Have you seen the TikTok Viral Bell Pepper Salad? I saw it and knew I had to put my own twist on it and make it a complete meal. It's fresh, macro friendly, and SO addicting! I've been eating it for lunch all week.
I have to give credit to Rachel Kirkconnell and her original recipe on this one. She does mini bell peppers, miso dressing, chili onion crunch, everything but the bagel seasoning, and cucumbers. You can find her full recipe here. I just added my own twist and made it a bit more macro friendly - bulking it up with more carbs, protein, and some low calorie sauce.
I get a lot of comments saying I eat the same thing but I really can't help it. I get so fixated on it and crave it! Swear. For example, this pasta. I've been eating this for the past week.
The best thing is, this meal is adjustable. For me, I like to have about 5 smaller meals throughout the day but maybe you don't like to lug around a big lunchbox like I do. Understandable. Pause - if you DO like to, then I am obsessed with this lunchbox I got off Amazon. Yes, I lug it everywhere and I don't care who judges me. Anyways, what I was saying is that this lunch is adjustable because we all have different macro goals. My protein, fats, and carb intake for the day isn't going to be the same as yours. Adjust this to your macros and goals - if you need more protein, add chicken, if you need more carbs, add noodles.
Struggling getting in more protein? Take a look at my blog post on 5 ways to increase your protein while counting macros. Protein is definitely a common struggle to hit for a lot of people but it feels so good when you hit your protein goal and it is SO important.
Boil your pasta according to the package. Usually, I do about 8 minutes but I always keep checking on it. You don't want them too mushy.
For the chicken, feel free to use shredded or chopped. The easy route would be canned chicken but if you want to, you can boil and shred it. Or, buy a rotisserie chicken and shred that. Totally up to you - cook your chicken how you prefer it. If you decide to boil it, I found this blog on how to boil the juiciest chicken breast.
Add everything to a mixing bowl, mix, and enjoy!
Serving Size 1 Serving
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.