Ancient Grains and Spinach Bowl

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Every week, my friends and I get together to meal prep. Sometimes we actually build the meals together, while drinking wine and noshing on chips and salsa. Other times (like 2 days ago), we each prep a different meal at home and then swap with each other, while drinking wine and noshing on chips and salsa. 

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It has quickly become my favorite part of the week and having a variety of prepped meals has been such a lifesaver for my nutrition!

The meal I made this week was an adaptation from one I found on Pinterest, because I didn’t have all the ingredients they called for and I am very particular on what merits a trip to the store in this PNW rain. And lucky me, the meal turned out delicious! Let me know if you try it!

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Ancient Grains and Spinach Bowl

(serves 9)

2 cups Ancient Grains blend (I found mine at Costco but you can use any rice blend you like)

1/2 cup frozen chopped onions

4 cups water

1 pound chicken breast

3 fuji apples, chopped

1 bunch red seedless grapes, chopped

1/2 package baby spinach, chopped

1 cup sliced almonds

Almond Vinaigrette

2/3 cup toasted sliced almonds

4 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp honey

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper

Instructions

Cook the rice with onions and 4 cups of water (or as your package instructs you.) While the rice is cooking, cook your chicken breast in a skillet. In a blender, pulse the ingredients for the vinaigrette (everything but the olive oil) together until combined and then add the olive oil while blending to create an emulsion. Pour this vinaigrette over your cooked rice and mix to combine. In your 9 containers (we use 32 ounce mason jars), layer the ingredients in this order: rice, chicken, apples, grapes, sliced almonds, and spinach. When you’re ready to eat, just dump it into a bowl and warm it up for a minute or two!

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