Purple kale! Love picking this up whenever I see it in the stores. Maybe you’re sick of boring old green kale! Perhaps you feel like you want to freshen things up and kick red cabbage out of the previously uncontested ‘purple vegetable’ position in your lunchboxes when you’ve got a specific look in mind. Whatever the case, purple kale is your go-to guy. Throw it in as an earthy base to some fresh tomatoes and creamy spread on crunchy toast and you have an amazing combination! Salt goes a long way here too – and pepper, if you’re so inclined. Whatever the case, today on the menu we have vegetarian tomato bruschetta – so tomato fans out there, get excited!
Pair the purple kale with some warm hues really makes it pop – we went with rainbow tomatoes but really, anything fiery and bright works. Crunchy vege straws and some fruity muesli yoghurt fill out the rest of the box for a super hearty, crunchy, healthy treat. Have you guys had vege straws? We saw them at the shops and gave them a go – love! Really good to munch on – possibly too good. Anyway, if you’re a tomato lover you can’t go wrong with this vegetarian tomato bruschetta. Give it a try!
- Cherry tomatoes, cream cheese spread, bruschetta bread, purple kale, basil
- Nectarine, pomegranate, buckwheat kernels, yoghurt, muesli
- Vege straws
Bliss ball smoothie bowl time! Woo! Many people hit up the Instagram to let me know I was a brave man and that this would not have survived ten seconds into the journey to school for their kids. I laughed! It’s true though, send this lunchbox out with caution. Granted, it all worked out in the end, but we sort of played on easy mode – Amy is pretty careful on her way to work and she has a fridge there! Pair this one with some coconut bliss balls and a salty, filling snack and you’ve got a great lunchbox.
So yeah, pop it in the freezer for an hour or two before you go and it will harden right up. It looks sort of like goo here, but it’s actually solid enough not to seep out the sides into the other compartments – make your favourite smoothie but add in a lot more of the solid ingredients and go light on the soy milk and you should be able to pull of a miracle. It’s probably not worth the headache every single day, but it could be a great summer treat for a hot day if your intended recipient has a fridge – either way, Amy was thrilled; what could be better than a surprise bliss ball smoothie bowl lunchbox!
- Smoothie, blueberry, nectarine, kiwi, pineapple, strawberry, toasted coconut flakes, buckwheat kernels
- Coconut bliss balls, toasted coconut flakes
- Mixed BBQ nuts
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.
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
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.
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