Nourishing Gourmet Travel Food

We are all headed out today on a trip. Elena is thrilled to be going on a plane again, Joel and I will be thrilled when we get there (motion sickness, anyone?).  I usually don’t have time to make a lot of food for our trip, but let’s face it, airport food can be about as bad as it gets.

And expensive.

So this time we decided to put our budget towards high quality, nutrient rich food to bring along with us. I am so happy that we did, because we have some delicious food to bring with us! Because I was low on time, I decided to keep things simple.

Pictured above is our lunch plan, homemade biscuits , Organic  Air Dried Beef (very nutrient rich and so yummy), and organic grapes. How’s that for a simple, nourishing, gourmet plane meal?!

Dinner is going to be flat iron pastured beef (bought pre-made from New Seasons which is where I bought the air dried beef) which is delicious cold,  more biscuits,  organic cucumber slices and carrots.


Snacks include (for plane ride and for destination):

Delicious Honey Nut Bars
Raw cheese
Go Raw “cookies” ( a special treat)
Dried apples and Roasted Plantain chips from Trader Jo’s.
Carrot sticks
Leftover Cold Pancakes (we’re weird, but we like cold pancakes).
Any leftover snacks can be used while we are on the rest of our trip. I think we will be well fed!

So that’s what we are bringing on this trip. Now, how about you? What do you like to bring on trips? Have any nourishing tips for the rest of us? (I will be “around” on my blog here and there, but won’t be as available to answer questions this week).

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  1. says

    Harddboiled eggs, cheese, crispy nuts, and fresh fruit and veggies are our go-to travel snacks. We like cold pancakes too, never thought to bring them along!

  2. says

    Egg Cups- basically mini crustless quiches made in muffin cups. I like to make them with some veggies and bits of ham or bacon. I need a lot of protein, so these work great for early morning flights.

  3. Rachelle says

    Looks delicious, and I bet even if the beef, raw cheese and raw cookies were a bit expensive, you will still come out ahead of airport food–last time I flew we paid $8 for a pre-made wrapped turkey sandwich (which didn’t even taste good)!

  4. says

    I love cold pancakes with peanut butter. Pita bread, peanut butter, and trail mix is usually what I bring along on any trip. I also usually make muffins for car trips.

  5. Kimberly Duffy says

    We just got back from a church retreat. I had brought all the food the girls and I ate for the week while my husband and the rest of our group ate cafeteria food. Shudder.
    We brought lots of crispy nuts, Alvaredo street sprouted tortillas, fruit, dehydrated veggies from my garden (you just stick them in a cup with some really hot water and let them sit for ten minutes) and lots of homemade unhomoginized butter from pastured cows. We also brought larabars. They are expensive but filling and so good.

  6. says

    Lara Bars are a definite snack food I always bring along on trips. Just fruit and nuts put together in a little bar. Not completely inexpensive, but not bad at all.

    Post a recipe for air-dried beef please! I’d love to make some.

  7. Heidi M. says

    Growing up my family went on a lot of road trips, and the resulting recipe that my mom invented are what I now call “road trip sandwiches”. Get tortillas, spread with cream cheese (or a nut butter of your choosing), evenly sprinkle small or chopped dried fruits to your liking, perhaps some chopped nuts too, and fold it in half, squeezing gently to make it all stick together. Raisins, cream cheese, and cinnamon was a really good one, but the dried olives and fresh chives was pretty good too…cashews were also a popular choice…use your imagination! There’s no mess, no dishes, and no growling bellies. 🙂

  8. says

    Tortilla espanola (Spanish potato and onion omelet) holds together well for traveling and traditionally can be eaten hot or cold. Alone or inside a crust roll, it’s frugal and tasty for trips.

    I recently experimented with BBQ chicken pockets. I rolled out my pizza crust recipe, cut it into squares, filled it with a mixture of shredded chicken and roasted peppers in BBQ sauce, sealed each pocket, and baked. I’m sure you could create other fillings that would be good served cold as well.

  9. says

    I usually pack dried fruit, nuts, some raw recipe, but if you’re looking for something filling to stand toe to toe with that junky airport food that tempts you, try scotch eggs. Boil eggs, then form a case of raw sausage meat around it. Roll in cracker crumbs, & bake for a while. I’m sure you can get specifics just googling scotch egg recipe.

