Sometimes nothing beats a bright, fresh salad filled with all the flavours you love. No forced rainbows or super exotic ingredients, though these are fun! No, sometimes you just want familiar flavours that work. For this, we have the super fresh snow pea lunchbox! Snow peas for a fresh crunch, tomatoes for their bold flavour, toasted pepitas for a bit of texture – you can’t go wrong.
To fill it out, we went with a couscous, red kidney bean and hummus stack. Don’t forget the chilli on top for a bit of kick! This section ensures you don’t feel a bit underfed – green vegetables and salad are so, so good for you but sometimes if you don’t pair it with something a little heavier you end up feeling hungry again pretty soon – crisis averted here.
What’s also exciting in this lunch box is we went to the organic store and tried some Coyo! We’ve heard so much about Coyo in the past and thought we just had to give it a try. It’s this dairy free coconut yoghurt which has a different sort of texture to some of the yoghurts we’re used to. It’s definitely more solid! Anyway we loved their branding so knew we had to try some and weren’t disappointed. We paired it up with some crunchy, dark cacao nibs and fresh fruit to make it sing, then served it over some organic puffed cereal. Heaven!
- Snow peas, cherry tomatoes, toasted pepitas, carrot, red cabbage, rosemary spinach leaves
- Couscous, red kidney beans, hummus, red chilli
- Coconut yoghurt, puffed cereal, cacao nibs, strawberries, blueberry
Avocado on toast gets so much of the spotlight these days, and for good reason. It’s super delicious, and healthy too! But whatever happened to the original – herbed peas on toast? This is a classic that has fallen by the wayside while avocado takes all the glory. Well not today! Oh no, here in this lunchbox avocado plays a minor supporting role in a kale salad, while herbed peas get to relive their halcyon days as the king of fancy toast toppers. Just look at them, so majestic, sitting there on a throne of lesser vegetables. I mean I don’t really think they’re lesser but let’s just indulge them today – after all, peas have had a rough couple of years with all these new superfoods overtaking them in the popularity stakes. It’s ok peas, we still love you!
The real trick here is to bring out their flavour to the best of your ability. The vegan cream cheese gives the peas some body, while a little squeeze of lemon on top will help get it all moving and better incorporate the herbs. Rosemary and peas and best friends, but there’s no reason dill can’t play nice too. Crunch it down with some toast and the rest of the vegetables and you have a really healthy, simple, elegant dish that won’t leave you disappointed. If anything, it should leave you positively glowing – peas are, after all, high in manganese, plus vitamins K and B1. Yum!
- Peas, vegan cream cheese, rosemary, dill, pepper, toast, corn, sweet potato, red capsicum, black rice
- Blueberries, strawberries
- Kale, avocado
Star Wars bento box! So with the latest Star Wars movie on the horizon, I thought it was time to bust out the old bento box and work some magic. Rather than theorise about possible events, we went with an iconic scene to represent the series instead – Luke and Darth Vader duelling it out with lightsabers!
This one was actually a lot of fun to make, with the hardest part probably being getting the text just right! I was using a stencil, but nori just does not want to play nice if you leave it out. As soon as it starts to curl, you’ve got problems! Managed to wrangle it into shape for the logo and was actually really happy with how it turned out! The lightsabers were cool too – they’re actually little canapé picks that were styled like lightsabers for children’s parties. Yoink! Perfect. As we did with the Halloween witch bento, let’s take a little walk through and see what everything is made out of. It’s all edible except for the lightsabers!
The vast blackness of space is provided to us thanks to a tin of well drained black beans. Darth Vader’s fashion is on point in an eggplant suit and nori cape billowing around him. The lightsabers meet over an explosion of red, orange and yellow capsicums, and Like is made of lasagna sheet skin, cheese hair, oyster mushroom tunic, carrot belt and olive boot tops. The stars are also cut from lasagna sheets, and the logo is a nori/cheese hybrid. Hope you guys love it, and are getting pumped for the new movie!
- Black beans, nori, eggplant, cheese, lasagna sheets, capsicums, oyster mushrooms, carrot, olive
It’s an inevitable part of life that vegetarians and vegans will get called on to defend their protein, iron or B12 intake at some point in their dietary careers. People seem to find great joy in pointing out their apparent deficiencies, though in reality vegetarians and vegans are usually way more on the ball about nutrition than your average joe! That said, if you don’t feel like explaining yourself for the umpteenth time to these people, the simple solution is to pack a lunch filled with these delicious protein balls and point emphatically at them if anyone asks. They’ll get the message soon enough.
And hey, you never know – at 25g of protein for the two, you might just have their protein intake for the day pegged! Unless they are the most ardent of carnivores, or happen to be on their way to one of those ‘eat this entire steak which is bigger than your entire body in under 20 minutes and you get it for free!’ competitions, you might have a shot. At any rate, it’s a great little booster if your day has been light on protein. They also look super cute coated in chia seeds – definite plus.
To make them, we used a protein ball packet mix that we got in our little goody bag for being front row at Undress Melbourne. It was cool to see them in there and we were super excited because we love trying out new things in the kitchen! They only took ten minutes to make, no baking required! It was really fun rolling them out and would be great for kids as well. Pair them with some super golden roasted vegetables, add some chilli for kick and some citrus for a finisher and you have a well balanced lunch box that will be sure to turn heads whenever you are!
- Spinach, kale, roasted potato and sweet potato, red chilli, toasted chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, pine nuts
- Protein balls, buckwheat kernels, toasted coconut, rose petals
- Strawberry, grapefruit, orange