Cowboy Caviar Lunch Box


I made cowboy caviar last night for dinner.  My daughter begged me to stop eating so she could take some in her lunch box! I also made bbq chicken to serve on top. Everyone cleaned their plates!! This is a great dish to pack in lunch boxes, because it actually tastes better the next day!


I served it with gluten free flaxseed crackers. I also packed apple slices and my home made fruit leathers.


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Cowboy Caviar (vegan, gluten free)


Cowboy Caviar has been a favorite at my house for awhile. Not only is it a delicious appetizer, it also makes a great vegetarian main course meal! I pack my version with avocados for healthy fats, lots of tomatoes for our veggies, and 3 different kids of beans for lots of great plant protein! I always make a big batch because my hubby and kids love to have it for lunch the next day too!

I have a few ways I like to serve my cowboy caviar. When I serve it as an appetizer, I like to use organic blue corn chips. When I want a vegan meal, I just serve it with flaxseed crackers. My husband’s favorite is when I make bbq chicken to put on top! You really can’t go wrong!!

Make sure all your can goods are organic! My favorite brand of canned foods are Eden Foods and Trader Joes. They both do not line their cans with BPA.

Cowboy Caviar (vegan, gluten free)
  • 2 cups organic frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can organic kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatos, quartered
  • ⅔ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup organic olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  1. Begin by placing all the dressing ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the vegetables and beans.
  3. Pour the dressing over mixture, toss to coat.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Broccoli Almond Pesto Pasta Lunch Box


Last night I made one of my favorite pasta dishes, broccoli almond pesto. I make the pesto using a whole head of steamed broccoli and raw almonds. Both my kids, and my hubby, love it and ask for seconds! My daughter reports that it was even better the next day and she ate every bite! I also packed carrots and cucumbers with hummus, homemade fruit roll-ups, strawberries and grapes and an all natural yogurt tube. A great tip is to freeze the yogurt tubes so they keep cold til lunch!

All the information for my lunch packing essentials can be found in my back to school lunch box series launch post!


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