≡ Menu

Building the Lunch Bowl (+ Friday Wine Lunch!)

Happy Friday! I missed y’all yesterday but I was too busy with work to blog. By the time I got home, showered, ate dinner and made it to the couch it was after 10 p.m. and all I had energy for was sitting and staring at the screen. I did watch the finale of The Biggest Loser and it was incredible. I LOVED this season. Such amazing transformations. And I want to be Jillian when I grow up. I feel like she’s chilled out and really come into her own over the last few years. She’s seems like an awesome trainer and person. Did anyone else watch this season?

Remember when I blogged about a little spring clean up with my diet? Well, I’m still going strong with the clean eating. One thing that’s helped has been making satisfying lunches and upping my protein in general. I go through phases with my lunches. For a while it was the open faced sandwich, then salads and egg scrambles and now it’s definitely the grain bowl.

My base recipe usually includes…
– A green (spinach, chard, kale, arugula) – sometimes I don’t saute it (especially with spinach and arugula) and use it raw as a base at the bottom and don’t mix it in
– A grain (quinoa, brown rice, cous cous)
– A bean/legume (black beans, white beans, chick peas, lentils)
– A protein (tofu, chicken, smoked salmon, tuna, some sort of burger or patty) – sometimes I go meatless and just do the beans
– Cheese (goat, goat gouda, feta, cheddar)
– Miscellaneous veggies (tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini, brocoli, brussels, sweet potatoes, etc)
– Toppings (avocado, sour cream, Greek yogurt, hummus, salsa)

It’s such a great lunch! You can assemble all the ingredients and cook the grain/protein at the beginning of the week and go crazy from there. Here are some recent favorite combos.

Sauteed spinach, brown rice, white beans, diced tomatoes, smoked salmon, goat gouda, avocado and plain Greek yogurt.

Quinoa and lentil bowl with spinach, roasted brussels, sundried tomatoes, roasted tofu, Greek yogurt and hummus.

Spinach, quinoa and lentils, beets, butternut squash, goat cheese, avocado.

My most favorite combo this week has been the Mexican bowl with blue corn chips for dipping. I’ve eaten this combo at least four times this week. Spinach, brown rice, black beans, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, avocado, sour cream, salsa verde and a big squeeze of lime juice. I also love this Mexican Quinoa. This recipe is awesome and the leftovers are even better!

My Friday has been really great so far. Just what I need.

Triple soy latte this morning before an early training client. I thought a Friday morning was the perfect time to upgrade from my typical black coffee and use my rewards drink.

Cut and color…during which my stylist held up the fried ends of my hair and told me I may not want to wait five months before seeing him again. Oops. I’ve been busy! 😳

The day got even better when I met a friend for lunch at Cowfish. I haven’t seen her in almost five years. It was great to catch up! I enjoyed this beautiful seared tuna nicoise salad along with a glass of wine.

Hope your having a great Friday too!

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Erica March 22, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Your lunch bowls look AMAZING! Happy Friday!

  • Linda March 22, 2013, 4:03 pm

    I’m all about lunch bowls and yours always give me new ideas! Lately I’ve been obsessed with the Ezikeal whole grain tortillas, with fresh salsa, goat or feta, artichokes and broccoli and black or cannellini beans. It’s been my favorite lunch. Today I substituted nutritional yeast for the cheese and it was just as good!

  • jennyv March 22, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Seared tuna! YUM!

    Your hair looks fantastic curled that way — I tend to stretch out my cuts/trims and know I shouldn’t. The only remedy — schedule as you leave!

    I think Jillian is fantastic — I would SO love for her to be my trainer. She yells, but dang, does she ever care! She is so confident and demands results. I love that she doesn’t allow excuses; Lord knows we all have them!

  • Heather March 22, 2013, 4:20 pm

    I don’t like salad, but that Cowfish salad looks AMAZING.

    And I made a big put of your Mexican quinoa Sunday and have had it for lunch all week. It is SO good! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen March 22, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Happy Friday!! I make lunch bowls with similar components (green, grain, bean, protein, fat, veg!). One of my favorite combos is spinach/romaine combined, quinoa, black beans, salsa, smoked tofu, black olives, and banana peppers…seriously delicious!

  • Heidi Lowe March 22, 2013, 5:23 pm

    I loved this season of The Biggest Loser! Watched every episode. I, however, more resemble the beginning of the season rather than the end. I’m working on it though and your blog is seriously helping me sort things out. Between your food ideas/recipes, “life in general” posts and motivation for exercising, you help me every day. Have a great weekend Jen! Cheers, Heidi.

  • She Rocks Fitness March 22, 2013, 5:29 pm

    High-Fives on Friday! I’m about to hop in the shower, pour a glass of wine, and then go to dinner with a friend. Yup, I will be getting out of my yoga pants. WOOT WOOT! I love your last salad. Looks amazing and such a big fan of blue corn chips. XOXO

  • Sana March 22, 2013, 6:12 pm

    Your hair looks cute! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Ja @Athlete Within Ja March 22, 2013, 10:46 pm

    I love the colors of the food. Looks yummy! Ok so this post reminded me that I’m due for my hair treatment too. Lol thanks!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Kristy @ Southern In Law March 23, 2013, 3:39 am

    Oh yum, your lunch bowls always look amazing!

    I’m going to have to try your mexican quinoa recipe for Jesse as I’m sure he’d love it!

  • Kristina @Run and Assimilate March 23, 2013, 7:58 am

    Your lunch bowls look to die for…definitely trying some out!

  • Joy March 23, 2013, 8:33 am

    Those lunch bowls look so healthy and delicious. I’m going to try some for myself this week.

    Your haircut looks great…you look beautiful (as always).

  • Laura March 23, 2013, 10:32 am

    Jen, your hair looks fabulous!

    I loved this season of the Biggest Loser! It was the first one I watched all the way through. I’d like Jillian to be my trainer. She cares but doesn’t get “soft” in the gym.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Nelly March 23, 2013, 10:41 am

    I love the hair! What brand and style are those sunglasses?!?! I LOVE THEM!

  • Colleen March 23, 2013, 11:37 am

    Team Pink!! Yay Dani! Wine with Fridays lunch may become my new thing! Genius! Your lunch bowls mimic my dinner bowls!

  • Kelly March 23, 2013, 6:11 pm

    You do build a pretty mean bowl! They all look delicious!

  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch March 23, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I build salads basically the same way, but I have to say Jen, your salads ALWAYS look delicious. Greenery envy 🙂

  • Advocarerunner March 24, 2013, 9:05 pm

    Love your hair. And really love the ideas with the lunch bowls. I usually leave grains out of my salads but you’ve inspired me!

Leave a Comment