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Vegetarian

Lunchbox: Watermelon pizza

Watermelon pizza lunchbox

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?

Watermelon pizza lunchbox

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

Lunchbox: Sushi with mochi

Mochi sushi lunchbox

Presenting the super kawaii vegan sushi + mochi lunchbox! Decided to send Amy on a trip to Japan today (alas only figuratively) with this little creation. Geographic themed boxes are the best; they just beg to be shown off, and you can throw a whole load of awesome/appropriate things in there and you know the flavours will work because the traditional combinations have been going strong for years/decades/millennia. Easy lunch!

Now Amy has been to Japan and has eaten the food, so I couldn’t just throw a packet of frozen edamame in there and call it a day. Oh no! Never one to be easily fooled, I knew Amy would no doubt demand some authentic, nutritious Japanese yums. Hopefully I didn’t let her down! Firstly, sushi. You can’t go past fresh sushi and this one has been given the vegan treatment – sweet potato forms the base of the filling and beyond that, I pretty much stuffed whatever vegetables I could in. Finish up with a little piece of pickled ginger and there you go, sushi!

Mochi sushi lunchbox

We also fell in love with the mochi balls at the local Asian grocer. They’re delicious, chewy little chunks of glutinous¬†squish (really the only way to describe them) and have a light, sweet flavour. I picked up a packet of them and put two in for an authentic dessert. I know I know, I bought something instead of cooking it! But seriously, making mochi looks downright tiring. If you haven’t seen it, watch the videos of the old guys punching it and smacking it with a hammer. Yes – it’s the only dessert you have to legitimately fight it to make it happen. Even with two guys ganging up on it, looks like crazy hard work!

Finishing off, we have some oyster mushrooms, edamame, spinach leaves, and a little soy sauce/sesame oil/chilli mix I mixed up to dip the sushi in. That little container comes with a lid, by the way, so no soy sauce infused mochi balls today ūüôā

  • Nori, brown rice, sweet potato, avocado, red onion, red + yellow capsicum, pickled ginger, oyster mushrooms, edamame, spinach, mochi balls
  • Soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, red chilli

Lunchbox: Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean vegetable lunchbox

Roasted zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, olives, green beans. Need I go on? This lunchbox was so easy to make too – put on some extra roast vegetables with dinner and you’ve got a great meal on your hands. We went with roasted zucchinis today, which are wonderful, and don’t leave you feeling quite as heavy as a full on roast potato/pumpkin feast. Not saying they’re not great, because they are possibly the greatest thing ever, but sometimes you want something a little lighter, while still getting that lovely, sweet, roasted crunch. I must warn you that if you are making this from leftovers, make a lot – way more than you think you need.

Because, you see, these little guys are just the perfect bite sized snacks and are great even when they’re not done – as long as they’re cooked past raw, sneaking one off the roasting tray everytime you check on them always seems like a good idea. When you’re assembling the salad too. Chomp. Munch. Not many left now! You begin to rationalize¬†the dwindling supply of roast zucchini in front of you – hey… there’s olives in this dish too, and uh… beans… they’re heavy, I guess! They will fill me up. I don’t need to put ALL of these zucchinis in. Right? Chomp. There goes another. Cook more, you will need more.

Mediterranean vegetable lunchbox

We paired this lovely little salad with a little bit of crunch for texture – a Cruskit with your favourite topping will work wonders here and is super easy to do. Add in some chili for a kick, then finish with some fresh fruit for dessert – we went with golden nectarines and weren’t disappointed.

  • Roasted zucchini, olives, green beans, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, basil leaves, spinach leaves, lettuce leaves, toasted pine nuts, goat’s cheese
  • Cruskit, cream cheese, chili, purple salad leaves
  • Nectarines

Lunchbox: Pumpkin tart

Pumpkin tart lunchbox

Time for something different! Baking is not something i’ve really ventured into, but when I saw all the amazing tarts and pies that people make on Pinterest I thought hey, how hard can it be! Presenting my take on a pumpkin, mushroom and pine nut tart. It took a while to get the pastry right, I will say. As a non-baker, getting the crust to the right shortness was tricky, but we made it in the end. Buttery, crumbly, salty, and delicious.

Pumpkin tart lunchbox

After that was done, we needed a filling! I lightly roasted some pumpkin, then mashed it into the filling you see here, and in it went. Spices are key here! But which! We could talk about amazing combinations here but really, without following a recipe, I just let my guide be ‘flavours I like’. Garlic was included, as was smoked paprika, turmeric, and ground coriander. In the end it was a little reminiscent of a smoky curry, but not all the way – i’d say rich and spicy, as opposed to ‘it was a curry tart’ (although that does sort of sound delicious, and like something we could make one time!). Top with some earthy mushrooms, toasty pine nuts and goat’s cheese, if you’re so inclined. Such a filling tart needs a light salad underneath and we couldn’t resist doing the complementary¬†colours thing, so purple kale it was! Pair it with some red fruits and a healthy side of bean salad, and you’ve got an amazing lunchbox with a whole lot of wow factor. Even if it’s your first time baking, give it a go – it’s actually pretty fun¬†once you start!

  • Pumpkin, pastry, shimeji mushrooms, enoki mushrooms. toasted pine nuts, goat’s cheese, purple kale, thyme to garnish
  • Kidney¬†beans, smoked paprika toasted chickpeas
  • Strawberry