  10. Leesie Bruzzo says

    What a great idea! Looks really appetizing and gourmet-like to me Kimi, and hats off to everyone for all the tips here.

    Safe trip and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

  11. Tammy says

    Sounds good! I am interested in where you get the organic air dried beef. That sounds great but I did a search for it and couldn’t find any. Thanks!

  12. Jeannie says

    My husband & I like to take day trips down the coast and we always bring our own food. Some of our favorites are (cold) broiled chicken thighs or my husband makes beef jerky, roasted veggies like onions, asparagus, zucchini, peppers etc all roasted with olive oil, garlic & sea salt (great cold). We also like (cold) steamed artichokes dipped in an olive oil, garlic & lemon sauce. We enjoy soaked nuts, and of late we are crazy about cherries. I have been dehydrating cookies to satisfy that sweet craving, and another sweet treat is dark chocolate. A thermos of hot water and a few different types of tea bags and we are good to go.

  13. KimiHarris says

    Great Ideas everyone! Keep them coming!

    Air dried beef, or bresaola, is just lovely. I didn’t make it, though it would be interesting to find out how to do it yourself (especially as it’s very expensive!). I bought mine at New Seasons Market. Stores that center on Italian customers will also have it.

    And YES! Although I bought expensive items for our trip, like organic bresaola and raw cheese, we still saved money compared to what we would have paid at airports!

  14. Beth says

    This post is perfect timing for me! My husband and I are driving over 30 hours in the next several days, and I was in need of some good travel food ideas. I soaked the ingredietns for your homemade crackers and fluffy whole wheat biscuits last night and will bake them this morning. Boiled eggs, granola, and apples will round out the menu. Thank you everyone for all of the good ideas.

    Your blog was mentioned to me by a good friend and former college roommate, and I have been enjoying many of the recipes for the last couple of months. Thank you for all of your research and ideas which are helping me and my husband as we work to transition to a nourishing, traditional diet.

  15. Julie H. says

    We are packing up tonight to head out tomorrow on a weekend getaway. I have the big cooler pulled out and plan on filling it with organic milk, peaches, cherries, apples, grapes, and celery (w/little PB cups and raisins to dip in). We also have fresh from the garden: tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. I made up two batches of whole wheat pizza dough to take along for dinner when we get there. We plan to cook the whole time we are there. I am also bringing along ingredients for multigrain pancakes and some of our locally raised pork sausage along with some Zucchini-Pineapple bread that I previously baked and froze. We, too, have a bag of those plantain chips from TJ’s….mmmmmm.

    Love the ideas!

  16. Leesie says

    Kimi, what particular *brand* of the bresaola did you purchase?

    Bob Delgrosso over at A Hunger Artist ( hand makes the stuff and sells it out of a farm in Pennsylvania (for all you east coasters) (oh, and just to “warn” you – he is a very CoLorFul! character, but a sweetheart and a great blogger! 😉 Also, Michael Ruhlman ( is the author of a book called Charcuterie ( all about smoking, curing and salting!

    I hope you are enjoying your vacation!

  17. says

    Great ideas! I really want to try making air dried beef for me upcoming adventures. Do you have a recipe? Thanks so much for your fantastic posts.

  18. Veronica says

    I would love to hear any recipes, tips, and/or advice on making beef jerky without nitrates and MSG! I love making my own jerky, but I haven’t in a while because I can’t seem to find healthy cure recipes and methods. I’ve been using the icky pre-mixed jerky seasoning/cure packages but I’m looking everywhere for a healthier method.

  19. says

    That homemade beef jerky recipe to avoid nitrates and msg looks good. I made an incredible smoked Alaskan wild salmon WITHOUT A SMOKER, on my regular grill! It doesn’t have the nitrites or all the salt of commercially prepared smoked salmon and it even freezes well. I got this simple recipe from a food and nutrition website, http://www.healthy-gourmet.0rg. I’ve been enjoying it for breakfast on a homemade bialy or bagel with peppered goat cheese, onion and tomato.

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