My Vegan Lunch Box

No, I’m not a vegan (not even close) but I am a big fan of  the Vegan Lunchbox blog by Jennifer McCann. Jennifer, makes these extremely elaborate vegan lunches for her son and then blogs about them.  Right now she is having “fill in the blanks” contest where she asked her readers to submit their own vegan lunchbox.  This is my entry.
I am not a food photographer but it looks good doesn’t it ?

This is what’s in it.

Whole wheat Pita Pockets from trader Joe’s filled with plain and tomato basil hummus. (I also bought  basil hummus but when I got home I was disappointed to discover that it was NOT vegan.) Yellow bell pepper, carrot sticks, and cucumber with Vegan Tzatziki dipping sauce. Dsc_0309

Quinoa salad with plum tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley and a lime and olive oil dressing. Blueberries and strawberries for dessert.


This Quinoa (pronounced KEE-wah)salad is seriously delicious! I got the recipe from Hayven. I know a lot of people are not that familiar with Quiona, it is a South American grain that is very high in protein. You cook it like rice though it must be washed first. (Yes, I know a lot of people wash their rice too but they shouldn’t).

Here are the recipes



2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp white pepper

1 average jalapeño pepper(s), minced

1/2 tsp table salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinse well, follow instructions on box for cooking (I use my rice cooker)
1/2 cup cucumber(s), diced

1/2 cup Roma tomato, cup, diced (I used plum tomatoes)

1/4 cup parsley, Italian, minced
1/4 cup scallion(s), use mostly white only

1/4 cup fresh mint, cup, diced


Cook Quinoa, drain and let cool. Mix together oil, lime juice and pepper
and add mix together with other ingredients.

Vegan Tzatziki


  • 2 cups plain soy yogurt
  • 2 cucumbers, diced small (it helps if you have a Kitchen Aid slicer attachment)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • dash salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


Mix together all ingredients. Chill for at least an hour before serving to allow flavors to mingle.

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  1. Oh, this sounds delicious!
    I was at the Atlanta airport over the weekend and stopped into a vegan cafe for lunch. I too am not vegan, but do enjoy a vegan meal every once in a while.
    the salad looked really close to the one you posted, but now I know what it actually was perhaps? he/he.

  2. Cara

    goodness sake, you just made me FAMISHED!

  3. I am about as far from vegan as you can get (we raise beef cattle), but that food looks pretty yummy!

  4. As always Emily, you’re awesome! Yay guinoa (you should try Brooke’s yummy quinoa and black bean salad). This meal looks amazing…when can we come over for lunch? 🙂