Meal Prep BBQ Chicken Salad Bowls — A quick and easy meal to prep for the week ahead! Makes for a satisfying lunch or light dinner.
Oh, meal prep. sigh. Who feels me?
Here’s the thing. I am an A+ student when it comes to the planning part. Like 12 post-it notes with the same grocery list, and dinners for the week ahead scattered in as many places as I have chapstick kinda A+ student.
The execution though? We’re pushing a solid D+. Extra credit included.
But when I do, oh does it feel good. SO good. Getting up at 5:30 every morning for work doesn’t exactly leave a lot of wiggle room for putting together a semblance of a meal before running out the door. Which is why most of my lunches consist of a can of tuna or slab or tofu over lettuce, a handful of pumpkin seeds, and an apple. Every single day. Lemme just say the hanger is so real once I get home.
So taking the extra 30 minutes to an hour to prep ahead some meals for the week ahead saves me time, stress, and embarassingly loud stomach rumbles at 3 o’clock.
These BBQ chicken salad bowls are super easy to pull together (especially if you got some leftover chicken or grab a rotisserie on your grocery run), and are a heckuva lot more satisfying (and appetizing) than can-of-tuna over lettuce.
I always look for a BBQ sauce that is lower in sugar, and spend an obnoxious amount of time comparing the back of the bottles in the condiment aisle for one that isn’t loaded, but also doesn’t taste like steak sauce instead of BBQ. I found this Memphis-style version at Wegman’s that had one of the lowest amounts of sugar (3 grams per tablespoon), no high fructose corn syrup, and only $1.99. Scah-ore.
A quick and easy meal to prep for the week ahead! Makes for a satisfying lunch or light dinner.
- 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
- 5 cups romaine, chopped
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed
- 1 large sweet potato, cubed
- Prepare sweet potato by cooking on indoor grill, or bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken and BBQ sauce. Set aside.
- In preferred meal prep bowls, divide lettuce evenly.
- Top with prepared sweet potatoes, chicken, and corn.
Add avocado for even more filling power.
Make plant-based by substituting chicken for grilled tofu or favorite plant protein.
Use rotisserie chicken to make this meal even faster to prepare.
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