Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope you had a fun New Year that had you waking up early this morning, ready to start a new decade. I was feeling a cold coming on yesterday so I stocked up on supplements, took a Tylenol PM, then passed out into the deepest sleep EVER. I’m feeling better than ever this morning and ready to take on a new decade!! Hopefully you’re feeling that same drive! If not, let’s get you prepped and ready.

I know many of you out there are looking to kick start eating healthy in the New Year and I’m here to help. I’ve been created paleo recipes since 2011, which means I have THOUSANDS of recipes to look through, along with three paleo cookbooks to check out. But something I know many people look for in the New Year is Whole30 approved recipes. Whole30 has been around since I started my paleo adventure back in 2010, and it’s something I’ve never been a huge fan of. And that’s mostly because of my personality type. I have some addictive behaviors – those addictive behaviors started with limiting my food intake (eating disorder behaviors), then it led to an addiction to working out (working out multiple times per day), then it led me to getting addicted to Whole30. I was addicted to being addicted. So when I would do a Whole30, I would get OBSESSED with my food. I would worry about everything I put in my mouth, think about food constantly, and plan for what day 31 would look like – aka gorging myself with anything I craved the past 30 days. And I often see that happening to other people, as well. Followers on instagram will comment on a dessert post and say that I’m killing them during their Whole30 and that IT’S ON once they get to day 31. But those behaviors are something I have always wanted to get away from – I’ve wanted to simply eat food when I was hungry, stop when I was full, and be able to eat what I want, when I want, and not obsess about it all day long. And Whole30 didn’t help me do that.

That being said, Whole30 is INCREDIBLY eye opening. When you’re addicted to food (like I was), cutting out foods that destroy you from the inside-out is such a blessing. Because it shows you what feeling normal should feel like. I grew up in constant pain, in and out of the hospital with stomach issues, and no doctor ever told me to look at what I was eating. But when I went gluten-free and finally cut out all the junk food, my constant stomach pains completely went away. And Whole30 can be that same experience for many people, especially if they go back to their normal eating patterns on day 31. Most people become aware of what sh*tty foods do to them and no longer want to eat them. That’s why Whole30 can be so great for so many people.

Before I get into the quick version of Whole30 (which is also all spelled out here), I want to remind you that you DO NOT have to obsess about food. It doesn’t have to run your life (or mind). There is freedom from obsessing, you don’t have to just go from one obsession to another, like I did. Whole30 should be a helpful guide to ease you into understanding what you’re putting into your body and show you that being aware of what you are consuming is IMPORTANT. Will a tablespoon of maple syrup in your coffee ruin your day? Will some maple syrup on your butternut squash dish kill you? Will you instant gain 10lbs because you consumed a squeeze of honey in a side dish? No, no, and no. What will kill you in the end is the constant stressing. I would worry more about the stress than the maple syrup. I put maple syrup and heavy cream in my coffee every day, I consume sugar in some way most days, I eat peas sometimes, I eat gluten free toast somedays, and I do all these things without gaining weight and without feeling like sh*t. I’m no where near Whole30 perfect, but I still feel great and I rarely ever obsess over food. And you can do the same, it may just take some time.

Now with all that being said, here is the quick breakdown about Whole30, but remember you can read it all in-depth here:

  • No sugar, real or fake
  • No alcohol. Alcohol is poison, anyways
  • No dairy
  • No legumes
  • No MSG
  • No baked goods, junk food, or treats
  • No stepping on a scale or measuring yourself – this one is my favorite

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the don’ts, but just think about it this way – EAT REAL FOOD. It’s simple. Eat things that came from the earth instead of created in a lab. Stop slamming Monster drinks and start looking at WHY you don’t have energy and need that drink to bring you back to life. Start thinking about nourishing your body with real food so you have the energy to conquer each day. Food is here to fuel you, so fuel yourself with the best ingredients. Below are 70 recipes that will fuel you, keep you thriving, and help you feel like the best version of yourself this decade. Not only is 2020 your year, but it can now be YOUR BEST DECADE. You get to decide who you want to be and how you want to live. So start taking care of yourself – today, tomorrow, and for the next 10 years. You’re going to LOVE how good you feel from this day forward.


Egg-Free Breakfast Bowls

Breakfast Fries

Pizza Egg Bites

Lox & Cream Cheese Sheet Pan Breakfast

Bacon & Veggie Loaded Egg Casserole

Mexican Chorizo Frittata

Southwest Sweet Potato Hash

Supreme Pizza Frittata

Egg-Free Shashuka Breakfast Bowls

Chorizo Plantain Hash

Barbacoa Eggs Benedict with Chimichurri Hollandaise

Breakfast Pizza Baked Peppers

Easy Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast On-The-Go Egg Cups


Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

Fajita Chicken Salad

Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken & Potatoes

Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Indian Butter Chicken

Coq au Vin

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Artichoke Lemon Pesto Chicken Pasta

