A common worry that puts people off nutritional changes like following a Whole30 is feeling daunted by all of the planning and food preparation. It really doesn’t have to be a drain on your time. Yes, there does have to be a bit of planning, but that just sets you up for time saving through the week.
My top tip for easily implementing healthy eating in your busy life is to cook up a big one pot on a Monday and eat it through the week. Here’s the why, the how and my top five Whole30 / Paleo one pot recipes.
Save Time with One Pot Bulk Cooking: Cook Once, Eat Three Times
The biggest kitchen time saver that Ollie and I have introduced is what we coin “Monday Mass”. This is essentially where we both commit to leaving work fairly on time on a Monday, then cook an enormous one pot that we eat Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night, often varying the sides that we eat it with.
When Ollie first had the idea to do this I thought – “that will be boring, eating the same thing three days in a row”. I can honestly say we’ve been doing this for two years and I’ve never felt bored. When you get home after a hard day at the office, tired and hungry, it is absolutely delightful to just be able to heat up something delicious, healthy and home cooked. In that moment I absolutely don’t care that I ate the same thing the previous day.
On starting the Whole30 I had to switch up the one pot repertoire to find options that are compliant. These are my favourite five. I have them saved in a list on my phone and just cycle through them each week. No decision about “what are we going to eat this week” needed, shopping list ready for whenever we happen to be in the supermarket, brain space saved.
Here are five delicious, easy one pot recipes that will get you through the whole of the Whole30.
1. West African Chicken Stew
Chicken thighs cooked in a tomato, chilli, pakrika sauce with cashew nut butter – this recipe is spicy, creamy, nutty and DIVINE. Originally from Well Fed 2, edited slightly by Eat Drink Paelo.
2. Moroccan Lamb Stew
A warm, sweet and spicy one pot from Paleo Leap. The slower and longer you cook it, the more the lamb will melt in your mouth.
3. Japanese Chicken Curry
A hearty curry that’s full of flavour from Eat Drink Paleo. Loose the peas and replace with green pepper to make this one Whole30 compliant.
See the recipe here.
4. Whole30 Bolognese
This recipe is my own and you can find it here.
5. Creamy Mushroom and Pork Casserole
A great non-dairy dish that tastes like those french style creamy sauces from Grazed and Enthused. Delish with a side of mashed potato and broccoli.