Recipes

Easy Protein Bowl Meal Prep

This mighty, macro-friendly lunch will keep you on track for the whole day through.


If you’ve got a jam-packed schedule of commuting, working, and training sessions then sometimes a meal deal just doesn’t cut it. You need the right fuel in the tank to set your body up for success and keep making the progress you want to see — which is exactly what this protein bowl provides.

Packed with lean protein and lots of veggies, it has a base of quinoa, which is a super-nutritious carb source that contains protein and fibre, along with iron, zinc, and calcium.

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic (minced)
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 75g quinoa
  • 200ml water
  • 1 egg
  • 50g broccoli
  • 50g mangetout
  • ½ red pepper (sliced)
  • 4 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • Spring onions (chopped)

Method

  1. First, mix together the soy sauce, honey, black pepper, and garlic to make a marinade. Pour 3/4s of the marinade over the chicken breast, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes (or you could do this the night before). Keep the remaining marinade aside for serving with later.
  2. Next, add the quinoa and 200ml water to a pan, cover with the lid, and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add a sieve over the pan and place your egg in the centre above the quinoa. Cover again and let steam for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a separate frying pan, heat a little oil or low-calorie cooking spray and then add your marinated chicken breast. Cook for around 5-7 minutes on each side until browned and completely cooked through with no pink bits inside.
  4. Add the broccoli and mangetout to the sieve above the quinoa, then cover and steam for a further 5 minutes. Then carefully remove the sieve and stir the quinoa with a fork to fluff up.
  5. Build your protein bowl. Make a quinoa base, then add the cooked broccoli and mangetout, along with slices of red pepper and cherry tomatoes. Add the sliced chicken breast and boiled egg (remove the shell first!) then add the remaining marinade that you kept aside and garnish with chopped spring onion.

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Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 620
Total Fat 10g
Total Carbohydrates 87g
Protein 55g


Lauren Dawes

Lauren Dawes

Writer and expert

Lauren is an English Literature graduate originally from the South. She’s always loved swimming, has discovered the power of weight training over the past few years, and has lots of room for improvement in her weekly hot yoga class.

On the weekends she’s usually cooking or eating some kind of brunch, and she enjoys trying out new recipes with her housemates – especially since shaking off student habits, like mainly surviving off pasta. Above all, she’s a firm believer in keeping a balance between the gym and gin.

Find out more about Lauren’s experience here.


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