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Four Easy Lunch Bowls for Next Week

Falafel Bowl

Lunch is probably my favorite meal of the day, even though I usually eat it on the run or at my desk while working on a project. It’s a great pick-me-up during a long day and gives me something to look forward to. Lunch bowls are my go-to meal for a lunch because they are so easy to make and can be made with whatever ingredients you have on hand! I love using the local and seasonal ingredients from the farmer’s market.

This isn’t a normal recipe post, I’m not giving you a recipe with directions and nutrition facts. I’m hoping to give you inspiration with some ideas and pictures so that you can create your own lunch bowl!

Easy Lunch Bowls
Mediterranean Bowl: brown rice, spinach, arugula, cucumber, onions, and turkey meatballs.
Easy Lunch Bowls
The Lazy Bowl: brown rice, broccolini, and sweet potatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falafel Bowl
The Falafel Bowl: cauliflower rice, roasted corn, tricolor carrots, brussel sprouts, and falafels, topped with avocado ranch dressing.
Rainbow Bowl
Rainbow Bowl: roasted Brussels sprouts, purple cabbage, tricolor carrots, green beans, beets, and cauliflower rice.

 

 

 

 

 

Print Recipe
Four Easy Lunch Bowls
Falafel Bowl
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • grains brown rice, quinoa, and sometimes I cheat with cauliflower rice
  • vegetables literally any vegetable
  • protein doesn’t have to be meat! I use beans a lot
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • grains brown rice, quinoa, and sometimes I cheat with cauliflower rice
  • vegetables literally any vegetable
  • protein doesn’t have to be meat! I use beans a lot
Falafel Bowl
Instructions
  1. Make your grain according to the package directions (easy!).
  2. Roast your veggies. I chop mine up, toss lightly in olive oil, and roast in the oven at 375̊ for about 30 minutes. To make cleanup easy, roast on parchment paper or foil! Some veggies bowls, like the one above, I use fresh salad ingredients. That's great too!
  3. Make your protein. To be honest, my favorite protein options are from the freezer section at Trader Joes. They have some delicious meatballs and falafels that you just pop in the microwave and they are ready! You can also use leftover chicken, canned black beans, or whatever your favorite source of protein is.
  4. Now, just put all three ingredients into a bowl and voila! You have a beautiful lunch bowl.
Recipe Notes

Pro tip: These are so great for meal prep. There are two ways to meal prep these:

  • Make a few bowls of the same ingredients and eat the same thing every day. Probably the most economical, but I don’t care for eating the same thing every day.
  • Meal prep a “buffet” of fillings. Make a large pot of one type of grain, roast a bunch of different veggies, and pick out a few proteins. Each morning, grab a bowl and fill up with whatever you are feeling that day!

 

Do you make veggie lunch bowls? Do you want to try? Let me know in the comments!

Or send me pictures at contactus@sweetbasilthyme.com! I love seeing inspiration for my next bowls.



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