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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
What better way to eat the rainbow then by gathering up every vegetable you can find and go to town! Really, we just love them that much, and if they happen to look nice when you arrange them in colour order then that’s just the cherry on top! This is actually one of my favourite lunch boxes – it’s kind of cool in an understated way; it’s just a lunch box that is packed to the brim with things you want to eat. That hummus doesn’t have to stay over that side either – bridge the gap, bring it over, get messy. Vegetables, toasted chickpeas, hummus… bliss.
Not only does it taste amazing, but making it is even easier! Just throw all your favourite vegetables in a lunch box over a solid base – we went with kidney beans, but you could go with rice, pasta – anything you like really. Giving it a bit of body will help you stay fuller for longer, while the vegetables should have your vitamins and minerals sorted. Toasted chickpeas help give some filling earthiness and have a great textural quality to them. With the hummus getting mixed about, you’re in for a real treat with this lunch box – every bite is something different! Finish up with some coconut yoghurt and muesli, and cover with berries for a sweet finish. So good you guys 😂
- Red kidney beans, pepitas, red/orange/yellow/green capsicums, spring onions, coriander, micro-herbs, tomato, sweet potato, edible flowers for garnish
- Couscous, hummus toasted chickpeas, jalapeños
- Coconut yoghurt, muesli, cacao nibs, raspberries