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Break away from the typical sandwich or salad and try this spiced up Southwest Salmon Bowl for lunch! It’s a perfect solution for an on-the-go lunch that’s wholesome and delicious!
Both my husband and I now work full-time from home. (Well, I’ve always worked full time from home, because that’s just what a mom does, but you know what I mean.) 😉 That means both Jared and I are at home for lunch every day.
For years, I have subsisted on PB&J sandwiches, random leftovers, or general “scrounging” for lunch. But now that my husband is home, he seems to think it’s necessary to actually EAT a midday meal. Imagine that.
I don’t want to make lunch. I have to plan/buy/make dinner every day for five people. Please don’t ask me to add lunches to the weekly menu! I can’t want to. I got spoiled over the years that Jared was working in the food industry.
He was given one meal on the clock every day, so I didn’t even have to worry about packing him something to eat. Now suddenly my PB&J sandwiches look less-than-appetizing, and they certainly aren’t going to satisfy the appetite of a full-grown man!
My problem is that I get on a roll when I’m working, and I don’t want to stop to prepare a meal. Plus, I usually eat right at my desk while I’m doing other things like scheduling social media or editing photos. My husband tends to do the same thing, so we need something quick to make and easy to clean up.
*Trumpet fanfare* Behold, I bring you Minute® Ready to Serve Rice and Chicken of the Sea Salmon pouches! They are the perfect solution for packing a lunch, too! When they say “ready to serve” they aren’t kidding. You don’t add water or anything. Just zap it in the microwave for 60 seconds and you have one serving of rice ready to go!
I wanted to spice things up just a bit, so I stirred in a few things to make my southwest salmon bowl. I stuck with frozen (or you could use canned) veggies so the prep was still minimal and the whole meal took me under three minutes to make. I’m not even joking. Three minutes! Both the salmon and rice were a perfect canvas for the spicy southwestern flavors that I love.
Southwest Salmon Bowl
- 1 cup of ready to serve rice
- 1 packet of salmon for extra spice, use the Sriracha flavor!
- 1/4 cup southwest blend frozen veggies corn, black beans, red and green peppers and onions
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- hot sauce
- Optional toppings: sliced avocado and chopped cilantro
- Microwave the rice cup for 60 seconds. Stir to fluff the rice and set aside.
- Warm up the canned or frozen veggies in a small bowl or cup and then stir into the rice.
- Top the rice mixture with salmon.
- In a small bowl, mix the sour cream with the hot sauce until it's pink. Add more if you like extra spice.
- Drizzle the creamy sauce over the rice and salmon and top with cilantro and avocado slices.
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Well, these sure do seem easy enough to whip up during the day. I totally know what you mean about not wanting to add another “meal” to the routine. My husband works from home 1 day a week and he is used to buying lunch at work and is surprised when there’s no lunch here!
Tina Dawson says
60 secs for fluffy rice? Now I really gotto check it out! I am with you, in that I work from home too and most days forget lunch times and this could really come in handy on exceptionally busy days! Thank you so much for spreading the word!
Sheila @ Life, Love, and Good Food says
This is a great lunch idea – convenient and healthy!
Erin F says
What an awesome idea! We are huge fans of these packets for lunch but they get boring after a while. Can’t wait to give these a try!
Reesa Lewandowski says
this sounds perfect for a lunch option!
Rebecca M says
What a yummy lunch idea!! I love that they are so convenient and good for you too 🙂
Juggling Real Food (@JugglngRealFood) says
I’m excited to hear about the ready to serve rice. Sure does make grain bowls a whole lot easier to make. And they come in brown rice? That is good to know. I’m going to grab some of the salmon for my salads too. So many lunch ideas in one post. Thanks a bunch Nicole!
Angela, Blue i Style says
I love salmon buy my husband doesn’t, so I don’t cook it for dinner often. I love the idea of having it for lunch, instead!
This is my idea of healthy fast food.
Marjorie Briggs says
WOW! That really is fast food – WITH nutrition involved. You continue to amaze me Nicole. My honey works from home too, so I get it, BUT he makes his own lunch. It works well for us, and all I have to do is dinner and some breakfasts.
Nicole Burkholder says
Thankfully, Jared is the king of breakfast after so many years at Denny’s 🙂 The minute rice has lots of variety, too. There’s brown rice, mixed grains, jasmine rice and even white rice and black beans. So the options can be even healthier 🙂
SUCH a good idea to add salmon to this rice bowl. I can’t wait to try it!
Tornadough Alli (@amiller1119) says
How delicious does these sound! I love every aspect of these.
This would be perfect for lunch!
I always need new quick and easy lunch or dinner ideas. Thanks!
4 Sons 'R' Us says
We love salmon and are always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate it. I love the Southwestern spin and can’t wait to give this dish a go!
Love the convenience and deliciousness!