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I'm just saying, choosing a healthy lunch is tough. I think it's equally as tough whether you are at work, Momming/Dadding at home, or working from home. We're standing in front of the refrigerator thinking about grabbing all the cheese slices and bread and getting down. Or better yet, our hands are poised on that Chik-fil-A app, ready to do some real damage (I see you Mr. Amy Cakes). I have a better option that is totally prep-able, budget friendly, and has a feel good factor when you're done. It's a Mediterranean grain bowl with shrimp.
How To Make A Fresh Mediterranean Grain Bowl With Shrimp
Step #1: Start by making the Tzatziki sauce and Quinoa. If you are lunch prepping, scale this recipe so that you have enough to last for the week. You will mix non-fat Greek yogurt with fresh garlic, shredded cucumber, and salt. Cook the quinoa according to package directions (very easy and hands off), simply 1 cup quinoa: 2 cups water, salt. Bring to a boil and then cover and turn down to low and leave it for 20 minutes or so.
Step #2: Layer your choice of lettuce in the bottom of the bowl and start building. Add cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, Calamata olives, feta cheese, and quinoa. Garnish with fresh parsley. Chop enough to last the week and store them in separate containers so that it's easy to build in the morning or night before.
Step #3: Saute' shrimp with salt and pepper and a teaspoon of oil. Try not to eat them out of the pan because you know, lunch is coming your way in 5 minutes.
Step#4: Layer in the shrimp, top with Tzatziki sauce and eat. your. lunch.
How To Meal Prep This Mediterranean Grain Bowl With Shrimp For Lunch
Everything here is completely prep-able. Make the Tzatziki sauce, Quinoa, and saute' the shrimp. Chop all of the vegetables. You now have two options; assemble enough bowls for the week, or store everything in separate containers and assemble the night before or the morning of. I think I'm on team: assemble enough bowls for the week.
But wait, what if you hate Quinoa and/or Shrimp? I've got you boo. Layer on The Best Curried Couscous and Spicy Oven grilled Catfish instead. Lorrrrrdt that would be good. That's the next lunch I'm making, I pinky promise.Print
This fresh grain bowl has the perfect Mediterranean flavors with shrimp and tzatziki sauce. This is easy to meal prep ahead for a healthy work week lunch.
How To Assemble The Grain Bowl
¼ lb. Shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 ½ cup Spring Mix
10 Calamata olives
7 Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 Tbsp Feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cucumber, diced
½ cup quinoa, cooked
For The Tzatziki Sauce
1 c nonfat Greek yogurt
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ c cucumber, shredded
¼ tsp salt
For The Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
½ tsp salt
How To Make Tzatziki Sauce
Using a box shredder or food processor (shred blade), shred the cucumber. Set aside to drain, continuing to press with paper towels until dry.
Combine Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and salt; set aside
How To Cook Quinoa:
In a small pot, combine Quinoa, water, and salt.
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat to LOW, cover, and allow to steam for 20-30 minutes
How To Assemble A Grain Bowl
Start by placing lettuce in the bottom
Layer on tomatoes, cucumber, feta, olives, quinoa, and shrimp
Top with Tzatziki sauce and garnish with parsley
- Category: Lunch
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
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