Virtual Whole Foods Potluck

I don’t know if I love anything more than a wholesome potluck. Perhaps because it reminds me of the Midwest; perhaps because you only have to do a fraction of the dishes but are able to try many amazing things, or perhaps because I think it is wired in our DNA to enjoy a big gathering with a bunch of people and a ton of good food.

Some of the best brains have contributed amazing dishes to show you that whole foods are incredibly mouthwatering, easy to prepare, and fun to share! I hope some of these recipes get you started in your own whole foods kitchen, and help you realize this path to a whole foods lifestyle is not only worth every step but also delicious.

First, for breakfast, tea, or lovely snack, check out these bites from some fabulous bakers:

Cinnamon Scones from Iris at the Daily Dietribe. I could not believe these beauties are gluten/grain/dairy/egg/nut/soy/sugar free!

Cinnamon Scones the Daily Dietribe

5 Minute Paleo Muffins from Tessa the Domestic Diva [These look incredible. And five minutes?!]

5 Minute Protein paleo muffins

3-Ingredient Grain Free Banana Pancakes! (which are Paleo/SCD/GAPS friendly) from Amber at the Tasty Alternative. They sell pancakes on the go at Starbucks in Japan. I wish they sold THESE ones.

3 Ingredient Grain Free Banana Pancakes

5 Ingredient Banana Bread Pancakes from Hallie at Daily Bites. It usually happens at potlucks that two people bring the same dish, but I’m of the opinion that you can never have enough pancakes!

5 Ingredient Pancakes Daily Bites

And if you do go for tea, don’t miss this lovely addition:

Yogi Tea from Lillian of Lillian’s Test Kitchen

I know these main dishes would be a huge hit if I took these potluck on the road to real-life Wisconsin, which holds a gold standard for all thinks potluckian:

The fabulous Melissa of The Clothes Make the Girl, and the author of Well Fed, shared her Paleo Sheperd’s Pie

Photo credit David Humphreys

Photo credit David Humphreys

This recipe never ceases to make me drool: Caramelized Broth Brisket with Beef Jam from Matt and Stacy of the Paleo Parents. Eat Like a Dinosaur is one of my favorite cookbooks, and a new family mantra, and I’m sure that their upcoming book Beyond Bacon is going to be full of potluck scores.

Caramelized-Broth-Brisket-Paleo Parents

And my own Crockpot Bison Stew, which is so simple and delicious that it is devoured by all my brothers before I ever get a decent photo (luckily they’ve learned to make it themselves!)

Crockpot Bison Stew

My other self, aka brother Joe from Cancer Dudes Live More has a great video for restaurant-quality, cancer-fighting, nutrient-dense Coconut Curry Salmon.

Biscuits. Yeah. Biscuits get their own category. Especially these ones.

Coconut Flour Country Biscuits from Sunny at And Love it Too! I ate these instead of birthday cake. For-real.

Coconut Country Biscuits - and love it too!

photo credit: and love it too!

While most traditional potluck “salads” are an unrecognizable glob of either mayo or Cool-Whip, these gorgeous beauties remind us why we love vegetables so much!

Raw Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing from Megan at Allergy Free Alaska. Thank you Megan for being that person at the potluck who saves us all and brings vegetables!

Raw Beet Carrot & Ginger Allergy Free Alaska

ROASTED CARROTS from Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness. I have been on a huge roasted carrot kick recently, and I would have a hard time sharing these if it were an actual potluck.

Roasted Carrots GF Goodness

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Laarb Inspired Summer Salad

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And, it would not be a potluck without a plethora of good desserts. Take your pick! (I’m thinking of making an ice cream sandwich with George’s cookies & Olivia’s ice cream)

Coconut Blueberry Pound Cupcakes from Shirley at gluten-free easily. I love everything about this. And Shirley.

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Cake Batter Ice Cream from the adorable Olivia at Omnom Love

Cake Batter Ice Cream Omnomlove

Pistachio Gelato (Dairy Free, Cane Sugar Free & Vegan) from Laura at Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry – what a classy potlucker she is.

Pistaschio Gelato GF Pantry

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Cookies from George at Civilized Caveman Cooking. I can’t even handle how amazing these cookies are. George too.

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and Lillian, with her adorable aprons and even more adorable videos, is showing us all up by bringing THREE desserts

Dairy-free, Grain-free, Strawberry & (Coconut) Cream Shortcake

Lime Tart (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free)

Grain-free, Sugar-free Banana Muffins with Dairy-free, Soy-free Vegan Chocolate Mousse Frosting

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Oh man. I am so hungry.