Happy Friday everyone! I hope this week has treated everyone well. I was planning on doing a post about my reserve block and getting called out for a 52 hour layover in Charlottetown, PEI but I got a little lazy once I got back to my apartment at 8:00 this morning. I swear I was going to go through my photos and make you all fall in love with Charlottetown but then my bed looked me straight in the eyes and said “hey, you look like you only slept 3 hours last night, we should hang out!” Since my bed kept me from what was going to be a productive blog day, I decided that I’m going to give you guys an easy post… a sneak peek into what one of my grocery hauls look like when I only have one day off between pairings!
I tend to go through phases when it comes to the food I bring with me on the road and right now I’m in a fish and brussels sprouts phase. My crew just loves me when I heat it up in the crew room and grace them all with that lovely combination of smells (no regrets). I always have frozen tilapia fillets in my freezer because it’s quick and easy to prepare and a nice change from chicken which I seem to eat alot of. Another staple in my freezer is frozen fruit. This is a favourite of mine because it’s hard to keep fresh fruit looking (and smelling) fresh on the road AND it also doubles as an ice pack in my lunch kit… win-win!
Here’s a look at what my haul consisted of today:
- Frozen fruit blend (I always switch this up but today they had strawberry/kiwi/banana and I couldn’t resist!)
- Frozen mango chunks
- Bag(?) of strawberry yogurt
- Dried cranberries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Roma tomatoes
- Baby carrots
- Spicy hummus
- Brussels sprouts
- Granny smith apples
- Mangoes (I really really like mangoes lately)
I never really used to have a plan when I decided to go grocery shopping. I used to just wander the aisles and put random stuff in my cart and then I would get home and realize I had no clue how any of these items would make a meal let alone make meals for 4 days of work. I have since grown into a little bit of an adult (go me!) I spend a lot of time on sites like Pinterest and PopSugar trying to find inspiration for recipes. If you ever wonder what flight attendants do with their layovers, that’s about it.
With the phase I’m in right now I’ll make my brussels sprouts with the frozen tilapia fillets and brown rice. I just toss my brussels sprouts in olive oil with some black pepper, garlic salt, and chili powder and then roast them in the over at 400º for about 30 minutes making sure to give them a little jiggle every so often.
This pairing I have a lot of later report times so I bought some spinach and roma tomatoes to make little egg cups for the morning to have with my oatmeal and frozen fruit. I think it’s really important to make sure you can enjoy some kind of hot breakfast while on the road because you can only rely on a breakfast that consists of a yogurt cup and a squished banana for so long.
I also bought some goodies to make my own simple trail mix. I like to have control over what is actually in my trail mix (I don’t trust those mystery cubes of squishy fruit like substance). I just toss together some almonds, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds to snack on during my flights. Are you starting to sense a pattern that I get snack-y on the plane? Good, me too. Another go to is hummus and veggies. I never ever get sick of hummus with carrots and cucumbers, it’s always in my lunch bag. Also, whenever the avocados at the grocery store are feeling like they’re having a good day, I take some home with me. Sometimes I chop them up in my salad and sometimes I just throw them in my lunch bag whole and when I get hungry during a flight I just cut one open and sprinkle it with black pepper and dive in. Alright, only one more snack I promise. Apples and peanut butter. I’m sure a lot of 5 year olds out there can agree with me that this is just a really damn good snack. This is my go to laying in bed in my hotel room binge watching Netflix before bed snack. It never disappoints.
That’s about all I have in my grocery haul this time. Nothing fancy or over the top. Just healthy enough food to bring with me on the road so I can eat as much pizza as I want on my days off. The whole package cost me about $50 and will last me a week or two before I have to do another big haul. If you guys have any recipe suggestions that are easy to take on the road with you, let me know!