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Healthy Vegetarian Grain Bowls for Lunch

In need of an easy healthy lunch idea while you’re at home?! Building up the ingredients for these healthy vegetarian grain bowls for lunch is a great strategy.

Mix and match ingredients like healthy greens, grains, veggies, fruits, nuts and more. Prep one batch and you’re set for the week.

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One of the biggest requests I have gotten since our new found time spent at home is…

Now what do I make for lunch?

I fall victim to the ‘running out for lunch club’ too. And maybe a pit stop at Target…

During a ‘regular’ workday, I would spend the entire day working from home, often not going anywhere except for a jog or a trip to the grocery store.

I always looked forward to running out to my favorite salad place or Cava (chipotle’s Mediterranean sister) for a mid-day lunch break.

Taylor Farms Lunch -21Lunches at home can still be easy, flavorful and fun!

They take a few simple ingredients (greens, grains, toppings) and can be totally customizable to your liking. They’re made especially easy with Taylor Farm’s salad kits.

I love a Mediterranean flavored lunch bowl because the flavors are always bright and light, but they also have great salads like bbq ranch and sweet kale to use as bases.

You can use this store locator to see where the closest Taylor Farms products are to you!

Lunch Bowl Base:

The opportunities are endless. I love using a blend of salad greens and quinoa but here are some other options…

  • Taylor Farm’s Chopped Salad Kits 
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Micro Greens
  • Zoodles
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Quinoa
  • Farro
  • Pasta
  • Barley

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Our new routine involves an easy breakfast (usually a bagel or cereal) and a traditional meat-based dinner so I love making healthy vegetarian grain bowls for lunch. But that’s not to say you can’t add in your favorite protein!

Proteins to top your lunch bowl with: 

  • Grilled chicken
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Roasted Salmon
  • Falafel
  • Tofu
  • Beans or chickpeas
  • Meatballs

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So you’ve got your lunch bowl base, a protein, now let’s add some toppings!

This is where things get fun and creative.

Now more than ever people are searching for in their pantry’s and the condiment section in the fridge for easy ingredients for added flavor.

I think you all might find these easy, tangy flavor boosts :

  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Pepperocinis
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pickled onions (see how to quick pickle an onion below!)

Taylor Farms Lunch -12How to quick pickle an onion: 

  1. Thinly slice one 1/2 red onion. place into a jar or an air-tight container.
  2. Pour over 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar onto the onions. Add in one pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Close the container or jar and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Refrigerate the onions for at least 20 minutes before serving, for best flavor refrigerate an hour.

Pickled onions are an extremely easy way to add flavor to any dish, especially these healthy vegetarian grain bowls.

Other easy bowl toppings:

Topping ideas: (pick 2-3 per bowl) 

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Radishes 
  • Avocado
  • Feta Cheese
  • Croutons 
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried Fruit 

Sauces and dressings: 

  • Salad dressing
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • Tahini 
  • Salsa

Other easy lunches to make at home: 

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Healthy Vegetarian Grain Bowls for Lunch

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bowl 1x
  • Category: Salad

Description

In need of an easy healthy lunch idea while you’re at home?! Building up the ingredients for these healthy vegetarian grain bowls for lunch is a great strategy.

Mix and match ingredients like healthy greens, grains, veggies, fruits, nuts and more. Prep one batch and you’re set for the week.


Scale

Ingredients

Choose your base-2-3 cups 

  • Taylor Farm’s Chopped Salad Kits
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Micro Greens
  • Zoodles
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Quinoa
  • Farro
  • Pasta
  • Barley

Choose your protein: 4-6 ounces of protein 

  • Grilled chicken
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Roasted Salmon
  • Falafel
  • Tofu
  • Beans or chickpeas
  • Meatballs

Choose a tangy topping: 1-2 tangy toppings 

  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Pepperocinis
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pickled onions (see how to quick pickle an onion below!)

Choose your fresh toppings: 2-3 fresh toppings

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Avocado
  • Feta Cheese
  • Croutons
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried Fruit

Choose your sauces and dressings: 1/4 cup sauce or dressing

  • Salad dressing
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • Tahini
  • Salsa

Instructions

  1. In a large shallow bowl, build your bowl base. I like to use a 2/3 blend of greens or salad and a grain. 
  2. Top with your protein of choice. 
  3. Choose 1-2 tangy toppings and and 2-3 fresh toppings. 
  4. Just before serving top your bowl with dressing and sauces. 

Notes

You can prep the bowls ahead of time but be sure to leave the sauces and dressings reserved until serving or else your bowl may get soggy. 

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