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How to Eat Clean for Less Than $10 a Day

It’s a myth that clean eating is prohibitively expensive and unrealistic. How do we know for sure? Because we planned a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that clock in at less than $10 a day per serving (using AmazonFresh prices). Not too shabby, if you ask us.

30 Clean-Eating Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less


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Monday Breakfast: Ketogenic Baked Eggs And Zoodles With Avocado

Eggs: $.50
Fresh basil: $1.25
Zucchini: $2
Avocado: $2

Total: $5.75 per serving

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Monday Lunch: Roasted Tomato Soup

Tomatoes: $.30
Garlic: $.20
Sweet onion: $.12
Chicken broth: $.23
Fresh thyme: $.25

Total: $1.10 per serving

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Monday Dinner: Bruschetta Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: $.86
Red onion: $.16
Fresh basil: $.58
Grated Parmesan cheese: $.50
Tomatoes: $.66
Garlic cloves: $.17

Total: $2.93 per serving

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Tuesday Breakfast: Egg And Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Brussels sprouts: $.40
Eggs: $.25
Sweet potatoes: $.50
Arugula: $.50
Harissa: $1.25

Total: $2.90 per serving

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Tuesday Lunch: Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower: $1
Scallions: $.32
Fresh ginger: $.57
Celery: $.32
Frozen peas: $.35
Carrots: $.62
Red bell pepper: $.50
Rice vinegar: $.90
Sriracha: $1

Total: $5.58 per serving

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Tuesday Dinner: Vegetarian Chili

Poblano peppers: $.25
Crushed tomatoes: $.26
Chickpeas: $.12
Frozen corn: $.12
Avocado: $.16
White onion: $.08
Sweet potato: $.16
Vegetable broth: $.20
Black beans: $.08

Total: $1.43 per serving

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Wednesday Breakfast: Bacon-wrapped Eggs

Bacon: $1.13
Eggs: $.50

Total: $1.63 per serving

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Wednesday Lunch: Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Eggs: $0.50
Boneless, skinless chicken tenders: $1.30
Quinoa: $1

Total: $2.80 per serving

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Wednesday Dinner: Cheater’s Pad Thai

Rice noodles: $.62
Green onion: $.33
Ground pork: $1.18
Bean sprouts: $.50
Grated ginger: $.55
Chicken broth: $.58
Mustard greens: $.87
Peanuts: $.88

Total: $5.51 per serving

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Thursday Breakfast: One-pan Eggs With Tomatoes And Asparagus

Asparagus: $.97
Eggs: $.25
Cherry tomatoes: $.70

Total: $1.92 per serving

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Thursday Lunch: Grilled Watermelon Steaks

Watermelon: $.75
Baby arugula: $.50
Fresh basil: $.63
Fresh mint: $.63
Lemon: $0.15
Goat cheese: $.63

Total: $3.29 per serving

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Thursday Dinner: Vegan Spaghetti Squash With Mushroom Marinara Sauce

Spaghetti squash: $1
Garlic: $.25
Fresh rosemary: $.62
Nutritional yeast: $.75
Cremini mushrooms: $.62
Fresh thyme: $.62
Marinara sauce: $.67

Total: $4.53 per serving

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Friday Breakfast: Overnight Oats With Blueberries And Almonds

Oats: $.62
Yogurt: $.37
Blueberries: $.75
Almonds: $1

Total: $2.74 per serving

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Friday lunch: Bibimbap Bowls

Brown rice: $.75
Shiitake mushrooms: $1.13
Baby spinach: $.50
Cucumber: $0.20
Scallions: $0.32
Bean sprouts: $.50
Carrots: $.63

Total: $4.03 per serving

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Friday Dinner: Zoodles With Tomato Sauce And Mozzarella

Marinara sauce: $.67
Sweet onion: $.30
Zucchini: $1
Fresh mozzarella: $1

Total: $2.97 per serving

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Saturday breakfast: Slow-cooker Mediterranean Frittata

Eggs: $.50
Milk: $.63
Arugula: $.50
Roasted red peppers: $.75
Red onion: $.25
Goat cheese: $.63

Total: $3.26 per serving

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Saturday Lunch: 15-minute Gazpacho

Tomato: $1
Cucumber: $.25
Red onion: $.25
Red bell pepper: $.50
Basil: $.50

Total: $2.50 per serving

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Saturday dinner: Keto Sheet-pan Chicken And Rainbow Veggies

Yellow bell peppers: $.50
Broccoli: $.83
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: $1.42
Red bell peppers: $.50
Carrots: $.62
Red onion: $.25

Total: $4.12 per serving

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Sunday Breakfast: Overnight Oats With Peanut Butter And Banana

Oats: $.62
Peanut butter: $.30
Milk: $.63
Banana: $.40

Total: $2.87

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Sunday lunch: 15-minute Cucumber-avocado Blender Soup

Cucumbers: $1
Fresh parsley: $.30
Avocado: $1
Fresh mint: $.62
Greek yogurt: $.93

Total: $3.85 per serving

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Sunday dinner: Grilled Whole Chicken And Vegetables

Chicken: $1.85
Zucchini: $.50
Lemon: $0.15
Bell peppers: $.75

Total: $3.25 per serving