Go-to lunch and dinner bowls

It’s easy to over-complicate lunch and dinner, don’t you think? I feel like I am always trying to out do myself, be more creative, or heck even just figure out what to eat.


I tend to focus on dinners on the blog – because that’s the toughest meal for me.  My breakfasts are usually overnight oats or sometimes (but rarely these days) hot oatmeal, and my lunches are often leftovers. But when I don’t have leftovers, I do struggle with lunches.

Luckily, I do have some go-to options for lunch or dinner that make life easier. I wanted to share two today because I had them both yesterday – and they both happen to be bowls!

Lunch: Black bean and tomato bowl


Essential ingredients:

  • Can of black beans, drained then rinsed
  • Can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • Seasoning of choice (I usually go with salt, pepper, cilantro and a pinch of cumin)

Optional ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Cheese
  • Any other veggies you like and have on hand

The steps are super simple: Mix everything together and dig in. I certainly make it often with just the essential ingredients, but obviously, it’s better with avocado and cheese 🙂

Dinner: BBQ chicken bowl


Essential ingredients:

  • Shredded chicken
  • BBQ sauce
  • Rice
  • Roasted veggies of choice

I cook the chicken in the crockpot all day. Place chicken, chopped onions, broth (1/2 cup of liquid per 1 pound of chicken) and a little BBQ sauce in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-9 hours. It really only takes closer to 6 to cook, but #workingmomlife means it’s gotta cook for 9 hours. And the beauty of the liquid is that it keeps the chicken moist and makes it impossible to overcook. I love that.

Anyway, whenever you get home, shred the chicken combine with cooked rice (we use brown rice over here), roasted veggies and as much BBQ sauce as your heart desires. I often cook the rice and roast the veggies the night before because…again, #workingmomlife.

Side note: I’ve made this with frozen-then-heated through veggies and we just prefer it with the roasted veggies. It adds a layer of flavor and texture. Yum!


So there you have it…two easy-peasy meals that are healthy and delicious. They’re also easy enough to change up and customize so even if you’re eating them a lot, it doesn’t feel that way 🙂 If you try these, I hope you love them – and do share your family’s preferred variation.





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