21 Clean Lunches in Under 10 Minutes

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Looking for ways to eat clean all day long? These are 21 clean lunches that can be prepared in under 10 minutes and are great options for packing lunch for school or work. The best way to save time during the week is to prepare some versatile ingredients, like quinoa and chicken on the weekend to throw into recipes throughout the week. Our list will not only save you from making unhealthy choices during your busy day, it also lets you hold on to your hard-earned money by helping you to avoid expensive convenience meals.

Also, be sure to check out our list of Clean-Eating Snacks.

1. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette%0A

This salad is bursting with mangoes, blueberries, strawberries and mandarins. Adding quinoa gives it some protein and makes it filling but the tasty dressing is what really puts this salad over the top.

2.  Spring Greens with Strawberries and Candied Pecans
Spring Greens with Strawberries and Candied Pecans

Crunchy, sweet pecans and juicy berries make this salad special.

3. Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar
Skinny Taco Salad in a Jar

Cut back on carbs, calories, and dishes by making your taco salads in jars!

4. Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

This mayo-less salad does not sacrifice on flavor and is filled with yummy ingredients like olives and sun dried tomatoes.

5.  Slow Cooker Minestrone

Slow Cooker Minestrone
Simply prepare the ingredients for this minestrone and let the slow cooker do the work for you. Prepare a big batch once a week, and you can have it for lunch for a few days! It also freezes well.

6. Skinny Burrito in a Jar
Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Make a bean burrito in a jar with layers of salsa, beans, cheese and sour cream. Shred any leftover chicken or lean beef into it for the extra protein if you would like!

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12 Comments on "21 Clean Lunches in Under 10 Minutes"

  1. MuskieNurse  November 23, 2013

    These all look so delicious and easy!

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  2. rachel  January 1, 2014

    love all the great ideas for easy yummy healthy lunches!

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  3. Barbara  March 21, 2014

    Where is the link to the recipe for Salad with Peas, Cottage Cheese, Almonds, and Tomatoes? Thanks!

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    • SkinnyMs  March 25, 2014

      For 2 servings, mix 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup cooked and chilled peas, 1/8 cup sliced almonds, and 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes.

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  4. Susan Jackson Allen  March 25, 2014

    Great suggestions. Is there a printable version of all these?

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  5. Tara  April 14, 2014

    What kind of nuts do you use in the Cottage Cheese with Nuts and Berries?

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    • SkinnyMs  April 14, 2014

      Tara, you can use walnuts or almonds.

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  6. Jenn  July 7, 2014

    What cottage cheese is clean, I've not been able to find one.

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    • SkinnyMs  July 7, 2014

      Jenn, They all should be, though some consider buying organic or grass fed dairy products the way to go for clean eating.

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  7. Michele  December 29, 2015

    I just bought myself an Omie box (like a bento lunch box with a bowl to keep stuff hot or cold built in) & can’t wait to make some of these for myself. Such great ideas!

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  8. Teresa  January 7, 2016

    Love the idea of the Omie box. But, WOW! When I went to their site, I was blown away by the price! $49.50! Anything else out there similar, but less $$?

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    • Melissa Florero  January 7, 2016

      Teresa, We haven’t researched lunch boxes as of now. Pint-sized mason jars work well for salads and the like, and often a bento box style lunchbox works well for small portions of various items.

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