Making a lunch that hits all the right spots is exactly what you will accomplish with this Healthy Mexican Lunch Box recipe. It includes a creamy salsa verde dressing, homemade guacamole, seasoned beans, rice, fresh salad greens and sliced tomatoes. Even with multiple components to this tasty lunch box, it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to prepare. Find these Awesome To-Go Boxes on Bentgo.com by clicking here
I like to cook my rice in a rice cooker ahead of time since rice stays well in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make all the other components the night before and they will stay fresh in your Bentgo Lunch Box overnight. Remember to use the avocado trick shared below plus keep your greens fresh by waiting to add the dressing just before you eat!
Kids will love digging into this lunch box too! Just reduce or omit the bean seasonings for a kid-friendly version.
1 can pinto beans, drained
1/4 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup pepper, chopped (red or green)
1/8 tsp. cumin powder
1/8 tsp. chili powder
Chili flakes – a couple shakes
*Cayenne – one shake (optional)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 cup of your favorite dry rice (I use a mixture of basmati and red rice)
2 cups water (or amount directed on package)
1 ripe Hass avocado
1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 small clove garlic, minced
Creamy Salsa Verde Dressing
2/3 cup cashews (raw, unsalted, and unsoaked)
4 tbsp. salsa verde (I like the kind at Trader Joe’s)
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
3 cups salad greens
1 sliced ripe tomato
Keeping your avocado and guacamole fresh is all in the pit. That’s right the PIT! Don’t throw it out, it is what will keep you guacamole and avocado fresh.
How to: Make your guacamole, setting aside the pit. Once your guacamole is made, if you are putting it directly into your Bentgo Lunch Box, then place your pit in the middle of the guacamole. Remove the pit when you eat. If you are using half an avocado, always keep the unused half with the pit and it will stay fresh.
*Cayenne is very hot and spicy, add if you like a kick but be cautious with the amount.