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Throw Together Lunch {Mediterranean Power Bowl}

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Lately, I’ve been throwing together the same Quick and Easy Bowl just because, well… the namesake tells it all. Gone are the days of a last-minute Lean Cuisine put in my lunch bag while getting ready for work. Instead, I can easily throw together one of Anne’s Quick and Easy Bowls to have a healthy, tasty lunch in just minutes.

I usually put together three of the same bowl together for lunches for the week. There’s a reason why I do three. It’s perfect for using a whole can of beans and a can of tomatoes! The other two days of the week, my lunches consist of dinner leftovers.

This favorite throw-together lunch of mine was inspired by Anne from fANNEtasticfood.com and is undeniably flavorful. I’ve probably eaten this a dozen times in the last couple months and haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

Quick Mediterranean-Style Power Bowl

(makes 3 bowls)

Ingredients:

  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup precooked rice (or pasta)
  • 1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1 – 15 oz can seasoned diced tomatoes, including juices (You can substitute fresh tomatoes, of course. But for my quick-and-easy-pulling-from-the-pantry purposes here, the canned ones are quick, readily available and already seasoned!)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 3 medallions herbed goat cheese or a couple of rounds cut from a log of herbed goat cheese, approximately 1 oz

Method:

Divide ingredients among three containers and refrigerate. At lunchtime, heat your bowl, slightly covered, in the microwave for 1 and 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir. The juice from your tomatoes will steam the spinach and zucchini and the warm goat cheese will become your creamy herb-y sauce.

I find this dish fantastically satisfying because it is flavorful and filling. Mine came in around 400 calories with 23g of protein and 8 g fiber. {My lunch calories below included my snacks – a 50 calorie piece of string cheese and a piece of dark chocolate. Also, I usually use more spinach. I was just working with what I had left, this week.

I love how easy this is to throw together and that I don’t have to think about which seasonings to add since I’m already using seasoned tomatoes and goat cheese.

Click here for other ideas for Anne’s Quick and Easy Bowls.

Now for this week:

planning

Food

Dinners:
*We didn’t make a few of these last week, so they’ve been pushed to this week!

Lunch:

  • Quick & Easy Bowls (see above!)
  • Leftovers
  • Snacks – fruit, nuts or string cheese and dark chocolate

Breakfasts:

Fitness

  • Monday – Golf
  • TuesdayRUN
  • Wednesday – cross trainYoga
  • Thursday – RUN
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – RUN
  • Sunday –yoga and/or cross train

What is your favorite throw-together lunch?

Cheers~
Carrie

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Snack Lunches

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You know what I’ve been absolutely loving lately?

SNACK LUNCHES!

Well, you should have known that by the title.

Anyway, what are Snack Lunches? They are foods that I’d probably normally bring to work to snack on or munch on at home between meals. Instead, I’ve been bringing my snacks to work with me as meals. What’s interesting is that while some look low in calories, they do fill me up! I don’t really need any other snacks later in the day. Here is one of my favorites:

Snack Lunch Cucumber, Capress & Egg

Cucumbers, Hard Boiled Egg & Poorman’s Caprese 

I usually add a fruit to my lunch bag {not pictured above} to round out my Snack Lunch and to have something slightly sweet. As of late, I’ve been noshing on cherries, watermelon and grapes. Like here:

Snack Lunch

Grapes, 1.5 oz Muenster Cheese & Veggies with Hummus

I also have my daily piece of Dove dark chocolate. I do bring one of my pre-portioned bag of 100 calories worth of nuts along, too. {I adore the Rosemary Marcona Almonds from Trader Joe’s!} However, I don’t always end up eating them. I may eat them after work if I have a run scheduled that night. But lately it’s just been me crunching on a cucumber while I keep the pooches separated while they eat. {Shamrock tries to eat the adult food, while Sophie tries to eat the puppy food!}

leftover Tuscan pork chop and veggies with hummus

Leftover Tuscan Pork Chop & Veggies with Hummus

Above is yesterday’s Snack Lunch. On a whim, I chopped up the leftover pork chop from the night before and threw it into my lunch. I didn’t think cold pork sounded that appetizing {I don’t like cold leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!}, but it was actually a really tasty addition!

In some ways, I think of these Snack Lunches as antipasti platters. You know, those plates with an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruits, olives… Yes! I forgot to add that I sometimes add olives to my Snack Lunches!

One day, I picked up a little snack box from Target. Did you know that they offer these in the deli section?!

Snack Lunch-Target

Trail Mix, Spicy Summer Sausage, two types of Cheese & Pretzels

Sure, that Snack Lunch above wasn’t quite as healthy as my others since it lacked veggies. But I did see several different variations of this snack box in the deli section. Some had hummus and veggies. Some included fruit. There were ones with tuna salad and crackers. I probably could have chosen a more healthy option. Don’t worry, I still had plenty of cukes form the Farmers’ Market. I’ve been eating them like crazy right now!

I seriously feel like I can’t get tired of snacks for lunch. I brought some leftovers and a salad to work a couple of times recently, but what I really wanted my Snack Lunch instead. What’s also great is that since you pre-portion all of your snacks before you leave the house, portion control should not be an issue.

Here’s my formula for a healthy Snack Lunch:

  • Protein (chicken, pork chop, cottage cheese, cheese cubes, hummus)
  • Veggies (to eat plain or with dip, hummus, guacamole)
  • Fruit (Right now, I like ones that are chopped into pieces or bite-sized rather than an apple or orange – such as raspberries, melon, cherries)
  • Optional: Healthy Fat (guacamole, olives, a drizzle of olive oil over roasted veggies.)

You could also add a whole grain, too. I love that these are so simple to put together and it helps me use up whatever I’ve got in my fridge.

Do you ever eat your snacks as your lunch?

What kind of foods would you put in your ideal healthy Snack Lunch?

Cheers~
Carrie