They’re versatile and budget-friendly – and they keep you full for hours! Potatoes are a workhouse of Whole30. You’ll see all varieties of them in breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes.
They are also one of the biggest sources of confusion on Whole30 in our Facebook group. Many of us grew up in an era where potatoes were considered “bad” or “fattening” or filled with “too many carbs.”
Rest assured – they are a whole, natural food filled with lots of nutrients (such as vitamin B6 and potassium, among others!) and are a source of GOOD carbohydrates for your body (unlike those loaded with refined sugar and processed grains.)
Also, potatoes were originally NOT part of Whole30 but the rules changed in favor of the spud in 2014! Since then, potatoes are a YES! on the Whole30’s official “Can I have” list?
Here’s what Whole30 has to say about potatoes and fitting them into your meal template:
“We changed the official Whole30 rules in August 2014 to include all varieties of potatoes—white, red, Yukon gold, purple, fingerling, baby, sweet potatoes, yams, etc. Feel free to boil, bake, roast, pan-fry, grill, microwave, or steam them, but no store-bought potato chips or restaurant French fries; that’s completely against the spirit of the Whole30.
Tip: White potatoes pack a whole lot of energy into a relatively small package. If you’re overweight, insulin-resistant or otherwise metabolically challenged, and not very active, you don’t need a lot of extra energy on your daily plate. If this is your context, use white potatoes sparingly in your Whole30 meal plan, if at all. Plus, if you eat mashed potatoes with every dinner, you’ll miss out on a world of colorful, nutrient-dense vegetables to explore. Bust out of your potato rut and discover a newfound love of Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or kale!”
To help you get your potato on, we rounded up a few of our favorite potato recipes:
Crispy Garlic Ranch Roasted Potatoes by The Real Food Dietitians: You had me at crispy garlic ranch! This potato recipe is a fan favorite in the Whole30 world – and it’s easy to see why. Serve these lovelies with chicken, meat, or alongside an egg dish. I am definitely adding this recipe to my meal prep rotation ASAP!
Middle Eastern Spicy Potato Salad Recipe (Batata Harra) by The Mediterranean Dish: Want to expand your culinary horizons? Give this Middle Eastern Spicy Potato Salad a try – it’s described as “a quick mayonnaise-free potato salad like they make in the Middle East.” It “packs lots of flavor from garlic, warm spices, fresh herbs, and lime juice.” An added bonus: This one is vegan and gluten-free!
Dairy-Free and Whole30 Zuppa Toscana Potato Skins by Farmstead Chic: Potatoes stuffed with sausage and veggies? Sign me up! Here, potatoes become the vessel for lots of Whole30 deliciousness. This could be a main dish or served alongside eggs for a heartier brunch or dinner.
Sweet Paprika Fries by Little Big H: These sweet paprika fries will make you forget about any fast food fries you used to eat – they are that good. You’ll likely have all of the ingredients on hand so get some of these going and serve with compliant burgers and hotdogs and a salad with compliant dressing for an easy summer dinner.
Paleo Whole30 Scalloped Potatoes by Jay’s Baking Me Crazy: Check out this Whole30 take on a classic potato dish. These take a while to cook but are perfect for leftovers, either warmed up or eaten cold. Don’t have a mandoline? We like this one – and you can get it on Amazon!
Cilantro Lime Potato Salad by Wholesomelicious: This potato salad looks delicious and it’s filled with accessible ingredients. It’s described as “tangy, flavorful, super easy, and just what you need for your next summer cookout!” And all of your guests will be happy – this potato salad is also paleo and vegan!
Chicken Pesto Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Paleo Running Momma: Pesto is such a refreshing summer flavor, and these stuffed sweet potatoes are hearty and tasty. Make them as part of your meal prep and enjoy them throughout the week for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Looking for more inspiration – potato and otherwise? Check out our Everyday Whole Pinterest Board for more delicious ideas.
What’s your favorite way to use potatoes?