Mediterranean Lunch Box (Meal Prep)
This Mediterranean meal prep lunch box is incredibly simple to make and filled with wholesome, fresh ingredients. It's full of veggies, protein-rich chickpeas, and creamy hummus. Ready in around 20 minutes, it's perfect to prep ahead for a quick lunch.
- 2 cups uncooked wholewheat couscous
- 1 medium cucumber roughly chopped
- 2 bell peppers 1 red, 1 yellow
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 cup fresh flat leave parsley
- 1 can chickpeas 15 ounces
- 1 cup hummus
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup white or red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
Prepare the couscous according to the package instructions, making sure to add a bit of salt to the water.
While the couscous is cooking and resting, prepare the veggies: chop the cucumber, the peppers, the red onion, and cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Finely chop the parsley.
Prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil, the juice of one lemon, dried oregano, salt, and pepper in a jar. Make sure to taste the seasoning and adjust to your liking.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas, add them to a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon of dressing and the smoked paprika. If you prefer, you can also roast the chickpeas in the oven for 20 minutes at 350F.
In another bowl, mix the bell peppers with the chopped red onion, 2 tablespoons of dressing, and the chopped parsley.
Divide the couscous equally among the meal prep containers. Then add all the chopped veggies, olives, chickpea salad, and top everything with a good serving of hummus (if you are making the hummus on the go, you'll need an extra 5 minutes, and you can follow my recipe here).
Divide the remaining dressing between the bowls, and remember to mix well before eating.
Storage: You can store this Mediterranean lunch box in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Nutritional values are calculated on 6 servings and are only an indication.
Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1836IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4mg