One of Amy’s favourites! Fresh fruit, summer salad, hearty salad, couscous/capsicum dip combo and banana with coconut yoghurt – how can you go wrong! We decided to take one of out newest lunch boxes, the bento cinco out for a test drive, and we weren’t disappointed. The question is, does five compartments mean five times the fun? Sure, why not! Having all these little segments means you’re basically serving up a little tasting plate – small bites and nibbles of everything! Let’s get into it.
The first question is, do you eat the compartments one at a time, or mix the couscous and kidney beans into the salad and finish with fruit and yoghurt! Maybe you like to switch things up and mix the yoghurt into the salad? Perhaps fruit on couscous? Hmm. I hope not. That would be terrible. Let’s just stick with the regular combinations for now.
I’d say the main part of this lunch box is the fresh summer salad. If you can get your hands on some sugar snap peas these give such a green, fresh taste. Pair it with all your favourite vegetables, and decorate it with herbs as you see fit – the little white flowers are actually basil flowers from our basil plant! I love growing basil, except it seems intent on bolting and giving me nothing but basil flowers and seeds. Even if you’re handy with the scissors, they’ll always manage to sneak one past you, so why not embrace it and serve it up! They’re edible, have a super mild basil taste, and look awesome. Win win.
From there just fill this up with whatever you can find – couscous and capsicum dip is a lovely little savoury treat, and I even included a couple of chips on there to give it some crunch! Kidney beans provide body and the fruit and yoghurt are a great finisher. We really enjoyed this lunch box – if you give it a try, let us know how you go!
- Spinach, sugar snap peas, spring onion, avocado, basil flowers, abby corn, coriander, pepitas
- Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi fruit, edible flowersS
- Coconut yoghurt, banana, toasted coconut, edible flower
- Red kidney beans, radish, red chilli
- Couscous, capsicum dip, chips
Spicing things up with a Mexican inspired Planetbox fiesta! I feel we play around with these flavours a lot these days, and I’ve got it down to a fine art of ‘if it’s delicious and evenly vaguely mexican in theme, in it goes!’. Kidney beans, sweet potato, spicy jalapeños and lime all come together beautifully, topped with coriander and some vegan greek yoghurt (wait, we’re in Greece now – I thought this was Mexican!) to give it a creamy, rich feel. Don’t forget the toasted chickpeas too! Such a crunchy little snack and go really well with these flavours.
Alongside we’ve got a kale and tomato salad to lighten things up. Avocado and couscous are paired off in the top right compartment, followed by strawberry and pomegranate to cut through all those strong flavours. Finally, put in a cute little treat – we went with raw vegan green matcha chocolate! It’s a really great no fuss lunchbox, just good flavours paired up with one another.
- Red kidney beans, toasted chickpeas, coriander, lime, sweet potato, red and yellow capsicum, Toffuti vegan greek yoghurt, jalapeños, sriracha
- Kale, tomato, peas, spring onions, pepitas
- Strawberry, pomegranate
- Couscous, avocado
- Matcha chocolate
If you’re feeling a little adventurous and tofu just isn’t cutting it anymore in the flavour department, it’s time to kick things up a notch (or about 10). Tempeh tostada time! Love it or hate it, no one can deny tempeh packs a bold flavour. It’s hard to even describe – nutty and fermented and pungent and just… strong! It’ll blow your socks off even if you’re a seasoned tempeh veteran, so we thought pairing it up with some chilled out flavours and creamy elements might help to bring it down to earth a bit while still emphasising its uniqueness.
So let’s take a closer look! We marinated the tempeh in a soy-paprika mix, then cooked it in the oven. This gives it a fun, smoky kind of flavour without covering too much of the inherent tempeh-ness of the whole thing. Putting it on a toasted tortilla and pairing it with creamy avocado and sweet mango lets is shine, while a little blob of vegan cream cheese rounds the whole thing out. Set it on a bed of kale and add some black beans, and you have a tostada fit for a king or queen!
Couscous, chickpea and hummus is usually my favourite side ever, but decided to break the mould this time and go with a sweet capsicum dip and peanuts! It never hurts to mix things up. With some fresh fruits on the side for dessert (including the often overlooked rockmelon!) you have a complete lunchbox that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Give it a go!
- Tempeh, sesame seeds, red chilli, vegan cream cheese, coriander, red cabbage, pepitas, pickled japaeño, spring onion, avocado, mango, orange capsicum, kale, black beans
- Couscous, chickpeas, red capsicum dip, peanuts, chilli flakes
- Strawberry, rockmelon, cherry, edible flower
We love trying out new things here at Lettuce Lunch, so we were overjoyed when we got out hands on a Planetbox! These things are great, really let you experiment with a whole lot of different flavours and little bites rather than just having a huge main dish all the time. Different lunch boxes all have their place, but we had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for this one!
In the end I decided to make Amy a filling, fresh avocado bagel with sprouts! I love growing sprouts at home and I had a big handful ready to go just as this idea popped into my head, and it turned out to be a match made in heaven. Bagels are super delicious and great, but the one thing they lack is that healthy, green, fresh vibe that sprouts have in spades. Combine the two and you have the ultimate combination! A little avocado to get things moving even more and you have a creamy, loaded bagel ready to go. Yum!
Sitting it on a bed of crunchy vegetables will help lighten it up further. Pair this with a kidney bean and red chilli salad, some crunchy soya crisps and pepitas, a sweet berry salad with mint, and finish with your favourite sweet treat – sometimes it’s ok to be a little indulgent!
- Toasted bagel, avocado, avocado, sprouts, bocconcini, flaked almonds, tomatoes, carrot, yellow capsicums
- Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mint, edible flowers
- Red kidney beans, radish, red chilli
- Lindt coconut chocolate, rose petals
- Soya crisps, pepitas