Here are 9 of the easiest clean eating lunch ideas in the world. These ideas are for people like me. I eat lunch alone and I’m lazy and it has to be easy. Hello, I have a huge problem. It’s finding different things I can eat for lunch. I am home alone for lunch every day except on the weekends. I eat clean which means I can’t eat out a lot because there just aren’t restaurants that are totally clean. Besides I don’t have the time to go out to eat or the funds. My mother and my sister have the same problem. My mother works from home all day so she is home alone for lunch. She hates to cook and doesn’t like to spend hardly any time cooking because it takes away from her working or playing time.
My sister has 2 pre-schoolers at home. She doesn’t really like to eat what they do and has the same dilemma as my mother and I do. To add to the problem my mother, sister and I have to eat gluten-free and/or dairy-free AND/or sugar-free. Depends on which one of us you are talking about. We always try to eat clean. That doesn’t leave a lot to eat, so you see what our problem is.
To say the least we find that we eat the SAME THING (seriously) EVERY SINGLE DAY. We’re tired of it and we want options. We thought that some of you might have the same problem. So I went on the hunt for things we could eat for lunch. I thought that I could share what I found with hopes that I can help some of you and myself and my mom and sister at the same time.
The other important stipulation is that these Clean Eating Lunch Ideas and/or recipes have to be easy. Don’t forget they have to all be clean too. Easy and clean don’t always mix together very well. That’s another reason it’s so hard.
You won’t believe what my mother used to eat for lunch everyday until she got so sick of it. She wanted to throw up just thinking about it. You’ll never ever guess. She would open a can of tuna fish, put it into a bowl and mix applesauce into it. The applesauce moistens it so it isn’t dry. She can’t eat mayo so that’s what she came up with. Actually it doesn’t taste that bad. One time she tried mixing a banana with tuna fish instead of applesauce. That was just nasty. Don’t ever try that. I don’t think I need to worry much about that.
The other thing is that I think a lot of people probably have sandwiches for lunch. So, for this post sandwiches are OUT. Especially for us gluten-free eaters. I don’t think anyone needs ideas for sandwiches. That’s all a lot of people eat for lunch, I think.
I know a lot of people eat leftovers for lunch. That isn’t an option for us either. We have a histamine intolerance and leftover meat is the worst thing we could eat. The Histamines grow on the meat while it sits in the refrigerator. But I know that isn’t a problem for a lot of you.
I want to share some of the Clean Eating Lunch Ideas my Mom and sister eat for lunch. Even though we are tired of them you probably aren’t and might like to try some of them.
What my Mom, sister and I eat for lunch:
Hummus with baby carrots and/or gluten-free corn crackers and an apple on the side.
Frozen salmon patties from Costco. Mom fries the salmon patties in coconut oil. When the patty is half cooked, she turns it over and adds cooked brown rice and it gets fried up in the coconut oil. She eats fruit on the side and sometimes sunflower seeds for the vitamin B6.
A handful of spinach with a can of tuna or canned chicken or a salmon patty on top with an avocado instead of dressing. You can have dressing if you want.
Quesadillas made with My Clean Eating Tortillas cooked in a quesadilla maker. Put cheese inside or anything else you desire. Fruit on the side. The quesadilla maker cooks both sides at once so it’s quick to cook. She cuts in up with a pizza cutter.
My Mom buys a can of salmon from Costco, mixes it with an egg, some salt and pepper. You can add other spices or things you want like onions or peppers. Then she fries it in some coconut oil and eats it with cooked brown rice. Half a can of salmon is enough for one patty. This work well with tuna also.
My mom likes to cook brown rice in her Instant Pot. She cooks 2 cups of rice at a time which makes about 4 cups of cooked rice. She adds 3 cups of water and cooks it on manual for 25 minutes. It can sit there after it’s done cooking for up to half an hour without hurting it. She keeps it in the refrigerator and gets what she needs each day for lunch. It will keep in the frig in a air tight container for about 10 days. You can also cook jasmine or basmati rice in the Instant Pot. Specific directions are in the cookbook that comes with the Instant Pot.
My sister buys a can of chicken from Costco and mixes it with greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. She eats it with clean tortilla chips, grapes or some other fruit on the side. Sometimes she’ll have a little more greek yogurt on the side if she is still hungry. I used to eat that all the time but instead of greek yogurt I mixed it with My Homemade Mayo instead of greek yogurt.
I eat a My Clean Eating Tortilla made with either spelt or einkorn flour. I eat it with uncured ham, cheese and My Homemade Mayo mixed together. I eat it with spinach and clean tortilla chips and clean salsa on the side. You can buy uncured ham at Costco, Target or Good Earth. Look for it in health food stores. It’s getting fairly common now. Cured ham has histamines in it. I buy my clean salsa at Good Earth.
I used to eat a BLT for lunch everyday. Technically that’s a sandwich but I wanted to mention it because it might be a sandwich some people might not think about. I love bacon, that’s where that came from.
Now for some recipes I think you might like to try. A couple of these recipes like the first two, I suggest making it one day and then eating it leftover for a couple days after that.
