Lettuce Lunch

Lunchbox: Avocado Strawberry Salad

Avocado Strawberry Salad

We love toying with fruit in a typically savoury lunchbox, but as always, you must use caution! Lucky for us, the sweet profile of strawberry actually works brilliantly with creamy avocado. I mean, if it hadn’t, this wouldn’t be much of a lunchbox! Mixing these guys up with some herbs and spinach gives an extremely simple but very pleasing salad. Look how easy that was! Five minutes of prep and lunch is sorted. Maybe another five for the risoni and dark green vegetable on the side. And we’re done! Gosh. What do I do now. I feel like I need something to do. Watch TV? Meh. Read a book? Potentially. Wait… maybe there could be more to this lunch box? I know, sometime time consuming, then I won’t be bored! Chocolate bark. That takes time. Chocolate bark is the answer.

Avocado Strawberry Salad

Amy was very impressed when she saw the bark. Check it out, it has rose petals and everything! She’s not much of a sugar lover, but she’ll make a semi-exception for semi-sweet chocolate. That’s right, dark chocolate is in, and she loves it. I’m glad I can have some vegan, chocolatey tools in my lunchbox arsenal. Now dark chocolate is good, but I feel it’s a little lazy on its own. Maybe imbuing it with delicious nuts and fruits could help? Done and done!

If you’ve never tried to make bark before, you can probably still guess the process without me going into too many details. Surprisingly enough, what you do is melt the chocolate, lay it out, add a whole bunch of exciting things, and then re-set it. Amazing, I know! Technology these days. This makes a great little treat to set out at parties too. Everyone will ask you where you go to get your super gourmet, loaded chocolates from – and you can give them a smile and a wink and tell them you made it yourself! Instant life of the party right here. Get experimental too! You could add in pop rocks or freeze dried strawberries; anything you like really, it’s your creation so just go nuts (nuts are, incidentally, also a very good option).

  • Avocado, spinach, strawberry, mixed nuts, goat’s cheese, rosemary
  • Risoni/orzo, brussels sprouts, kale, red chilli, mushrooms
  • Dark chocolate, pomegranate, pistachios, rose petals

 

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: 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

 

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: 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

 

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: 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

 

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