Whole30 Shopping List and Our Favorite Approved Recipes

First of all, thank you so much for all of the comments and questions about Whole30. Obviously that kind of post is a bit different from the normal content you find here on The DIY Playbook, and that can make it kinda scary to hit “publish.” But you guys were all so sweet and encouraging…thank you!casey-kitchen

Because there was so much to chat about in that post, I didn’t get to include all of our tips and the things we learned when completing the Whole30 program. Since I did a lot of internet stalking before starting our 30 days, I figured I should contribute some of our newfound knowledge and share it with all of you!Whole30 Shopping List-2

During the month of May, you would most likely find my husband and I either…

  • At the Grocery Store
  • In the Kitchen

Seriously…I feel like that’s all we did! The first trip to the grocery store to prepare our pantry and fridge was incredibly intimidating. And I’m not gonna lie…we were there probably 3x longer than a normal trip to the grocery store. We had to read the back of every single package to make sure it was Whole30 approved, and that took quite a bit of time. (Plus…we weren’t exactly feeling our best after our last night out on the town for tacos & cocktails. Yeeesh. Not the best idea before starting the plan!)mike-finn-kitchen-whole30

Luckily, things got quite a bit easier over the next few weeks and we turned into grocery store pros. We hit up Costco twice over the 30 days, Trader Joe’s a handful of times, and then mostly our local grocery store (Mariano’s.) Here’s what we would stock up on each time.


Costco really came in handy for us because we went through so much produce every single week.  Before Whole30, we would never buy produce or eggs from Costco because it would go bad by the time we got through it all. But on Whole30 we continuously went through produce and eggs so buying in bulk was well worth it!la-croix-tangerine

We also stocked up on a lot of cooking staples on our first trip to Costco. The prices of avocado oil, ghee, mayo, marinara, and salsa made it an easy choice! Plus they lasted throughout the entire 30 days (& beyond!).

aidells-chicken-sausageCostco Shopping List

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Berries
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Red Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Wholly Guacamole Packs (our favorite thing to buy. We would each have 1-2 a day with meals!)
  • Aidell’s Chicken & Apple Sausage
  • Frozen Tilapia
  • Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • Frozen Broccoli
  • Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa
  • Avocado Oil Mayo
  • Avocado Oil
  • Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce
  • La Croix
  • Ghee
  • Eggs (3 dozen)
  • Pistachios
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Salmon

Trader Joe’scutting-fruit-vegetables

We love Trader Joe’s, but don’t have one near us so we don’t hit it up as often as we’d like. But I did stop in once to get some grocery staples.

  • Almond Butter
  • Lara Bars (no peanut butter or chocolate ones!)
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Cream
  • Raw Almonds
  • Coconut Oil
  • Kalamata Olives


I was at the grocery store every weekend, and then would stop in about 1x during the work week to grab even more produce. We would get recipe specific items here and other produce that we didn’t need to buy in bulk.

  • Mushrooms
  • Herbs
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Green Onion
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Baby Spinach
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Red & Green Peppers
  • GTS Kombucha (literally our favorite drink. We tried just about every flavor!)
  • Steak
  • Ground Turkey
  • Fresh Chicken Breasts
  • Tessemae’s Dressings (love their ranch!)
  • Coconut Aminos

Food Prepvegetables-eggs-frittata

We spent most of the day on Sundays making our breakfasts and lunches for the week. Picture a crazy messy kitchen, chopping vegetables, and the oven continuously in use!frittata-skillet

Here’s what we would typically get ready for the week…

  • Chopped Fruit: Berries, watermelon, cantaloupe
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Ground Turkey with Peppers & Onions
  • Grilled Chicken Breasts
  • Grilled Steak
  • Baked Tilapia
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Breakfast Frittata (more info below)
  • Wash all veggies
  • Dozen hard-boiled eggs

Favorite Recipesfrittata-whole30

Before shopping for the week, we would sit down and chat about our schedule and which nights we wanted to try to make new recipes. We typically had the same thing for breakfasts and lunches, and then would try new things for dinner. I turned to Pinterest and blogs to find things that looked delicious, and was never disappointed! Here are a few recipes we tried throughout our Whole30.


I hope this list helps you out if you’re tackling your own Whole30. And even if you’re not doing the program, hopefully it helps you add some new foods & recipes to your cooking repertoire! casey_sig

  • Lucy

    I go to the Mount Prospect Costco and I haven’t seen the Aidell’s chicken and apple sausage. Grr! I think they’d be perfect for my family as a quick lunch/dinner or swimming/beach snack. Our Costco W30 favorites are the guacamole salsa (put it on all the things!) and frozen (and cooked!) grass fed burgers. Also, I’m fairly certain the Kirkland organic marinara has no sugar and is compliant. But, Rao’s IS pretty amazing so there’s that.

    • We’ve found it at Mariano’s too! Most of the ones at Costco aren’t compliant, which is such a bummer! But sometimes Costco does have it. Thanks for the tips about the other items…gonna have to check them out.

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl- great post! the food looks and sounds so yummy! Y’all have a great weekend!

  • Trang

    Thanks for sharing the recipes. I’ve Pinned the salmon cakes and the lettuce wraps to try these versions! Happy Friday; have an awesome weekend!

  • Kathleen Czapla McSweeney

    Great post… did a Whole30 in May as well and loved the results. Its an amazing way to eat and live.

  • Thanks for sharing! The recipes look delicious – I want to try the jalapeno burgers!

  • Teran

    Thanks for the great ideas! If you ever do Whole 30 again, I recommend checking out Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. We found ourselves turning to her meal after meal. We especially loved her Zesty Chicken Bites and found them easy to heat up for lunch as well as throw on salads. http://lexiscleankitchen.com/2014/01/05/zesty-chicken-bites/

    • Thank you so much Teran! Cannot wait to go check it out. It’s amazing how many awesome recipes are out there!