Whole30 Dinner Party Menu

whole30 potluck dinner

To celebrate being halfway through #JanuaryWhole30 we threw a Whole30 dinner party with Stephanie Drenka and Andrea from Loubies and Lulu. Each of us brought some of our favorite Whole30 dishes and it was so much fun sharing our small victories from the past two weeks. A big thank you to Stephanie for hosting our Whole30 dinner party in her beautiful home and taking all of these gorgeous pictures!

Whole30 has been really great so far and one of our favorite parts is being able to get creative in the kitchen. It’s our happy place after all. Whole30 doesn’t even feel like a diet or challenge when we’re cooking delicious recipes such as ‘Beef and Sweet Potato Chili‘ and ‘Banana Chia Pudding‘. Even when we aren’t on Whole30 we’ll continue to incorporate Whole30 recipes for the sheer fact that we love them so much!

whole30 potluck dinner

Set the Table

whole30 potluck dinner

whole30 potluck dinner

Whole30 Dinner Party Menu

whole30 potluck dinner

whole30 potluck dinner

Appetizer: Devils on Horseback — Recipe From Nom Nom Paleo

These little bites are sweet, savory, and delicious. Makes 16. Hands-on time: 10 minutes. Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 pitted prunes
  • ½ cup Macadamia Nut “Ricotta” (page 46)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper

What you need:

Directions

  1. Position an oven rack about 4 to 6 inches from the heating element, and preheat the broiler. Use your finger or a classic pairing knife to carefully open up the cavity of each pitted prune. Then, with a pastry bag (or a sealable plastic food storage bag), pipe the “cheese” into the prunes.
  2. Wrap each prune in a thin layer of prosciutto, and arrange them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Broil for 2 to 4 minutes or until the prunes puff up and the prosciutto crisps and turns golden brown around the edges. Keep an eye on the prunes; they may be devils, but you don’t want them to burn. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and season with pepper to taste before serving.

 

Whole30 Recipes for a dinner party

For the spinach salad and most delicious dump ranch recipe head on over to Stephanie Drenka’s blog! You can find the Carrot & Leek soup recipe here.

whole30 potluck dinner

Side: Sautéed Balsamic Mushroom with Rosemary

These mushrooms are both meaty and aromatic. They smell and taste amazing! Makes 6 servings. Hands-on time: 12 minutes. Total time: 12 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of baby bella mushrooms
  • 3 Tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic and rosemary seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

What You Need:

*Remember the quality of your ingredients and utensils make a world of difference in the outcome of your food!

Directions:

  1. Wipe mushrooms with a slightly damp towel or a mushroom cleaning brush to remove any excess dirt
  2. Cut them in half and set aside
  3. Put the ghee in a skillet and set to medium-high heat. Once the ghee is melted, add in the onion and garlic and cook about 4 minutes
  4. Add in the mushrooms and cook until they’re tender, stirring frequently, for another 5-7 minutes
  5. Add in the salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary seasoning and balsamic vinegar to the pan and stir to coat
  6. Cook another 3 minutes
  7. Pull off of the heat and sprinkle with chopped rosemary
  8. Enjoy!

Whole30 Dinner Ideas

We LOVED these two entrees! For the ‘Buffalo Chicken Casserole‘ recipe head on over to Loubies and Lulu and for the ‘Balsamic Beef Roast and Veggies’ head on over to Stephanie Drenka’s blog!

whole30 potluck dinner

Side: Roasted Asparagus with Garlic & Lemon

Not only is asparagus delicious it’s packed with nutrition! 

Serves 8. Hands-on time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of organic fresh asparagus
  • 2 tbsp EVOO for drizzle (we just eyeball it)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Lemon (juice and zest)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Himalayan salt

What you need:

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rinse off the asparagus and pat dry.
  3. Then break off the tough ‘woodsy’ ends of the asparagus. To do this take the asparagus in your hand and break 1/3 ways up from the bottom of the stalk. It should naturally snap right off. You can also cut 1/3 of the ways up to save time.
  4. Place asparagus on the baking try lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with EVOO, crack salt and pepper on top, and toss to make sure everything is evenly coated. *Make sure your asparagus is spread in an even layer to make for optimal even cooking.
  5. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  6. Take out of the oven and top with minced garlic.
  7. Put back in the oven and roast for another 5 minutes.
  8. Take out of oven and top with lemon zest and the juice of half a lemon. Taste and season again with salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Enjoy!

whole30 potluck dinner

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Whole30 Dinner Party Menu

Be sure to visit Loubies & Lulu and Stephanie Drenka for more Whole30 content. Let us know in the comments below if you’re doing #JanuaryWhole30 with us and what your favorite recipes are! 

Cheers!

Emily & Barbie

*Photography by Stephanie Drenka

 

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2 Comments

  1. 7.20.17
    Nandini said:

    “Hi Emily and Barbara. I had such a blast reading this article. This was the first time I came across whole30 diet. I started reading about it. Very interesting indeed. I should try it out!
    Infact, I love the idea of hosting a healthy potluck. Will definitely try it out :).. My parties kind of look this now 🙂 <a href="http://purplevelvetproject.com/dinner-party-menu-lapetitchef/&quot;
    After my dinner menu, I can look at throwing a detox potluck… He he 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.. Cheers and keep rocking :)”

    • 8.2.17
      Emily Stafford said:

      Hi Nandini!
      So happy you found our blog and are excited about Whole30! It definitely was nice to detox and hit refresh 🙂
      Also, the Purple Velvet Project is super cool! We will definitely be following along.
      Again, super nice to meet you!
      Cheers!
      Emily & Barbie