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Meal Prep Quinoa, Black Bean, Arugula Bowl with an Herby Poblano Green Dressing

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Meal prep helps me ensure that I have nutritious meal options ready to grab during the busy work week. I love building these meal prep jars for salads, pasta, soups, and even sandwiches.

Ensure your ingredients keep fresh throughout the week by placing your wet or heavier ingredients at the bottom of the jar, aka the dressing or sauce. Next, add your protein, grains, and veggies. Keep ingredients with a higher water content towards the bottom. Think cucumbers and tomatoes. Finally, top everything with your greens of choice.

When creating my meal prep jars I like to ensure that it is a balanced meal all in one. Incorporating protein, grain, dressing, vegetables, and greens into every recipe. This quinoa black bean arugula bowl has a generous serving of plant-based protein. Cucumbers and tomatoes add vitamins and minerals while keeping you hydrated. Arugula has cancer-fighting agents and is a nutrient-dense food. Arugula is high in calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamins C, K, and A.

A great sauce or dressing is key to loading a meal prep jar with flavor and adding healthy fats to aid in nutrient absorption. The herby poblano green dressing incorporates vegan yogurt for healthy gut bacteria. Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, and magnesium. The poblano pepper can be roasted prior to making the dressing to boost the flavor but it tastes great raw in this dressing.

If you are looking for additional meal prep recipes here are a few you may want to try.

Meal Prep Quinoa, Black Bean, Arugula Bowl with an Herby Poblano Green Dressing

Meal prep quinoa black bean arugula bowls with an herby poblano green dressing make it easier to eat a healthy lunch during the busy work week.
Servings 4 bowls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Equipment

  • 4 30 oz glass jars with lids
  • cutting board
  • Chef's Knife

Ingredients

Bowl Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cucumber diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved or quartered
  • ¼ cup red onion minced optional
  • juice of two limes
  • 4 cups arugula

Poblano Green Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 large poblano pepper seeded and chopped
  • cup vegan plain yogurt
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • juice from one lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
    Meal Prep Quinoa, Black Bean, Arugula Bowl with an Herby Poblano Green Dressing
  • In a blender combine all of the dressing ingredients and blend until desired texture.
    Meal Prep Quinoa, Black Bean, Arugula Bowl with an Herby Poblano Green Dressing
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the cucumber, tomato, red onion, and juice from one lime.
  • Divide the dressing amongst 4 – 30 oz jars.
  • Next add the black beans, quinoa, tomato mixture, and arugula in that order.
    Meal Prep Quinoa, Black Bean, Arugula Bowl with an Herby Poblano Green Dressing
  • Place tops on jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • To serve pour ingredients into a bowl or shake up ingredients and eat from the jar.
    Meal Prep Quinoa, Black Bean, Arugula Bowl with an Herby Poblano Green Dressing
Course: Bowl, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American, Mexican-American Inspired
Keyword: bowl, Easy Recipe, healthy, lunch, meal prep, picnic, Quick & Easy, salad

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