Festive lunchbox – The Food Medic

One to make for lunch when you’re powering through those last few days of work or school or university before breaking for the holidays. Falafel inspired balls with a fresh and crunchy slaw salad and sweet cranberry relish. Colourful, nutritious, delicious, and screams Christmas [without being a full-blown roast dinner!]


  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 180g chestnuts
  • 2 heaped tbsp gram flour or plain flour
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp of dried rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 15 brussels sprouts, sliced/shaved
  • 80g pomegranate seeds
  • 1 large parsnip, peeled and cut into coins
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into coins
  • 1/4 red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • Bag of rocket/lettuce leaves
  • 100g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


[1] Preheat oven to 180ºc and begin by making the falafels. 

[2] Add the chickpeas and chestnuts to the blender and blend until large crumbs are formed.

[3] Empty into a bowl and add the flour, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and olive oil.

[4] Combine well and form 12 balls (weighing approx. 40g each) from the mixture. Place on a lined baking tray.

[5] On another lined baking tray scatted the parsnip and carrot coins and drizzle with oil.

[6] Place both trays into the oven for 25 minutes.

[7] Meanwhile prepare the cranberry relish by adding the diced red onion and balsamic vinegar, garlic and a pinch of salt to a saucepan on a medium heat.

[8] Sauté for 5 minutes before adding the cranberries.

[9] Turn the heat down and simmer for a further 15 minutes gently crushing the cranberries to your desired texture. 

[10] Prepare the sprout salad by combining the sliced/shaved brussels, cooked parsnips and carrots, red cabbage, maple syrup and pomegranate seeds.

[11] Line your lunchbox with some rocket or lettuce of choice, then add the falafels, brussel sprout salad and a dollop of the cranberry relish. Some extra pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top is a nice addition to finish. Enjoy!

Festive lunchbox was last modified: December 8th, 2022 by Luce Hosier

Festive lunchbox was last modified: December 8th, 2022 by Luce Hosier

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