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Lunchbox: Roast Pumpkin Salad

 Roast Pumpkin Salad

Keeping it bright and fresh today with this healthy little lunchbox! Sometimes you need to take things back to basics – so here’s our take on a classic roast pumpkin salad! Sure, Amy loves all those luxurious vegan panna cottas and watermelon jellies but let’s go back to where I think a lot of us began – crunchy, golden roast vegetables over salad (bonus points for the avocado!). Like, is this the vegan meal that converts more people than any other or what! it’s simple, hearty, classic, and just really, really good! The problem, of course, is the lengthy wait, though I suppose that’s just part of the ritual. Some might even claim the suspense makes it better – you’re bound to be hungry when they’re finally ready, which will naturally add greatly to your appreciation of the end result. Good things come to those who wait was clearly written with roast pumpkin salad in mind!

 Roast Pumpkin Salad

In any case they make an incredible tasty and no fuss addition to any lunchbox – paired up with a fresh salad and some lighter vegetables and you have a really vibrant, nourishing meal ready to go. Cleanse that palate with some kiwi, dragonfruit and mint, and if you’re feeling really indulgent, top it all off with some sesame snaps. Sometimes keeping it simple pays off 🙂

  • Pumpkin, salad leaves, avocado, coriander, dill, red cabbage, pepitas, red cabbage, edible flowers
  • Dragonfruit, kiwi, fig, blueberries, strawberries, mint
  • Cucumber, corn, micro-herbs
  • Broccolini, basil, red chilli
  • Sesame snaps

For this lunch we used the Planetbox Rover. It’s dishwasher safe, stainless steel, and has room for all our favourite snacks! Click here for details.

Lunchbox: Green Veggie Wrap

Green Veggie Wrap

Everyone loves carbs, but hey sometimes it’s good to cut down a little – and that’s where this adorable little green veggie wrap come in! The theory is simple – take a wrap, make it green, pat yourself on the back for being so healthy, enjoy. Of course, filling the other sections of your lunchbox full of delicious, carbohydrate rich foods is optional – but hey every little bit helps, right! In any case what we have here is a super tasty, super fresh little lunchbox filler that will leave you feeling guilt free all day. We’re already a big fan of wraps and deep green salad leaves, so combining them seems like a winning move.

Green Veggie Wrap

Sitting on a fresh, colourful salad is the only way to go with a green veggie wrap – we loved the radish for a little bit of extra crunch. Marinated tofu makes a perfect filling (we went Thai style!) and fresh bean sprouts tie the whole thing together. Over on the left we have sweet potato hummus with pomegranate and pepitas. The idea was you could dip the grain twists, but we found that it also made a great dipping sauce for the wrap. So load that lunchbox up with extra hummus to make sure you don’t come up short – you can basically mix all the segments together here, a bite of green wrap with a handful of grain twists, toasted nuts and some hummus sounds like heaven to us, though you might want to leave the strawberries and dragonfruit out of even your wildest flavour combination experiments 😉

  • Silverbeet leaf,  avocado, baby corn, red cabbage, red chilli, carrot, cucumber, Thai marinated tofu, enoki mushrooms, radish, salad mix, bean sprouts, edible flower
  • Sweet potato hummus, pomegranate seeds, pepitas, dill, sesame seeds
  • Strawberry, dragonfruit
  • Ancient grain twists
  • Cashews, macadamias

For this lunch we used the Planetbox Rover. It’s dishwasher safe, stainless steel, and has room for all our favourite snacks! Click here for details.

Lunchbox: Japanese Sushi Bento

Japanese Sushi Bento

This lunchbox – you should have seen Amy’s face! Inspired by our recent trip to Japan, I figured a themed lunchbox was just what the doctor ordered to prevent those post-holiday blues – close your eyes and you could pretty much be back in a Japanese convenience store! Now usually I aspire to achieve a level of food quality somewhere above the usual offerings at 7-Eleven, but my gosh those Japanese convenience stores are really a cut above. If you haven’t seen them, they have mastered the art of fast, cheap, delicious, healthy food – I could eat the fresh rice balls for days (and I did, wouldn’t have been far off causing a national onigiri shortage at my rate of consumption). Japan is also the home of the bento, and there were plenty of them to choose from, with a plethora of vegan and vegetarian choices for the discerning convenience store connoisseur. Honestly it sounds so ridiculous but it just works out, wherever you are – Tokyo, Hakone and Mt Fuji, all the way down to Kyoto and Osaka, the call of convenience store food was ever-present. Sure, we ate out at some incredible restaurants too, but i’ll never forget just how good the food is at convenience stores over there (especially when there’s no vegetarian or vegan options at my local ones – only cold, grey, day old sausage rolls).

