24 Easy Clean Eating Recipes That Take 20 Minutes or Less
By: Amanda Suazo
You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to enjoy a wholesome diet. With these clean eating recipes, you can get fresh and filling meals on your table in less than 20 minutes!
What do you need to prepare clean eating recipes? Clean eating simply means choosing whole, minimally-processed foods and avoiding added sugar. These recipes keep food as close to its natural state as possible, while also incorporating healthy fats, pastured proteins, and clean-burning starches.
These clean eating recipes prove that you can still eat amazing food with just minutes of prep:
Breakfast clean eating recipes
Skip the store-bought taco shells and use a gently cooked egg to wrap delicious breakfast fillings. This recipe packs your taco with crisp bacon, guacamole, and sweet potato home fries — all ready in about 15 minutes.
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This filling 15-minute hash comes together as quickly as pre-frozen hash browns, and creates the perfect balance of fat and fiber. Cook up cauliflower with diced bacon and spices, then add a paleo-friendly cooking fat like grass-fed ghee to keep you full and focused. Stay more Bulletproof and use pastured bacon and the freshest dried spices possible — plus, avoid eating onions and garlic too often.
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Instead of oats or porridge, this clean eating recipe makes mashed sweet potato a sweet base for toppings like blueberries, cinnamon, and coconut milk. Best of all, you can have it done in just five minutes if you have a cooked sweet potato on-hand. Stay more Bulletproof with raw almond butter, fresh blueberries, and Ceylon cinnamon.
No tortilla here: This simple wrap uses a nori sheet to fold up cooked egg and avocado slices — perfect for a quick clean eating recipe on the go. Have it ready in just seven minutes.
Clean eating recipes: Mains and quick meals
For the ultimate minimally-processed clean eating recipe, ceviche fits the bill. This quick meal “cooks” raw chunks of sushi-grade halibut in fresh lime juice, then tops it with nourishing fats from avocado and Brain Octane Oil. Just 10 minutes from start to finish!
With pre-cooked fish, this clean eating recipe gets to your plate in 15 minutes. Mix flaked fish with herbs and spices, then cook in coconut oil or ghee. Next, whip up a quick avocado sauce for a creamy, tangy finish.
For an easy and elegant main dish, try this 20-minute clean eating recipe. Wild salmon fillets bake with a buttery herb rub, then rest on a bed of fresh spiralized cucumber and green olives.
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Thanks to quick-cooking shrimp, this clean eating salad takes a total of 20 minutes. This salad also gets flavor and texture from sliced avocado, green onions, and chunks of cooked asparagus. To stay more Bulletproof, swap the raw spinach with greens like watercress or arugula, get wild-caught shrimp, and skip the garlic in the vinaigrette.
This clean eating recipe skips the rice, and instead fills your nori with tender cooked chicken and avocado slices. Change up this three-minute meal with your favorite leftover meats and veggies.
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With a few clean eating ingredients and a high-powered blender, this refreshing soup gets to your bowl in 10 minutes flat. Blitz ingredients like avocado, cucumber, jalapeño, and spices together for a cool and refreshing meal packed with fat and fiber.
Get a savory pasta fix without the grains, thanks to this clean eating recipe. Bake up spiralized zucchini, then form nests and crack eggs inside for protein-powered perfection in just minutes.
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This clean eating salad tastes anything but boring: Peppery arugula gets tossed with fresh basil, avocado, cucumber, and a light vinaigrette for a fresh and filling meal. To keep this one more Bulletproof, skip the pepper and sesame seeds, and avoid this recipe if you’re sensitive to nightshades like peppers and tomatoes (or swap them with veggies like carrots, radishes, or raw zucchini instead).
Clean eating recipes: Side dishes
Make this clean eating recipe for the holidays, or anytime! Steam your beans, then toss with crisp bacon, fresh herbs, and buttery ghee. This quick and flavorful side dish comes to your table in only 15 minutes.
You’ll want to bring this clean eating recipe to your next cookout. In 20 minutes, you can mix cabbage, pineapple, and cucumber chunks in a tart and tangy apple cider vinegar dressing for a crunchy and flavorful dish.
With this recipe, you’ll never want to eat ready-made potatoes again. Simply steam cauliflower florets, then puree with grass-fed butter or ghee and salt. This quick and clean side dish only takes 15 minutes.
Make anyone love Brussels sprouts with this clean eating recipe. Thinly sliced sprouts get lightly cooked, then tossed in a lemony mustard dressing for a totally elegant side dish in under 15 minutes.
For a tart and tangy condiment you can make at home, give this clean eating recipe a try. Add your favorite firm veggies to a jar, then add a quick solution made with apple cider vinegar and salt. This one takes only 10 minutes to make.
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You can still enjoy sandwiches on a clean eating diet, thanks to this grain-free bread recipe. Mix up a base with coconut flour, cauliflower, eggs, and herbs, then form into rounds and bake — just 20 minutes start to finish. Make this recipe more Bulletproof and use full-fat canned coconut milk as your dairy, plus skip the pepper and sesame seeds.
Clean eating recipes: Spreads and sauces
Steer clear of hydrogenated oils and added sugars, and try this clean eating mayo instead. With simple ingredients like apple cider vinegar, egg yolk, and avocado oil, you can get the perfect whipped spread in a few minutes flat.
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With no dairy or sugar, plus wholesome ingredients like cucumber and dill, this clean eating recipe makes the perfect quick dressing or Mediterranean dip. Stay more Bulletproof with this sauce and use an avocado oil mayo — plus, avoid eating garlic too often.
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Use it to dip veggies, top salads, or finish cooked meats — no matter how you enjoy it, this clean eating recipe tastes great with just about anything. Simply add avocado, olive oil, and herbs and spices to your food processor, and in just 5 minutes your sauce is ready.
Clean Eating Recipes: Beverages
Some tea bags contain mystery “natural flavors” and added sugars that don’t support a clean eating lifestyle. This recipe keeps it simple by steeping rooibos tea with full-fat coconut milk and whole spices for a warm and cozy drink — all ready in 10 minutes.
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Use this clean eating recipe as a warm pick-me-up without caffeine. This drink warms coconut milk with grated ginger, vanilla, and cinnamon for a naturally sweet and spiced latte. Even on busy mornings, you can have it ready in 10 minutes.
This caffeine-free clean eating recipe gets powerful nutrients, collagen, and rich flavor from homemade beef bone broth. If you meal prep your broth ahead of time, this drink comes together in about 5 minutes: Warm it up and blend with nourishing add-ins like butter, chili flakes, and seaweed for a totally flavorful beverage.
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