Snacks on a Plane

The husband has to do some traveling for work.

Whenever he leaves for extended periods of time

he gets extremely protective and has to make sure

every single thing in the house

is completely in order.

Even if it doesn’t make sense.

For example,

I now have 14 tubes of toothpaste

(should I be offended?)

a list of 10 emergency numbers

(Is 911 not sufficient?)

two  snow blowers

(one for each time it actually snows in Delaware?)

and a six-inch knife in my bedside table.

(WTF?!?!?!)

Professor Plum didn’t actually tell me there was a dagger in the nightstand.

No.

I found it while innocently rooting around for a bookmark.

I nearly sliced my finger off.

Well, that’s safe.

Even though husband has a very, um, disturbing definition of care taking,

the gesture was very sweet.

Luckily, my phalanges are still in tact and I could make husband some snacks for the extremely long flight ahead of him.

Vegan snacks are perfect for long trips because you don’t have to worry about spoilage like you do with meat, egg, and dairy products.

Since I know husband probably won’t eat a vegetable until I see him again, I was sure to load up his snacks with as many nutritious foods as possible.

Carrots and chickpeas get together to make a smashing new hummus sandwich topped with an Asian inspired purple cabbage slaw.

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Carrot Hummus Sandwich with Cabbage Slaw

To make hummus:

5 oz. baby carrots (about 1 cup)

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Microwave carrots with 1/2 cup water for about five minutes or until very soft.

In a blender or food processor, add chickpeas, carrots (reserve the water) sesame oil, cumin, lemon juice, and garlic powder.

If mixture is too thick, add some reserved water from the carrots until desired consistency.

Transfer to a small bowl.

To make slaw:

2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage

1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Mix cabbage, red pepper, and cilantro in a medium-sized bowl.

Whisk together remaining ingredients.

  Toss gently.

As a safety precaution of my own, I’ll give you directions for assembly.

As if you didn’t know how to put a sandwich together.

To assemble:

Choose your bread

Layer it with baby spinach

I recommend a hearty whole grain bread to stand up to the filling in this sandwich. Hubby is super lame and wanted a white whole wheat sandwich thin.

Add a mound of carrot hummus

 Top with the cabbage slaw

And finish it with another slice of bread.

Makes six sandwiches

I don’t know what it is about flying, but it seems to suck all the energy right out of you.

To keep blood sugar stable and satisfy a sweet tooth, snack on some healthy PB & J energy bites.

There are only three ingredients in these bites so make each ingredient count!

Raisins are naturally sweet and have no added sugars like other dried fruits.

Your peanut butter should contain peanuts and maybe some salt. Nothing else.

 I used Uncle Sam’s Wheat berry Flakes with Flaxseed for the cereal. It has awesome crunch but any whole grain flake cereal should do. Just watch out for added sugars!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup ground flaked wheat cereal

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until thick paste forms. Remove and shape into balls. Roll in crushed cereal, ground peanuts, or coconut flakes.

Since husband likes to assert his male dominance by randomly leaving weaponry around the house, I thought I would help recapture his innocence by packing the snacks in a cute littler container.

With a nauseatingly mushy note

Even though hubby is gone, the bed will be nice and toasty because I don’t plan on bringing a knife to the gun fight.

I’m packin’ heat.

Right after I get done packing lunch.

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