Meal Prep Protein Bowls (Gluten Free) – make these protein packed bowls for a fast and easy nutritious lunch on the go!  Gluten and dairy free.

Meal Prep Protein Bowls


One of my favorite make ahead lunch ideas is a protein bowl.  Combining greens, meat, eggs, and a hearty protein-packed grain is sure to leave you full and satisfied.  These bowls are completely customizable, but the combo here is one of my favorites.  Shredded chicken, spinach, hard boiled eggs, and red quinoa are topped with my Homemade Ranch Dressing for a super delicious meal!

On Meal Prep day, I utilize my Instant Pot for batch cooking to speed up the process.  Both the shredded chicken and hard boiled eggs in this recipe are made in the Instant Pot…so quick and easy!  I love the Instant Pot because it makes quick work of so many recipes, while freeing me up to do other prep while it works.

Nearly every week, I make a batch of this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken.  It’s great to have on hand for these Meal Prep Protein Bowls and so many other meals!  Another of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot is hard boiled eggs.  They take 5 minutes to cook and peel like a dream!

Meal Prep Protein Bowls Variations & Tips

Find the best quality chicken your budget allows.  I love the chicken breast from Butcher Box (and all their meats!)

Make it Paleo/Whole30 friendly and skip the quinoa.

Sub your favorite dressing for the Homemade Ranch Dressing or try this Whole30 approved Asian Sesame Dressing.

Add in other veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and radishes.

Use any meat in place of the chicken, such as Instant Pot Pork Carnitas or Mexican Chipotle Beef.

Instead of quinoa, try farro or add in some chickpeas for additional protein.

Here are my favorite bowls and salad dressing containers for meal prep protein bowls!

meal prep protein bowls

Looking for more lunch recipes high in protein? Check out this list of 50+ High Protein Lunch Ideas!

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meal prep protein bowls

Meal Prep Protein Bowls (Gluten Free)

Meal Prep Protein Bowls (Gluten Free) - make these protein packed bowls for fast and easy nutritious lunch on the go! Gluten and dairy free.


  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, see below for Instant Pot recipe
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast, see below for Instant Pot recipe
  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 1/2 large English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Ranch dressing, or dressing of choice


  • Divide all ingredients equally among 4 containers.  Seal and refrigerate until ready to eat. 
  • Keep dressing separate until ready to serve and pour over bowl.


Calories: 249kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 241mg, Sodium: 272mg, Potassium: 430mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 777IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 2mg

meal prep protein bowls

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