Food & Home
Our Top 10 Clean Lunches
Written by: the Editors of goop
Updated: January 12, 2023
Our recipe archives abound with clean lunches (and breakfasts, and dinners, and snacks). These are 10 we return to time and again because we love to make and eat them.
If you’re wondering what we mean by “clean” here: detox-friendly recipes that are nutritious and satisfying. Every year, we kick off January with a five-day reset using the elimination guidelines from Dr. Alejandro Junger’s Clean program. The recipes omit the classic ingredients that might sometimes be harder on the system: caffeine, alcohol, dairy, gluten, corn, nightshades, soy, refined sugar, shellfish, white rice, and eggs. The list of what they do include is longer, though: roasted sweet potatoes with spiced dal, garlicky black beans with guacamole, nori wraps stuffed with grilled chicken and kimchi, green salads studded with quinoa and root veggies…
If you’re interested in a guided elimination program (and some cooking shortcuts), check out our G.Tox 7-Day Reset Kit.
Roasted Kabocha Soup
That kick of ginger really makes this warming soup.
Farmers’ Market Chopped Salad
All the different colors, flavors, and textures are so satisfying. And the combination of quinoa and chickpeas will keep you going after lunch.
Brown Rice Summer Rolls
Summer rolls are basically handheld salads with a delicious dipping sauce. We’ve swapped traditional vermicelli noodles for zoodles here, which add a little heft and crunchy texture.
Kimchi and Grilled Chicken Nori Wrap
We make this with cooked sushi rice from the grocery store and leftover grilled chicken. It’s super savory, the kimchi gives it a bit of spice, and salty nori wraps it all up.
Sesame and Zucchini Noodle Salad
A standout from our 2023 detox, this zoodle salad packs and travels well, so it’s ideal for an office lunch.
Indian-Spiced Black-Dal-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
A hearty, healthy lunch.
Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi Salad
Our favorite sandwich—the Vietnamese banh mi—in salad form.
Cauliflower Black Bean Bowl with Kale Guacamole
This quick and easy dish is a perfect dinner after a long day. The kale guacamole makes a great snack with raw veggies.
Crunchy Kale Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
The combo of raw kale and crunchy kale chips in this salad is a revelation.
Red Lentil and Caramelized Onion Soup
Earthy lentils with the deep, roast-y, slightly sweet flavor of caramelized onions work beautifully here.