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20 30-minute Whole30 Meals that are family-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, and budget-friendly!

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!

Blackened Chicken

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.


Paleo Chick-fil-a Chicken - These Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free strips or nuggets are a family favorite! They freeze great, can be cooked in the airfryer or oven, and include nut-free and egg-free options.

Paleo Chick-fil-a Chicken

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!


Pesto Bacon 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 Whole30 Tuna Salad - Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free dairy-free easy cold lunch option!

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!


Sweet Potato Toast

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!


Whole30 Zucchini Chicken Nuggets - These Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free nuggets are super easy! Only 5-ingredients and freezer-friendly and kid-friendly.

Chicken Zucchini Nuggets

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


Whole30 Tomato Basil Chicken Soup - Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free and can be made in the Instant Pot

Tomato Basil Chicken Soup

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.


5-Ingredient Chicken Strips

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.


Taco Soup

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)!


Whole30 Sloppy Joes

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!


Tangy Chicken

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!


Whole30 Cauliflower Soup - Keto, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, instant pot or stove

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

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


Whole30 Mini Meatloaves - This delicious dinner entree is Whole30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be cooked in the airfryer or oven!

Whole30 Mini Meatloaves

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??


Whole30 BBQ Chicken Hash - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free. A perfect fast  breakfast or dinner option!

Whole30 BBQ Chicken Hash

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 delicious Whole30 dinner is also Keto and Paleo. Easy to make and is gluten-free and dairy-free.

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!


Whole30 Garlic Chicken - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free can be cooked in airfryer or oven. Easy and kid-friendly!

Garlic Chicken

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!


Whole30 Chicken Salad - This paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free Whole30 chicken salad is super easy! Only 6 ingredients and can be made with canned chicken. A great cold portable lunch option!

Whole30 Chicken Salad

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.


Whole30 Plantain Taco Hash - Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and delicious for breakfast or dinner!

Plantain Taco Hash

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.


Homemade Tacos or Fajitas

Such an easy, affordable way to make gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30 tacos or fajitas happen with this easy homemade seasoning! Even my teenage boys can make this one and it’s a meal everyone loves!

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