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Bacon Alfredo

Stuffed Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken


Shepard’s Pie (remove peas)

Burger Bowls

Chimichurri Steak Bowls

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Instant Pot Taco Stuffed Potatoes

Instant Pot Smoky Bacon Chili

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Sage Beef Stew

Steak Fajita Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Easy Gravy

Red Thai Beef Curry


Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash Rice Pilaf

Mexican Pumpkin Soup

Instant Pot Carnitas 

Cabbage Pizza Rolls

Slow Cook Tomatillo Pork Chile Verde

Truffle Cauliflower Soup with Bacon Crispy Sage

Bacon Braised Collard Greens

Fish & Seafood

Tuna Poke Bowls

Garlic Lime Shrimp Skewers

Seared Ahi Tuna Sushi Bowls

Easy Shrimp Skewers with Chard Cilantro Pesto

Mahi Mahi Mango Ceviche Tacos

Shrimp Piccata Pasta

Creamy Cauliflower Shrimp Chowder

Crispy Skin Salmon with Bernaise Sauce

Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Easy Guacamole 

10-Minute Creamy Dill Salmon

Flaky Sriracha Cod Over Parsnip-Carrot Mash

Veggie & Side Dishes

Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Cauliflower Fritters

Mediterranean Buddha Bowls

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Mediterranean Salad

Carrot Fritters with Avocado Cream Sauce

Jicama Apple Slaw 

Spicy Curry Duck Fat Shoestring Fries

Curry Roasted Cauliflower & Fennel

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup

Rosemary Roasted Apples & Sweet Potatoes

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  1. Magda Velecky says:

    Sorry, 2020 is not the beginning of a new decade… my new pet peeve. I follow you on Instagram and love your recipes and fitness tips. I’m nowhere near your fitness level but I’ve decided to work on moving move and incorporating weights to get stronger. My family and I are off to Keystone in February for skiing!

    1. Rich says:

      2020 most certainly is the start of a new decade. 2010-2019 was the prior decade (the tens, so to speak), 2000-2009 was the ‘aughts’, etc. That’s how decades work.

  2. Carrie says:

    The issue of whether 2020 marks the entry into a new decade is not settled. Folks need to relax–I think it is whatever you want it to be, and I’m personally calling this a new decade. https://www.nbc15.com/content/news/When-does-the-new-decade-begin—-566619451.html

    Juli, thank you for the recap of these recipes. I’ve found Whole30 really limiting and nearly impossible to comply with in the past, yet after about four attempts, I got the hang of it. Like most things that are hard, you have to really, really want it–and I did. Eliminating sugar is by far the most difficult part of the program since it is added to almost EVERYTHING we consume. Once you solely eat whole foods and eliminate pre-made baked goods, you’re almost there in my opinion. It’s worth the initial struggle, and at 41, I have never felt better. Also, after about a year of being 95% compliant, I do not miss any of the sugar. I had a few cookies at Christmas from our family recipe, and that will last me until next year!

    1. juli says:

      hahahaha such a weird thing for people to get their panties in a twist over.

  3. Kari says:

    Thank you for this! I used some of your recipes when I did a Whole30 and I’m doing another starting Jan 12 due to some stomach issues. Happy New Year.

    1. juli says:

      no problem, Kari! hope you get the stomach issues all fixed up through food!

  4. Janine says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I appreciate your perspective about not getting obsessed! But it definitely helps to be prepared! These recipes will help me with having the right food available when it’s time to eat! Happy New Year!

    1. juli says:

      happy new year, janine!!

  5. Annie says:

    I just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for this! We jut started a whole 30 ( hello sugar and wine addiction!) and we are super amped, but lacking inspiration. Seriously thank you so much, Juli!
    Also, while I am here I have to tell you that I deleted social media back in August ( self preservation 🙂 ) and you are one of the only blogs I still just visit regularly because I miss you! Lol you’re the best. Keep on doing what you’re doing! I have been following since 2014 and adore you and your content. All the love!

    1. juli says:

      glad i could help, Annie! and thank you so much for continually following along here! if my job wasn’t on social media, i would erase mine too.

  6. Andrea O'Donnell says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! We like to do it a couple times a year as a reset, then stick to paleo (80/20) the rest of the year. We like to do it January to reset all the sugar we ate over the holidays (even if paleo!). Anyways, I love your site So much and have been following you since 2010!! You are awesome! Happy new year! Ps: we still eat siete chips!

    1. juli says:

      no problem, Andrea! glad i could help!

  7. Megan C says:

    I completely understand your reasons for not doing Whole30 and not usually promoting it on your site. With that said, I am doing a W30 and truly appreciate this roundup you’ve put together! I’ve used many of your recipes for prior Whole30s in years past but this is incredibly helpful to have them all summarized in one location. Cheers to a new year and all the fun it brings!

    1. juli says:

      glad i could help you out Megan!

  8. lauren says:

    Thanks for compiling all your W30 recipes into one blog post!

    1. juli says:

      no problem, lauren!