It does seem like every so often a new type of diet is created, books are written, new recipes online and a new way to boost sales of different foods emerge.

The Whole30 diet plan differs slightly from the Paleo diet. Unlike the Paleo diet, this one does not rigidly follow eating grass fed beef or organic produce.

One good thing for carb lovers is that both white and sweet potatoes receive the green light. We rarely eat potatoes, but I can see that for those who love them, this diet is far more palatable and easy to follow than Paleo.

Clarified butter is allowed on the Whole30 diet which means you can dress up your baked potatoes with chives and butter.

The Whole30 diet does not permit many substitute foods made from accepted Paleo ingredients. It is far more basic and simple than Paleo.

It is my personal feeling that most of these types of diets are very restrictive, but hopefully get people on the right track to eating fresh and natural foods. I still believe that you need an occasional break for a special treat, however.

I am going to include a few recipes with ingredients that are sanctioned by the Whole30 diet.

Shrimp Soup

My shrimp soup is totally delicious. I made this Whole30 soup following an old recipe I had. I left out all ingredients that do not conform to Whole30 agenda.

* Make sure and check the shrimp often as it can get tough quickly.

Ingredients

1 gallon of water (or half gallon organic chicken broth)

1/3 cup of avocado oil

2 tablespoons of olive oil

6 roma chopped tomatoes

1 cup of sweet red peppers

1 cup of thinly sliced sweet onion

1 cup of thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup of fresh parsley

2 cups of chopped red potatoes

1 pound of raw peeled shrimp (16 to 20 per pound works best)

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons each of freshly grated ginger and turmeric

2 tablespoons each curry powder, coriander, tarragon, oregano and basil

Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

  • Heat up the avocado oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add the turmeric and ginger root.
  • Add all the veggies except the potatoes.
  • Cook for about 4 minutes and remove from the stove.
  • Fill a large pot with water and add the olive oil.
  • Add all the other spices including the garlic.
  • Throw in the potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Add all the veggies and stir.
  • Cook the soup until the potatoes are to your liking.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until it turns pink.
  • Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to your taste.

This soup is best when served right away.

Dover Filets with Chopped Vegetables

Ingredients

Filets of Dover sole (2 small filets per person)

¼ cup of sesame seed oil

Seasonings: 1 Tablespoon each of oregano, marjoram and tarragon

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup of chopped zucchini

1 cup of chopped celery

1 cup of chopped green pepper

1 chopped small jalapeño pepper (optional)

1 cup of finely chopped red cabbage

4 green olives, chopped

juice of one lemon

Directions

  • Heat the sesame seed oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add all of the seasonings to the oil.
  • Sauté all the veggies for about 5 minute and remove from the pan.
  • Add the fish filets, carefully cooking on both sides until they are non-translucent.
  • Sprinkle the filets with the lemon juice.
  • Remove the filets from the pan and add the veggies back.
  • Put the filets over the veggies and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Put the chopped olives over the fish.

This dish tastes best when served immediately after preparation.

Have you tried the Whole30 Diet? What are your favorite vegetables? Please use the comments below to share your experience with this new diet!

Carol StanleyCarol Stanley has many interests in life including writing, painting, reading, cooking and biking. She also admits a secret love of poker. Carol has been involved in writing about her passion for staying healthy and has her very own website. Her book, Feel Better Every Day, is available for purchase.

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