The typical lunchbox consists of a sandwich and some snacks, or it definitely used to. I love a good sandwich but eating bread everyday doesn’t seem to do a lot of people any good and can get a bit boring. I was asked by a friend (makenewtracks) for any lunchbox ideas, I don’t know why we haven’t thought about doing it before! There are so many things you can make the night before and put in the fridge to take with you to work the next day; here is just one of them. In the last year have become a big fan of cous cous and bulgur wheat, they are so versatile and I love trying out new ways of flavouring them. I find it tasty if you soak them in stock as it adds some flavour at the beginning or you could just soak them in water then add your preferred herbs and spices. Hummus is also a favourite of mine and since I got my food processor it has become even more popular! I have already posted a lentil and coriander dip on the blog which is very similar to hummus, but hummus is made with chickpeas. Anyway I could write all day about these simple dishes but I will give you the recipes instead!
Makes lunch for 2 people
Bulgur wheat salad
160g dried bulgur wheat
300ml chicken/vegetable stock or water
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
8 cherry tomatoes
1 can chickpeas
1 garlic clove
4 tbsp olive oil
Handful fresh basil or parsley
3 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Toasted pitta breads and rocket to accompany.
1. Start by placing the bulgur wheat in a large flat bowl and pour over the stock-make sure it is covered. Stir in the herbs and spices and leave to stand for about half an hour then drain.
2. Whilst the bulgur wheat is left to stand make the hummus. If you have a food processor simply pour in the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper and whiz up until you have a smooth consistency. If you don’t have a food processor you could use a pestle and mortar or anything to crush the chickpeas and combine all the ingredients well.
3. Taste the hummus as you go, add anything you feel it needs more of.
I realise this is a very simple lunch but it filled me up! You could add grilled chicken or any sort of cheese you like- lunch doesn’t need to be the same everyday!