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Throw Together Lunch {Mediterranean Power Bowl}


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)


  • 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


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:



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


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



  • 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?


Mediterranean Foodie Penpal! {Reveal Day}


No, my Foodie Penpal this month was not from the Mediterranean.

{All U.S. residents are matched with other U.S. residents.} However, Brandi from Kansas really took what I said about liking Mediterranean food to heart! Just wait until you see all of these goodies!

FPP post Foodie Penpals

The package I received was decorated beautifully in festive wrap as well as some French phrase stickers to make this Francophile smile. 😉

photo 1I opened the box to find a cute card atop all of the goodies that Brandi chose especially for me. She bought from three different stores! She said she had fun carrying my list of likes/dislikes around in search of just the right items. How sweet is that?! 😉

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And the contents:

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  • Mediterranean Risotto – We love risotto in our house, but I’ve only made it once. This one has dried zucchini and red peppers right in the mix. It’s on our dinner menu in the near future. Perhaps with these Mediterranean Pork Chops?
  • Chocolate – Chocolate and hazelnuts always remind me of FRANCE! Oh la la… I had to divvy this baby up into eight pieces so I wouldn’t eat the bar in one sitting. I’d rather have a little bit of chocolate every day. Chocolate with hazelnuts never disappoints!
  • Apple Chips – A healthy snack. Love these!
  • Halva – Totally new to me! It’s made up of ground sesame seeds and cocoa. A decandent treat that reminded me a bit of the flavor of a Butterfinger, but the texture of fudge. Yum!
  • Dry Roasted Edamame – Wasabi flavor – Brandi chose these because I said I liked nuts and she said they “seemed a do-able cousin. Plus it’s a healthy snack packed with protein.” And spicy! I like spicy!
  • Tomato Basil Cheese – Um, cheese? Yes! Um, tomato? Yes! Um, basil? Absolutely! Win, win, win!
  • Mediterranean Quelitas Snacks – Cheesy. They are from Mallorca. I’ve seen it as a stop on Mediterranean Cruises when Rob and I were planning our Honeymoon.

Brandi, you are so sweet to think of me when picking out these goodies. I’m loving trying everything. I can’t believe there are so many new-to-me items!

Thank you again!


Would you like to be a part of Foodie Penpals? You don’t have to be a blogger and don’t have to participate every month – just the months you want to! Here’s how:

Thinking you want to become a Foodie Penpal? You don’t even need to be a blogger to do it! Nor do you have to participate every month. Here’s how:

1. Sign up by the 4th of the month that you want to participate.
2. On the 5th of the month, you are assigned a Foodie Penpal.
3. You communicate with your penpal about any food allergies or preferences, as well as where to ship the package.
4. By the 15th of the month, send $15 worth of food to your penpal that may include homemade goodies, local treats or just some of your favorite discoveries that you want to share! The box must also contain something handwritten.
5. You’re Foodie Penpal will ship a package to you as well by the 15th!
6. If you are like me, you squeal with delight when your package arrives.
7. You enjoy said goodies, which you may have never known about otherwise.
8. If you are a blogger, you post about the package you received on the last day of the month – Reveal Day! {If you are not a blogger, you do not need to do anything, but thank your Penpal, of course! However, if your Penpal does blog, you can choose to write a guest post, if you so wish.}
9. To sign up for January {they’re taking a break in December}, click here.


Come back tomorrow for a guest post written by Brandi on what she received from me!

What is your favorite Mediterranean Food?