Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam

You did it—you’re on the final day of your Whole30! What better way to celebrate than with a steaming bowl of Whole30-friendly Asian soup?

A collage of Nom Nom Paleo's best Whole30 Asian soup recipes.

Hearty soups are my favorite kind of comfort food in the winter and Asian flavors are my jam. All of my favorite Whole30 Asian soups are packed with goodies so they can be full one-pot meals. The last thing you want to do on your final day of the Whole30 is wash tons of dishes!

My Favorite Whole30 Asian Soups

Instant Pot Chicken Pho: Guess what? I found a Paleo, Whole30 friendly, and most importantly, authentic Vietnamese chicken pho recipe that you can make in an Instant Pot! I based this Instant Pot variation on a recipe from Vietnamese food maven, Andrea Nguyen, so you know it has to be good!

An overhead shot of a bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Pho surrounded by herbs and condiments.

Tom Kha Gai: This popular Thai coconut chicken soup is super simple to make at home! My Whole30-friendly version is delicious and fast enough to quickly make for a weeknight supper!

A closeup shot of Tom Kha Gai in a blue bowl

Watercress & Chicken Soup: This nutrient-dense soup is an adaption of my mom’s recipe. You can prep it in just minutes with grocery store staples!

A closeup of a bowl of Watercress & Chicken Soup

Pork & Napa Cabbage Soup: Yearning for comfort in a bowl? This one-pot, umami-packed Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup fits the bill and it can be in your mouth in about 30 minutes!

Someone sprinkling sliced scallions on a bowl of Pork and Napa Cabbage Soup

Simple Egg Drop Soup: This easy-peasy egg drop soup can be made in about 5 minutes from start to finish. I love topping mine with crispy Kalua Pig and fresh herbs!

An overhead shot of Simple Egg Drop Soup topped with crispy Kalua Pig, sliced jalapeño peppers, and fresh herbs

Hot and Sour Soup: This fancy iteration of my Simple Egg Drop Soup will taste just as authentic as the take-out version from your favorite Chinese restaurant, but without any questionable ingredients!

An overhead shot of a bowl of Hot and Sour Soup

What do you do when the Whole30 is over?

Even though today’s the final day of your Whole30, when the sun rises tomorrow, you still have a bit of work to complete. While you were busy cooking and meal-prepping all month, you might have forgotten why you put yourself through a Whole30 in the first place—but I’m here to remind you!

Remember: the Whole30 is designed to help you understand how different foods affect you. By cutting out foods that are commonly problematic for 30 days, you’ve managed to re-set your baseline and banish your bad food habits. Your sugar cravings are gone, you’re sleeping better, and you’ve boosted your metabolism, digestion, and overall health. Tiger blood is coursing through your veins! So a loud and hearty cheer of congratulations is in order—BUT YOU’RE NOT QUITE DONE YET!

A collage of Nom Nom Paleo's best Whole30 dishes.

Don’t throw away all the hard work you put in this month by abruptly hurtling yourself into a frenzied free-for-all at your favorite pizza joint. If you immediately start downing grains, dairy, alcohol, and all the stuff you’ve been meticulously avoiding for the past 30 days, you’ll have wasted the precious opportunity to re-introduce those foods one by one, and really gain a firm understanding of how each of them impacts the way you feel. True self-knowledge is power.

So at your End-of-Whole30 party, give yourself a high-five, and maybe start with your first re-introduction food group. Pick one, and keep close tabs on how you feel. Not sure how to do this? Check out the Whole30’s 10-day re-introduction plan. Or better yet, buy or borrow a copy of Melissa Hartwig’s Food Freedom Forever to learn how to navigate your eating life after a Whole30!

Want more inspiration from my past January Whole30s? Check out my Day 30 post from 2018!

A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I’m writing in the month of January 2019 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!

Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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