I’m a huge fan of the “one dish meals”, especially for lunch! They are easy to make ahead of time and refrigerate, meaning I get healthy (and cheap) meals for almost no work throughout the week! (Seriously- can you get better than that?) I often use quinoa as the base for these meals, but I occasionally like to mix it up and use rice! Here’s an example of one such meal!


  • 1 can beans (any type is fine. I usually go with garbanzo, pinto, or black bean)
  • 1/4 cup onion (I prefer red, but any type will do)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 3 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1-2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of dry rice (could replace rice with quinoa)

Veggie rice dish collage

I started this off by putting the rice with some water in the rice cooker and sticking it in the microwave. As the rice was cooking, I dumped the rest of the ingredients into the frying pain and stuck it on medium low. I let simmer until the rice was done. After cooking, I tossed the spices on top, and mixed the rice in with the veggies. Viola! Dish complete!

veggie and rice dish

I typically do this on Sunday nights, and put in individual containers that I can warm up at work. This makes incredibly delicious, quick, and cheap meals that will fuel me for my workouts in the evening. You can also change up this dish by putting a drippy egg on top (pictured in the above collage)- a delicious twist to this meal!

So that’s that. It’s incredibly simple, and takes maybe 20 minutes total to make lunch for the entire week! (of note: I tend to pair this with some greek yogurt and a piece of fruit to complete my lunch)

Now it’s your turn to share! What’s one of your favorite “go to” lunches?