Lunchtime Brilliance

You may have noticed Lindsay’s Lunchbox has kinda fizzled out over the past few weeks….or maybe you haven’t…..

Either way, it’s been a combination of lack of creativity, lack of time, lack of time, oh and lack of time….but today I had a stroke of genius while packing my lunch for tomorrow and it was just too good not to share.

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that I finally had time to do some Sunday prep work this weekend. I roasted chickpeas to snack on, hard boiled some eggs and made sweet potato hummus (very similar to my Curried Sweet Potato Dip, except I experimented with chickpeas because I was out of plain Greek yogurt).

Speaking of being out of Greek yogurt, that’s exactly what brought upon this brilliant idea. I was in the mood for some tuna salad for lunch tomorrow and was just about to get to work making some, when I remembered my yogurt conundrum. I’ve kinda given up using mayo…but I reeeeealllly wanted that tuna salad.

*Cue brilliant moment: MIX THE HUMMUS WITH TUNA instead of greek yogurt or mayo…..BRILLIANT!*

If you are sufficiently unimpressed with this idea, it’s probably because you’re already doing it yourself. And in that case I say to you, “HELLO?! Why didn’t you fill me in?!”

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I took this idea a step further and spread some tuna/hummus salad on a whole wheat tortilla, added some bell peppers and a hard boiled egg and voila! Lunchtime rollups icon smile Lunchtime Brilliance

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Here’s another lovely lunch I made myself last week:

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Are we noticing a trend here???

Also, I can’t get over how pretty that avocado was. So perfect.

And finally, I even have a couple reader submissions to share with you.

These both come from Meg, a friend from college and a huge Bean supporter!
She says: ” It’s my last week of school so i figured i better send you some now or never. blank Lunchtime Brilliance The first one is my classic go-to lunch sandwich. As you can see, I use Annie’s Goddess dressing and cholula sauce, then a handful of spinach, chopped up bell peppers, and banana peppers on top. a lot of times i use cheese in there too.blank Lunchtime Brilliance It’s an awesome veggie sandwich and I always get comments on it at school. When the tomatoes get good I put those in too.”

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And then, her cinco de mayo treat! blank Lunchtime Brilliance “Whole wheat tortilla with hummus, black beans, spinach, bell peppers, pico de gallo, and of course cholula sauce.”

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Thanks for sharing!!! I’m loving your Cinco de Mayo treat icon smile Lunchtime Brilliance

So tell me, are you familiar with the tuna salad with hummus idea, or are you in awe of my brilliance icon wink Lunchtime Brilliance ?


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian 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. LOVE hummus, but not a tuna fan. I could easily substitute it for chicken though. Looks yummy!! Love your new design :)
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  2. You must please post recipe for sweet potato hummus. Yout photos are making me hungry!
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    • i was just kinda winging it this time, but i used 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed, 1/2 a roasted red pepper, 1 medium sweet potato, enough water to make it all blend together and then some spices (cayenne pepper, curry powder and paprika!) oh…and the juice of one lemon.

  3. I am in awe of your brilliance! [Seriously…for all the things I’ve mized with hummus…never done that.]
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  4. you know, i’ve eaten hummus on top of tuna/salmon salad in wraps/salads before, but i never made the tuna/salmon salad with hummus before! great idea friend! :)
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  5. I’m diggin’ the hummus and tuna idea. Add a bit of zest to life without the ooze of mayo – Love it!!
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  6. I’ve totally been missing your lunchbox series!!!!!!! Using the hummus in the tuna salad is a great idea. And your right, the avocado looks like perfection :)
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  7. I love tuna, but I always refrain from making tuna salad because mayo grosses me out like no other. I have NEVER thought of using greek yogurt instead. You are genius. But I already knew that :)
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  8. Wow–what a great idea! I’ve never done the hummus with tuna…it sounds amazing :)
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  9. Your blog is great; loving your recipes and this is such a great bite to eat for lunch or as a snack anytime…Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’m not a tuna fan but I have done an “egg salad” with hummus and LOVE it. It really is a great stand in and gives so much flavor.
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  11. I absolutely love tuna! I have done hummus with tuna but separately and not together. I love the combo. Well what’s not to love for me! :)

    PS – I have been MIA on my blog reading but I wanted to say that I love your new blog header/look. Fabulous darling!
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  12. What a great idea! I would have never thought of this on my own! Genius!
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  13. I’m vegetarian so I don’t know about the tuna, but it sounds right to me! I sure like hummus with most things. And the sweet potato hummus especially!
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