Smoothie bowl time, with coconut bliss balls! Woo! Many people hit up the Instagram to let me know I was a brave man and that this would not have survived ten seconds into the journey to school for their kids. I laughed! It’s true though, send this lunchbox out with caution. Granted, it all worked out in the end, but we sort of played on easy mode – Amy is pretty careful on her way to work and she has a fridge there! Pair this one with some coconut bliss balls and a salty, filling snack and you’ve got a great lunchbox.
So yeah, pop it in the freezer for an hour or two before you go and it will harden right up. It looks sort of like goo here, but it’s actually solid enough not to seep out the sides into the other compartments – make your favourite smoothie but add in a lot more of the solid ingredients and go light on the soy milk and you should be able to pull of a miracle. It’s probably not worth the headache every single day, but it could be a great summer treat for a hot day if your intended recipient has a fridge – either way, Amy was thrilled; what could be better than a surprise smoothie bowl lunchbox!
- Smoothie, blueberry, nectarine, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, toasted coconut flakes, buckwheat kernels
- Coconut bliss balls, toasted coconut flakes
- Mixed BBQ nuts
You might not think that adding cherries to kale could work, but here we are! This one is for the die-hard kale lovers out there. With a quick massage and some lemon juice and pepper you can get that kale to shine. A bit of goat’s cheese for creaminess, crunchy toasted nuts for texture, and lastly, the cherry on the top of the cake – cherries! …on top! No cake though. But hey, you get what I mean – if you have a delicious kale salad which just needs a little bit of a kick then go for it. Seriously, try it – that little burst of dark sweetness really ties it all together.
Thought we would keep it simple with the sides this time. Fresh capsicums are there to brighten up the flavours and the banana/honey/buckwheat combo is a great finisher – nice and creamy and sweet, and ever so slightly heavier than the usual fruit assortment to help you feel full after the, admittedly, lean main compartment. Garnish with some flowers and you’ve a cute little Japanese garden style lunchbox (don’t the flowers remind you of cherry blossoms?). Healthy, light, tasty 🙂
- Kale, cherries, goat’s cheese, pomegranate, toasted slivered almonds
- Banana, honey, buckwheat kernels
- Rainbow mini capsicums
Our take on a classic! Caprese salad is always a hit, but my gosh do I think they get the ratios wrong. Maybe it’s just because of our love of vegetables, but tomato and cheese at, or near a 1:1 ratio is just not ok! It’s no secret that here at Lettuce Lunch we like to go vege heavy so it’s probably no surprise this is more ‘heaping bowl of tomatoes’ than traditional style but hey, what can you do, we know what we like!
Tomatoes and salt are best buddies, but we decided to throw the salty element in as an accompaniment. Kale chips! Most delicious of all chips. I’ve yet to meet a kale hater who wasn’t converted by these most simple of snacks. And so easy to make! Well… the preparation part is extremely easy, just de-stem kale, add oil and a pinch of salt and into the oven they go. Anyone who has made kale chips will, of course, know that they do happen to have a habit of going from undercooked to burnt in about three seconds, so watch these little green babies like a hawk. Other than that, they’re the best! Crunch them up with the tomato and pasta on the side (to make sure you’re not hungry by 2PM again!) and you’ve got an all Italian lunchbox that even nona would be proud of.
- Mixed tomatoes, baby bocconcini, fresh basil
- Bow tie pasta, pine nuts, mixed Italian herbs
- Kale, sesame seeds
Sometimes it’s better to let good food speak for itself. We’ve dressed this up and down countless times, but we always go back to just a squeeze of lime juice to brighten up the natural flavours and get things moving. I know I know, lazy lunchbox right! But seriously, it’s just so fresh and bright and it will leave you feeling like a million bucks afterwards, promise.
You could, of course, sub in whichever delicious vegetables you like – and if it doesn’t fit into the current spectrum then who cares, break the rules! Make your own rainbow. Carrots and sweet potato and orange capsicum, with a side of pumpkin? Ok, so your rainbow is orange heavy. It’s ok! I mean look at ours, we just love edamame + avocado so much we couldn’t help shove them both in, plus the lime! It’s ok. We won’t tell. It’s your rainbow, do what you like.
- Red cabbage, red kidney beans, red capsicum, carrot, corn, avocado, edamame, avocado, lime
- Brown rice, greek yoghurt, seaweed, sesame seeds
- Yoghurt, banana, maple syrup, buckwheat kernels