Healthy Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls are a delicious meal for lunch or dinner. Naturally gluten free, hearty and easy to make! This post is sponsored by my friends at Bob’s Red Mill.
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Questions for you:
- Do you like really delicious food?
- Do you feel like you barely have any time to cook?
- Are you sick of Sad Desk Lunches?
- Are you looking for an easy and healthy snack to take on the go?
If you answered yes to any of those questions then these Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls are for YOU.
These Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls require under an hour to make, are loaded with flavor, and are so perfect for planning out your meals for the week ahead.
These bowls are jam packed with balsamic chicken, spinach, hearty quinoa, creamy mozzarella, and ripe cherry tomatoes. It’s pretty much the ultimate flavor combo!
The thing I love most about these Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls is that they’re made in such a short amount of time with minimal ingredients (including my favorite Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa!)
If you love Caprese, you will love our Caprese Pasta Salad!
Ingredients for Chicken Caprese Meal Prep Bowls
To make this recipe you’ll need:
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded box.
We love quinoa because it’s such a powerhouse in terms of nutrition. It has far more protein than many other grains, and it’s loaded with iron and fiber!
How to make Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls:
These meal prep bowls really are SO simple to make.
- Get all your ingredients ready + cook your quinoa per the directions on the back of the package.
- While the quinoa cooks, marinate your chicken + put it in the oven
- While chicken cooks, prep remaining ingredients for quinoa salad. Once quinoa has cooked, allow it to cool slightly.
- Toss the quinoa salad together + slice the chicken
- Assemble bowls + enjoy!
If you want to take your meal prep a step further.. why not plan your breakfast and snack ahead of time too?! Bob’s Red Mill recently came out with their Bob’s Better Bars and they are perfect for snacking or for a grab and go breakfast.
We love that these bars aren’t loaded with sugar, and instead are packed with whole grains and wholesome ingredients meant to fill you up.
Thanks to these bars you can have breakfast and lunch, or lunch and an afternoon snack all planned out in basically no time! Throw some veggies or fruit in a bag + you’re set up for a full day of healthy meals!
Substitutions for Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls
These bowls are pretty versatile. Here are a few ways you can customize them!
Cheese– You can sub mozzarella for feta or goat cheese. I would sub with 3/4 cup instead of 8 oz.
Greens– I like these meal prep bowls with spinach but arugula, spring mix, or any greens will work well!
Protein – I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure these bowls would be great with fish instead of chicken. You’d just need to adjust the cook time depending on what you swap.
Dairy free– To make these dairy free, simply omit cheese.
WW Freestyle Note: Calculated using part skim milk mozzarella, and 1/2 the amount of olive oil.
How to store Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls
These meal prep containers are my favorite. We use them every week and they go right in the dishwasher with no problems.
You can store these chicken caprese quinoa meal prep bowls for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Chicken Caprese Quinoa Meal Prep Bowls
For the chicken:
- Preheat oven to 450 + prepare a parchment lined baking sheet.
- To cook quinoa, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add in 1 cup of dry quinoa into the pot, stir, and return to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium, simmering until all water has absorbed (about 10-12 minutes).
- While quinoa is cooking, prepare chicken marinade. Coat chicken evenly in marinade, and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake chicken at 450 for 20 minutes.
- While chicken is baking and quinoa is finishing cooking, prep all remaining ingredients for the quinoa and add to a bowl.
- Allow quinoa to cool completely. When quinoa is completely cooled, toss all ingredients for quinoa salad together gently + serve cold!
- Assemble bowls with quinoa salad, a generous serving of spinach, and sliced chicken on top.
- Optional: drizzle with balsamic reduction
- Cheese– You can sub mozzarella for feta or goat cheese. I would sub with 3/4 cup instead of 8 oz.
- Greens– I like these meal prep bowls with spinach but arugula, spring mix, or any greens will work well!
- Protein – I haven’t tried it, but I’m sure these bowls would be great with fish instead of chicken. You’d just need to adjust the cook time depending on what you swap.
- Dairy free– To make these dairy free, simply omit cheese.