When talking to people who are “dieting” everyone seems to have their thing. Some people swear by the paleo diet, some people swear by diet shakes, some people cut carbs, etc. A few years ago I ate the same meals for breakfast (overnight oats) and lunch (salad with chicken) every single day and it helped me lose 30 pounds. With still a good chunk of baby weight left I tried the same meal plan as we kicked off a new fitness contest at work.
This time, it didn’t work.
Enter Instagram Food Bloggers
I was still hungry. Three years ago, I was done nursing and didn’t have 500 extra calories to factor in. This time, I needed to change it up. Instagram, which always leaves me hungry, pointed me in the right direction. People I follow kept posting pictures of roasted vegetables and suddenly I found myself craving roasted carrots.
What? I hate cooked carrots.
Funny how your mind works sometimes. I hit up Meijer one day at lunch and my husband came home to 3 pans of different vegetables roasting in the oven. To change up my lunch, I decided to put together my own vegetable and chicken quinoa bowl. Suddenly cooked carrots turned out to be a regular in my lunch time routine, along with brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes and green beans.
I became hooked.
The best part is that it is easy to cook a full week’s worth of vegetable and chicken quinoa bowl ingredients on a Sunday afternoon. I don’t have to worry about making food every night for the next day at lunch.
Our kitchen smells like cooked vegetables for a good hour each Sunday night and I love it. For some reason meal prepping leaves me feeling accomplished before Monday even starts. I love being able to grab a container each morning and throw it in my lunch bag without worrying too much about time.
Vegetable and Chicken Quinoa Bowl
The best part about the vegetable and chicken quinoa bowl is that you can mix and match however you want each week. Tired of brussel sprouts? Throw in some broccoli instead. Tired of chicken? Turkey meatballs are a great substitute.
It’s been four weeks now and I have yet to get bored eating a vegetable and chicken quinoa bowl at lunch every day. Hungry yet? Make one for yourself!
There is no doubt that my lunch routine has changed with this bowl. Each week I switch it up a little bit with new vegetables or different meat. For the most part, this has been my go to. Not only am I snacking a lot less, but I’m finally getting in the vegetables I’ve been avoiding.
Do you meal prep? What is your go to food?