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5 Awesome Lunch Box Ideas!

Who says bringing lunch from home needs to be boring? These 5 awesome lunch box ideas are perfect for work and are ready in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 person
Author: Sara @ Gathering Dreams

Ingredients

Italian Lunch Box

  • 1 fresh mozzarella
  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon pesto
  • 1 teaspoon pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup green and black olives
  • a handful of basil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 slice of bread
  • red and green grapes

Vegan Lunch Box

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup green and black olives
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • carrots and celery sticks
  • 3 tablespoons hummus

Energy Boost Lunch Box

  • 5.3 oz Greek yogurt - (or coconut yogurt for vegan alternative)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts - almonds, walnuts, and cashew nuts
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter

Protein Lunch Box

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 apple
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter

Greek Lunch Box

  • 1 cup small cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • green and black olives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • red and green grapes

Instructions

Italian Lunch Box

  • Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and place them in the lunch box container.
  • Add pesto on top and a handful of pine nuts. Finish with fresh basil leaves.
  • In a small separate container prepare the dressing: mix olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. 
  • Toast a slice of bread and add to the container. Wash your grapes and add them too. And you are ready to go!

Vegan Lunch Box

  • Prep the salad: chop the cucumber, cut in half the cherry tomatoes, add the cooked brown rice, chickpeas, chopped fresh parsley, green and black olives, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix.
  • Slice the avocado in half and remove the skin. Add the lemon wedge next to it.
  • Place the carrot and celery sticks in the container with a few tablespoons of hummus.

Energy Boost Lunch Box

  • This lunch box is super easy. You don't actually have to cook anything. Just place the greek yogurt or coconut yogurt (for a vegan alternative) in the lunch box, add the maple syrup, and top with the mixed nuts.
  • Slice the apple and add the peanut or almond butter.
  • Add the mixed berries to the box and you are ready to go!

Protein Lunch Box

  • Roast the chicken breast: preheat the oven to 220°C/425F and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 
    Season the chicken with olive oil, the juice of one lemon, salt, pepper, and oregano. Place on the baking tray and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Slice the chicken and add the cherry tomatoes, previously seasoned with olive oil, salt, and a bit of oregano.
  • Slice the boiled eggs.
  • Slice the apple and add the peanut or almond butter.

Greek Lunch Box

  • Prep the Greek salad: chop the cucumber, cut in half the cherry tomatoes, add the chickpeas, chopped fresh parsley, green and black olives, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix.        
  • Add the cooked brown rice and lemon wedge in the lunch box.
  • Add the fresh grapes.

Notes

Nutritional information estimate:
Italian Lunch Box: 670 kcal
Vegan Lunch Box: 653 kcal
Energy Boost Lunch Box: 504kcal
Protein Lunch Box: 576 kcal
Greek Lunch Box: 655 kcal
Please remember that nutritional information for each box is just an estimate and can vary depending on the type of ingredients you use and quantity.