Life is BUSY, especially in a family with schedules to keep up with. As my boys have gotten older done are the dependent toddler years, which we replaced with the carpool years of taking them to and from ALL the things. No matter what your busy looks like, we all need some clutch 30-minute recipes in our corner. All of these are Whole30 compatible and kid-friendly!
Pineapple Chicken or Turkey Meatballs
There’s so much to love about these Pineapple Chicken or Turkey Meatballs. This recipe check all the boxes! The meatballs are Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, Paleo and Keto. They are freezer-friendly and a kid-favorite. My boys said they tasted just like the ones they loved from the store but without gluten or added sugar.
They are a 30-minute meal perfect for for a busy weeknight. I love making them in the air fryer. And, they can also be made in the oven or on the stovetop.
These Whole30 Tuna Taco Fritters are an exception to a rule of mine: I don’t like canned tuna. This dish makes tuna tasty again with taco seasoning and the crispiness of a fritter. The first time I made these, my pickiest eater devoured them and asked for more?!
The only take 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. That makes them a perfect 30-mintue weeknight meal! They are Whole30, which means they are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. These also happen to be nut-free, wahoo!
The burger bites are fun for dinner or they make a great finger-food appetizer. You can assemble your own burger bites with your toppings of choice – onion, tomato, lettuce, avocado, bacon – then dip them in the special sauce. They are Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free!
This Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free sheet pan meal feeds your family with only10 minutes prep and 20 minutes cook time. It’s a great simple, tasty solution on a busy day!
Hash Brown or Cauliflower Waffle
These Whole30 Hash Brown or Cauliflower Waffles are a savory gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free twist on a waffle that is easy and fast. These are a great simple go-to for a busy morning or breakfast for dinner and I love that I can sneak in some frozen veggies. Add a side of sausage to make sure you have enough protein and dinner is served!
This Whole30, Keto, and Paleo-compliant chicken recipe is quick & easy, has ingredients you probably already have, and flavorful! Hands down one of my top 3 go-to recipes on a BUSY night. It checks alll the boxes and is great by itself or in a salad or lettuce wrap. We make it a few times a month and love it! Great on it’s own, on a salad, or in a lettuce wrap.
We love this copycat recipe! It freezes fantastically, replacing those so-many-ingredient store bought nuggets. It includes egg-free and nut-free options for those that need them. One of my most popular recipes! In a crunch for time? Either marinate the night before, or skip the pickle juice marinade and this turns into popcorn chicken!
We love Pesto Bacon Chicken because it combines several things I love (pesto. bacon.) in an easy delicious bundle. Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free. Looks so fancy, taste is on point, but I didn’t have to slave in the kitchen forever for it! #winwin. Works great in the oven, on the grill, or in the airfryer. If you have pesto on hand, it becomes a 3-ingredient recipe!
Sweet Everything Bagel Tuna Salad
Tuna is so dang affordable – there are Whole30 compliant versions at Walmart and Winco that are as low as $ 0.68/can. PLUS, it’s an awesome option for a shelf-stable protein pantry food staple/food storage. Also, it’s a great on-the-go protein (once we start going places again) and we often take it camping, road trips to eat in the car, or work lunches. This recipe has 3 ingredients I add to it you might not think of that make a world of difference, as well as two ways to eat it that really take it up a notch!
A fast and easy #whole30breakfast that only costs under $2. I love sweet potato toasts. Easy to make and even easier when you make them in bulk and freeze, then just toast or airfry the morning of. An awesome fast breakfast!
This kid-friendly handheld protein-veggie combo is a protein source that kids of all ages can enjoy! We love dipping it in my date mustard sauce. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive and this can be cooked in a pan on the stove or your airfryer. These freeze fantastically, so double batch and freeze the extras. Bonus: it’s Whole30, Paleo, and Keto compliant. Wahoo!
Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage
Homemade sausage patties are super easy, IMO taste better, and can be made with either ground chicken or ground turkey. Ground chicken at Winco Foods this week was $4.28/pound, whereas a 2 pound package of ground turkey came out to only $3 per pound ($5.98 for two pounds). So I made these with turkey and still enjoyed the taste ? #eggfreebreakfast
This Whole30 compliant tomato chicken basil soup comes together quickly, is flexible, and calls for things you might already have on hand! Love this easy soup that my boys devour and can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove.
