Are you looking for new packed lunch ideas?! Turns out I’m kind of a pro lunch packer and I’m planning on sharing some of my packed lunch ideas here for anyone who needs some lunch inspiration! I usually make 2 different lunches each week, then switch it up the following week to keep things interesting. Last week it was just brussel sprout salad (I went out to eat twice because it was my boss’ birthday one day and I was out volunteering another day) with yogurt parfaits on the side. I keep the salad pretty simple so it’s easy to throw together the night before. I bought two bags of brussel sprouts from Trader Joes, blueberries, and roasted, salted pecans. I also made the dressing, which is explained in the recipe card below.
First, prepare your dressing and set that aside. Then, boil about 3 cups of water while you rinse the brussel sprouts in a strainer. When the water is boiling, blanch the brussel sprouts for 1 min. Next, transfer them back to the strainer and rinse them with cold water for about 30 seconds. They should be noticeably greener than before you cooked them.
Next, slice each brussel sprout lengthwise, then chop into slices like this:
If you like your brussel sprouts thinly shredded, you can use a mandolin slicer, but I find it much easier and faster to chop them into courser pieces. Toss the brussel sprouts with your hands to separate the leaves. Then add them to your to go container (I have a salad container I found at homegoods that has a separate compartment for the dressing and the nuts/croutons so they don’t get soft.) Top the brussel sprout leaves with blueberries.
This is about half the bag of brussel sprouts- it looks like less once it’s in my container. Next, add the nuts and the dressing to the separate compartments, or keep them in different containers so nothing gets soggy.
I put the remaining sliced brussel sprouts in a container in the fridge to use the next day. And that’s it! Pretty simple. And it’s healthy and delish! I’ve also added grilled chicken in the past to make it more filling. Bacon or Turkey bacon would also be a really good protein add.