25 30-minute Whole30 Meals
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25 30-minute Whole30 family and budget-friendly meals! Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, and EASY!

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 - Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Easy 30-minute meal! Air fryer or oven.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.


Whole30 Chili Con Queso - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, vegan optionsChili Con Queso Dip

This Whole30 Chili Con Queso Dip is an easy appetizer or fast dinner. It’s perfect for football games, parties, or just a 30-minute fun dinner on a busy weeknight! Not only is it Whole30, it’s Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free, with vegan and Plant-based Whole30 options! Love how allergen-friendly this dip is.


Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings - Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free. Air fryer or oven. EASY, 20 minute appetizer or dinner.Salt & Pepper Wings

I didn’t think I liked wings, but these Whole30 Salt and Pepper Wings won me over. I always thought making wings was complicated. But, these are so simple, delicious, and made with basic ingredients you probably already have! Make them in the air fryer or oven.


Sweet BBQ Meatballs

Make them in the air fryer or oven. These meatballs have a delicious sauce that will keep you returning for more. It only has 5 ingredients and is both tangy and sweet. Plus, they also make a great appetizer (or fun toothpick food for kids). Make a double batch, bring some toothpicks and take them to your next party or tailgate.


Whole30 Taco Tuna Fritters - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free. Easy, budget-friendly, kid-friendly, freezer-friendly!Tuna Taco Fritters

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!


Out N In Burger Bites - Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free with egg-free option. Oven or Airfryer.Out-n-In Burger Bites

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!


Whole30 Sheet Pan Fajitas - Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free, EASY!Whole30 Sheet Pan Fajitas

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!


Whole30 Hash Brown or Cauliflower Waffles - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, freezer-friendly, kid-friendlyHash 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!


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!


Easy Whole30 Hash - Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, nut-free, egg-free,EASY! Sheet pan, on the stove, or airfryer

Easy Whole30 Hash

This EASY Whole30 Hash is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal! A breezy 5-15 minutes prep (depending on ingredient choice) + 25 minutes cook time = dinner (or breakfast) done in less than 30 minutes!


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 Hamburger Soup - Instant pot or stove. Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally egg-free and nut-free. Includes Keto, vegan, and plant-based options!

Hamburger Soup

My Whole30 Hamburger Soup is such an easy and fast dinner option! It uses basic ingredients you might already have on hand or are easy to find at most grocery stores. A great nourishing 30-minute meal option!


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 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??


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 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

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!

9 Comments

  1. 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!

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    • I’m so happy this one inspired you! I hope you find some new favorites in all those pins!

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  2. 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!

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    • I’m so happy these recipes have helped your Whole30 have quick and family-friendly solutions. I’m rooting for you!

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  3. Several of these are on my to-do list. Easy and simple ingredients. Can’t wait!

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  4. 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!

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    • Aw, CONGRATS and I’m so happy these gave you some easy options as you prepare for baby!

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      • 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!!!!

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        • YESSS to diving into the airfryer and I’m so thrilled you are looking forward to my cookbook – thank you! 💛

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