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?!”

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 :)

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

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. :) 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.:p 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.”

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

Thanks for sharing!!! I’m loving your Cinco de Mayo treat :)

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


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. 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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