Lunchbox Monday: The Mediterranean Box

Warning: this lunchbox is dairy-free, gluten-free*, soy-free, nut-free, egg-free* and oh-my-goodness-my-pants-are-on-fire tasty! Consumers of this lunchbox might be so thrilled to experience what it contains that they just can’t stop cheering. Viewer discretion is advised. 

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Heyo! Happy Monday!

I have a special treat for you. Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting by the pool overlooking the mediterranean ocean on the outskirts of a small city in Greece with your family. Now take a bite out of this lunchbox. Good stuff right there.

This is just as perfect of a lunch for mom or dad as it is for the kiddos. Killing two birds with one stone? Bingo.

Who even came up with that saying?

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This lunchbox is loaded with delicious and nutritious foods like cucumber sandwiches filled with turkey, cherry tomato slices, and mayo (vegannaise?), homemade cous cous salad with olives, bell peppers, green onions, lemon and olive oil, hummus, and heart shaped carrots.

Oh my yumness. Can’t handle all the flavors.

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There’s some exciting posts this week scheduled for Vivian & Me! I won’t give anything away, but I will say that it involves lots of colors. Hint hint. Hee hee. I’m also gearing up for a week in Dallas next week which includes my 21st birthday! Whaaa. How did that happen? Last time I checked I was sixteen and just learning how to drive, spending nights out at movies with my friends, and worrying about having the latest trend in everything while still keeping my own individuality. I had my priorities straight.

But now I’ll be an official adult. I’ll be able to make any decision and be anywhere in the world, I just can’t rent a car. My life will be open to me, the world is my oyster. What pressure for a birthday. The club can’t handle this.

If you know me, you’re probably peeing your pants laughing at the thought of me in a club ever.

So to help me ring in my birthday week next week, pack this super cool lunchbox and feed your brain power for the ultimate school day. Party on, rockstar.

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Lunchbox Monday: The Mediterranean Box
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cous cous*
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup hummus
  • 3 large carrots, cut into heart shapes
  • ½ cucumber, thickly sliced
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 slices of turkey
  • Mayonnaise or Vegannaise to taste
Instructions
For the cous cous:
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Add cous cous, remove from heat, cover, and let cook for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Pour the quinoa into a medium-sized bowl and add in the peppers, olives, green onion, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and toss well to combine.
For the turkey cucumber sandwiches:
  1. Stack half of a slice of turkey and one cherry tomato slices on top of a cucumber slice. Spread the mayonnaise on another cucumber slice and place slice on top. Continue until the sandwiches are made.
To assemble the lunchbox:
  1. Place the cous cous into one lunchbox compartment. Save the rest for an afternoon snack.
  2. Place the cucumber sandwiches in the main lunchbox compartment.
  3. Scoop the hummus into another compartment and add the heart-shaped carrots in the last compartment or with the cucumber sandwiches.
Notes
*If you're gluten-free, use quinoa instead of cous cous and cook according to directions on the box.

 

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