The Easiest Protein-Packed Meal Prep Lunch

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My boyfriend and I have been meal prepping his meals for quite some time now and honestly it’s been a game changer! He doesn’t work fixed hours so his day can be very unpredictable, making meals a little difficult. But we’ve created a meal prep plan and it’s been working so well!

I love sending him off for the day with his nutrition packed lunch bag and morning tea. This little menial task makes me feel so wanted, needed and useful – all feelings I love to feel!

I will say, he is quite the picky eater, so his meal prep lunch doesn’t contain any chives or cilantro. I would totally add some greenery in there though!

In case you didn’t know, quinoa is a complete protein. It contains all the essential amino acids humans need! Paired with the beans, this salad sure packs a protein punch.

I’ll be posting another blog post soon with what I meal prep for his work day breakfasts and trust me, you don’t want to miss it (get notified here)! But for now, I thought I’d share his lunch meal prep. It’s super easy, protein packed, and SO delicious!

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Happy meal prepping!

Protein Packed Mexican Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Servings 5 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups water or low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 cans corn
  • 1 can beans, romano or black beans
  • 1 handful chives or cilantro
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lime juiced


  • Add quinoa and water to a medium sized pot. Cook over high until quinoa reaches a boil. While the quinoa is cooking, start dicing your bell peppers.
  • Once quinoa has boiled, give it a quick stir, then lower heat to low. Let simmer with the lid on until all liquid has been absorbed.
  • In a large bowl, add chopped bell peppers. drained corn, and rinsed beans. Then add the cooked quinoa to the bowl.
  • To the bowl, add olive oil, honey, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and juice of half a lime. Mix well until everything is well incorporated. Scoop the salad into 5 meal prep containers equally.
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