Oh the Iron-y! 34 Whole30 Recipes with an Iron Boost

I’m a little iron deficient. Okay, maybe more than a little.

Okay, fine.

I’m so iron deficient that it’s gotten to the point where my boyfriend gets suspiciously excited whenever I announce I’ll be having spinach for lunch.

If you’ve also been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, you’ll know that it can take a big toll. In my case, I’ve experienced my fair share of body fatigue, tiredness and weakness. I’m constantly looking for tasty ways to incorporate iron-rich foods in my diet in hopes that it’ll help. Because, you know… it can’t hurt to eat healthy foods that might make you feel less crappy.

When I began the Whole30 diet, I was surprised that I couldn’t find an existing list like this.

So, I decided to research healthy foods that are rich in iron and narrowed it down to the ingredients that are Whole30 compliant.

Sorry, quinoa. You’re cut from the team.

The most difficult goodbye was to dark chocolate. We shared a tearful embrace as we said our goodbyes, and now I’m covered in melted dark chocolate.

Once I had my list of Whole30 approved ingredients, it was time for the best part: spending several hours browsing recipes with food photography so damn good I wanted to lick my screen. I may have drooled a little. Or a lot.

Oh, and psst - this probably goes without saying - but I am not a doctor or an expert. If you suspect you have iron deficiency, please speak with your physician.

But without further ado, 34 Whole30 recipes that’ll give your day a small iron boost…


Breakfast, the best meal of the day.

Image of Ground Turkey Hash with Squash and Peppers created by  Our Salty Kitchen

Image of Ground Turkey Hash with Squash and Peppers created by Our Salty Kitchen

1. Ground Turkey Hash with Squash and Peppers

Did you know that turkey contains high amounts of iron? I didn’t even realize it until doing my research for this post today! We all think of beef as the reigning king of iron-rich protein, but this amazing breakfast recipe above has me craving turkey. Craving turkey when it’s not Thanksgiving… who would’ve thought?

2. Sausage, Leek and Spinach Quiche

3. Spinach and Artichoke Egg Muffins

4. Spinach Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Spinach is probably a no-brainer for incorporating iron into your diet, right? Any time I can add spinach into my diet, I do. Wilted spinach is particularly great in breakfast casseroles, quiches, muffins, or scrambles for breakfast.

5. Whole30 Beef and Bacon Breakfast Bowl

Beef AND bacon? Don’t mind if I do.

6. Broccoli Mushroom Egg Bake

7. Sausage Broccoli Egg Muffins

8. Roasted Veggies with Easy Fried Egg

Although broccoli is not nearly as high in iron as our dear friend spinach, it’s still fairly rich in iron compared to other veggies.


Lunch… TASTY AND EASY TO RE-HEAT.

9. Dreamy Dairy-Free Broccoli Cheese Soup

I won’t lie - I nearly cried when I learned that broccoli cheese soup wasn’t Whole30 compliant. The Wooden Skillet to the rescue! Blend up almond milk, cashews and nutritional yeast for a Whole30 approved swap-in.

10. Healthy Beef and Broccoli

11. Whole30 Instant Pot Seafood Gumbo

Don’t forget the scoop of cauliflower rice before serving.

12. Easy Whole30 Lettuce Cups

13. Comforting Irish Beef Stew

14. Spinach, Shrimp & Avocado Salad

The salad dressing recipe contains “honey” as an ingredient, so ditch that dressing and go with your favorite Whole30 friendly dressing.

15. Paleo Turkey Meatball Marinara

16. Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

17. Kale & Sweet Potato Turkey Skillet

18. Whole30 Grilled Steak Bibimbap Bowls


Dinner - the whole enchilada… err, fajita?

19. Whole30 Easy Steak Fajitas

20. Paleo Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits are the ultimate comfort food, particularly for someone who grew up in the south. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I’m definitely intrigued. If you cook this, let me know how it goes! I’m very curious.

21. Shrimp Scampi Zucchini Noodles

22. Marinated Flank Steak

23. Asian Sesame Whole30 Steak Kabobs

24. Steak and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

It can’t get easier to cook or to clean than preparing dinner on one pan. Insert heart eye emojis here.

25. Chorizo and Seafood Wannabe Paella

26. Garlic Shrimp Asparagus Skillet

27. Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

For those moments when you’d give up your left arm for a burger. These would also work great with ground beef (of course).

28. Flank Steak Skewers


Something on the side?

29. Broccoli Ranch Twice-Baked Potatoes

Even the ranch dressing recipe is Whole30 approved. Your mouth will thank you.

30. Paleo Creamed Spinach

31. Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Honestly, you can never go wrong with roasted vegetables. So simple and so flavorful.

32. Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Sunbutter Sauce

33. Coconut Milk Creamed Spinach

34. Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Even if you’re not looking for ways to incorporate iron-rich foods into your diet, I hope this

What are your go-to recipes when you’re doing a round of Whole30? Let me know in the comments below.

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