Collaboration time! Was super excited to work on a luxurious lunch for my buddy Justine at The Soul Strategist – seeing as they’re all about loving yourself, I thought i’d dedicate this lunchbox to bright, healthy, nourishing ingredients. It’s no secret that we love roast vegetables here, so a whole stack of them, piled high atop avocado, fig, broccolini, and, to be fair, half the fresh produce section – sounds like our idea of heaven. So yeah if it’s possible to fit any more good things into such a small space I don’t want to know about it!
Seriously, this box has everything. They say you’re supposed to eat the rainbow (unfortunately a bag of skittles doesn’t count towards your recommended daily intake for rainbows) and we’ve done our best to round up all the colours. Crisp, golden potatoes, creamy orange pumpkin and sweet potato, verdant avocado, blushing fig, ruby red chilli, deep dark greens – not bad! Throw in some toasted nuts to get some of those healthy fats happening and you should have that outer glow to match your inner glow in no time at all.
- Potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, avocado, fig, broccolini, kale, baby corn, beetroot, pomegranate seeds, almonds, spring onion, chili, walnuts, kalettes, pepitas, vegan cream cheese
- Strawberries, raspberries, nectarines, blueberries, mint
- Cous cous, hummus, pistachio, spiced peanuts
If corn chips are good, and they are – then sure blue corn chips are better, right! Well, when we saw they were selling these colourful characters at the health food store we could hardly help but investigate. Blue corn chips, what a time to be alive. First things first, their chip making ability is clearly superior to their colour recognition because if that isn’t a purple chip and not a blue chip, I don’t know what to think – but hey, the bag says blue corn chips from a variety of blue corn, so who am I to argue. Apparently the purple (ahem… blue) hue is dude to anthocyanin, so you could consider the blue corn chip a long lost relative to the humble blueberry we paired it up with, who also gets that excellent colouration from anthocyanin. It’s a distant relation though – we’d recommend you stick to the blueberries and not reach for the chips when you’re looking for a flavonoid fix. That said, i’ll never turn down an opportunity to add a splash to colour to our lunchboxes, so here we are!
Whichever end of the spectrum your chips end up on, you really can’t go wrong with nachos – not something you might ordinary think of lunchbox fare, but why not! It packs away conveniently, and if you have a little canister like the one pictured above you can keep the sauce (we went with cashew cheese and hot sauce for dipping, but salsa would be great too!) seperate and everything crunchy and fresh. All of this on top of spinach, avocado and kidneys and you’ve got a complete meal right here! Some tomatoes and black rice make a hearty side, and as always, fruit salad is the hero for dessert.
- Spinach, avocado, kidney beans, blue corn chips, regular corn chips, cashew cheese, hot sauce, pomegranate, chili, lime, pumpkin seeds
- Rockmelon, honeydew, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, mint
- Black rice, tomato, kidney beans, spring onion
Getting back to basics today with roast vegetable salad! Now really, is there any vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, omnivore or well, anyone at all – who can resist hearty, crispy, delicious roast vegetables? I think not! If only they didn’t take so long to make. That said, it’s minimal effort, it just takes forever, so in a sense it’s really an exercise in planning for the future. They should teach kids this in school as in introduction to the concept of delayed gratification – don’t pay attention, you get raw potatoes and sadness. Study just enough to get through? Boiled potatoes. Work hard and plan ahead for your future? Your reward is crunchy, golden potatoes and success in all your endeavours. Whether the success part actually works out in practise another matter entirely, but at the very least they got some nice roasted potatoes out of it, which is what’s really important. I mean, people define success in different ways but let’s be honest, if you have roasted potatoes in your life… haven’t you already won?
Ahem, anyway, moving on, let’s take a look at what we have here today! Crunch go those potatoes, but the eagle eyed here will notice that the roast vegetables are paired up with their very best friend in the world, rosemary, straight from the herb garden! Broccolini, sugar snap and leaves are there to up the fresh, healthy vibes, and the cous cous and spicy hummus mix is there to give it some body. Body you think, isn’t the potato enough! Well, I find too much of a good thing can spoil it, so I like to go pretty light on these and back it up with cous cous for a more interesting flavour profile.
Now fruit salad for dessert is always a winner, and this time we even had fun little special guest along, kiwi berries! I had never seen these before so had to get them when the opportunity arose – sure enough, it’s a kiwifruit the size of a berry. You can eat them whole (they aren’t disconcertingly furry, as real kiwifruit are) or can chop them up and eat them like this. They taste just like a kiwifruit but my gosh they look cute. Google it if you’ve never seen one before, they are basically grapes, except with kiwi inside – and there’s no part of that collaboration I don’t love.
- Roasted potato, sweet potato, carrot, broccolini, baby corn, sugar snap peas, rocket, spinach, peas, pepitas, chili, rosemary, coriander
- Cous cous, hummus, spiced peanuts, pistachios, smoked paprika
- Nectarine, watermelon, raspberry, kiwi berries
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 email@example.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