A couple of years ago my family and I followed the Whole30 Program, pretty drastically changing our diet for the month. While we don't eat that strictly on a daily basis now, I do still stick to many of the ideals presented in the program and I often cook Whole30-compliant meals for us.

Recently, I've decided that when I make meals for new mamas and their families, I'm going to cook this way for them as well. Maybe they tolerate sugars, grains, dairy, etc. just fine, but by avoiding many of those ingredients, I ensure that they're getting meals that are nutrition-packed without the fillers so many of us often rely on in our cooking such as pasta, rice, or bread, to name a few. If you're one who leans on pasta, rice, etc. in your meals on a regular basis, more power to ya! And don't get me wrong, I ADORE some simple carbs way more than I care to admit! I just take the stance of trying to feed new mamas whole foods meals when I can.

Here's five of my favorite go-to recipes for my family and new mamas. For your convenience (and to save time typing everything out), I've included links for each recipe. They're all the same as what you'd find in this book, which would be a great thing to add to your cookbook stash!

  • Chicken Chowder - Note: This does not work well in a slow cooker. I learned that the hard way!
  • Chili - I add 1 cup of uncooked, diced butternut squash to this as well as a 14.5 ounce can of tomato sauce. I cook it on low in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours and serve with slices of ripe avocado and occasionally, organic tortilla chips. I don't even miss the beans and pre-made chill seasoning packet that my mother used to make chili throughout my childhood!
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Harvest Grilled or Baked Chicken Salad - In the colder months I cover a baking dish with foil and bake the chicken at 375˚F for 20-30 minutes or however long it takes to reach an internal temp of 160˚F.
  • Chicken Hash