I think it’s true for everyone (it certainly was for me) that the biggest challenge to eating clean is the amount of the time we perceive it will take. Since clean eating is all about getting rid of processed foods in favor of fresh foods and produce as much as possible, we think we will end up spending hours in the kitchen preparing food.
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That can be true, and certainly is on occasion, but sometimes we just want a quick, healthy meal that we can throw together super fast. My search yielded a lot of genius ideas that could be whipped in under 30 minutes but I wanted to push the boundaries. If I could find all these amazing clean eating dishes that could be prepared in 30 minutes or less, was there hope for a 10-minute clean eating lunch recipe as well?
I wasn’t disappointed; below is a list of 21 clean eating lunch recipes that can be made in 10 minutes or less. Enjoy!
Spring Greens with Strawberries and Candied Pecans
Recipe from Skinnyms
Spring greens are usually at their peak from April to June; here they are paired with strawberries for a surefire summer win that also supplies your body with essential vitamins and minerals.
Recipe from Clean Food Crush
Pizza that’s healthy and can be whipped up in 10 minutes? Yes, please!
Grain-Free Blueberry Mug Muffin
Recipe from Prevention
This Mug Muffin is made from almond flour, bananas, eggs and a few other healthy ingredients. In just 7 minutes you’ll be enjoying your personal piece of heaven.
Spelt Pasta with Garlic Mushrooms & Kale
Recipe from The Kitchen Shed
Kale is the poster child of clean eating for good reason; it’s packed with antioxidants, rich in fiber, helps lower cholesterol and provides you with a healthy dose of vitamin C. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Almond Butter Chicken Salad
Recipe from Luv What You do
This recipe has got some of my favorite things: chicken, almonds and grapes. This salad combines them beautifully for a crunchy, sweet and savory salad that will definitely end up on your regular rotation.
Vegan Kale Pesto with Zucchini Noodles
Recipe from Tasteful Venture
Everything about this dish is a yes! It’s wholesome, packed with flavor and nutrients. And, I mean, just look at it, right? If you don’t have a spirilazer you can use a vegetbale peeler- it might take a little longer to put together, but still well worth the effort.
Chicken Salsa on Romaine, or Butter Lettuce
Recipe from Clean Food Crush
It’s no secret that I love a good chicken recipe- and this one certainly fits the bill. What’s more it takes a mere 10 minutes to whip up.
Black Bean Spaghetti with Garlic Shrimp
Recipe from iFoodReal
This savory dish is as genius as it is healthy, the super fast black bean pasta is gluten free and higher in protein, the shrimp not only adds a bit of color to the dish but it tastes great and adds a sneaky bit of calcium as well.
Recipe from Betty Crocker
My favorite kind of meals are the ones where the prep time is the same as the cook time. Case in point- this beautiful, fresh and fast meal.
Butternut Squash Ramen Bowl with Rice Noodles, Tofu & Fresh Pea Shoots
Recipe from In Pursuit of More
It takes almost as much time to say the name as to make the dish. This recipe elevates your favorite dorm room staple to an elegant, beautiful and healthy new level!
Corn and Tomato Stuffed Avocados
This Mexican-inspired 10-minute lunch will leave you wanting more.
Recipe from Pip and Ebby
Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas
Recipe from Sargento
Quick but packed with protein and fiber, this dish is a simple, delicious solution when you. need. food. NOW.
Recipe from Stilettos and Diapers
I love one pot meals, they save on pots and cleaning time but when they come loaded with organic veggies such as this 10-minute pasta, I love them even more.
10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen
Recipe from Food Network
Still having nightmares about your college ramen days? Try this healthy spin and get rid of those nightmares forever.
10-Minute Margherita Pita Bread Pizzas
Recipe from Jar of Lemons
Here’s another healthy take on pizza; this time around we’re building on pita bread and rounding off with ground pine nuts.
Pan-Roasted Salmon With Arugula and Avocado Salad Recipe
Recipe from Serious Eats
Salmons are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids plus they are a great source of protein. Pair them up with some greens and you have a delicious clean eating dish.
10-Minute Egg-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Avocado
Recipe from Fit Bottomed Eats
I love this recipe because it calls for a variety of healthy ingredients while not exceeding the 10-minute mark.
Recipe from The Spruce
The trick to searing scallops perfectly is to avoid moving them around before that beautiful brown crust has been formed. Guess what- you can still do that in under 10 minutes!
Turkey Provolone Wrap with Avocado Mayo
Recipe from Pumpkin Spice
This may be my new favorite wrap! Between the sun dried tomato in the filling and the avocado mayo I find myself daydreaming about this wrap on the reg.
10-Minute Tacos with Barbecue Chicken and Slaw
Recipe from FoodtoLove
Can you really put all this together in 10 minutes? You better believe it! This clean eating Mexican salad will have you coming back for more over and over again.
Greens, Fruit and Chickpea Wrap
Recipe from Livestrong
Canned chickpeas are another great cheat when it comes to clean eating. Look for the no added sodium for the healthiest version of this protein packed cheat and then throw this versatile recipe together in a flash.