Whole30 Christmas Recipe Round Up

I normally travel back back home for Christmas but we’re going to skip the pricey Christmas airplane tickets and go a little later. This means I’m on the hook for cooking turkey dinner this year and I’m going to knock it out of the park!

So, here’s what I have planned for the day. I’m going to have my Crock Pot and Instant Pot out to free up some space on my stove top and do what I can ahead of time. Fingers crossed that it goes smoothly. If not, I’ll make extra gravy and get people to douse their food in it–I mean, gravy can fix most anything, right?


APPETIZERS

You know the old adage about eating with your eyes first? It’s so true. Just look how beautiful Fit Living Eats’ Holiday Pomegranate Guacamole on Roasted Sweet Potato Toasts look.

Give your guests something to dip into with this wonderful Paleo Spinach Artichoke Dip by Mary’s Whole Life. Whole30 never looked so good!

These sweet potato cranberry turkey poppers by Unbound Wellness look so deliciously festive. I expect these to fly off the plate as soon as I put them down. This is definitely a make ahead app!


MAIN DISHES

Meet the star of my Christmas dinner this year–Flavor The Moments’ Dry Brined Orange Rosemary Roasted Turkey It looks like a work of art and I plan on parading this out to the table while my guests stand up and applaud the beauty of this turkey! Well, if the standing applause doesn’t happen, there had better be compliments or everyone will be asked to leave.

I’m all about getting anything and everything off the stove top when I have to cook a big meal. Grab your crockpot and whip up these amazing Whole30 crockpot mashed potatoes by 40 Aprons.

My guests aren’t on Whole30 so I’ll be making my traditional Acadian stuffing for them but will cook up this beautiful Riced Cauliflower Stuffing from Mary’s Whole Life for myself and anyone else that wants to try it. I’m pretty sure this will end up on other people’s plates!


SIDE DISHES

Waitrose’s Buttered Turnip and Carrot Mash “Substitute the butter with ghee and you’ve got yourself a delicious Whole30 compliant side dish. This is sure to be a family favourite!”

Primal Gourmet’s Green Bean Almondine “Green Bean Almondine is a classic, French side dish that comes together in just 15 min. This Whole30 version requires minimum effort & yields maximum reward.”

The Endless Meal’s Garlic Bacon Mushrooms “These crazy delicious Garlic Bacon Mushrooms are the ultimate side dish. They’re easy enough to make as a weeknight side yet tasty enough to serve alongside a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.”

The Busy Baker’s Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots “These Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots make the perfect holiday side dish for your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner! They’re on the table in 30 minutes or less with only 4 ingredients!” Remember to use ghee instead of butter.


SAUCES

40 Aprons’ Instant Pot Easy Whole30 Cranberry Sauce With Apples and Rosemary “This Instant Pot Whole30 cranberry sauce with apples and rosemary is the perfect Whole30 cranberry sauce: sweet and tart with no added sweeteners at all!”

Cook Eat Paleo’s Easy Paleo Gravy “This easy paleo gravy is perfect over my favorite mashed potato swap for the holidays—roasted garlic cauliflower celery root mash. Try this gravy over roast turkey and stuffing and you’ll never miss the flour!”

Holiday Wish List: Healthy Cookbooks

A cookbook is the holiday gift that keeps on giving! And a healthy cookbook is even better – it keeps on giving the gift of health!

Below, we’ve compiled our top picks for healthy cookbooks to gift this holiday season. Be sure to double up when you shop – grab one to give away and one to keep for yourself.

Happy shopping!


THE WHOLE30 FRIENDS & FAMILY by Melissa Urban

About the cookbook: “You can honor your health commitments while enjoying time with family and friends, and this book shows you exactly how. The Whole30 Friends & Family is packed with recipes for all of life’s special moments, from birthdays to baby showers, barbecues to brunches. All of the recipes are Whole30 compliant, designed to mix and match to create the perfect menu whether you’re hosting or contributing a dish as a guest. And in true Whole30 style, the recipes are creative, colorful, and so flavorful that your guests will never miss the added sugar. The Whole30 Friends & Family will show you how to navigate gatherings, provide tips and tricks to make every social situation a success, and offer full menus for special occasions like dinner parties, date night, and Friendsgiving.”


