Creating a low waste lunch box full of nutritious, nourishing and exciting food and then trying to keep that up throughout the whole year is so tough! We keep a bit of a list going where we write down any new recipe ideas we have throughout the year so that when we are lacking in ideas and enthusiasm we can pull this out to help re-inspire ourselves.
I thought these ideas and recipes I have for us might be useful for some others out there battling the same challenge. So, below you'll find lots of low waste, refined sugar free, mostly d/f and healthy lunchbox ideas.
With summer salad season fast approaching we've put together some of our favourite plant based ways to take your salads to the next level using simple zero waste ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
These quick additions can be made in less than 5 minutes and all have the potential to turn an ordinary salad into something amazing with only a couple of ingredients and quick recipes.
These muesli bars are a simple, easy blender recipe which results in a deliciously chewy and moorish muesli bar that the whole family will love. We always have them on hand for in lunch boxes and knowing that they are refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free just adds to their appeal.
These fritters are a lifesaver for us when we are nearing the end of the week and our motivation for cooking and ingredients in the cupboard are both running a little low. They take about 10 minutes to whip up, only consist of about 6 ingredients and are packed with veggies and protein. What is good about these fritters too is that they are gluten and dairy free so make a nice light lunch option if you have leftovers or you could make up a batch at the start of the week for in lunches with a salad.
These Seed Crackers are honestly the easiest thing that I make each week to have on hand as a zero waste, healthy, gluten-free, nutrient rich snack for platters, hummus dipping or to add with a salad or lunch. Like every other recipe on our blog they take minimal time to make - less than 2 minutes to prepare and there is no kneading or rolling just simply pop onto your tray and flatten out. Give them a try this week.
I have been contemplating making an easy cheap gluten free muesli bar for ages now to take to work as a quick and healthy snack or give to the kids as an after school/preschool quick and filling snack while I prepare tea.
They are super simple to make and only have 8 ingredients total - they are definitely a recipe that the kids can help with.
This is another super easy, quick and healthy recipe that is on a weekly rotation in our household. It is one which is great to send in lunchboxes (although not nut free) or to make up when you have friends visiting plus the added carrots are a added veggie bonus.
As with a lot of our recipes it takes less than 10 minutes to make, doesn't include a lot of complicated expensive ingredients and is healthy and refined sugar free.
This is a really easy, nutritious snack to add a little bit of glam to the faithful old chickpea. Our kids love this recipe too so its good to know they are getting added fibre and protein into their diets in a fun way.