We could go on and on about how amazing grain bowls are—they’re easy-to-transport meals, hearty, majorly-satisfying, and packed with good-for-you nutrients and superfoods. Plus, with the right add-ins, you can create a high-protein meal that will keep you full for hours. Grain bowls make an excellent packed lunch—they won’t get soggy like salads often do, and they’ll keep you full longer.
One surefire way to make a filling grain bowl? Start with a quinoa base. The fiber in quinoa will keep you satisfied and the carbs and protein in this grain will fuel you for the rest of your day’s activities. This grain bowl is made with multi-colored quinoa.
Next up? Add in green beans, corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, and avocado. This is where you’ll pick up tons of nutrients. The vitamin K in green beans can help protect against osteoporosis. Sliced avocado adds healthy fat to the dish.
Next, add a hard-boiled egg, which is high in protein and low in fat. It adds another healthy protein boost to the bowl.
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Salt, pepper, and buttermilk herb dressing add tons of flavor to the colorful dish, and the dressing is actually super easy to make. Just mix together buttermilk, olive oil mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice, parsley, honey, salt, and pepper. This dressing is much cleaner than a store-bought version – it swaps refined sugar for honey and cuts out unnecessary salt. Pour it on the quinoa mixture and enjoy!
This simple dish is perfect for a work lunch or quick dinner, and if you prep the ingredients beforehand, it’s super easy to throw together. With cooked quinoa, hard-boiled eggs, homemade dressing, and chopped veggies already in the fridge, you can have a bright, fresh, tasty meal in no time. Bonus: it’s only 359 calories, but the protein and fats will fill you up and provide essential fiber and nutrients to keep you feeling great.