FREE and Healthy Airplane Food: Quinoa Salad and Eggplant Sandwich

Okay, maybe this meal is not free. However, it is not overpriced, salty, and tasteless airplane food. Here’s one of my go-to meals when traveling. Yes, it does require some food prep, but your stomach will thank me later!

Salad Ingredients: 

  • cooked quinoa
  • kalamata olives
  • feta cheese 
  • sliced cucumber
  • grape tomatoes
  • shredded kale and/or spinach
  • fresh herb (your choice! I like basil or oregano)
  • sliced red bell pepper
  • lemon juice
  • extra virgin olive oil

Extras

  • baked eggplant slices
  • whole wheat lavash bread, tortilla, or pita

 

Make a little eggplant and salad sandwich on your whole grain!

  • bonus dressing for sandwhich – mix minced garlic and fresh basil with canola mayo

Essentials to Make This a Success

  1. Frozen ice pack  

    I like to freeze water inside of a food storage bag and use it as an ice pack. You can empty melted ice water as it melts during your travels. Plus, you can reuse the bag on your return trip. A frozen bag of water does NOT count as a liquid according to TSA. Tip: double bag it to eliminate excess condensation as your homemade ice pack melts.

  2. Insulated food bag

    This is an easy way to store your food and keep it chilled (and sanitary) while traveling. Note: Organic (raw) foods tend to trigger TSA systems. You might get pulled to the side and asked what’s in your bag. 

  3. Plastic fork and spoon
  4. Napkin
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Food storage bag or recyclable plastic container to store foods. 

Happy eating! 

And you’re welcome. 

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