Stuck for lunchbox ideas? Why not try this delicious, easy and child friendly Chickpea and Apricot Couscous Salad? It’s quick to make, full of nutrients and very easily adapted to your own family’s preferences.
And here it is:
Chickpea and Apricot Couscous Salad
- 300 g couscous (ideally wholewheat couscous, if you can get it)
- 450 g boiling water (or vegetable stock)
- 30 g Flora (choose dairy free Flora if you need this to be dairy free or vegan)
- 1 red onion diced finely
- 2 red peppers diced finely
- 2 small courgettes diced finely
- 2 x 400 g tin chickpeas drained
- 150 g dried apricots chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons harissa (optional, or to taste – be careful, some brands are rather fiery!)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped (optional)
- 100 g feta crumbled (optional, leave out if you need this to be dairy free or vegan)
- Place the couscous in a large bowl and pour over the boiling water. Cover with a plate and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the Flora in a frying pan and then add the onions, peppers and courgette. Fry for about 5 minutes until everything is nicely browned. Next add the chickpeas and apricots and stir everything together, then fry for 2 more minutes until the chickpeas and apricots are heated through.
- Next add the couscous and stir everything together. If you are making this for adventurous children / adults now is the time to add the harissa.
- Finally, Turn off the heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Scatter over some feta if this is something you and your kids enjoy and serve, or pack into plastic boxes and cool before putting this in the fridge until it is needed.
- Suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
More Lunchbox Inspiration
Need some more lunchbox inspiration? Here are 7 other Easy Peasy Foodie recipes that would make great healthy lunchbox fillers…
So how about you? How difficult do you find it to pack a healthy lunchbox for your child? (Or yourself for that matter!?)
Have you got any good ideas for making healthy lunchboxes? If so please do share them in the comment below – I’m sure we could all benefit!
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This post was produced in collaboration with Flora for the #FloraLunchbox Challenge. I was gifted the Flora and lunchbox for this challenge and I was compensated for my time.
Every Flora tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children. Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.