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Lunchbox: Curry Cauliflower Chickpeas

curry cauliflower chickpeas

Giving cauliflower the spotlight can sometimes be tricky. See, it’s usually relegated to side salad status at best, and at worst it’s been boiled to oblivion by your grandmother and tastes like waterlogged broccoli. Sure, cauliflower is plain, but it holds flavours beautifully. You just need to know what to pair it with! Paprika could work, as could garlic and Italian herbs, but today we went for a special treat – curried cauliflower. It’s such a distinct flavour and we feel it just goes so, so well with cauliflower. Put it all together and what do you get – curry cauliflower chickpeas!

curry cauliflower chickpeas

The best part of the whole deal is, it’s really very easy to make this whole curried cauliflower thing happen. That’s because all you need to do is coat it with a little olive oil and then mix it with some ground coriander, cumin, and turmeric. If you’re got any premixed curry powder then it’s even easier! Spice it up with ginger or smoked paprika if you want to give it an interesting little twist, and into the oven it goes. So then once it comes out that golden yellow colour you know you’ve got a great lunch box in the making!

Some chickpeas complement it with a nutty flavour, and the greek yoghurt gives it a creamy body to work it. Toast up some almonds and serve with red chilli to spice it up and it’s just such a good time. Cut through all that with some sharp citrus like grapefruit to finish. By pairing it up with a hearty and fresh chickpea salad and some brown rice you should have a very filling, nutritious lunch box on your hands. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • Curried cauliflower, chickpeas, toasted almonds, black rice, greek yoghurt, red chilli, sesame seeds
  • Grapefruit, orange, blueberries
  • Spinach, pepitas, cucumber

Lunchbox: Acai Fruit Bowl

Acai Fruit Bowl

This sweet little acai fruit bowl lunch box was one of our favourites – it definitely took Amy’s breath away when she opened the box! Think of this one as a direct upgrade to the acai bowl I made some months back. I’ve learned more about food styling, more about flavour combinations, and more important, that you can’t go wrong if you just add in heaps and heaps of delicious things! Pile them up! Acai bowl 1.0 looked a little underfed compared to the far superior acai flower bowl you see before your eyes, so give it a go!

Acai Fruit Bowl

You can probably also see that the acai is extra thick in this iteration. The thicker it is (and the colder you can keep it over time) then the less chance there is for it to leak out everywhere. We had no leaks here, so mission accomplished! Beyond that, the idea here is simple. Make a beautiful acai blend and then get creative with whatever you can get your hands on to brighten it up. Strawberries and nectarines form the core, while kiwis and pomegranate add some interesting flavours. Buckwheat clusters and toasted coconut provide textural backup, and mint finishes off the whole bowl on a fresh note. Pair it with some light vegetables and you have a well rounded, refreshing lunchbox. I sure hope you like vitamins because this lunchbox is overflowing with them! Healthy, refreshing, tasty – what’s not to love?

  • Frozen acai, frozen bananas, soy milk, stevia, strawberries, nectarine, pomegranate, kiwi fruit, buckwheat clusters, toasted coconut, mint
  • Zucchini ribbons, avocado
  • Rainbow capsicums

Lunchbox: Zucchini Noodle Salad

Zucchini Noodle Salad

Presenting the zucchini noodle salad and pumpkin flower lunchbox! We think making zoodles is a really cool idea and had heaps of fun trying these out! If you don’t have one, get yourself a spiralizer. Affordable, check, easy to use, check, fun, definitely check. So spiral up some zucchinis. But what next? Traditional pasta sauce? Well, you could, but this a new age style lunch box. The noodles aren’t even noodles anymore, so think outside the box. How about baby tomatoes, for that garden fresh kind of vibe.

Zucchini Noodle Salad

The next step may take some time, but it’s worth it. Dig up your garden. Put a vegetable patch in. Casually throw in some pumpkin seeds and within about 8 weeks you should have some perfectly formed pumpkin flowers, ready to go! If you’re the impatient type and think 8 weeks of prep time is a touch on the long side, you can also get these from fruit stores.

Now as a side not, gardening confession; I was really excited to be eating freshly grown pumpkin for months and my vines were taking over and looking as healthy and robust as you could get, but no female flowers ever formed! Accordingly, no pollination, no pumpkins. It did mean that we had a glut of delicious pumpkin flowers to eat for a while there though, so here we are.

As a side you’ll need something a bit more hearty. You know something that goes great with pasta that’s not actually pasta at all and is super fun but not filling because it’s just thin bits of vegetable? Real pasta! Yes, we used wholegrain pasta here to help ease your tradition from carb loaded regular pasta to vitamin packed zucchini pasta. Put it all together and it tastes great! Finish with some chia seed pudding and your favourite fruits, and you’re in for a real treat.

By pairing it up with a hearty and fresh chickpea salad and some brown rice you should have a very filling, nutritious lunch box on your hands. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • Spiralized zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary, pine nuts, pumpkin flower
  • Chia seeds, soy milk, mango, blueberries, strawberries
  • Wholegrain pasta, pesto, red chilli

Lunchbox: Avocado Superfood Salad

Avocado Superfood Salad

Delicious superfoods. Sure, it’s a buzzword that is overused, but it just so happens that most of these so called ‘superfoods’ are also staples of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, and certainly were well before all the hype hit. After all, they care about their health – so why wouldn’t they maximise the goodness they get in every meal! It would be crazy not to. And so today, we have a lunchbox capitalising on some of the big ones. Let’s get straight into it – the avocado superfood salad!

Avocado Superfood Salad

First off, blueberries! Nutritional powerhouses packed into tiny little blue blobs of happiness. Despite being a sneaky little fruit who isn’t actually blue inside (dress for the job you want, not the one you have, right?) these guys are great. Full of antioxidants and providing anti-inflammatory support, you can’t go wrong with throwing a handful of blueberries into the mix (unless it’s like pumpkin soup or something… that would probably be very wrong).

Second on the roster we have brussels sprouts. If you’ve been following us for long, you know we have absolutely nothing bad to say about brussels sprouts, except for maybe seeing how they grow. Have you guys seen the weird alien stalks they grow on? Google it and prepare to have your world turned upside down. Beyond that, these are great, taste amazing when cooked lightly, and have more vitamin K and C than you could ever want. Certainly more than you could ever use in a day, either way! One cup is 243% and 129% of your daily intake, respectively.

For out last superfood feature, it’s got to be the avocado right? Or the beetroot? Look at those moody purples, maybe it’s the dark leaves we used. Edamame? No? Actually, i’m going to go with a controversial one. Oranges! They say these are just as powerful as all the big ‘buzzword’ superfoods, but they’re so regular and we’re so used to them that labelling them as a superfood would sort of cheapen the label, so to speak. None of this has anything to do with their nutrient profile though, which is through the roof and definitely qualifies them as a superfood in my book. They are full of phytonutrients, as well as giving your vitamin C a kick in the pants if you haven’t eaten your daily cup of brussels sprouts yet. I think they’ve definitely earned a place in my superfoods lunchbox. Gold stars all around! 🌟

  • Avocado, brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds, carrot, beetroot, mixed leaves, thyme, edamame
  • Goat’s cheese, red chilli, asparagus, risoni/orzo
  • Strawberries, oranges