Winter is well and truly upon us and the temperatures have dropped. In the season of ugg boots and hot chocolates, no one really feels like a light salad, and it can be difficult to find lunch options that are both comforting and healthy. That’s why we’re loving the book LUNCH by Olivia Mack McCool, which provides not only satisfying, nutrient-packed and delicious options, but also meal planning and prepping tips that will save you pennies as well as time. Below we’ve shared one of our favourite recipes from LUNCH as well as some lunch box options that are both practical and stylish.
Tomato and Chickpea Stew
Makes 2 Servings
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
¼ cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, ground
1 400ml can diced tomatoes
1½ cups chicken stock
2½ cups chickpeas
Zest of ½ lemon
Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.Add the shallot, garlic, and carrot. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until everything starts to soften. Add the raisins, tomato paste, salt, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin seeds and stir to combine.
Add the tomatoes, stock, and chickpeas and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often, until some of the liquid has evaporated and the stew has thickened. When stirring, mash a few of the chickpeas on the side of the pot, which will help thicken the stew.
Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon zest. Season to taste. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Here at Crisp we have a number of lunch box options that are perfect for bringing your lunch from home, or picking up takeaway from your favourite restaurant or cafe. For the stew, we’d recommend either the super-stylish Ceramic Lunch Bowl from Porter, which is microwave friendly and airtight, or the insulated lunch box from Monbento, which will keep your meals hot for up to five hours.
Visit our website for our full range of lunch boxes and lunch accessories. In the meantime we hope you feel inspired for a week of healthy, warm lunches ahead.
x Team Crisp