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Lunchbox: Vegan Rosewater Tart

Vegan Rosewater Tart

Today I bring you the marriage of two of my favourite things – panna cotta (you can check out my last attempt here) and trying my hand at wildly over the top pinterest recipes! When I saw a similar one online using a gel top and panna cotta filling I knew what I had to do; veganise! If you like to bake you’ve probably already found a gelatin substitute that works for you – which is the hardest part, so you’re already halfway there! Other than a little bit of waiting around it’s pretty much like making a regular tart, but the payoff and wow factor is real – I challenge anyone to not be delighted when they see this! It’s 100% worth the (minimal) extra effort involved.

Running through the ‘how’ briefly – just so gather your ingredients, roll that pastry out and blind bake it until it’s cooked. Into the fridge it goes! Next whip up a batch of vegan panna cotta or custard, making sure it’s got enough gelling agent to come together when cooled. Prepare, cook, and cool it to room temperature, then pour into the chilled tart case. Lastly, you guessed it – on goes the gel! This is usually as simple as gelatine substitute, sugar and flavouring (we used rosewater) that has been combined over heat, cooled to room temperature and poured over the panna cotta layer of the tart. Set this, decorate with pistachios and rose petals and you have an impressively luxe dessert that is sure to make waves.

As for sides – bright, fresh berries cut through the creaminess and provide contrast, while a salad of roast vegetables and toasted nuts is a perfect, hearty accompaniment. A real head-turner, this is one pinterest dream dish that’s easy to make reality – try it out and let us know how you go!

Vegan Rosewater Tart

  • Rosewater panna cotta tart, pistachios, rose petals, blueberries, fig, mint leaves, white peach, raspberry, pomegranate strawberry, vegan chocolate, coconut yoghurt, buckinis, edible flowers
  • Sweet potato, pumpkin cauliflower, corn, chickpeas, toasted farrow, pepitas, mixed leaf salad, enoki mushrooms, red onion, red chilli, pea shoots, broccolini, edible flowers

If you love the double-compartment look, try the updated Lunchbots Bento Duo.¬†It’s a newer, more compact version of the one we used here!

Lunchbox: Stuffed Sweet Potato and Beetroot Waffles

Stuffed Sweet Potato

Mm, stuffed sweet potato! And yes… let’s get right down to it – yep that IS a dolphin shaped beetroot waffle. One might ask why, but I would say – ‘why not?’ – recently I came across a sea animal themed waffle iron and the rest is history – no longer constrained by the rigid grid lines and boring 4×4 squares of regular waffles, we now have bright, silly seahorse, dolphin or crab-shaped waffles. It’s the only seafood endorsed by Lettuce Lunch! Add a little pureed beetroot in there for colour and depth of flavour and you’ve got a good time on your hands. Just look at that little guy! Swimming proudly on coconut yoghurt waves, in a sea of strawberries, cherries and banana.

If you can get your hands on a waffle maker with novelty shapes I highly recommend it – it takes no extra work seeing as you’re still just pouring out batter onto an waffle iron; but everyone loves it and will praise your creativity and think you’re great, a win/win in my books.

Alongside this we’ve got earthy stuffed sweet potato, with mixed vegetables and on a bed of toasted nuts and beans. Of course, it’s hard to get the limelight back from the attention seeking showpony dolphin waffle over there in the dessert compartment, but damned if this doesn’t give it a good run for its money with all those warm, autumnal flavours. Inner beauty or outer beauty, make your choice – because the prettiest thing about a big chunk of roast sweet potato is definitely the taste, not the look ūüėÄ

  • Sweet potato, asparagus, baby corn, green and red chilli, blue corn chips, kidney beans, cherry tomato, toasted almonds, celery, coriander, pepitas, spinach
  • Beetroot waffle, coconut¬†yoghurt, strawberries, banana, cherries, blueberries, pistachios rose petals, mint, kiwi fruit

If you love the double-compartment look, try the updated Lunchbots Bento Duo.¬†It’s a newer, more compact version of the one we used here!

Collaboration: Nourish bowl

Nourish bowl

Collaboration time! Was super excited to work on a luxurious lunch for my buddy Justine at The Soul Strategist.¬†Seeing as they’re all about loving yourself, I thought i’d dedicate this lunchbox to bright, healthy, nourishing ingredients. It’s no secret that we love roast vegetables here, so a whole stack of them, piled high atop avocado, fig and broccolini sounds like our idea of heaven. If it’s possible to fit any more good things into such a small space I don’t want to know about it!

Seriously, this box has everything. They say you’re supposed to eat the rainbow (unfortunately a bag of skittles doesn’t count towards your recommended daily intake for rainbows) and we’ve done our best to round up all the colours. Crisp, golden potatoes, creamy orange pumpkin and sweet potato, verdant avocado, blushing fig, ruby red chilli, deep dark greens – not bad! Throw in some toasted nuts to get some of those healthy fats happening and you should have that outer glow to match your inner glow in no time at all.

Nourish bowl

 

  • Potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, avocado, fig, broccolini, kale, baby corn, beetroot, pomegranate seeds, almonds, spring onion, chili, walnuts, kalettes, pepitas, vegan cream cheese
  • Strawberries, raspberries, nectarines, blueberries, mint
  • Cous cous, hummus, pistachio, spiced peanuts

 

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

Lunchbox: Blue Corn Chip Nachos!

Blue Corn Chip Nachos

If corn chips are good, and they are – then sure blue corn chips are better, right! When we saw they were selling these colourful characters at the health food store we could hardly help but investigate. Blue corn chips, what a time to be alive. First things first, their chip making ability is clearly superior to their colour recognition because it sure looks purple to me.

But hey the bag says blue corn chips from a variety of blue corn, so who am I to argue. Apparently the purple (ahem… blue) hue is dude to anthocyanin, so you could consider the blue corn chip a long lost relative to the humble blueberry we paired it up with, who also gets that excellent colouration from anthocyanin. It’s a distant relation though – we’d recommend you stick to the blueberries and not reach for the chips when you’re looking for a flavonoid fix. That said, i’ll never turn down an opportunity to add a splash to colour to our lunchboxes, so here we are – blue corn chip nachos!

Blue Corn Chip Nachos

Whichever end of the spectrum your chips end up on, you really can’t go wrong with nachos. Ok, so it’s not something you might ordinary think of lunchbox fare, but why not! It packs away conveniently, and if you have a little canister like the one pictured above you can keep the sauce (we went with cashew cheese and hot sauce for dipping, but salsa would be great too!) seperate and everything crunchy and fresh. All of this on top of spinach, avocado and kidneys and you’ve got a complete meal right here! Some tomatoes and black rice make a hearty side, and as always, fruit salad is the hero for dessert.

  • Spinach, avocado, kidney beans, blue corn chips, regular corn chips, cashew cheese, hot sauce, pomegranate, chili, lime, pumpkin seeds
  • Rockmelon, honeydew, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, mint
  • Black rice, tomato, kidney beans, spring onion

 

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