sweet potato. Add some Whole30 ranch if you want.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

1.5 lbs. of chicken breasts
1.2 bunch of chopped cilantro
1 lime, sliced
season with lemon pepper

Thaw and grill.

Pork Burrito Bowls

3 lbs. pork loin
Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, garlic, salt and pepper

8 hrs. on low. Shred and serve on top of cauli-rice or quinoa with Rotel tomatoes and chilis and cilantro (and any other Whole30 approved taco toppings).

**NOTE: Each recipe is written for one meal. Make 2 of each.

And that'll do it. I'll check in in 30 days or so. Wish me luck!


  1. Hi!

    Thank you for sharing this amazing post. I've been doing some research on whole30 and am struggling with meal prep ideas and also budget. This is incredibly helpful. Thank you so so much.

  2. FYI- Quinoa is not whole30 compliant. Since it acts like a grain and is often a substitute for rice or cereal, it is actually off limits!