This post was sponsored by Green Giant™ Fresh as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
On busy days, lunchtime can get forgotten or pushed aside. But with a little planning you can enjoy a delicious, nutritious lunch
If I could, I would pause time every July and stretch it out a little longer. Then there’d be more time to swim in our favorite lakes and ponds, hike, picnic, play, sit outside and read … you get the idea. I mean, sure, with two kids doing two different camps with different schedules at any given time, July can be a scheduling nightmare. And, sure, the days of July being the endless month of fun and freedom fell away when we moved to Maine and I left freelancing to work full-time. But in this fantasy with a stretched out July, there’s also more time to enjoy.
But it’s August now. The to-do list is long. The days are ticking by. There’s so much to be done. Always. School’s starting soon. Deadlines are swirling all about. Which sneakers do the kids need for what sports this year? Life is busy. August is busy. Never mind all the projects at work and the deadlines that I need to meet.
It’s time to tune back into school time. That means meal planning, schedules, homework and so much more.
Sometimes, it’s a wonder that I manage to eat lunch.
Fortunately, there are quick and easy meals like Green Giant Fresh Meal Bowls to help you nourish yourself with ease on busy days at lunchtime. These babies are so easy to make. You just pluck one from the fridge, pop it in the microwave for a few minutes, stir in the provided sauce, top it (if desired) and dig in. Seriously easy. These 100% vegetable (and vegan too, though I am not vegan) bowls are a great quick-meal for whenever.
On a recent afternoon, I ran home at lunchtime to handle some errands. While I was there, a Green Giant Fresh Bowl was perfect for an easy, quick meal. The Cauliflower Crumbles Burrito Bowl has a lovely zesty ancho-chipotle pepper sauce that hits all the right smoky, spicy notes. I topped mine off with some creamy avocado and meaty shrimp for a delightful meal experience.
We also tried the Fried Rice Bowl. Although the bowl comes with directions for adding egg, this one was enjoyed plain. It has the essence of fried rice flavor — pretty tasty!
What’s nice about these bowls is that they are, in fact, bowls and can be eaten directly from the cooking vessel. Less mess! If you want, of course.
These bowls are perfect for vegetable lovers like me, who sometimes want an indulgent bite but love having tons of veggies with their meals. They are also for busy folks.
Green Giant Fresh is available in six varieties and is stocked in the produce section. Other varieties include a Buddha Bowl and Pad Thai. You can eat them as is, or top them with a variety of proteins or other toppings. How about a Rancheros Bowl with leftover shredded chicken? Or maybe a Ramen Bowl with seared pork belly?
Which bowl would you try first?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.