15 Family-Friendly Whole30 Recipes
I heard you guys, and now I'm answering....here are family-friendly Whole30 compliant recipes that will nourish your body, please your taste buds, keep your family well fed, and be easy to get onto the table with your sanity still intact.
You want to do a Whole30 or, if you are like me, aren't officially doing a round but like the principles of the program and would like to eat "more Whole30-like" on a daily basis. But you also need to feed your family and if you could just find some healthier meal ideas that will also appeal to your crew... well that would just be top notch! That is what I'm here for, folks.
Below are links to many TNN recipes that are both Whole30 compliant AND family friendly (a must), but also some links to other recipes I love and used during my own Whole30 rounds (and that I still cook on the regular). Be sure to check out my Whole30 Pinterest Board for extra inspiration and, if you are truly embarking upon a round of Whole30 with a family, check out my Whole 30 for the Whole Family: Tips & Tricks post for some ideas on how to manage a Whole30 with a family to consider.
Now, onto those recipes.....
1. One-Sheet Roasted Garlic Salmon & Broccoli. In my book, salmon is the best fish to introduce first to kiddos. It has a beautiful color, great flavor, and the texture is on point for developing palates. This recipe comes together fast and is baked all on one sheet! Less dishes + Healthy + Tasty = Winning.
2. Guacamole "Pasta". This is a super quick, easy, and delicious recipe. I'm lucky that my daughter shares my love for avocados, so I use this "pasta " (actually zoodles) to encourage her to eat something she is less in love with....zucchini. No cooking required here! So great for hot nights or evening where you need dinner pulled together FAST! I like to cook up a little shrimp to go with it, but i goes so well with almost all proteins.
3. Veggiefied Mini Meatloaves. I loooooovvvveeee this recipe. It's fast, flavorful, and loaded with vegetables so that even the most resistant of eaters will enjoy a little extra veggie-goodness with dinner.
4. Grain-Free Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets. Chicken nuggets seem to be a childhood classic and if your kiddos are developing healthy eating habits along side you, this recipe might help make letting go of the dinosaur-shaped frozen nuggets a bit easier.
5. Smokey Lime Grilled Chicken with 5-Ingredient Strawberry Salsa from Real Food Whole Life. Oh man, so much color and flavor in this dish! How can anyone (big or small) resist it? This is perfect for a casual grilled dinner one evening...I know from experience it pairs perfectly with a tall glass of homemade unsweetened iced tea (both Whole30 approved).
6. The Perfect Zoodles. Zoodles are pretty much a staple of Whole30....and of life in my house. But, if your family is like mine, we don't love them raw. To make zoodles a little more "pasta like", I found the perfect technique for preparing them. Your family will gobble them up like never before.
7. Crock Pot Tomato Sauce. Ummm, you need something to put ON those zoodles! This tomato sauce is super delicious, cooks effortlessly to perfection in your slow cooker, and is program compliant! I always have a jar or two in my freezer for making healthy meals fast!
8. Quick Turkey Meatballs. You have the zoodles. Now you have the sauce. All you need now is some meatballs! While I actually love my veggiefied-twist on spaghetti and meatballs, I love to have these meatballs around for a quick protein that can be added to most meals in a hurry. They are bite-sized for little ones and also fit beautifully in lunch boxes!
9. Perfect Spaghetti Squash in Your Slow Cooker. My family loves and adores spaghetti squash. It is such a versatile veggie that has a wonderfully mild flavor and can really be added to any dish for a little bulking up or to add a little texture. However, I don't love how long it takes spaghetti squash to cook in the oven. That's why I'm so ridicisouly thrilled I figured out how to cook it in my slow cooker....
11. Slow Cooker Lemon Thyme Chicken. Guys, I have some amazing news! You can cook a whole chicken IN your slow cooker.....and it's amazing. Seriously amazing. I have a big 'ol 6-quart slow cooker that I use constantly and one of my favorite ways to use it is to make a whole chicken. It's wildly cost efficient to buy a whole chicken over just certain cuts, is supper quick to throw together before heading out for the day, cooks up moist in perfect in your slow cooker, and the bones can quickly be made in wonderful bone broth for future recipes. I love and adore the recipe and make it several times a month.
12. Turmeric Roasted Carrots. We are all on the hut for really good recipes that make a good veggie even better. Well, this is one of those recipe. Turmeric is a wildly healthy spice known for its anti inflammatory properties and is something we (frankly) all probably need more of in our diets. This recipe takes wonderfully sweet carrots and makes them a little better with some ghee and turmeric. They are heavenly and so many kiddos fall in love with these suckers!
13. Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken. Can you tell I love my slow cooker? Its just makes so many magical meals for me! This recipe is one that I am especially proud of and love to make for a large crowd. BBQ typically has honey or molasses in it, but the sweetness in this dish comes from pureed dates! Totally Whole30 compliant. Another quick thing to throw together and an utter crowd pleaser.
14. 5-Ingredient Sweet Potato & Asparagus Egg Bake. If you are looking for a nice dish to make for Sunday breakfast or maybe a family brunch, this is the recipe to make. Quick, simple, and minimal ingredients! It combines lovely sweet potatoes with hearty eggs and earthy asparagus in one simple dish!
15. Super Duper Easy Sweet Potatoes in Your Slow Cooker. Another staple of Whole30 that you can easily make in your slow cooker are sweet potatoes! Throw a few in to cook for a few hours (you don't even need the whole day) and top them with a few veggies, some compliant sausage and dinner is done with you spending less than 15 minutes in the kitchen. Sweet potatoes are wildly family-friendly, as they have a lovely flavor, color and adapt themselves quite nicely to whatever dish you throw them in!
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