Packed Lunch: Zucchini Pasta with Chickpea Dressing and Roasted Soy Beans. And a Smattering of Healthy Snacks.

by Gena on October 5, 2012

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Where on earth did this week go? I feel as though Monday was yesterday, but somehow it’s Friday and I’m heading into a long weekend. Phew.

As part of my effort to showcase more of my everyday, simple, packable food, I wanted to give you a glimpse into today’s lunchbox. Before I do that, however, it’s my duty to tell you that strawberries and apples make for one fantastic smoothie. No, they’re not a standard pair, and I wasn’t actually planning on blending them up until I realized this morning that they were the only fruits in my house. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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That’s a mix of a gala apple, strawberries, avocado, chia seed gel (basically, chia seeds soaked in water to make a gel, rather than straight from the bag), almond milk, and spinach. Fantastic. I enjoyed this over morning studies.

On Fridays, I head to campus for lecture and typically stay until the science library closes, so it’s a packed lunch and snack day for sure. Today, I got to include some recent gifts and current favorite products into my meal!

A few days ago, I received a care package from a former client (and friend) who is also a frequent CR commenter. She had heard me mention that I love savory snacks (I think bars and fruit are easiest and most portable, but do crave something salty once in a while), so she sent me a few of the savory snacks she likes most from the UK, which is where she lives. So I guess I should say “savoury”.

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Those are tasty mung bean chips, along with roasted nuts from The Food Doctor (love the name!). I really enjoyed all three of them (the mixed nuts, the chips, and the soy nuts). She also sent me a chocolate bar with hemp, which I polished off so quickly that I totally forgot to save it for a photo/review. Oops. Next time.

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It occurred to me that the soy beans would make a great salad or pasta topper; fitting, given that we’re all about roast chickpeas here lately! Today, I packed up a mixture of spiralized zucchini and kale, and I topped it with the roasted soy beans and some of Dreena Burton’s DJ’s hummus dressing, to which I added extra tahini!

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Extra veggies on the side, for crunching throughout the day! As well as some Flackers crackers. I’ve been on the quest to perfect baked flax crackers of my own lately, and I’m getting closer, but right now I’m taking inspiration from Dr. Allison Levitt and her fantastic, crunchy, flax seed snacks. Funny my beans were from a company called “the food doctor”; Allison’s brand is “Doctor in the Kitchen.” I guess the idea of letting food be thy medicine is more and more popular these days.

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For afternoon snackage, I had a banana and a snack bar from Caleb’s company, Bearded Brothers! I love these guys, and have reviewed their snack bars in the past.

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This was a gift from the lovely Hannah, who is visiting DC and charming me half to death. I’ll recap our lunches on Sunday.

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Tasty, easy, and portable vegan eats. Of course, any crackers and any snack bars will do; I’ve just been lucky to receive some excellent food presents lately.

Speaking of lucky, I’m so grateful for so many great remarks on Tuesday’s post. There was so much rich commentary that I’d actually like to circle back to a few of the themes that emerged. If you haven’t checked the post out, I definitely encourage you to.

And that, friends, is that. Happy long weekend!

xo

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Jackie October 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Where did you get that awesome tupperware?

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Gena October 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

It’s an eco friendly, collapsible lunchbox from Smart Planet!

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Nikki October 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Very cute lunch box and I love the idea of the roasted soy beans on the zucc pasta.

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Hannah October 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Not if you charm me first!

P.S. I would happily go back in time to steal your lunch from today for tomorrow, just so you know. But I’m sure our cafe will be *almost* as lovely. x

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Alex @ Raw Recovery October 6, 2012 at 1:05 am

I’ve been wanting to make “vegetable pasta” like your spiralized zuchinni since I started reading your blog back in 2010 and I still haven’t gone out there and picked up a spiralizer yet! That’s on my to-do list now because that lunch looks really good.

Good luck with your studies! I’m going to be in the UK next week so now I’m going to keep an eye out for those snacks!

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Claire October 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

You can make a version of zucchini pasta (wide, thin strips) with just a vegetable peeler if you don’t have a spiralizer. That’s what I do!

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Linda-Marie October 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

I have a spiralizer but use my veggie peeler anyway because it’s less to clean up :)

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Heidi kokborg October 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

Your breakfast smoothie looks absolutely yummy! :) I have to go buy some spinach and make it myself!

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Abby October 6, 2012 at 7:41 am

I obviously need to reevaluate my friendships, as no one has ever sent me anything half that delicious ;)

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GetSkinnyGoVegan October 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thanks for sharing how EASY it is to pack vegan and healthy!! There are SO many packaged treats out there now-it is easier to be vegan these days but harder to be a healthy vegan as now there are maybe “too” many choices. As old school, we just didn’t have all those options, so we kind of were stuck with whole grains, basic food stuffs like grains, legumes, tofus & tempehs, fruits & veggies & nuts & seeds, ya know?? I am thrilled that there are V’s on so much stuff now-for the animals, for sure!!!!! But if peeps are wanting to really get healthy, they still have to read labels :(((((( But happy that there are still great companies out there making packable stuffs. AND for stuff like zucchini pastas, which are cheaper, easier, and healthier than gluten free pastas!! So simple!!!!

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Fiona Young October 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Thank you for some awesome ideas! I am going to try strawberries and apples together in a smoothie now. Also I love the idea of combing zucchini and shredded kale in a salad. And I just bought that cookbook from Dreena (based off the review you did on it) and I can’t wait to try that dressing! Thanks! I love these posts! They are awesome! I just live simple ideas like pairing two things that don’t normally go together.

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Lou October 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Oh yay, Hannah! Can’t wait to hear what you gals got up to (and ate, of course!) – you have lovely friends to send you such goodies :)

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Lou October 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Ha, my comment doesn’t make sense, does it? I mean, yay that you got to meet Hannah ( hooray for fellow Aussies – and lovely ones at that!)

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The Delicate Place October 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

i am the queen of savory snacks…have you seen the kale trips at trader joes? yes please AND at a fraction of the price at whole foods. i do make my own but sometimes it’s just great to have someone do it for you ;p

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy October 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

what a perfect lunch!

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Vegan Gypsy October 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

That looks so delicious, almost makes me want to go back to work so I can copy it! :)

I have been wanting a spiralizer, what brand would you recommend?

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Jade October 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Is the energy bar really the size of the banana, or is that just a tiny banana?

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Caleb October 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hey Gena, thanks for the mention on our bars! Those mug beans and roasted chickpeas sound awesome! Hope you are doing well!

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