Loaded Zoodle Bowls

Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are back on the blog! This loaded zoodle bowl is one of my favorite lunches right now because it’s light and fresh, easy to prep, and with plenty of veggies and an herb pesto, it’s super healthy!

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Also love topping these with avocado and sliced almonds.

About a month ago I tested out Love & Lemons’ spring broccolini and kale quinoa bowls and became obsessed with herb pesto. I loved the broccolini and kale quinoa bowls too and started to play around with different ingredients, but always kept the pesto the same (minus the peas, can’t do peas).

As you know from my roasted red peppers with pesto zucchini noodles and goat cheese and sweet potato noodle bowls posts, I love my spiralizer! So of course I felt the need to incorporate zoodles.  You could also make a delicious lunch bowl with cucumber noodles (I did this a few weeks ago with the same pesto and it was awesome!).

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Sweet Potato Noodle Bowls

People, meet the zoodle’s delicious cousin. Sweet potato noodles are heartier than zucchini noodles, and make a great base for one of our new favorite weeknight dishes – sweet potato noodle bowls.

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The beauty of the sweet potato noodle bowl is that you can include whatever vegetables and sauces you like. My favorite recipe includes sautéed onions and bell peppers, orzo, and black beans topped with crunchy almonds and an avocado vinaigrette.

Fun fact: this is my first 100 percent original recipe! I usually rely on my favorite food bloggers or restaurants to inspire me and then adapt the recipe from there, but this one was completely made up by yours truly (with feedback from Hunter re: vegetable inclusions, of course).

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Brighten your day with Less Sad Desk Lunches

Your desk lunch doesn’t have to be sad. In fact, it can be the highlight of your workday if you put a little planning into it.

Of course, ideally we would all be sitting on a patio somewhere sipping cocktails and enjoying a nice cheese board, but sometimes that’s just not an option. Now, with the invention of mason jar salads and major improvements in the plastic lunch container world (how cool are these adult lunch boxes?) lunch at your desk can officially be less depressing and more enjoyable.

Key attributes of a  great desk lunch include:

  • Portability (major key)
  • Ability to fit in office fridge
  • Easy assembly
  • Minimal mess
  • Great tasting (necessary)
  • Healthy (for the most part…)

Today I give you two options that meet all of the above criteria:

  • Lemon Tarragon Salad with Sautéed Vegetables + Veggie Burger with Lemon Hummus and Sprouts (my current fave)
  • LL’s Salad in a Jar (bonus: makes a great Instagram)
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Veggie burger with lemon hummus and sprouts; lemon tarragon salad with sautéed veggies and of course water

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