Sticking with my butternut squash obsession, today I thought i’d share my go-to, easy packed lunches that i’ve been preparing and taking to university this week. Nowadays, I always allow time to make my packed lunch the night before so there is no extra rushing around in the morning. I used to be lazy and forget to make lunch and end up going down to Tesco Express at lunchtime and spend £3 on a boring meal deal which doesn’t do much for your health or energy levels. It’s so easy to think, ah i’ll just buy a sandwich but when you’re on a student budget – buying lunch out everyday is a mistake.
First up, a power wrap. I usually get tomato wraps or wholewheat wraps instead of bread because they don’t make me feel bloated like bread does sometimes. Also, I work part-time in a gorgeous cafe which has fresh bread delivered daily so I save myself for a slice of that at the weekends lolllll.
In this wrap I did a piri-piri hummus base followed by fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes and steamed squash. Roasted squash would also be delish but steaming only takes about 10 minutes and obviously doesn’t require you to use a load of oil. Also, I read that steaming your veggies means they hold most of their nutrients and vitamins compared to other ways of cooking them – not sure how true that is thought, don’t hold me to it!
I top everything with a little black pepper and Nando’s peri-peri salt – DELISH. I then just tuck in the end, wrap it up, slice it in half and take it to uni in a Tupperware.
Next up, a filling chickpea salad. Start off by draining a tin of chickpeas and pour them into a big dish. Add cherry tomatoes, onion and a load of salt, pepper, cumin and harissa. Turn occasionally and after about 30 mins, remove the dish from the oven and allow to cool.
In a Tupperware, build your salad with spinach, some of the steamed squash from earlier and your chickpea, tomato, onion mix. give it a good mix and add a sprinkling of coriander on top.
In the morning before you leave, add a dollop of hummus or even a spoon of coconut yoghurt and you’re good to go.
Thinking about sharing an updated post on plant-based snacks which I also take to uni with me, so let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in. Also stay tuned for a video tutorial for both of these recipes over on my Youtube channel.
Thanks for reading,