Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Bowls

Hey friends, long time, no talk!!    Oh goodness, I hit a blogging rut and may be finally starting to get out--I've got lots of post ideas floating around in my head!

Today, I wanted to share my meal prep ideas for my work lunches this week.   I'm totally guilty of just grabbing lunch at a fast food restaurant while I'm out and about during the work day.   After I had Elaina, my nursing/pumping helped me lose almost 35 pounds, and I'd like to maintain that weight or keep it off!    I figured it would be beneficial for my health and well-being, as well as my wallet, if I started preparing my lunch on the weekend and take it during the week.  

I kept seeing ideas on Pinterest for sheet pan dinners and kind of put my own spin on it!   I decided to pick a meat and add various roasted vegetables and make bowls out of them.   I did broccoli (my favorite!), shredded carrots, squash, zucchini, and green peppers, and also grilled chicken strips for my bowls this week.  

I cheated a little and got the bag of already prepared chicken strips from the store and just heated them up on the stove.   I sauteed the carrots on the stove also since they were a lot smaller than the other vegetables.   Last week I did not use green peppers, did smoked sausage instead of grilled chicken, and used brown rice in the bottom.   I used this seasoning from the grocery store, and just picked a flavor that sounded good!   It smells so good and is delicious!!    I just tossed the veggies with some oil and sprinkled the seasoning on, and then spread it out on a baking sheet.   My oven was at 400 degrees, and I left them in for about 20 minutes--you can adjust the time depending on how crunchy or soft you like your vegetables to be!

I hope these tasted as good as they look!   I'll eat my first one for lunch tomorrow!   I usually pack some pretzels or crackers or something to go with it.   Next week I may try a different variation, with different veggies or meat or adding noodles or some sort of sauce!   Or I may try to find a whole new idea instead!

What are your favorite things to take to work for lunch?   Do you mix it up everyday or take the same thing multiple days in a row?   Let me know some of your ideas!!


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