How do you survive a potluck while on Whole30? Heck, how do you THRIVE at a potluck, eat delicious food, and having everyone begging for your recipes during your Whole30? It may sound too good to be true but it is possible and actually pretty simple. Below are the easy steps to follow so you can get pot-lucky while crushing your Whole30.
Step 1: Bring a dish (or two) that will work if it’s the only thing you can eat
If you only follow one step for your Whole30 make it this one. Hunger is the greatest threat to your self control, happiness, and success on Whole30 (or a nutritious diet in general). Just like all other aspects of life, preparation is the key to success here. We want a super filling dish that also travels well and your friends will love! If you already know a dish that fits the bill, perfect. If you don’t, I share a few of my personal favorites below. Aim for something with plenty of protein and healthy fats to keep you satiated so you can stay and visit with your friends. Last thing you want is to rush home to eat because the two bites of celery and almond butter didn’t stick with you. This means your potluck dish may not meet the perfect Whole30 template but no person and no Whole30 is perfect so don’t stress about that. We’re going for success here, friends, and a successful potluck includes eating Whole30 food that satisfies you and still allows you to spend quality time with the people you love.
Step 2: Make a delicious recipe that your non-Whole30 friends will have no idea is healthy
Okay, first, let me clarify one thing. I’m not saying we all need to hide in our Whole30 closet and never speak of our restrictive but amazing “diet”. However, there’s a time and place for everything and some times talking about your Whole30 is exhausting. That’s okay! You don’t always have to dive into your full list of non-scale victories when someone gives you a funky look for passing cake in the break room. You should feel free to talk about your Whole30 on your own terms, and a big group event (i.e. potluck dinner) may or may not be the ideal time for you. If your friends like hearing about your weird food experiments and you enjoy singing the Whole30 praises I certainly won’t stop you. However, if the idea of having to tell one more person about everything you can’t eat makes you cringe then the recipes below have got you covered. You will be enjoying delicious, nutritious, compliant dishes and your friends will have no idea the dishes you brought are *gasp* good for them.
I do not use the world miracle lightly here. EVERY time I bring these dishes they are gone before other (including less healthy) dishes and people always beg for the recipes. Both are pretty simple but if you are really pressed for grocery shopping/prep time I’d shoot for the 3 ingredient buffalo chicken dip.
Miracle Recipe #1: German Potato Salad
(think: loaded baked potato)
This recipe was made famous by my great-grandma and I just changed the brand of bacon and ranch to make it Whole30 compliant. Loaded baked potato “salad” is always a hit and definitely hits the southern-comfort spot (Nana’s specialty). Every time I make this my friends go nuts, beg for the recipe, and proceed to be shocked at how simple it is.
What you need:
- 3 lbs red potatoes
- 1 lb bacon (Pederson’s or Applegate)
- 1/2 cup or more Tessemae’s ranch dressing (or home made Whole30 dump ranch)
- 1 cup green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook and mash the potatoes (I boil them for a lower glycemic index but baking works great too)
- Cook the bacon and tear/chop into bacon bits
- Add the bacon, chopped green onions, and ranch to the mashed potatoes. Then continue to taste as you add ranch, salt, and pepper. Be sure to add most of the bacon and ranch you want first because those ingredients are naturally salty and will impact how much you salt you should add.
A few thoughts:
If the ranch has too strong of a “dill” flavor for your preference but you want something for moisture try adding some ghee
- Everyone loves the bacon bits but if you want to make a vegetarian-friendly dish just sub the bacon with more green onions. It’s still delicious
Miracle Recipe #2: Three Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Dip
This recipe is from Alex at the Defined Dish (one of my go-to bloggers for recipe inspo). This recipe has the highest ratio of easy:delicious of ANY recipe I have made EVER. Your friends will NEVER guess it’s gluten-free, dairy-free etc. and will be begging you for the recipe. Go here to see the recipe and directions.
A few thoughts:
This dish is the perfect excuse to bring tons of raw dipping veggies you can also eat straight or with salsa and guacamole
- Speaking of guacamole…this dip is delicious with some guac/avocado and cuts a bit of the spice if you want a milder taste
On the flip side, if you like it hot, use the chipotle lime primal kitchen mayo but the regular flavor works great as well
- I like to cook my chicken with taco seasoning but even if you buy pre-cooked chicken from the grocery store this recipe is VERY forgiving
Step 3: Remember potlucks are about the people not the pie and have fun!
Do all your recipe-prep and stressing BEFORE you go to the pot-luck so when you get there you can just relax, have fun, and spend half your night receiving compliments on the dishes you brought.