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 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.

21 Clean Lunches in Under 10 Minutes

1. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

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

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!

7. Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken

Protein-rich chickpeas and chicken will keep you full longer than a lettuce-filled salad ever could! The vinaigrette and the juicy tomatoes in this salad are pretty tasty too.

8. Pasta Salad with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes

Pasta Salad with Pesto, Mozzarella & Tomatoes

We love the rich, Italian flavors in this delicious pasta salad. Make the whole recipe and have it for lunch all week.

9. Spinach and Bean Burrito Wrap

Spinach & Bean Burrito Wrap

With canned beans, leftover rice, and a simple spinach sauté, this burrito can come together pretty easily. Top it with a delicious salsa and look forward to lunch all morning.

10. Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad

Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad

Savory Chicken and sweet blueberries make this antioxidant-rich, protein-filled salad a healthful treat.

11. Clean Eating Chicken Salad

Greek yogurt keeps this clean eating version of classic chicken salad creamy and red grapes add a bit of sweet juiciness.

12. Spicy Chili with Fire- Roasted Tomatoes

Spicy Chili with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

Cook this in the slow cooker while you are busy with other things and take it to lunch all week. Chili freezes well too.

13. Clean-Eating Cobb Salad

Clean-Eating Cobb Salad

There’s nothing like this classic salad with hard boiled eggs, chicken, vegetables and a creamy dressing to keep you feeling energized and focused all afternoon long.

14. Overstuffed Veggie Sandwich

Overstuffed Veggie Sandwich
This sandwich is filled to the max, and one bite will let you know that all that vegetable chopping and layering was well worth the effort.

15. Spring Salad in an Avocado

Spring Salad in an Avocado

We love the idea as using half an avocado shell with the fruit inside and the pit taken out as a salad bowl. The shell works both as portion control and holds all of the good-for-you nutrients from the yummy avocados.

16. Vegetarian Panini with Roasted Peppers and Goat Cheese

Vegetarian-Panini-with-Roasted-Peppers-and-Goat-Cheese1
A crisp panini with warm, creamy goat cheese and smoky sweet peppers is sometimes all you need to bite into to feel indulgent.

17. Asian Chicken Sandwich

Asian Chicken Sandwich

Asian flavors keep this chicken sandwich from being anything but the same old boring sandwich! Using real chicken is especially great because then you avoid putting any processed deli meat slices on it.

18. Soba Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing

Soba Salad with Honey-Ginger Dressing

You’ll be surprised at how quick and easy this salad comes together and at how flavorful it is. The nice thing about soba noodles, aka buckwheat noodles, is they are actually gluten-free and a whole grain (they are not wheat).

19. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Sometimes a l’il comfort food in the middle of the day is nice. And this one is a healthful version! Put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, and then have this mac n’cheese with a simple side salad for a delicious lunch. Our Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad would go nicely with a small portion of this clean eating  mac n’cheese.

20. Superfoods Smoothie

Superfoods Smoothie
Lighten up lunch with a smoothie. This recipe contains plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is a great option for eating lunch on the go.

21. Thai Lettuce Cups

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Have you been looking for a light, healthy, and tasty Thai dish that is quick and easy to make? Here is a yummy recipe that you can make in a flash!

These clean lunches in under 10 minutes will make healthy eating, easier than ever! Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Pinterest for tasty recipes, clean eating tips, and healthy lifestyle resources.

Editor’s Note: Originally published April 27th, 2016

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24 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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  9. Christina Aleman  July 29, 2016

    I love this post.

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  10. Patty Black  October 18, 2016

    I would love these recipes but need a gluten-free version to make . I could use some help lossing weight fast . I need to get rid of my belly fat and keep it off , so my other health issues can go away too.

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  11. Laura Brouillette  December 11, 2016

    I have just resubscribed to SkinnyMs, I am lactose Intolerant. No Dairy!! I have done my research too. What do you suggest?

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    • Nichole Furlong  December 11, 2016

      Soy milk is a great alternative. When cooking, make sure you don’t accidentally use a vanilla or other flavor soy milk! There are also lactose free milk brands available at some stores which look, taste, bake and cook just like regular milk! Try a few and see what you like best.

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  12. Jennifer  February 27, 2017

    Do you have recipes that are Bariatric friendly?

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    • Gale Compton  February 27, 2017

      Jennifer, We may, but I’m not sure what they would be. Please check with your doctor about specific recipes after surger. 🙂

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  13. Lina  October 28, 2018

    This good looks so good.??

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  14. Rachel Henriquez  November 19, 2019

    How can I get the recipe for some of these with the color containers?

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    • Gale Compton  November 22, 2019

      Rachel, I’m not sure what you are referring to?

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  15. A R  March 1, 2020

    Daisy brand is the only clean one I’ve been able to find at a typical grocery.

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