So, you are mid Whole 30 and you get an invite to a party (cue panic). What are you going to do? What will you drink? We have pulled together some of our Whole 30 party faves to help fight the panic, enjoy the party and reset the way you think about parties, so you can enjoy the food, enjoy the company and know that you are sticking to your health commitment.
Kalua Pulled Pork (Nom Nom Paleo)
I love using my crock pot to make an easy prep meal. This one I love because it is stove top friendly. This is a great versatile recipe for Whole 30 or non-Whole 30 diners. This is one of my go-to recipes when we have a party because it’s kid and parent friendly, it doesn’t break the bank, and prep is a breeze. My kids love it and it’s a nice, healthier choice than pizza, chicken nuggets, or other foods that toddlers and preschoolers seem to be able to live on. I usually prepare a simple green salad and provide slider buns for those that want sliders. I prefer throwing some on top of a green salad and top with Whole Sisters Dump Ranch.
Creamy Avocado Ranch With Veggies (One Lovely Life)
A veggie tray with dip is a wonderful way to make sure you have veggies and a plated fat at hand. It also provides a delicious and crunchy snack to avoid the other crunchy noncompliant snack options that might be available. Avocado can be hard to keep looking fresh so I like this guac-lock container available on Amazon.
This recipe is delicious!!! It’s great for a party as a heavy hors d’oeuvre or for game days. The first time I made this was Super Bowl Sunday, the Patriots vs. another team. The Patriots came back from an abysmal first half and won the game in the last seconds. So, I basically consider this a lucky recipe.
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (Nan and Nicole of Whole Sisters):
The first time I made this I was planning my kids’ birthday parties. I was trying to make sure there were some decent options of food for those that wanted it, instead of just pizza and cake. I came across this recipe and although I couldn’t get my act together to make it for the party, I made it the next day. It is fantastic. Very fresh and hit all the taste buds in the right place. What I loved about it was that it packed tons of veggies, protein and some fats into one dish. I also love that if you are in a rush, pre-chopped coleslaw works just fine. It is easy to double the recipe, easy to transport, and easy to make ahead of time. You can’t go wrong!!!
Balsamic Chicken Skewers (recipe below)
With grilling season finally here in New England, chicken kabobs are the perfect Whole 30 friendly and super tasty protein to bring to a party. You can either grill them before or grill them at the party. My new favorite homemade marinade is Balsamic Marinade. It is so easy to make and has been a hit every single time I have used it.
8 boneless chicken thighs, tenders or breasts (cut into 1-1/2 in. strips or chunks)
1-2 tbsp. compliant Dijon mustard
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar;
1/2 cup of olive oil;
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice;
2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced;
2 garlic cloves, minced;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Throw chicken in a plastic Zip-lock bag with the marinade and let it marinate for a couple hours in the fridge. Once done, skewer chicken onto pre-soaked wooden or metal skewers. Throw on the grill and voila, super tasty protein that is delicious fresh of the grill or chilled.
** Make sure to follow temperature cooking guidelines for chicken and toss the extra marinade**