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21 Whole30 Comfort Food Recipes via The Whole Cook

The mornings and the evenings are getting chilly in my neck of the woods. How about by you? Of course I’m in Arkansas so you never know what kind of weather you’ll get. Yesterday the high was 74 degrees and today it’s 44. I kid you not. The falling temperatures and impending holidays signal that it’s time to whip up all my favorite comfort foods.

When I think of comfort food the first thing that comes to mind is hearty fare like chili and pot roast. Of course you can’t forget soups of all kinds and flavorful casseroles. I think it’s a bit more than that too, don’t you? For me comfort food is anything that warms me up from the inside out. It makes me feel like I’m not deprived of anything (even if I’m avoiding dairy and grains). It’s rich but it’s not complicated. It’s simple, good, and satisfying food.

Today I’m sharing some amazing comfort food recipes with you. But the very best part is that these classic dishes have been made a little bit healthier. You can feel free to enjoy them while on Whole30 or all the time (we do) because they will not compromise your healthy lifestyle. I am sure you’re going to love them!

1. No Bean 30 Minute Chili

Friends, this is quickly becoming a favorite on my blog and for a very good reason. It’s an amazing traditional chili that you can enjoy even while avoiding beans.

No Bean 30 Minute Chili by The Whole Cook HORIZONTAL FEATURE

2. Healthy 30 Minute Hamburger Soup

This soup is loaded with vegetables and super easy to make. My kids gobble this right up. I’m always game for a dinner I know they’ll eat and I can feel good about feeding it to them.

30 Minute Hamburger Soup by The Whole Cook Horizontal Feature

3. Classic French Ratatouille

Confession time. My first introduction to a ratatouille was in the cartoon movie Ratatouille about a rat that cooks. I know. I know. But it’s the truth. Ratatouille is a gorgeous French dish that I don’t believe gets enough love in the United States. Dave and Ayngelina at Bacon is Magic have done a beautiful job crafting this completely approachable and stunning recipe so you can bring this French cuisine to your home.

Classic French Ratatouille by Bacon is Magic

4. Garlic Herb Pot Roast

This glorious pot roast produces lots of gravy and you’re going to want to serve the whole thing over mashed potatoes. (Don’t worry, I have a Whole30 recipe for that just below.)

Garlic Herb Pot Roast by The Whole Cook Horizontal Feature

5. Light & Creamy Mashed Potatoes

You won’t believe these mashed potatoes don’t include milk or heavy cream. This is my favorite way to prepare mashed potatoes whether I’m doing a round of Whole30 or not.

Light & Creamy Mashed Potatoes Horizontal Feature

6. Smoky Chipotle Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili

I am loving this take on chili by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons. I will basically eat chipotle everything. Plus she’s included directions for both the Instant Pot and stove top!

Chipotle Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili by Peas & Crayons

7. Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chili Oil

Kelly at Tasting Page is sharing this roasted cauliflower soup (let’s be honest, roasting veggies always makes them infinitely better) that has me drooling. The chili oil is a stroke of genius.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chili Oil by Tasting Page

8. Creamy Herb Mushroom Chicken

This pan of yum is ready in only 30 minutes. The chicken simmers in a creamy garlicky sauce (yes, it’s Whole30) along with mushrooms, spinach, and arugula. Do you need more than this? Nope.

Creamy Herb Mushroom Chicken by The Whole Cook Horizontal Feature

9. Paleo Chicken & Rice Casserole

Cauliflower rice is such a tasty substitute for regular ole rice. Jean at What Great Grandma Ate uses it splendidly in this casserole to create a healthy meal that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Paleo Chicken & Rice Casserole by What Great Grandma Ate

10. 30 Minute Dairy Free Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato soup has never been my favorite but this is the exception. It tastes like so much more than just tomatoes. It’s like an amazing Italian sauce and I’m so very thankful I can slurp it up (just kidding, slurping drives me a little crazy) and go back for seconds. Because I always go back for seconds.

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Soup by The Whole Cook HORIZONTAL FEATURE

11. 30 Minute Dairy Free Loaded Potato Soup

This. This. THIS. It’s so creamy and delicious I promise you’ll think it was made with cheese and heavy cream like classic potato soup recipes. This is my sister’s favorite recipe and I totally get why. It fills all those “I need to bathe in milk and cheese and everything I can’t have” cravings without actually sacrificing your Whole30 experience.

30 Minute Dairy Free Potato Soup by The Whole Cook HORIZONTAL FEATURE

12. Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I love using spaghetti squash in place of traditional noodles in casseroles. This comfort food recipe from Justin and Erica at Real Simple Good does just that with a hearty dose of a creamy garlic sauce. Yep. Sign me up for some of that!

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole by Real Simple Good

13. Restaurant Style Chicken Tikka Masala

Cheryl from 40 Aprons has created this and doesn’t it look spectacular? If you’ve never had tikka masala before you’re missing out and now is the time to remedy that.

Restaurant Style Chicken Tikka Masala by 40 Aprons

14. Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash

I am borderline obsessed with meatballs so meatballs in a soup? Yes please.

Mexican Meatball Soup with Butternut Squash by The Organic Kitchen

15. Buffalo Ranch Chicken Casserole

You won’t believe this casserole is Whole30 compliant. My husband raves about this dish because it’s really spicy and filling.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Casserole FEATURE

16. Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Justin and Erica from Real Simple Good will wow you with this soup that’s definitely not short on flavor. You could probably put the word enchilada in anything and I’d eat it though.

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup by Real Simple Good

17. Slow Cooker Brisket

We eat a lot of brisket in my house because there are quite possibly a million ways to turn leftovers into other meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brittany’s brisket recipe at Paleo Bee is a definite keeper with simple fresh ingredients.

Slow Cooker Brisket by Paleo Bee

18. Whole30 Zuppa Toscana

How lovely is this soup from Cheryl at 40 Aprons? Potatoes, sausage, bacon, a little heat… oh my!

Zuppa Toscana by 40 Aprons

19. Sugar Free Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

Nothing comforts quite like barbecue chicken. This sauce it easy to make yourself so no need to hunt for a bottled variety that’s free of sugar and ingredients you can’t decipher. Baking the chicken in the sauce creates a very moist chicken you’ll want to make again and again.

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken by The Whole Cook HORIZONTAL FEATURE 1

20. Orange 5 Spice Chicken Thighs with Carrots & Brussels Sprouts

Check out the gorgeous color of this chicken from Christine at Mid-Life Croissant. Wowza, right?

Orange 5 Spice Chicken by Mid-Life Croissant

21. Broccoli Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

This is not your ordinary potato. This potato has a salty skin that’s loaded with a broccoli ranch mashed potato mixture. You can enjoy it as an entree or as a really spectacular side dish.

Broccoli Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes by The Whole Cook HORIZONTAL FEATURE

Want more Whole30 recipes? I have tons. Search the Whole30 category on the blog to see what else you may enjoy cooking!

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  1. Claire P says:

    Every dish is just looking so amazing and mouth-watering, Christina! I would love to try these all.