The easiest #whole30 5-ingredient chicken strips you probably already have the ingredients for! These are kid-friendly – both in flavor and ability to involve the kids in the prep. I make them in a pinch when dinner needs to happen fast. Everyone in our family is on board with these and they keep great in the fridge to chop up for salads or wraps later in the week.
Meet the 30-minute one-pot dinner solution that my kids love! It’s nice those meals that your kids look forward to and this hearty, almost chili-like soup is one of them. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free, and leave out the beans to make it Whole30, Paleo and Keto. My kids have not even *noticed* this one has cauliflower rice in it – blends right into the texture and flavor #momwin. Works great both on the stove or in an instant pot. A family favorite, we usually double it and enjoy the leftovers or freeze it (it freezes great too)!
This Whole30, Paleo take on the classic sloppy joes is always a hit in our house! Simple, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is a kid favorite! If you are just looking for a gluten-free option, you can serve these on gluten-free buns. Though, I personally still prefer the potato slider or lettuce cup! In a time crunch? Eat this wrapped up in a lettuce wrap!
This kid-friendly favorite is regularly requested by my minions. It’s an easy chicken dish that is flavorful but neutral enough to win over even some of my tough critics. Bonus – it comes together in less than 30 minutes!
This Whole30, Paleo, and keto-friendly Creamy Cauliflower soup recipe has been on repeat this week at our house! I love that it’s packed with veggies and has some healthy fats (coconut milk) for staying power, making it an awesome side to every meal
These Whole30, Keto, Paleo, kid-friendly Mini Meatloaves are a great way to get more protein into your little ones. My kids were turned off by a meatloaf but loved these more individual sized ones! Protein can be a hard sell for kids and these make that more approachable. With only 10 ingredients you might already have, options for air fryer, they freeze great, and come together start to finish in 30 minutes, what’s not to love??
This fast eggless Whole30 & Paleo BBQ Chicken Hash is a perfect egg-less breakfast or easy dinner option! Comes together fast when you need to get on with your day. It uses frozen hashbrowns or potatoes to get the job done in a snap!
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken
This is an easy nice Whole30 & Paleo meal that I often take to friends when they’ve had a baby or need a meal except I usually serve theirs with regular rice, not cauliflower rice ; ). Comes together quick, especially if you have already made the pesto. Pesto can be frozen, as you don’t need all of it for this recipe. This is also a family win, so hooray for the kids liking it too!
Another easy chicken recipe coming at you! Seven ingredients (not counting salt) and can be made in the oven or the airfryer. A nice moist chicken with enough flavor to be interesting but mild enough for my kids to love it too. Great by itself, chopped up in salads, or on top of zoodles with a marinara sauce like a chicken parmesean. Whole30 compliant and keto-friendly, this one is a winner!
This 6-ingredient chicken salad is one of my fast and easy #whole30lunch go-tos! Great to pack for lunch on the go and delicious in a butter lettuce wrap, on a bed of lettuce like a salad or just straight up. Really need it to come together quickly? Use canned chicken, as there are multiple compliant brands.
This egg-free Whole30 hash is a winner of a twist on a classic Mexican flavor. It comes together fast, freezes great, and even my kids gave it a thumbs up! Works well with the ground meat that fits your preference and budget, and though the plantains are one of my faves, you could also swap them out for frozen hashbrowns or potatoes.
Such an easy, affordable way to make gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30 tacos happen with this easy homemade seasoning! Even my teenage boys can make this one and it’s a meal everyone loves!
My Pinterest followers either really hate me or really love me right now since I’ve just pinned all the recipes in this post! Can’t wait to try them!
I’m so happy this one inspired you! I hope you find some new favorites in all those pins!
We are on day 15 of whole30 and these recipes have been my go-to’s. We are always on the go so quick recipes are a must and these have all been so tasty. . Thank you so much!
I’m so happy these recipes have helped your Whole30 have quick and family-friendly solutions. I’m rooting for you!
Several of these are on my to-do list. Easy and simple ingredients. Can’t wait!
I’m 39 weeks pregnant and love that a lot of your recipes can either be frozen or made quickly! I’m excited to have healthy accessible food after baby comes. Thank you!
Aw, CONGRATS and I’m so happy these gave you some easy options as you prepare for baby!
I really appreciate the recipes and have incorporated many in my weekly meal planning. Also, I was inspired to get an Airfryer by the recipes and have not looked back! Looking forward to the cookbook!!!!
YESSS to diving into the airfryer and I’m so thrilled you are looking forward to my cookbook – thank you! 💛