Sometimes nothing beats a bright, fresh salad filled with all the flavours you love. No forced rainbows or super exotic ingredients, though these are fun! No, sometimes you just want familiar flavours that work. For this, we have the super fresh snow pea lunchbox! Snow peas for a fresh crunch, tomatoes for their bold flavour, toasted pepitas for a bit of texture – you can’t go wrong.
To fill it out, we went with a couscous, red kidney bean and hummus stack. Don’t forget the chilli on top for a bit of kick! This section ensures you don’t feel a bit underfed – green vegetables and salad are so, so good for you but sometimes if you don’t pair it with something a little heavier you end up feeling hungry again pretty soon – crisis averted here.
What’s also exciting in this lunch box is we went to the organic store and tried some Coyo! We’ve heard so much about Coyo in the past and thought we just had to give it a try. It’s this dairy free coconut yoghurt which has a different sort of texture to some of the yoghurts we’re used to. It’s definitely more solid! Anyway we loved their branding so knew we had to try some and weren’t disappointed. We paired it up with some crunchy, dark cacao nibs and fresh fruit to make it sing, then served it over some organic puffed cereal. Heaven!
- Snow peas, cherry tomatoes, toasted pepitas, carrot, red cabbage, rosemary spinach leaves
- Couscous, red kidney beans, hummus, red chilli
- Coconut yoghurt, puffed cereal, cacao nibs, strawberries, blueberry
Avocado on toast gets so much of the spotlight these days, and for good reason. It’s super delicious, and healthy too! But whatever happened to the original – herbed peas on toast? This is a classic that has fallen by the wayside while avocado takes all the glory. Well not today! Oh no, here in this lunchbox avocado plays a minor supporting role in a kale salad, while herbed peas get to relive their halcyon days as the king of fancy toast toppers. Just look at them, so majestic, sitting there on a throne of lesser vegetables. I mean I don’t really think they’re lesser but let’s just indulge them today – after all, peas have had a rough couple of years with all these new superfoods overtaking them in the popularity stakes. It’s ok peas, we still love you!
The real trick here is to bring out their flavour to the best of your ability. The vegan cream cheese gives the peas some body, while a little squeeze of lemon on top will help get it all moving and better incorporate the herbs. Rosemary and peas and best friends, but there’s no reason dill can’t play nice too. Crunch it down with some toast and the rest of the vegetables and you have a really healthy, simple, elegant dish that won’t leave you disappointed. If anything, it should leave you positively glowing – peas are, after all, high in manganese, plus vitamins K and B1. Yum!
- Peas, vegan cream cheese, rosemary, dill, pepper, toast, corn, sweet potato, red capsicum, black rice
- Blueberries, strawberries
- Kale, avocado
It’s an inevitable part of life that vegetarians and vegans will get called on to defend their protein, iron or B12 intake at some point in their dietary careers. People seem to find great joy in pointing out their apparent deficiencies, though in reality vegetarians and vegans are usually way more on the ball about nutrition than your average joe! That said, if you don’t feel like explaining yourself for the umpteenth time to these people, the simple solution is to pack a lunch filled with these delicious protein balls and point emphatically at them if anyone asks. They’ll get the message soon enough.
And hey, you never know – at 25g of protein for the two, you might just have their protein intake for the day pegged! Unless they are the most ardent of carnivores, or happen to be on their way to one of those ‘eat this entire steak which is bigger than your entire body in under 20 minutes and you get it for free!’ competitions, you might have a shot. At any rate, it’s a great little booster if your day has been light on protein. They also look super cute coated in chia seeds – definite plus.
To make them, we used a protein ball packet mix that we got in our little goody bag for being front row at Undress Melbourne. It was cool to see them in there and we were super excited because we love trying out new things in the kitchen! They only took ten minutes to make, no baking required! It was really fun rolling them out and would be great for kids as well. Pair them with some super golden roasted vegetables, add some chilli for kick and some citrus for a finisher and you have a well balanced lunch box that will be sure to turn heads whenever you are!
- Spinach, kale, roasted potato and sweet potato, red chilli, toasted chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, pine nuts
- Protein balls, buckwheat kernels, toasted coconut, rose petals
- Strawberry, grapefruit, orange
The only thing better than a lunch box filled with a whole bunch of nutritious, Mexican themed vegetables is covered it all in avocado citrus sauce! You can already tell this dish is going to be a winner just by looking at it. It’s pretty much some of the best vegetables under the sun all smothered in delicious avocado sauce. And the best part is, the citrus keeps the avocado fresh enough that you don’t end up with swamp sauce by the time you open your lunchbox!
To make it, you’ll need half an avocado. Blend it up with a little bit of olive oil, some lime juice, spicy jalapeños, salt, a little coriander and a small blob of greek yoghurt for body. You can use vegan yoghurt for this too, and you’ll still get the creaminess! You could also leave it out if you want more of a guacamole style dip. Put it in a little tub to the side and drizzle over lunch when you’re ready to go. Amy didn’t have this luxury because I wanted to photograph it, but it survived until midday even with the ever-temperamental avocado as its main constituent. Basically you can’t go wrong with this dish – awesome vegetables piled high and covered liberally in zesty avocado sauce. Mix the two sides together for a fruity chia-seed and buckwheat kernel party, and you’ve got a super healthy lunch box all ready to go!
- Kale, red kidney beans, sweet potato, corn, coriander, avocado, red capsicum, citrus avocado sauce
- Buckwheat kernels, blueberries
- Chia seeds, strawberries