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Mediterranean Diet Meal Prep Lunchbox

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Mediterranean Diet Meal Prep Lunchbox

Ingredients for 4 servings

* Optional Substitution Note

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 medium zucchinis, chopped into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 1 lb chicken thighs, fat trimmed (OR chicken breasts OR chickpeas)
  • 1 tablespoon The Fit Cook Everyday Blend (OR combination of garlic & onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon The Fit Cook Land seasoning (OR combination of dried herbs)
  • Red Pepper Sauce
    • 1 medium roasted red bell pepper, skin and seeds removed
    • 1 garlic glove
    • 1/3 cup almond butter (or your choice of nut butter)
    • juice from 1/2 lemon (or more)
    • pinches of sea salt & pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup (~56g) feta (optional but recommended)
  • Garnish
    • chopped parsley

Steps

Step 1

Set oven to 420F.

Step 2

Cook quinoa (1 cup uncooked) according to the instructions provided on the package then set aside.

Step 3

Add zucchini and whole bell peppers to baking tray lined with parchment paper. Add olive oil, sea salt & pepper and toss everything together. Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until the skin on the bell pepper is blistered and the edges of the zucchini are seared. Once the veggies have roasted, set them aside and allow them to cool down.

Step 4

Season chicken thighs with Everyday and Land seasoning, then set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.  Once it’s hot, spray with oil and add the chicken.  Sear and cook on each side for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 5

Peel the skin from the bell pepper and remove the stem and some of the seeds.  Add the remaining peeled bell pepper to a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.  If you want it to be thinner, add lemon juice or water; if you want it to be thicker, add tablespoons of nut butter BUT ACCOUNT FOR THE ADDED CALORIES since nut butter is a calorie-dense ingredient. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.

Step 6

Build the lunchbox! Add quinoa, chicken, roasted zucchini, olives, feta and a serving of the red pepper sauce.

Step 7

Meal prep with chickpeas

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(Based on 2 reviews)

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  1. May 07 2023

    Wonderful meal prep! Easy to make and super tasty. I added some chili powder to the sauce and it was great.

  2. Jun 15 2023

    Amazing recipe. We roasted golden beets with the vegetables and the sweetness was a nice addition to the other flavors. I sometimes find I get bored with meal prep because I’m eating the same thing 5 days in a row, but with this meal I was excited for lunch every day! Saved to the regular rotation.

    1. heck yeah! thanks for sharing this with me – I love the idea of roasted golden beets! the only beet I actually enjoy lol

Details

Prep 5min
Cook 30min
Total 35min

Nutrition per serving

Calories545cal
Protein31g
Fats34g
Carbs31g
Fiber7g
Sugar6g
About Kevin - author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!