Guys. Chai muesli. I’ll let that sink in.
If you’re wondering, yes, it’s as spicy and warming and comforting as it sounds. We absolutely love this lunchbox, and it’s all so simple! I promise! Here, let’s go through it.
OK! So heat some soy milk up in a pan – not much, and not too hot, just enough to incorporate properly with the chai powder. Silky good, grainy – bad! Once this is done, in goes the chai. Supermarket powder will work, or use a tea blend and prepare with water first, then mix with the milk. Either way, delicious chai! From there, just throw in however much muesli you want to chai-ify and stir it about. It should soak up the milky mixture and ta-da, your lunchbox just got a whole lot more exciting! Your vocabulary might have too, because you now know the word chai-ify… which is fun and a great word and i’m going to try to work it into conversation whenever I can (almost certainly will never come up, but that won’t stop me from trying).
So yeah, there you have it, chai muesli! And why stop there? I could see this being a thing for breakfast too. Chai porridge oats, anyone? You could mix it up dry and keep it in the pantry for instant and super luxurious, expensive looking breakfast times. I mean look at this – how much would you pay for this in a hipster cafe? It’s literally just muesli + chai powder so i’m thinking the profit margins must be insane! Well, not anymore – the secret is out and you can take it all the way to the bank. Enjoy!
- Muesli, chia powder, soy milk, toasted coconut, raspberry, nectarine, strawberry, fig, honey, blueberries, rose petals, buckwheat kernels
- Beetroot, carrot, spinach
- Peas, avocado, mint
They say eating the rainbow is good for you. Vitamins, minerals, awesome! What’s more important though, is how cool it looks. I mean take these skewers. They’re just so goddamn cute. And if you hook them up with some sauces, you’re good to go. Healthy, tasty, fun. And the best part is, all the bits are replaceable. Don’t like tomato? Capsicum has you covered. Don’t like capsicum? Maybe a radish. Don’t like radish? I can’t think of any more red vegetables now, so I suggest we stop now and you just go with the radish. You never know, you might like it more than you think 😆
So yeah, just go with what you love, what you’ve got in your fridge and what fits into the spectrum. If you’re missing a colour then hey, you’ll probably live, and it will still taste great. We’ve used bocconcini for creaminess, and the vegetables speak for themselves. Guacamole, salsa and greek yoghurt round out the dipping sauces, so you really can mix and match until your heart is content. Bon appétit!
- Kale, bocconcini, tomato, red and orange capsicums, baby corn, brussels sprouts, zucchini, red onion, tinned beetroot
- Guacamole, salsa, greek yoghurt
Acai bowls. Look, these things get hyped to the moon and back and, alongside kale, are pretty much the poster boys for the whole hipster health movement. But here’s the thing – we just love both of them. It’s always fun taking a contrarian stance to things but let’s not joke around, they are both incredible and delicious. Overpriced when you buy them out sure, I won’t argue that, but just so good. Here’s my attempt to bring a little acai to lunch! Presenting, the acai bowl lunchbox! One of our most liquid of lunchboxes – maybe do not attempt this one in hot climates 😂
If you do, however, have a lunchbox recipient with access to a fridge/freezer then you can juggle things to be pleasantly cold and fresh when eaten without the sweet acai ruining the cous cous and the roasted sweet potato salad. It is not that often that I make a squishy lunchbox and it’s always a risk, but we haven’t had any major mishaps yet, so fingers crossed. Anyway, think of it as a delicious dessert to get with two filling, main course style sides. You’ll need something hearty if you want your energy to last all afternoon, and roasted sweet potatoes, spinach, cous cous and hummus fit the bill perfectly. Mix with eachother for best results!
As for the acai, We use frozen acai and blend it with a little soy milk, plus any other extras you might like. So take the essentials – frozen acai, soymilk/almond milk… then mix with:
Optional blends: frozen banana, frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, vanilla bliss soymilk.
Top with anything even vaguely fruity you can find and get ready for a good time. We love making this at home on a hot day too, so feel free to ditch the lunchbox and just make this any time you like. Give it a try! You can find frozen acai in health food and organics stores.
- Frozen acai, frozen banana, soy milk, mango, strawberries, blueberries, toasted coconuts, pomegranate, buckwheat kernels
- Cous cous, hummus, red chilli, sesame seeds, coriander
- Roasted sweet potato, spinach, toasted pepitas
So here we have… wait… what… watermelon… pizza?! Yes, make no mistake, this is a watermelon pizza. See, you can tell by the shape of the watermelon. A perfect wedge-shaped slice, just like a pizza! And covered in lots of amazing, typical pizza toppings like… um… strawberries. And blueberries. See – this is a totally normal pizza.
Ok, so we’re using the term pizza loosely here. But hey, it sounds better than ‘watermelon covered in pile of stuff’ lunchbox. Watermelon pizza just has that real Pinterest appeal, you know. Watermelon pizza, you think! How quaint. I’ll give it a go. What I find more amusing is when websites do foods like this and then have the recipe next to it. I love recipes, but I feel that sometimes you might be better just figuring it out on your own. Step one: put all ingredients together. Step two, eat. Can I be a food blogger now?
On to the actual lunchbox though, what a treat! Muesli underneath to fill you up, yoghurt and honey to give it some body and sweetness, then berries, nectarines and fresh watermelon on top. Mint is also essential to brighten it up! Beyond that, the sides are just simple salads to elevate this from fruity morning snack to midday lunch extravaganza. Give it a try and let us know what you think of the combination!
- Muesli, watermelon, yoghurt, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines, mint, honey
- Avocado, spinach, edamame
- Carrot, beetroot, red chilli