What to Eat When You’re Missing Takeout, Sunday Brunch, and Cocktail Hour on Whole30®

August 24, 2021

While doing a Whole30® makes you feel great, it’s not so easy to switch from your regular eating habits to a whole month of super clean eating. Whole30® veterans will tell you that although the specific food cravings are a challenge (a cupcake, a stack of pancakes, maybe a glass of wine), it’s those food-centric moments you may start to miss most: things like brunch with friends or an after-work cocktail. 

During your Whole30®, you’ll quickly learn that you need to prep and cook nearly all of your own food, which can lead to a bit of cooking burnout. If you start to feel like you’re in a food rut, here’s some inspiration to keep you on track — in the form of Whole30®-approved dupes for your favorite restaurant dishes, takeout orders, and social snacks. 

Whole30® Recipe Swaps: What to Eat in Place of Your Favorite Foods

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Whole30 Tuna Salad Three Ways

You may not be able to fill up on carb-heavy sandwiches in a Whole30® meal plan, but you can get the same effect with protein-packed tuna salad (sans the bread).


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Whole30® Ahi Grapefruit Poke

If you’re typically a regular at your favorite sushi restaurant, this Whole30®-approved take on poke will satisfy all those cravings (even without the rice).


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Whole30® Chicken Tinga Tacos

With jicama rounds in place of the tortillas, these chicken tinga tacos will help you stick to your Whole30® rules without missing taco night. As a bonus, this Whole30® Instant Pot recipe comes together in just a few minutes—something you’ll certainly appreciate when cooking most of your meals at home.


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Whole30® Sheet Pan Shrimp With Sesame Broccoli

Whole30® Halibut and Mushrooms in a Pepper-Ginger Broth

Which takeout dishes do you miss most — stir-fry from your favorite Chinese restaurant? Hot, noodle-filled ramen from a go-to Japanese spot? If you answered either, these two Whole30® recipes will likely fill the void.


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Whole30® Turkey-Sage Meatballs Served Over Spaghetti Squash

Subbing spaghetti squash in place of grain-heavy noodles is a great way to enjoy your favorite pasta dishes while on Whole30®.


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Whole30® Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings 2 Ways

Whole30® Buffalo Chicken Dip

Having friends over to watch the big game? Prep these two game day classics ahead of time and you can join in on the snacking (just grab a sparkling water in place of a cold beer!)


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Whole30® Chicken Zoodle Soup

Whole30® White Chicken Chili With Sweet Potatoes

Whole30® Roast Chicken Thighs With Fennel and Squash

Many people miss their favorite comfort foods while on Whole30®, but these warm, filling dishes are equally filling swaps for those homemade favorites. Try a hearty Whole30® chili, a classic roast chicken, or a steamy bowl of chicken soup with zucchini noodles in place of noodles.


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Whole30® Baby Back & Dry Rubbed Ribs

Wondering what to bring to the barbecue when you’re on Whole30®? These tender, flavorful ribs are made two ways, so they’re perfect for any palate.


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Whole30® Breakfast Casserole

Whole30® Frittata 

Whole30® Hollandaise Sauce

Many people say breakfast is tricky on Whole30®, but it doesn’t have to be. These delicious and filling breakfast dishes are near-perfect dupes for some of your favorite morning favorites.

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Whole30, Whole30 Diet, Whole30 Recipes

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Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Thrive Market's Senior Editorial Writer. She is based in Los Angeles via Pittsburgh, PA.

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