Japanese Sushi Bento

So back to the lunchbox! Look at this thing – this was one seriously loaded lunchbox, filled with all the healthy, Japanese themed eats I could get my hands on! The stars here are the sushi and the mochi – sushi we have all seen a thousand times before, but are you guys familiar with mochi? It’s always been a favourite of ours from the local asian grocery but we got to try a whole pile of interesting flavours over there! It’s that little sesame-covered goober in the back compartment.

Japanese Sushi Bento

Black sesame mochi takes centre stage here, but green tea and cherry blossom flavours make an appearance too, because one mochi is never enough. Do yourself a favour and look up how mochi is made if you’re interested, as it’s quite humorous and involves using a comically oversized mallet to rapidly beat glutinous rice flour into shape. The sushi is standard fare – delicious, dependable, classic sushi, and you can’t go wrong sitting it on a bed of edamame. Next door we’ve just got a bit of roast Japanese pumpkin and some vegetables, some asparagus and cucumber to up the greens count, and finally some baby corn cut into thin slices – I found this especially cute, sort of like little suns or flowers – in any case, healthy, kawaii little bites. Anyway if you’re feeling adventurous, try this lunch box out – it’s absolutely one of our favourites so far 😀

  • Roast pumpkin (Japanese/Kabocha, of course!), broccolini, snow peas, baby corn, red cabbage, radish, pumpkin seeds
  • Seaweed, sushi rice, avocado, carrot, capsicum, edamame, kale, ginger
  • Mochi, strawberry, blueberry, pomegranate, cherry, mint leaves
  • Cucumber, asparagus, thyme
  • Baby corn

For this lunch we used the Planetbox Rover. It’s dishwasher safe, stainless steel, and has room for all our favourite snacks! Click here for details.

Lunchbox: Fig and Pumpkin Salad

Fig and Pumpkin Salad

Lunch time! And to celebrate, something really special – fig and pumpkin salad! Brimming with toasted nuts and herbs and accompanied by some dark chocolate, this is one of the most boldly flavoured lunchboxes i’ve made here at Lettuce Lunch! In fact i’d almost go as far as to say adults-only. Lettuce Lunch after dark? I suppose there’s nothing too scandalous here other than some very mature flavours. If you have smart kids that happen to like super dark chocolate and eating figs in their salad then more power to them, they could probably enjoy this lunchbox as much as anyone else. I know as a kid I was just happy with a roll-up and apple slices – fig salad being perhaps a touch beyond my limited palette at the time. That said, something must have eventually clicked because here we are – what a lunchbox this was!

Fig and Pumpkin Salad

So roast up some pumpkin and give it a try. You’ve got all these super hearty flavours mingling with toasty, savoury crunch from the almonds. If you’re going to make it, go the whole way and toast the nuts – totally worth it. Spoil yourself with dark chocolate and soya crisps – alright, so this isn’t the usual green goddess lunchbox, but you know, sometimes you have to treat yourself! Life hack: focus on the fruit and the broccolini section and you can trick yourself into thinking this lunchbox will provide a net gain in regards to health. It can be our little secret, I won’t tell – promise! In any case, the fig and pumpkin salad lunchbox is a winner – give it a try and let us know what you think!

  • Fig, pumpkin, kidney beans, almonds, tofutti cream cheese, pine nuts, rosemary, parsley
  • Strawberries, raspberries, rockmelon, blueberries, starfruit
  • Broccolini, spinach
  • Dark chocolate
  • Soya crisps

For this lunch we used the Planetbox Rover. It’s dishwasher safe, stainless steel, and has room for all our favourite snacks! Click here for details.