To anyone out there who is looking to save some money, we have got the ultimate hack for you when you are looking to fly, some awesome meals that you can make at home at take on the plane.
This achieves a number of purposes, first of all plane food is often crap, second of all this way you can better manage your diet and finally, it means you can eat when you are hungry rather than waiting to be told when it is meal time. There is a risk with some meals that they may get sweaty or distasteful in the gap between home and plane, so here are some suggestions on what you could make, that will survive that time.
Cheese and Crackers
The crackers are dry so you run no risk of them going soft or off during the wait, and the cheese, if vac packed, will not get sweaty at all. This is a lovely little snack which you can easily make and pack, just don’t forget to vac pack the cheese otherwise it’ll stink the plane up.
Protein bombs are an epic way to fill up on energy and fill the stomach, without taking on too much by way of volume. There are a number of ways that you can make these and my faves are using dates, oatmeal, peanut butter, flaxseed and linseed, bash them altogether in a bowl, add some chocolate if you like and then let them harden in the fridge, delicious snacks which fill you up.
I love some raw veggies and the beauty is that even if they warm up slightly as you go through the airport, by the time you get on the plane the air will cool them down again. Chop up some carrots, peppers, cucumber and celery, whack them in a tupperware box and add some hummus to another container, perfect.
A really cool trick for pasta is to make some ahead of time, freeze it, and then place it in an airtight container with some kitchen towel at the base, and begin to thaw it an hour or so before your flight. I would advise adding the sauce before you thaw, and a nice pesto is a great choice for a mid-air meal.
Rice not only travels really well and tastes great cold, but you can apply the same rules that you have to the pasta around freezing. Add some light spices with some peas, lentils and courgettes, and enjoy a tasty snack mid-air.
Chicken Cous Cous is a great dish for mid-flight, it is not only tasty but it is also light, which won’t make you feel bloated. Again you can prepare this ahead of time and then freeze and thaw ready for your trip.
You can take some dry foods with you like instant ramen and then ask the flight crew for some hot water. If they get a bit snooty with you then you can always tell them that you have a medical condition which commands that you get hot water for ramen right now, or something to that tune!