Lindsay’s Lunchbox #13

Happy Friday, my friends! We made it through another week.

Check out these cute oilcloth lunch bags from Martha Stewart:

And who wouldn’t want to carry their lunch to work in one of these?!

Yes, I’m still five years old at heart :)

If you’re new to Lindsay’s Lunchbox, it’s a weekly feature on my blog where I post a few healthy lunch ideas. In addition, I ask readers to send me pics of things they ate for lunch this week. I compile them all into these posts, thus providing everyone reading with a one-stop shop for lunchtime inspiration! Did you eat something great for lunch this week? Next time, snap a picture and email it to me at!

Here’s your ideas for this week:

1. Roasted Peas
Probably one of my top 3 favorite snacks to munch on of all time. Roasted chickpeas have been a fav for a while now…but this week I added split peas to the mix and it was a BRILLIANT move. I roasted them separately and then combined them. For the chickpeas, drain, rinse and pat dry. Spray with olive oil, season with curry powder, paprika and cayenne pepper and roast at 400 degrees until crunchy! For the split peas, cook according to package directions, then spray, season and roast the same way! Combine when cooled and munch to your heart’s content!

2. Quinoa Bowls
Cooking a batch of quinoa on the weekend was the best decision I made this week. Having it already cooked makes it so easy to throw lunches and dinner together quickly. This week I’m loving quinoa topped with roasted veggies and fresh mozzarella cheese! Mix it up and try fresh veggies, or add your favorite dressing for some extra flavor.

I’ve been all about veggie bowls this week. I also enjoyed one with orzo and sauteed veggies, topped with roasted sweet potato!

3.Flatbread Pizza
I turned my last bit of whole wheat dough into a thin crust/flatbread type crust for a couple of personal pizzas. I wasn’t sure it would work out since it was supposed to be bread dough and i was trying to make pizza crust, but I gave it a whirl. I focused on rolling it out really thin, so one spot got a bit burned, but i was cutting it in half anyways so i just cut around that part! Top with tomato sauce, chicken and veggies! I spiced this one up by adding shaved asparagus!!! The crust turned out great- crispy and delicious. It was a big hit with the hubby.

Reader Submissions:

Kelli sent me a picture of her power salad!!
“Mixed greens with Tomato, Broccoli, Radishes, Yellow Pepper, Red Onion, Cucumber and Parmesan & Panko Crusted Baked Chicken Breast”

Alicia at AliGirl Cooks! sent me a great post on changing up her regular lunchtime salads.
Check out some of these beauties…then head on over to Alicia’s blog to see the ingredients!

Thanks for the submissions, ladies!!! And keep the ideas coming everybody :)


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I must be five years old, too, because I’m seriously considering finding and buying that owl lunchbox.
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Pretty in Pink Lemonade

  2. Oh my gosh, i’m in love with those zoo animal lunch bags!
    What a great idea for a weekly post, i’ll have to send you a picture and take part some time soon :)
    PS: i used your idea and added peas to my weekly roasted chick peas batch and they were delicious!
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  3. Thanks for featuring my blog post! Love the Martha Stewart bags!
    Alicia at AliGirl Cooks recently posted..Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  4. Ohmygosh YUM! These are all fabulous ideas! =)
    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday Link Party 10 Double Digits!

  5. This reminds me.. I really need to make roasted chickpeas again soon! I haven’t made them in ages. Yum!
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  6. Mmm… I love flatbread pizza!
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  7. True story – I’ve made some of those Martha Stewart lunch bags. They are cute in real life, too.

    What great lunch ideas! I never thought to put split peas in my roasted chickpeas. How smart!
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  8. If I could have a slice of that flat bread with anyone of those beautiful salads right now, I’d be a happy woman!
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  9. the owl lunchbox is too cute! :) i want to buy that for my future daughter….!
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  10. Yum, I must make a veggie bowl ASAP! And i’m totally down with an owl lunch box :).
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