meal monday prep: grain bowl

The start of a fresh week means planning for the week ahead, namely meal prep for lunches.  Since I have to make lunch every day, I have to get creative!  I find that mixing a protein, green, healthy grain and veggies always holds me over for the afternoon.  You can’t beat the flavors and savings by prepping ahead and simply tossing together every night.Check out below for the perfect grain bowl you can make ahead of time on Sunday and not worry about it for the rest of the week. Enjoy!

2 cups uncooked Farro
4 cups baby spinach
1 container cherry tomatoes
2 tbs chopped garlic
1 tbs olive oil
1 rotisserie chicken
Servings: 4 (Monday-Thursday)
Let’s Do This
Begin by pre-heating the oven to 350F. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil (for quick cleanup), add cherry tomatoes and drizzle 1 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs chopped garlic over them. Bake for 15min until roasted.
In the meantime, cook farro per package instructions (typically 2 cups of water for every 1 cup farro), let boil then simmer until cooked.
As the farro simmers, heat  remaining 1tbs olive oil and garlic over heat in frying pan. Cook spinach just so long as it wilts and gets flavor of garlic, remove from heat.
I then begin to pull apart an organic rotisserie chicken to save time, but feel free to bake four chicken breasts and shred.
Now time to assemble!
Add one part farro, spinach, tomatoes and chicken to bowl (I use a BPA-free container that is also dishwasher safe).
Add Siracha or hummus, as desired for flavor.
When it’s time to eat, I microwave on high for 30 seconds.
What other ingredients do you include in your grain bowl?  I’d love to hear in the comments section below!


Jaimie is an East Coast Lifestyle Blogger.

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