Easy Vegetarian Mediterranean Meal Prep Lunches
We’ve been trying to get more creative with our lunch choices, and this week we’re trying out a ‘bento box’-style meal prep situation with some of our favorite Mediterranean flavors. We chose to include healthy, nutritious choices that also taste amazing together. If you’re really feeling it, you could make your own hummus and falafel, but we chose to purchase pre-made falafel and hummus at Trader Joe’s because we love their versions so much – and let’s be honest, to keep meal prep Sunday as easy and no-cook as possible.
Mediterranean Meal Prep Bento Box
Prep time: 20 minutes (not counting 3 hour yogurt strain)
Servings: 6 lunch-sized portions
1 tub of Mediterranean hummus – we love this one from Trader Joe’s
1 tub filled with your favorite olives
8 oz. light feta
3 whole wheat pita (cut in eighths)
1 bag of frozen falafel – we used the falafel from Trader Joe’s
7 oz. tabbouli – Trader Joe’s has a great one
*inspired by this recipe
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup cucumber (shredded with skin on)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tablespoon dill (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
Strain Greek yogurt using a cheesecloth or paper towel for 3 hours to remove unnecessary moisture.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the cucumber (shredded). Let the cucumber sit in a cheesecloth or paper towels for a few minutes to remove the moisture, and then wring out more of the moisture.
Mix the strained Greek yogurt, de-moisturized cucumber, dill, garlic, and lemon together.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Use a spoon or ice cream scoop to divide tzatziki, hummus, and tabbouli between six glass meal prep containers.
Add in as many olives as you desire – we did a spoonful. We used olives with pits, but will be using pitted olives for future lunches for ease.
Cut feta into cubes and add to container.
Cook frozen falafel (in oven or microwave) and place 1-2 in each container.
Cut pita bread into eighths and place 3-4 in each container. Essentially you’ll have 1/2 or less of pita bread per serving.
Let us know if you have any ideas for what else to include or swap out in these Mediterranean lunch boxes! And as always, we promote enjoying the cooking process with a fun beverage – kombucha, glass of wine, beer, sparkling water – you name it!
If you’re looking for more great recipes, check out our favorite vegetarian tortilla soup and tempeh chipotle wraps! And if you’d like more ideas for lunches you can easily meal prep over the weekend, check out our four favorite meal prep recipes here.