Cooking Whole30 for One

If we’re being real, cooking for one is always hard. I feel like I am constantly throwing away food. Whole30 helped me get more creative with cooking and eating fresh foods before they went bad. If you want to read more of my tips for successfully completing Whole30, I wrote all about it here.

I’ve built my weekly meal plans out below. Keep in mind that this plan is what I used to cook for me, myself, and I–if you’re cooking for a family or even for just a couple, you will probably need more food. I spent an average of $70/week on groceries using HEB curbside service, but I’m doing a little experiment in August with Aldi instead. Stay tuned! Being healthy ain’t cheap. That’s why so many of us just aren’t.

Breakfast

I’ve never been one to need or want much variety in my breakfast, so these are very straight forward. I am always looking for breakfast I can easily grab on my way out the door! 

  • Week 1
    • Pulled pork scrambled eggs with avocado
      I made this pulled pork in the crockpot overnight on Sunday and used it for several different meals throughout the week. In the mornings, I scrambled 2 eggs in some olive oil, added pulled pork in the frying pan, and cut up some avocado to go on top when I took it off the stove. For some extra seasoning, I love to add Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning! 
  • Week 2
    • Whole30 “cereal”
      This one totally meets the “easy” criteria for breakfast. I grind up a handful of mixed nuts (no peanuts!) in the food processor at the beginning of the week. Pulse them until they are fine, but not creamy. Each morning, I sprinkle a handful of the nut powder at the bottom of a cereal bowl then slice a banana over it. I quarter 3-4 strawberries on top, then sprinkle a little unsweetened coconut to top it off. Mix in some almond or coconut milk and you’ve got a makeshift cereal breakfast that’s all good for you and tastes amazing
  • Week 3
    • Pulled pork scrambled eggs with avocado
  • Week 4
    • Whole30 “cereal”

Lunch

  • Week 1

    • Slow cooker carnitas with cauliflower rice (3 days)
      Use the same slow cooker carnitas recipe that you’re mixing in with your scrambled eggs. I riced my own cauliflower, but you can also buy it already riced in the freezer section at most grocery stores. Heat it up with the carnitas, add in some chopped red onion and avocado and you’re golden.

      cooking whole30 for one

    • I ate out one day at George’s (a Waco must, if you’ve never tried it!) and had salad. Womp womp.
    • Strawberry Mango Salad with Chicken (3 days)
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
    • Slow cooker carnitas with cauliflower rice (3 days)
    • Marinated flank steak salad (4 days)
      So basically the lunch theme is…make up things to put on a salad with meat that you prep before the week starts. Not very creative, but it gets the job done.
  • Week 4
    • I went to lunch one day at Oh My Juice in Waco, which has unbelievable salad dressings. Highly recommend, Whole30 Wacoans!
    • I also had lunch out at McAlister’s one day–bring your own dressing and just don’t worry about what they cook their chicken in…
    • Bacon garlic spaghetti squash (2 days – save the other two servings for dinner!)

      cooking whole30 for one

    • Grilled chicken salad (3 days)
      You don’t need a recipe for this one. I used some strawberries I knew I wouldn’t need for breakfast this week, sliced them up to put on a bed of spinach with some grilled chicken breasts, added some walnuts and some homemade dressing and voila! 

Dinner

  • Week 1
    • Plantain carnitas nachos (2 nights – make full pork recipe, but  half nacho recipe, see note below)
      I told you you’d use the carnitas for everything! This recipe is one of my very favorites I had on Whole30. A word of caution: you do not need as many plantains as they tell you. I found I only used about half of a plantain for each serving.

      Cooking Whole30 for one

    • Whole30 Garlic Salmon with Watercress (2 nights – shop for full recipe)
    • Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa (2 nights – half recipe)
    • I ate out one night at Zoe’s Kitchen and had steak kabobs which I cannot 100% confirm are 100% Whole30 because I did not go to such extremes as to call and ask what they are cooked in but you know, ain’t nobody got time for that and #gracenotperfection
  • Week 2
  • Week 3
  • Week 4
    • Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa (2 nights – half recipe)
      This is my favorite recipe on this whole list. I get sad when my meal is gone because it’s that good.

      cooking whole30 for one

    • Coconut chicken (2 nights)
      I had thawed chicken for another recipe and decided I didn’t want it, so this was a great easy out that turned out to be delicious! I paired it with some sweet potato fries and some green beans and it was perfect.
    • Bacon garlic spaghetti squash (2 nights – the rest for lunch!)
    • Honesty hour: I caved on night 30 and I had Chuy’s for dinner. If you’re better than me, make one of these delicious recipes again. Pat yourself on the back.

Snacks

  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Baked French Fries
  • Plantain chips (you can make them at home using the plantain nacho recipe above, or just get you some at the grocery store because they will save your life)
  • Cashews 
  • Peach cobbler (because those peaches at the farmer’s market are just too darn tempting!)
  • Detox cookies (these really don’t keep more than 3 days…eat ’em before they start growin’!)
  • Chocolate chia seed pudding (I topped mine with pomegranate seeds, strawberries, and bananas–so yummy)
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