Everyone loves a good charcuterie board, why not make one for lunch? This Italian Inspired Grown-Up Lunchable Box features a collection of delicious bites; a savory box packed with protein, veggies, and a little something sweet. The flavors of Italy are represented in this box, featuring fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil, prosciutto di Parma, roasted red peppers, olives, and a breadstick. This lunch box is packed with nutrition. It’s fun to eat, easy to transport, and doesn’t require reheating. If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch option, here it is.
What’s in this Italian Inspired Grown-Up Lunchable Box?
This box is packed with flavor, texture, color and all different tastes. Each bite is better than the last, and you won’t get bored of this meal, I can promise you that! I took inspiration from the flavors of Italy here, and included the following:
- tomato, mozzarella, and basil skewers
- cracked pepper turkey rollups wrapped in prosciutto di Parma
- roasted red pepper hummus
- a sesame breadstick
- roasted red peppers and olives with balsamic vinegar
As always, you can use these ingredients as inspiration for your own Italian inspired lunch box, but I will show you exactly what I used for mine.
How do you prepare these grown-up lunchable boxes?
This recipe is for one box, so you can easily multiply the recipe to suit how many servings you would like to prepare. I made four servings, because it takes the same amount of time to prepare one box, as it does to prepare four or six for the week.
The ingredients will stay fresh all week because they are separated within the box; the wet peppers and olives with balsamic are contained in small glass containers I purchased from the dollar store, and the hummus is inside a cupcake liner to separate it from the other ingredients as well. You can pack the breadstick separately to prevent it from getting mushy in the fridge. Otherwise, you should be good to go!
All about the proteins used here
You’ll notice a traditional Italian meat is used here, prosciutto di Parma. I like using prosciutto di Parma because it is delicious, salty, and nutty in flavor. The Parma variety is also very macro-friendly, and for the brand I used, you can have two slices for under 60 calories and just 1 WW point. But, since I only used two slices per box, I bumped up the protein factor by adding in turkey breast.
For this recipe, I used Boar’s Head Cracked Pepper Turkey, because it is bursting with flavor, and doesn’t need any condiments in my opinion. Each box uses 4 ounces of this turkey. When wrapped with the prosciutto, it creates an even more interesting flavor profile. You get the yumminess from the prosciutto, but you stretch it out by using the turkey here. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Simply portion out 4 ounces of turkey, divide it into two rollups, and then wrap each rollup in one slice of prosciutto. Each box gets two rollups.
Making the tomato, mozzarella, and basil skewers
To make the skewers, I used wooden skewers, and I cut them to fit the length of the box used here. These are the pre-packaged mini mozzarella balls that come in a snack pack; each snack pack is 70 calories or 2 WW points. I love using these for my lunch bag, and they work perfectly here! Each package has three mozzarella balls.
To make the skewers, add a cherry tomato, followed by a mozzarella ball, and a basil leaf. Repeat this pattern until each skewer has three mozzarella balls.
The roasted red peppers, olives, and balsamic
For this recipe, I used roasted red peppers packed in water. Just chop them up into bite-sized pieces, and then add them to a container with some olives. Here, I used two olives per container. Then, add about 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar on top for some extra flavor.
The other ingredients
Nothing else in this box requires any assembly; simply portion out three dates per container, and one breadstick. These are the breadsticks I used, and they are only 40 calories each, or 1 WW point each. Portion out two tablespoons of the roasted red pepper hummus into each cupcake liner. The dates are delicious and so nutritious; even though dates technically have WW points (in the U.S.), they are technically fresh fruit, and most people do not count points for them (and that’s what I am choosing to do here!). Fresh figs would also work beautifully, but unfortunately they aren’t in season just yet. Maybe in a few months!
Italian Inspired Grown-Up Lunchable Box
- glass storage container
- glass or plastic bowl for pre-portioning, cupcake liner for portioning
- wooden skewer
- 4 oz cracked pepper turkey breast, Used: Boar's Head
- 2 slices prosciutto di Parma, Used: Boar's Head
- 2 tbsp roasted red pepper hummus, Used: Tribe
- 1 oz mini mozzarella balls, Used: Bel Gioioso snacking cheese pack
- 3 leaves basil
- 3 cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup roasted red peppers , packed in water
- 2-3 Kalamata olives
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 dates
- 1 breadstick, Used: Stella d'Oro sesame breadstick
- Divide the turkey into 2-two ounce portions.
- Roll up each portion, and then wrap one slice of prosciutto around each portion.
- Skewer one cherry tomato, one mozzarella ball, and one basil leaf (repeat three times until all ingredients are used).
- Chop the roasted red peppers and add them to a small glass bowl or portioning container with the olives.
- Add the balsamic vinegar on top.
- Portion out the hummus onto the cupcake liner.
- Arrange all ingredients, plus the dates and breadstick in the box as desired (you may leave the breadstick out and add before eating).
- 6 WW Points (green plan)
- 5 WW Points (blue and purple plans)
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