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Collaboration: The Weekend Edition

So excited to share my first video with everyone! The lovely folks at The Weekend Edition got in touch and asked if I was interested in doing a collaboration with them – and you bet I was! The idea they were running with was ‘desk lunches that don’t suck’, and, as a maker of lunch boxes which certainly don’t appear to suck, we figured was a perfect fit.

And so here we are! Check out the video to see me (well, my hands) make one of our most popular lunchboxes, the summer salad and chocolate rose pistachio fig combo from a couple of months back. It’s sort of a remix, really, as I’ve been experimenting with different styles of tofu and other interesting bits and bobs which weren’t in the original lunchbox.

Making a video sure was different to shooting a normal lunch! I think the most interesting thing was the lighting/time factor. I spent a little too long on those dappled sunlit rays and by the time I had realised it was near sunset! I raced to get everything into that box before the natural light faded and only just made it. I still had a ball doing it, and am thinking I should definitely start making some more videos! Let me know if you guys enjoy them, or what I should make next; hit up hellolettucelunch@gmail.com if you have any suggestions, or recipes you’d like me to try out on film. Love to help out!

Finally, another big thank you to The Weekend Edition for having me. If you check out the article on their website, I wrote out my top five quick recipes, as well as talking a bit about my lunches and what we’re all about 😀

  • Marinated tofu, spinach, rocket, broccolini, sugar snap peas, baby corn, red cabbage, avocado, pepitas, red chilli, spring onion
  • Dark chocolate, fig, rose petals, pistachios, coconut yoghurt, muesli, mint leaves, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines, edible flowers

Lunchbox: Pasta Spring Salad

Sugar Snap Pasta Lunchbox

For all you pasta lovers out there, this one is for you! Nothing beats fresh pasta and that familiar, comforting flavour, but sometimes you need a little something to fresh it up. When my garden started producing these enormous peas in the pod en masse, I knew I had a perfect match! If you do find yourself cooking with these, make sure you’re using the edible garden variety and not the ornamental sweet pea – these have a toxin that can cause paralysis, which is definitely less than ideal. Amy always says these lunch boxes are to die for, but i’m just not so sure! Once you’ve sourced them, you can use pea, pod, shoot and even the flowers! These are great to provide some textural differences and keep that clean eating vibe going.

Sugar Snap Pasta Lunchbox

You can freshen that spring salad up even more with some simple additions. I went with nectarine for that bright, sweet taste that complements the pasta and the peas perfectly. Hearty, sweet, fresh – this lunchbox has all the best flavours in one place! Put it on a bed of spinach and tomato for a classic pasta pairing, and you’re all set. I paired this up with a little mini-breakfast bowl – the coconut yoghurt really adds a much needed creamy element to the lunchbox, while the fruit finishes the whole thing on a high note. So good!

  • Pasta, nectarine, sugar snap peas, pea shoots, pea flower, pine nuts, vegan cheese, kale, tomato, radish
  • Muesli flakes, coconut yoghurt, toasted coconut, cacao nibs, rose petals
  • Strawberry, watermelon, blueberry, nectarine

Lunchbox: Rainbow lunchbox

Rainbow Cinco Lunchbox

One of Amy’s favourites! Fresh fruit, summer salad, hearty salad, couscous/capsicum dip combo and banana with coconut yoghurt – how can you go wrong! We decided to take one of out newest lunch boxes, the bento cinco out for a test drive, and we weren’t disappointed. The question is, does five compartments mean five times the fun? Sure, why not! Having all these little segments means you’re basically serving up a little tasting plate – small bites and nibbles of everything! Let’s get into it.

Rainbow Cinco Lunchbox

The first question is, do you eat the compartments one at a time, or mix the couscous and kidney beans into the salad and finish with fruit and yoghurt! Maybe you like to switch things up and mix the yoghurt into the salad? Perhaps fruit on couscous? Hmm. I hope not. That would be terrible. Let’s just stick with the regular combinations for now.

I’d say the main part of this lunch box is the fresh summer salad. If you can get your hands on some sugar snap peas these give such a green, fresh taste. Pair it with all your favourite vegetables, and decorate it with herbs as you see fit – the little white flowers are actually basil flowers from our basil plant! I love growing basil, except it seems intent on bolting and giving me nothing but basil flowers and seeds. Even if you’re handy with the scissors, they’ll always manage to sneak one past you, so why not embrace it and serve it up! They’re edible, have a super mild basil taste, and look awesome. Win win.

From there just fill this up with whatever you can find – couscous and capsicum dip is a lovely little savoury treat, and I even included a couple of chips on there to give it some crunch! Kidney beans provide body and the fruit and yoghurt are a great finisher. We really enjoyed this lunch box – if you give it a try, let us know how you go!

  • Spinach, sugar snap peas, spring onion, avocado, basil flowers, abby corn, coriander, pepitas
  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi fruit, edible flowersS
  • Coconut yoghurt, banana, toasted coconut, edible flower
  • Red kidney beans, radish, red chilli
  • Couscous, capsicum dip, chips

Lunchbox: Tempeh Avocado Tostada

Tempeh Avocado Lunchbox

If you’re feeling a little adventurous and tofu just isn’t cutting it anymore in the flavour department, it’s time to kick things up a notch (or about 10). Tempeh tostada time! Love it or hate it, no one can deny tempeh packs a bold flavour. It’s hard to even describe – nutty and fermented and pungent and just… strong! It’ll blow your socks off even if you’re a seasoned tempeh veteran, so we thought pairing it up with some chilled out flavours and creamy elements might help to bring it down to earth a bit while still emphasising its uniqueness.

Tempeh Avocado Lunchbox

So let’s take a closer look! We marinated the tempeh in a soy-paprika mix, then cooked it in the oven. This gives it a fun, smoky kind of flavour without covering too much of the inherent tempeh-ness of the whole thing. Putting it on a toasted tortilla and pairing it with creamy avocado and sweet mango lets is shine, while a little blob of vegan cream cheese rounds the whole thing out. Set it on a bed of kale and add some black beans, and you have a tostada fit for a king or queen!

Couscous, chickpea and hummus is usually my favourite side ever, but decided to break the mould this time and go with a sweet capsicum dip and peanuts! It never hurts to mix things up. With some fresh fruits on the side for dessert (including the often overlooked rockmelon!) you have a complete lunchbox that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Give it a go!

  • Tempeh, sesame seeds, red chilli, vegan cream cheese, coriander, red cabbage, pepitas, pickled japaeño, spring onion, avocado, mango, orange capsicum, kale, black beans
  • Couscous, chickpeas, red capsicum dip, peanuts, chilli flakes
  • Strawberry, rockmelon, cherry, edible flower

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