SLOW COOKED PALEO by Bailey Fischer of Whole Kitchen Sink

About the cookbook: “Feed your family wholesome meals that are a cinch to prepare with these downright delicious Paleo masterpieces. Layered with flavor and packed with a nutritious punch, these slow cooker meals make following the Paleo diet simple and convenient. Updated versions of already familiar meals smooth the transition to Paleo cooking and eating, and options for making meals vegetarian, low carb and AIP-friendly mean that everybody can enjoy tantalizing Paleo favorites, regardless of dietary restrictions.”


CLEAN PALEO FAMILY COOKBOOK (Coming April 2020; pre-order now) by Ashley McCrary of Healthy Little Peach

About the cookbook: “Clean Paleo Family Cookbook includes 100 healthy Paleo-inspired recipes that your whole family will love. Perfect for your whole food Paleo elimination diet, or if you want keto modifications for your clean Paleo diet, every recipe is completely free of grains, gluten, legumes, dairy, soy, and artificial ingredients.”


THE DEFINED DISH: HEALTHY AND WHOLESOME WEEKNIGHT RECIPES (Coming 12/31/19; pre-order now) by Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish

About the cookbook: “Alex Snodgrass of TheDefinedDish.com is the third author in the popular Whole30 Endorsed series. With gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that sound and look way too delicious to be healthy, this is a cookbook people can turn to after completing a Whole30, when they’re looking to reintroduce healthful ingredients like tortillas, yogurt, beans, and legumes. Recipes like Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa or Black Pepper Chicken are easy enough to prepare even after a busy day at work. There are no esoteric ingredients in these recipes, but instead something to suit every taste, each dish clearly marked if it is Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more. Alex includes delicious variations, too, such as using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells, to ensure recipes can work for almost any diet. And for anyone looking to stick to their Whole30 for longer, at least sixty of the recipes are fully compliant.”


The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook by Michelle Smith of The Whole Smiths

About the cookbook: “As fans of the Whole30 know, it can be challenging to figure out how to eat for the other 335 days of the year. Michelle Smith, creator of the blog The Whole Smiths, has the answers. This cookbook, the first ever fully endorsed and supported by Whole30, offers a collection of 150 recipes to keep Whole30 devotees going strong. Many recipes like Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo are fully Whole30-compliant, and all are gluten-free, but you’ll also find recipes with a careful reintroduction of grains, like the tortillas in the Chile Enchilada Bake. Some recipes include beans and legumes, so there are plenty of vegetarian options. There are even desserts like Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies! Throughout the book, icons help readers identify which recipes fit their dietary constraints (and which are easily adaptable), but perhaps most important of all, the recipes are a delicious way to help anyone achieve a long-term approach to good health.”

Sausage Sheet Pan Supper

Guest Post by Whole30 Certified Coach Rachel Rivera

Sheet Pan Meals have become so trendy, and with good reason! They are extremely convenient when you are short on time, plus they require minimal cleanup. It’s a win-win!

One thing I love about this particular recipe is that it is so versatile when it comes to the spices. You can go in a few different directions with this. Sometimes I use sazon seasoning or adobo seasoning instead, basically anything you like you can do! Enjoy.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins 
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Whole30 compliant Italian Sausage
  • 4-6 Sweet potatoes chopped into chunks
  • 4 Carrots chopped into coins or matchsticks
  • 2 Onions quartered
  • 4 cloves Garlic diced
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  2. Spread all the chopped veggies onto a large sheet pan.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle on salt and spices to taste.
  4. Carefully mix until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Lay Italian sausages on top of veggies.
  6. Bake for approximately 50 minutes, or until veggies are tender, and sausages reach an internal temperature of 165F.

Rachel Rivera is a Whole30 certified coach from southern Connecticut. She grew up in Massachusetts and is also a piano teacher. Rachel found the Whole30 while struggling with infertility, and she wanted to optimize her health naturally. She can relate especially to women struggling with infertility but would love to coach anyone on their journey to better health.

For more inspiration, visit her website at https://thecleanhappylife.com/ and find her on Instagram @thecleanhappylife.