Lettuce Lunch

Month: January 2017

Lunchbox: Cherry kale Salad

cherry kale salad

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. Presenting cherry kale salad! 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.

cherry kale salad

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 – that’s cherry kale salad for you!

  • Kale, cherries, goat’s cheese, pomegranate, toasted slivered almonds
  • Banana, honey, buckwheat kernels
  • Rainbow mini capsicums

 

For this lunch we used the Lunchbots Bento TrioDishwasher safe, stainless steel and BPA free – what’s not to love! Click here for details.

Lunchbox: Tomato Caprese Salad

tomato caprese salad

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! Tomato caprese salad – because it’s your caprese salad and you can make it how you like.

tomato caprese salad

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. Tomato caprese salad – an improvement? Maybe! Let us know what you think!

  • Mixed tomatoes, baby bocconcini, fresh basil
  • Bow tie pasta, pine nuts, mixed Italian herbs
  • Kale, sesame seeds

 

For this lunch we used the Lunchbots Bento TrioDishwasher safe, stainless steel and BPA free – what’s not to love! Click here for details.

Lunchbox: Rainbow Vegetable Bowl

Rainbow bowl lunchbox

Sometimes rather than going over the top, it’s better to let some bright, fresh vegetables speak for themselves – and so we have this rainbow vegetable bowl inspired lunchbox! 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. Eating all these colours in one go is like getting a natural multivitamin… and then some!

Rainbow bowl lunchbox

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, you do do. In any case; rainbow vegetable bowl – always a hit.

  • 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

 

For this lunch we used the Lunchbots Bento TrioDishwasher safe, stainless steel and BPA free – what’s not to love! Click here for details.

Lunchbox: Vegan Roast Vegetables

vegan roast vegetables

Vegan roast vegetables; hooray! Look, let’s be honest, roast vegetables are an evergreen favourite with everyone, everywhere, forever. Crispy golden potatoes. Creamy pumpkin. Earthy squash and eggplant. Sweet Brussel’s sprouts. SO GOOD. What’s not to love! Back in the day, Amy and I pretty much lived off this type of food. It’s just that perfect combination of cheap, easy to prepare, and of course delicious. And the smell! The whole house should be filled with the smells of browning potato and caramelising goodness. Who needs candles when you can just bake up a pan of these little gems!

vegan roast vegetables

Balance is, of course, always important – these guys need some fresh spinach leaves or sprouts to offset their richness and slow you down – remember, just because you CAN eat an entire tray of roasted vegetables doesn’t mean you should (and I have definitely done this a number of times). Lastly, finish off with something a little sharper – we went with orange and blueberries, but it’s your call – pineapple or lychee could work too! Experiment with combos and make it your own – vegan roast vegetables won’t let you down. If you’re still craving more, try this tasty roasted sweet potato lunchbox to scratch that itch!

  • Potato, pumpkin, squash, eggplant, Brussel’s sprouts, spinach, sesame seeds
  • Alfalfa sprouts, spring onion, chilli
  • Orange, blueberry

 

For this lunch we used the Lunchbots Bento TrioDishwasher safe, stainless steel and BPA free – what’s not to love! Click here for details.