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Annabel Karmel: Meals on Wheels – Tips For Feeding When Traveling

Nov 19 2010 - 7:00am

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post written by Annabel Karmel [1], the British children's chef and kiddie cookbook author. This week Annabel shares some travel-friendly recipes just in time for the holidays!

As all parents know, travelling with children requires a lot of organization and it doesn’t matter if you are going away for an afternoon or a week, you end up packing for every eventuality! Travelling is much easier if you are prepared, which means always having some sort of food with you, as there is nothing worse than a hungry child and no store in sight.

If you have a young baby who is starting on solids there are several fantastic fruits and vegetables that do not need cooking. Banana, peach, mango, and avocado are all ideal, and all you need is a knife, fork and a bowl to make nutritious purees. All of these have their own protective case and will not spoil without being refrigerated.

When travelling, it is important to have child size portions that are easy to eat and that make as little mess as possible. Keep food simple – finger food is the easiest option. Chopped carrot, sandwiches and wholemeal muffins are examples of foods that are easy to eat. You can always use a mini ice pack or freezer gel pack to ensure food is kept at the correct temperature.

Finger Picking Chicken Balls

Grated apple adds delicious flavor to these chicken balls [2] that can be eaten hot or cold – perfect finger food for road trips.

Spanish Omelette

Spanish omelettes are good eaten hot or cold. You could cook this for your own supper and then wrap a piece up in foil and take on the plane with you the next day.

Power Packed Oat Bars

These delicious flapjack type bars [3] are packed full of nutritious ingredients. Oats provide long lasting energy as the fiber in oats slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of iron and zinc and sunflower seeds are rich in vitamins E and B. Dried apricots are one of nature’s great health foods and they are rich in beta carotene and iron. They are good for lunchboxes, or on the road, and much healthier than what you buy at the grocery store – many of those cereal bars are not particularly healthy.

You can buy Golden Syrup in Whole Foods. You can substitute light corn syrup but it doesn’t taste as good.

Chicken Wrap

Wraps are a great alternative to sandwiches and neater too – folding them in on the bottom keeps food tightly enclosed in the wrap. These Chicken Reubens [4] pack in the protein to keep kids' energy up during a long trip.

Maple Squash Muffins

These muffins [5] are deliciously gooey – but not so messy that they can't be eaten on the road!


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