If you like these Clean Eating Lunch Ideas, you may also like these recipes:
Clean Eating Lunch ideas
1. Crock Pot Clean Eating Taco Soup Recipe – Clean Eating Recipes
My mom makes this every other week because she has to eat gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. This is one of the few meals she can eat and she depends on it. She just leaves out the toppings. This taco soup is so so easy to make and it’s still clean. You just open a bunch of cans of beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce, add some spices and ground beef and you’re done. Let it simmer for a few minutes and BAM dinner is ready just like that. I suggest you make enough for a couple days, then the second day all you have to do is heat it up.
2. 30 Minute Quick and Easy Homemade Chili Recipe – Inspiring Cooks
This is the easiest chili recipe in the world and I’m not kidding. My husband grew up eating this chili and taught me how to make it and our whole family loves it. I love it because it’s so easy. All you do is open a bunch of cans of beans and tomatoes and dump them in a pan, stir it up let it cook for a few minutes and it’s ready to eat. I gave this recipe to my Mom and she loves how easy it is too. She eats chili all the time now because all she has to do is open cans. She used to make chili from scratch with the dried beans and cooked them all day. She didn’t actually make is very often because it was too much work. I suggest making enough of this so you’ll have leftovers the next day also.
3. Classic, Smooth Clean Eating Hummus Recipe – Clean Eating Recipes
I love hummus and I could go on and on about how healthy it is and how easy it is to make, but I won’t. I do know some people including my kids that don’t like the tahini in hummus. So, I came up with this delicious homemade version of hummus with optional ingredients to replace the hummus. It takes 5 minutes to make it unless you pop the skins off, that takes a few minutes longer.
4. 15 Minute Sautéed Mushroom and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe – Clean Eating Recipes
I know this is supposed to be for breakfast but I sure don’t see why you can’t eat it for lunch too. Especially if you are home alone and need something quick to make or you didn’t eat eggs for breakfast that day. In my opinion the mushrooms are the star of this show. I think sautéed mushrooms are amazing. I cook a bunch of quinoa in my Instant Pot and keep it in my frig for a week and eat a little each day for lunch. That speeds things up considerably.
5. Healthy Avocado Egg Salad – Fox Valley Foodie
Eggs – Avocado – Lemon Juice – Onion – Real Salt
I know what I said about bread and I still agree but I liked this recipe. I found another I liked better but the blog had a picture on it I don’t ever want to see again. I thought I’d spare you seeing it to. I decided to use this recipe and tell you to put it in a pita pocket (that’s the only reason I like the other one better). That’s technically not a sandwich and less carbs too. The pita pocket would actually hold more of the eggs inside and it would be less messy too. I think it would be good with some sprouts inside the pita too. I like this recipe because it doesn’t call for mayonnaise. The avocado takes the place of the mayo and I think that’s a great way to go. Avocados are actually very moist. It doesn’t need mayo. My mom doesn’t eat salad dressings so she always puts an avocado in her salad and it replaces the dressing nicely. A boiled egg will keep inside the frig for a long time, at least a week. Boil several then when you want this egg salad, it’ll only a couple minutes to make.
6. Tuna Croquettes with Lemon Dill Aoili – Bowl of Delicious
I remember my Grandma used to make these once in awhile. I’ve seen them made with canned salmon too which is even better but more expensive. Bottled mayonnaise from the store isn’t really clean so make a batch of my homemade mayo and use it for the Aoili recipe stead. Homemade mayonnaise will keep in the frig for quite awhile plus it just takes 5 minutes to make it. My grandma didn’t ever put peppers in her croquettes so if that’s too much bother, don’t worry about it. Sometimes I use dried onion when I just need a little bit for something like this.
7. Greek Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados – Kim’s Cravings
Avocados – Tuna – Olives – Red Onion – Roasted Red Peppers
Well, if you didn’t already know. Avocado is the new mayo. That’s right, now we have tuna mixed with avocado in place of mayonnaise. It’s absolutely delicious, easy peasy, ready to eat in about 5 minutes and healthy to boot. Ya, I know that’s what my grandmother always said, I can’t hep it. Don’t pay any attention to the brand of tuna they are trying to sell. Buy whatever tuna you like. If you want this to be easier you could absolutely just leave out some of these ingredients. You could use a can of chicken if you don’t like tuna.
8. Tuna and White Bean Salad with Kale Pesto – Sweet Cayenne
I love pesto on anything so I think this would be a really good quick lunch to make. You could buy a bottle of pesto then it would be really quick and easy to make this. Serve it with crackers or on toast if you want to. It’s also good by itself and always good with a side of fruit.
9. Quick + Easy BLT Chicken Salad – Real Simple Good
This chicken can be easy if you want it to be. You just have to be creative. Personally I would open a can of chicken I buy from Costco. You could use leftover chicken, a rotisserie chicken or you can cook chicken pretty quickly in an Instant Pot. To cook chicken in an instant pot I put a whole bag of frozen chicken tenders in the pot. I push the poultry button and then the plus button 3 times so it is set for 18 minutes. I like to put enough for a single serving in bags and then I keep them in the freezer. When I want them I just defrost them for a few seconds in the microwave or if I remember I put the bag in the frig in the morning and it’s thawed out by lunch time. I like the idea of putting the chicken salad on lettuce shells rather than bread. It can also be used as a dip for veggies or plantain chips or crackers.