Are there any food trends you’re hooked on? Moi? I’ve flipped for bowling, aka building a meal in a bowl. I think this trend is here to stay. Sorry plate! Bowls encourage smaller portions, and combining layers of veggies, along with whole grains, is ultimately what we hope more people embrace. This concept inspired my Real California Breakfast Bowl, and it’s also helping me cut back on food waste by using leftovers in tasty bowls I create for lunch. So of course, I was thrilled to see the Recipe Redux theme this month focus on lunch:
Limping Along with lunch: Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question head-on with creative ideas. Please share your healthy lunch recipe – so we can swap it into our own rotation.
Yesterday at noon, I gathered up some leftovers from earlier in the week, added them to a bowl, tossed it in the microwave, and then topped it off with some coleslaw and a bold barbeque sauce. Simple, right? You can use whatever you have on hand. Just think about adding texture and flavor!
If you’re packing a lunch, this would be just as simple to pack into a portable bowl. Use one that’s microwave safe, if you plan on reheating the ingredients, and pack cole slaw and bbq sauce separately.
Oh, one more tip for an easy lunch this time of year…enjoy it in some fresh air.
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice , quinoa or other whole grain
- 1/2 cup cooked corn
- 1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed
- 3 ounces cooked chicken breast or other lean protein source
- 1/2 cup cole slaw , salsa or relish
- fresh rosemary for garnish
for the sauce
- 1 tablespoons bbq sauce
- 1 talbespoon cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the sauce
Combine bbq sauce, cider vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
for the bbq bowl
Add brown rice, corn, black beans and chicken side by side to a single serving bowl or microwavable container. Place in microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes or until heated through. Finish with cole slaw and garnish with fresh rosemary. Serve with bbq sauce for dipping or dizzle over top.