Stock the fridge with a week's worth of lunches using a handful of ingredients from your local grocery store. To save on carbs, we're swapping in riced cauliflower for regular rice and adding pregrilled asparagus, which bulks up these bowls and adds fiber. At lunchtime, just reheat to steaming then top with a bit of pesto. Try Trader Joe's for fast shortcut ingredients like these--see Tip (below) for our product recommendations.

Carolyn A. Hodges, R.D.
Source:, December 2019


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring often, until heated through and browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.

  • Prepare cauliflower and asparagus according to package directions (about 3 to 4 minutes each in the microwave). Set aside to cool slightly before assembling bowls.

  • Divide pesto among 4 small lidded containers and refrigerate.

  • Divide the cauliflower among 4 single-serving lidded containers. Top each with one-fourth of the asparagus and one-fourth of the sausage. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. To reheat, vent the lid and microwave on High until steaming, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Top with pesto before serving.


Tip: If you shop at Trader Joe's, use these products to make this recipe: Trader Joe's fully cooked sweet Italian chicken sausage links, Trader Joe's frozen riced cauliflower, Trader Joe's frozen grilled asparagus spears, Trader Joe's Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto.

To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

290.1 calories; protein 20.4g 41% DV; carbohydrates 7.5g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 3.5g 14% DV; sugars 2.5g; fat 19.4g 30% DV; saturated fat 4.1g 21% DV; cholesterol 65mg 22% DV; vitamin a iu 1297.7IU 26% DV; vitamin c 57.6mg 96% DV; folate 121mcg 30% DV; calcium 72.4mg 7% DV; iron 1.7mg 10% DV; magnesium 18.8mg 7% DV; potassium 193.2mg 5% DV; sodium 732.8mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV.