Got up close and personal with some of my neighbors this week. 🐮This is the closest I've gotten to anyone outside of my family in a month. 😂 These guys (and girls) are actually great company. They're just as curious about me as I am about them.
Panera introduced their warm grain bowls a few months ago and after exactly one bowl - they became my new favorite menu item at the restaurant. Their Mediterranean bowl is a brown rice and quinoa base with arugula, chicken, tomatoes, olives, cucumber and hummus. (I get mine without the greek yogurt and feta.) It's simple and yet really satisfying and delicious. I was so obsessed that I made a special trip to Panera the other day because I was craving one - only to find out that it's not on the limited drive-through only menu. 😢 I know - poor me.
Since I can't get my Mediterranean Grain Bowl from Panera until the dining room reopens, I decided to make them at home for myself. Best decision ever. These are surprisingly easy to make and just as tasty as the Panera version. I would love for you to taste the Panera grain bowls but if they're not available at your local restaurant either - give my homemade version a try. You might just like my recipe better. 🤭
Mediterranean Grain Bowl
2 cups spring mix
2 cups cooked brown rice and quinoa (look for it in the freezer section)
2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
10 grape tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/2 cup hummus
Top with lettuce. Mine came from my garden.
I'm not usually one to choose prepared frozen foods over fresh but in this case - the frozen rice and quinoa was a huge time saver. I microwaved both at the same time in 5 minutes! I am loving this Grain Bowl and thank you Panera for the inspiration.
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