Five bento lunches

(Nederlandstalige versie)

It’s day 19 of VeganMoFo! Today’s topic is “lunch on the go”. I have this adorable bento box with rabbits on it that I love, but I don’t eat from it very often, so I went through some old bento photos in an attempt to motivate myself to use it more. They’re over a year old, but I’ve never posted them on here, so I hope you still like them!

Bento: orange and rocket salad, stuffed potatoes
On the left: orange and rocket salad with poppy seed dressing.
On the right: small twice-baked potatoes stuffed with peas, leeks, and Proviand bacon cubes; carrot sticks.

Bento: pizza leftovers and roasted chickpeas
On the left: cucumber, radishes, carrot.
On the right: pizza leftovers (vegetables, tomatoes, rocket, tofu ricotta) and roasted chickpeas.

Bento: pancakes, vegetables and fruit
On the left: cucumber; cinnamon apple pancakes; chickpea flour pancakes with tofu ricotta, sweet potato, and parsley pesto; seitan nuggets; radishes; tofu ricotta in a cucumber cup; tiny carrot sticks; courgette; yellow pepper; tomato.
On the right: some kind of curry that I don’t really remember the ingredients of; apple pieces with cinnamon.

(If you’re wondering why this lunch seems more elaborate than the others, I was participating in the Dutch ritual of gourmetten, so when I’d eaten enough I just kept making little dishes to add to my bento.) :)

Bento: orange quinoa salad + veggies & dip
On the left: tofu and parsley dip with cucumber, radishes, and yellow peppers; seitan bits to add to the salad on the right.
On the right: quinoa salad with rocket, fennel, orange segments, and pomegranate seeds.

Bento: salad and samosas
On the left: dill hummus with purple carrots; lentil samosas with pineapple chutney.
On the right: fennel, carrot, and chickpea salad.

Just a note in case you’re curious: I actually ate all of these at home, so I didn’t really worry about the calorie content or how filling these meals would be. They were just a fun way to get a few extra vegetables into my day.

Edit: here’s a picture of the outside of the bento box:
Bento box

Links of the day

More lunches on the go! I wish I could try this vegan ploughman’s lunch with Tyne Chease nut cheese by Joey from Flicking the Vs. These two lunches on Instagram come with beautiful views: piri piri falafel and hummus by Amy and spring rolls and sushi by Pepa Jobo.

Pesto Pasta Dinner

Just a quick post to show you the dinner I packed to eat on the train later today:

Pesto pasta & veggies

These pesto-ey mushrooms don’t look that appetising, but I promise this tastes better than it looks! The big box on the right has penne with sliced mushrooms and pesto, sautéed aubergine and courgette, sun-dried tomatoes, and some rocket tucked in at the sides. The little box has more rocket, a few tomatoes, and falafel – I wanted to include some Italian marinated tofu in this meal but I found an opened box of premade falafel in the fridge so I went with that, instead.

Fennel Salad and Two Lunch Boxes

One of my goals for VeganMoFo was to pack more interesting lunches for myself, so here’s a picture of what I had yesterday:

From left to right: lettuce with chopped apple and green olives, thinly sliced carrots with slivered almonds and parsley, three stuffed vine leaves (from a can), grapes, sundried tomatoes, avocado. Everything got mixed up a bit after I carried the box around in my bag for a while, so next time I’d like to try to pack all the components even more tightly, but this made for a tasty salad lunch!

This morning, I made a recipe I’d wanted to try for a while: the Fennel, Orange, and Black Olive Salad from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. I used only half a fennel bulb for a smaller portion of salad and used mandarin oranges because those were the only kind I had. It was very simple and pretty good! I love fennel but I’d never had it raw like this. I took most of my salad with me in my lunch box today:

Along with the salad, I brought a sandwich of whole wheat bread with an Alpro apple filet and ketchup. I usually prefer to eat the Alpro burgers when they’re still warm, but I needed something to pack in my lunch box and I had one leftover apple filet left that had to be eaten. It was still pretty tasty, but I probably wouldn’t make it like this again. I put some lettuce in the middle of the box (under the grapes), because I hoped that would prevent the dressing in the salad from leaking into the bread, but I still ended up with a soggy-edged sandwich. Oh well, this wasn’t too bad for a quickly packed meal!