During the throws of a semester, an everyday sort of lunch that I pack for myself is one of my favorite all-time meals: MESSY GRAIN BOWLS. This usually looks like a quinoa or other complex carb oh top of kale with zucchini and/or mushrooms, with beans and/or tofu, avocado, and my favorite dressing. It is super simple, super fast, super easy, and you can prep it early in the week.
The most important part of this bowl is the first word: messy. It is supposed to be tossed together, not look perfect, and definitely should be made with anything in your fridge. This is particularly great for any veg that you have small or awkward amounts left over after the weekend or even week. This bowl is health and delicious, so there’s no need to stress about your lunch.
Here’s how to do it.
Messy Grain Bowl:
2 handfuls of greens (try kale, spinach, spring mix, romaine…)
1/2 cup grain of choice (quinoa is my fav, but brown rice is always a close second)
1/2 cup veggies (try zucchini and onion, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, asparagus, mushrooms…)
1/2 -1 cup beans of choice (garbanzo, black, kidney…) or protein source (tempeh, tofu, or other sustainable meat source)
healthy fat source (1/2 avocado, a handful of sunflower seeds, 1-2 Tbsps chia seeds…)
- Nutritional yeast (if you haven’t put this on salad, TRY IT. You will thank me)
- Oregano, thyme, cilantro, basil
- Spirulina, Chlorella, wheatgrass powder (though if you are new to these, try a tiny spring at first because these flavors are very strong!)
Dressing: 1-2 Tbsp of your favorite dressing, lemon juice, simple apple cider vinegar and olive oil, or even try a mix of salsa and hummus (which can take the place of beans!)
Empty out your fridge and give it a try! And remember, it is especially important to take care of yourself when you are facing more stress and less time in your day. Show yourself that you love you by planning ahead to pack a great lunch you’ll appreciate when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Loving yourself is a practice!
Love, as always,