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Vegan

Lunchbox: Acai flower

Acai flower lunchbox

The acai flower lunch box was one of our favourites – it definitely took Amy’s breath away when she opened the box! Think of this one as a direct upgrade to the acai bowl I made some months back. I’ve learned more about food styling, more about flavour combinations, and more important, that you can’t go wrong if you just add in heaps and heaps of delicious things! Pile them up! Acai bowl 1.0 looked a little underfed compared to the far superior acai flower bowl you see before your eyes, so give it a go – you won’t be disappointed.

Acai flower lunchbox

You can probably also see that the acai is extra thick in this iteration. The thicker it is (and the colder you can keep it over time) then the less chance there is for it to leak out everywhere. We had no leaks here, so mission accomplished! Beyond that, the idea here is simple. Make a beautiful acai blend and then get creative with whatever you can get your hands on to brighten it up. Strawberries and nectarines form the core, while kiwis and pomegranate add some interesting flavours. Buckwheat clusters and toasted coconut provide textural backup, and mint finishes off the whole bowl on a fresh note. Pair it with some light vegetables and you have a well rounded, refreshing lunchbox 💦

  • Frozen acai, frozen bananas, soy milk, stevia, strawberries, nectarine, pomegranate, kiwi fruit, buckwheat clusters, toasted coconut, mint
  • Zucchini ribbons, avocado
  • Rainbow capsicums

Lunchbox: Zucchini noodles

Zucchini flower lunchbox

Presenting the zucchini noodle and pumpkin flower lunchbox! We think making zoodles is a really cool idea and had heaps of fun trying these out! If you don’t have one, get yourself a spiralizer. Affordable, check, easy to use, check, fun, definitely check. So spiral up some zucchinis. But what next? Traditional pasta sauce? Well, you could, but this a new age style lunch box. The noodles aren’t even noodles anymore, so think outside the box. How about baby tomatoes, for that garden fresh kind of vibe.

Zucchini flower lunchbox

The next step may take some time, but it’s worth it. Dig up your garden. Put a vegetable patch in. Casually throw in some pumpkin seeds and within about 8 weeks you should have some perfectly formed pumpkin flowers, ready to go! If you’re the impatient type and think 8 weeks of prep time is a touch on the long side, you can also get these from fruit stores.

Now as a side not, gardening confession; I was really excited to be eating freshly grown pumpkin for months and my vines were taking over and looking as healthy and robust as you could get, but no female flowers ever formed! Accordingly, no pollination, no pumpkins. It did mean that we had a glut of delicious pumpkin flowers to eat for a while there though, so here we are.

As a side you’ll need something a bit more hearty. You know something that goes great with pasta that’s not actually pasta at all and is super fun but not filling because it’s just thin bits of vegetable? Real pasta! Yes, we used wholegrain pasta here to help ease your tradition from carb loaded regular pasta to vitamin packed zucchini pasta. Put it all together and it tastes great! Finish with some chia seed pudding and your favourite fruits, and you’re in for a real treat.

By pairing it up with a hearty and fresh chickpea salad and some brown rice you should have a very filling, nutritious lunch box on your hands. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • Spiralized zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary, pine nuts, pumpkin flower
  • Chia seeds, soy milk, mango, blueberries, strawberries
  • Wholegrain pasta, pesto, red chilli

Lunchbox: Rainbow pizza

Rainbow pizza lunchbox

Amy loved the portobello pizza so much the other day that I thought we could keep that pizza theme going! Where to go from portobellos though, the ultimate savoury, vegan flavour bomb? Well, I think the obvious answer here is RAINBOWS. Come to think of it the portobello was just the base last time. Could I make a rainbow pizza like this one, but on a portobello base of the pastry one here? My god. Next time I make pizza I am combining the two for the ultimate in vegan snacking. For now though, we have a regular rainbow pizza, which is also pretty great!

Rainbow pizza lunchbox

As last time, we’re using pizza somewhat loosely here – is it still a pizza without tomato sauce or cheese. It could be a rainbow tart? I feel the word ‘pizza’ really gets your heart racing though. Pizza! So evocative. Anyway, rainbow pizza-tart-whatever. It tastes really good and packs a variety of high quality vegetables into a convenient, hand holdable piece of goodness. And making it couldn’t be easier! Cut out a circle of pastry, cover in whichever vegetables you like (withholding any you think might not do so well with the heat, as we’ve done with the corn and edamame here) and throw it in the over. Add the heat-adverse vegetables on after it’s cooled and there you go, rainbow vegetable tart! Freshen up with some coconut yoghurt and strawberries and you have a filling, healthy meal all ready to go 😉

  • Pastry, beetroot, tomato, red + orange + yellow capsicum, corn, edamame, kale, roasemary
  • Strawberry, coconut yoghurt, coconut yoghurt, buckwheat kernels
  • Red kidney beans, red onion, red chilli, coriander

Lunchbox: Flower bowl

Flower yoghurt bowl

For this lunchbox I set myself a very simple task, make a lunchbox as sweet as Amy herself! My first thought was to just dump in a 1kg bag of sugar and call it a day, certain to elicit plenty of ‘awws’ – what a gesture! I mean it’s a great idea, I admit, but I feel that, returning home from work having had to endure a day with just a plain box of sugar for her lunch – she might actually be feeling a bit more sour than sweet towards me that day. Gestures man! They always seem like such a good idea at the time. No, Amy is discerning, and needed something a little more subtle. A sweet lunch box sure, but a balanced one that brings all the fresh flavors out and leaves you full all day. Can such a lunch box be made..?

Yoghurt flower lunchbox

And so we have the flowery coconut yoghurt bowl! I am certain there is a catchier name for this, but it remains delicious so there’s no point trying to think of something better. It’s really a tour de force of berries, mango, figs, muesli and flowers. And yes, you read that right, the flowers actually contribute to the flavour! If you’ve got access to edible marigolds (double check, not all types are edible or necessarily palatable), in they go. They give it an interesting peppery tang which should elevate this up from standard breakfast to dream bowl – tear the leaves up and sprinkle them over it to get the flavour going throughout the whole lunch box).

By pairing it up with a hearty and fresh chickpea salad and some brown rice you should have a very filling, nutritious lunch box on your hands. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • Coconut yoghurt, muesli, mango, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, fig, toasted coconut, pomegranate, rose petals, edible marigold
  • Chickpeas, red capsicum, mixed leaves
  • Brown rice, cucumber