A Whole30 Summertime {or Anytime} Cookout

It’s crazy that the end of August is almost here- where has the summer gone?! I can’t say that I’m not anxiously awaiting fall because I am definitely anticipating cool, crisp mornings and changes in the leaves. Until then, we still have a few more weeks to plan our summer acitvities- one of which is cookouts. And with Labor Day fast approaching, you”ll likely be getting together with family and friends to relax, play and of course, eat and drink.

For those of you who began your Whole30 on August 1st, you’ll finish right in time for all those Labor Day yummies. If you started after the 1st, my guess is you are wondering what the heck you’re going to eat while everyone else is stuffing their faces with cookies, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. Am I right?! Also, for those of you who are choosing to do a whole40, whole50 or whole60, you’ll still be smack dab in the middle of your quest to eat real, whole food.

So, what’s a person to do? The good news is, there are a lot of recipes you can make that are Whole30 compliant for a cookout. For goodness sake people, most Labor Day get togethers include a grill and that’s like man’s best friend in terms of easily cooking lots of meats, veggies and fruit.

That being said, I want to share a few easy, homemade recipes that you can either bring to a cookout you are attending or make for a group of people if you are hosting. Wil and I hosted a cookout while on the Whole30 and it actually ended up being much easier than we thought. There are so many things you can make- you may just need to plan it out a bit more.

Here’s a snap shot of some of the items we made that day!

Appetizers:

Cantaloup and Proscuitto wraps

Sliced red, green and yellow peppers and celery with guacamole and salsa

Cucumber and tomato salad with olive oil and basil (brought by our friends!)

Pesto (dairy-free) stuffed mushrooms (brought by my sister!)

 

Proteins:

Grilled Cilantro Pork Chops

Grilled Beef burgers

Grilled Cilantro Chicken

A Whole30 Summertime Cookout- fitnessisdelicious.com

Sides:

Fresh garden beans and carrots tossed in coconut oil and sea salt

Garden salad with apples, cashews and pumpkin seeds (with homemade lemon basil olive oil dressing)

Oriental sweet potato salad with homemade mayo

Dessert:

Fresh fruit salad (blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, grapes and strawberries)

Fresh watermelon

Drinks:

Unsweetened iced tea with lemon

Iced coffee with coconut milk

Water with lemon and lime

While on our journey of Whole30 and Paleo eating, we’ve learned to bring our own food to gatherings and also share delicious new recipes with others. Here are just a few more easy-to-make Whole30, whole food or Paleo recipes that are great to bring to a cookout or to have if you’re the host:

Paleo Meatballs

Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps

Proscuitto Wrapped Dates

Baked Creamy Cauliflower with Macadamia Nut Topping

Homemade Paleo Fruit and Nut Balls

Gluten-Free Pineapple & Mango Coconut Macaroons

Sweet Potato fries (or mashed sweet potatoes)

Kale Chips

I hope I’ve provided some easy recipes that you can make for your upcoming end-of-summer cookouts. I’d love to hear what you make when you attend or host a cookout- what are some of your favorite recipes or your go-to’s when you’re on a Whole30 or if you have special dietary needs?

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