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Quick and Easy Vegetarian Protein Packed Lunch

by Heather

This bowl of deliciousness came together because I had a few leftovers that needed to be eaten.  What it turned into was a combo that I just can’t wait to eat again!

Before I get into this some more, what did you think of my new workout video from yesterday and Fit Girl Workouts Channel?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Now back to the food.  Let’s take a look at what’s going on in here.

1st layer: leftover brown jasmine rice

2nd layer: chopped steamed broccoli

3rd layer: cottage cheese

4th later: marinated chickpeas

After assembly I heated it all up in the microwave for 2 minutes.  The cottage cheese mixes with the marinade from the chickpeas to create the perfect sauce.  It’s creamy and tangy all at once.

This meal was so easy to throw together because I had leftovers ready in my fridge.  The great thing about it is the flexibility.  You can use any leftover cooked grain, any steamed veggie and any bean.  The tomato based marinade can be made right then and there too.

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Protein Packed Lunch
Serves 1



  1. Layer all ingredients in your bowl.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir and enjoy!

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kristina@beancakes May 24, 2011 - 6:04 am

now this looks absolutely scrumptious! this reminds me of a dish i used to make all the time 😉

Jess May 24, 2011 - 7:21 am

I’m all about protein, but hate relying too much on meat, so this looks REALLY good!!

Get Healthy with Heather May 24, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I sure was! No meat was missed 🙂

Erica May 24, 2011 - 10:55 am

owww- looks delicious! I need to make those marinated chickpeas for sure!

Get Healthy with Heather May 24, 2011 - 4:57 pm

They’re so simple. I love having a bowl full in the fridge to add to this or salads, or just eat plain too.

Nicole, RD May 24, 2011 - 11:02 am

Quick and simple, and yes…lots of protein! 🙂 I need to have more throw-it-all-together meals!

Simply Life May 24, 2011 - 4:11 pm

oh that does look like the perfect lunch to bring to work that will keep me full!

Get Healthy with Heather May 24, 2011 - 4:58 pm

It was very filling!


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