Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam

More Whole30 Prep: Flavor Boosters by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Ready for more Whole30 prep? Time to make some Whole30 flavor boosters!

The hardest part of cooking is getting started. That’s why I’m bugging you an entire day before your Whole30 begins, and urging you to make three fab condiments and umami-packed seasonings. Keep ’em on hand, and they’ll help you whip up quick, tasty, and healthy meals on demand!

Here’s the game plan for today’s Whole30 Prep: Make my Arugula Pesto, a jar of All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce, and a batch of Magic Mushroom Powder. Heck, you don’t even need to make the Magic Mushroom Powder, because starting on January 1, 2018, you can find it at all Whole Foods Market stores nationwide! (Look for the little tins at the butcher counter, spice aisle, or Asian food section!)

Click the pics below for the recipes:


There’s nothing like a great Whole30 pesto. No cheese? No problem—especially when you can make a bright and tasty Arugula Pesto that hits all the right notes.

More Whole30 Prep: Flavor Boosters by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Click here for the recipe for Arugula Pesto!


Despite the catchy name, this isn’t just a stir-fry sauce—it’s also a Whole30 salad dressing, marinade, dipping sauce, and more!

More Whole30 Prep: Flavor Boosters by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Click here for the recipe for All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce!


This umami-packed seasoning salt is out of this world—it’ll magically transform your savory dishes from ho-hum to crazy-delicious. Even folks who don’t like the texture of mushrooms love my Magic Mushroom Powder!

More Whole30 Prep: Flavor Boosters by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Click here for the recipe for Magic Mushroom Powder!

Not sure how long these flavor boosters will last? The pesto can be frozen in ice cube molds for several months (or kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days). The All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce is good for at least two weeks in the fridge (but it won’t last that long)! And the Magic Mushroom Powder will be stable on your counter in a sealed container for months. All three flavor boosters will quickly transform proteins and vegetables into lip-smacking dishes. Trust me: Make one or all three right now, because the few minutes you spend today will save you hours of prep time later. 

You may be wondering: Why am I featuring these three flavor boosters? Because I’ll be using ’em in some of the daily Whole30 recipes I’ll be sharing throughout the month of January 2018. (Yes, I’ll be posting on this blog EVERY SINGLE DAY IN JANUARY!) But don’t let that stop you from making the tons of other Whole30-friendly flavor boosters on my Recipe Index or in my cookbooksPick and choose a few more flavor boosters, and you’re virtually guaranteeing that your meals in January will never be bland or boring!

Whole30 Flavor boosters by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

Okay, gang—tomorrow’s Day 1, so if you missed my epic Whole30 Prep post, read it here. And don’t forget to check out my shopping guide over at the Whole Foods Market blog, too.

Then, stay tuned for tomorrow’s Whole30 Day 1 post—I’ll be sharing a new one-pan supper that’ll feature one of these Whole30 flavor boosters! (Hint: It’s the green one!)

A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I’m writing in the month of January 2018 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!

Throughout January 2018, I’m partnering with Whole Foods Market nationwide! In all Whole Foods Market stores, you’ll find my personally curated Nom Nom Paleo Picks on the shelves, a rotating menu of ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo dishes in the hot bar, and even my famous Magic Mushroom Powder available for sale!

Nom Nom Paleo X Whole Foods Market by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo

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)!

Recipe IndexNom Nom Paleo CookbooksNom Nom Paleo App

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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  1. You’re doing the impossible by getting me to consider doing a Whole 30 this January! Now that your Magic Mushroom Powder is in Whole Foods, any chance your All Purpose Stirfry Sauce is next???

  2. Are there certain pre-made sauces, dressings etc. that you think would be especially helpful for the Whole30? I am not much of a cook and tend to rely on sauces from a bottle to “spice up” my dishes, but the sauces I like to buy are not OK on Whole30.

    1. Yes! I love Rao’s marinara sauce and Primal Kitchen sauces to name a few! Just read the ingredient labels to see if they are compliant!