10 Meals to Pack for Your Next Flight

updated Dec 17, 2019
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Are you planning a trip this summer? Perhaps taking advantage of some of the cheap airfare deals to Europe? This past February, Norwegian Airlines announced $69 flights to Europe from select destinations in the United States. And just this morning, I was reading that Latvian airline Primera Air will be offering flights to Europe for as low as $99 each way.

What’s the catch? Well, everything costs extra, including the food. That’s nothing new, you might say, but consider this: A “premium beef meal” on Primera Air will cost you $45, while a “cold breakfast” is roughly $15. We’re not 100 percent sure what either of these offerings entail, but we’re pretty sure we’d be better off making and packing our own food.

From a bright and lemony pasta that will add some zip to your flight to frittata breakfast sandwiches, here are 10 homemade meals to bring on your next flight.

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This lemony pasta promises to be a bright spot on your next flight. To make it even more travel-friendly, swap out the spaghetti for smaller shapes, like elbow macaroni or orecchiette.

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Easy, healthy, and filling, this make-ahead lunch recipe with crisp and colorful bell pepper and onions, toasted walnuts, fragrant herbs, and a sweet, tangy dressing to pull it all together is also ideal for the plane.

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The dressing for this soba noodle salad, made with miso, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil, is an umami bomb (i.e., just the thing when you’re cruising at 35,000 feet). The recipe calls for asparagus, but you could sub in whatever vegetables are in season (or whatever’s in your crisper).

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More of a template than a recipe, this salad is meant to clear the refrigerator. Start with hardy greens that won’t be a wilted mess by the time you’re settled into your seat, and add leftover veggies, grains, nuts or seeds, and some frozen fruit to keep things cool and add a bit of sweetness.

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Whether you’re hopping on a morning flight or thinking breakfast for dinner (always a good idea), this quinoa bowl is loaded with nutrition and flavor.

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These muffins start with a mix of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour for a hearty texture that makes them feel wholesome. It’s balanced by a swirl of tart and tangy sour cherries and chopped dark chocolate for just the right amount of sweetness without going overboard. Your seat-mates will definitely be jealous.

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The beauty of these breakfast sandwiches is that they’re made with frittata — which means they’re more portable and a lot less messy than ones made with a runny egg.

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These baked oatmeal cups are hearty, portable, and infinitely adaptable. And, since this recipe is pretty basic, we bet you have everything you need to make them in your kitchen right now.

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This no-lettuce salad with veggies and cumin-lime dressing is more entertaining than the latest summer blockbuster.

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10. Avocado Toast

If you’ve got an early morning flight, an avocado sandwich is one of the easiest and tastiest meals to bring with you. Make two slices of toast, smoosh avocado onto both, sprinkle with sea salt, and sandwich them together. Wrapped in a paper towel, this breakfast can be easily tucked into a bag for later nibbling.