It is not always easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle when travelling, especially when it comes to the kinds of food we may be tempted with along the way. Being away from home, access to all the necessary culinary tools if staying in a hostel or hotel or even a stove if camping, is not always certain. To make it easier to dine on some delicious meals that will save money and maintain healthy eating while travelling, we asked some of our favorite bloggers across Europe and experts in the field for their best tips and simple recipes.
Starters and Snacks
Hummus Crostinis with Marinated Olives
A delicious and classic starter, it can also be easily served as an appetiser or evening snack.
- To prepare, you just need black olives, hummus, bread and paprika.
- Let the olives soak in some olive oil and thyme, then spread the hummus on the bread and add the paprika. Serve the olives on the bread or on the side.
- Without the bread or substituting it with veggies or rice cakes, the recipe can also be enjoyed gluten free.
Recipe from Lost In Cupcakes.
Stuffed Aubergine Ratatouille Boats
This recipe is deliciously healthy and easy to make, and is a great way to get your veggies in while on the go.
- You just need three ingredients for this simple delight: canned tomatoes, peppers and aubergine.
- Slice the aubergine and top with a mix of tomatoes and sliced peppers.
- Put the stuffed boats in the oven and cook to bring out all the rich flavours.
- Serve them on their own or with a side of rice – besides being super healthy, it is also gluten–free!
Recipe from Veggie Me Happy.
Energy Bars – Photo by Eerlijker Eten
Simply the perfect snack, these bars are an extremely healthy way of boosting your energy – whether it be while exploring the city or hiking in the mountains.
- You need cranberries, dates and almonds.
- Pulse the dates and blueberries in a blender and then mix them with almonds.
- Lay the mixture into bars and put everything in the oven.
- Once roasted, put the bar or bars in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to cool, and then you’ll have your energy reserves ready!
- The bars are suitable for those with gluten intolerance.
Recipe from Eerlijker Eten.
This is a very quick and tasty recipe that is served best fresh and warm.
- You will need a courgette, an egg, 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour, two cloves of garlic and some parsley.
- Start by mixing the egg with parsley and garlic, then whisk everything and set aside.
- Grate the courgette and mix in the whisked mix and add the flour.
- Fry the resulting mix in dollops and voilà!
- You can pair this delicious vegetarian treat with a number of sauces including a garlic yoghurt sauce.
Recipe from Arborio.
Burritos are a delicious way to fill up on energy and vegetables. Opting for a ‘bowl’ instead of a traditional burrito makes this recipe even easier.
- For this classic vegetarian burrito, you’ll need rice, beans, peppers and tomatoes.
- Heat the mixture and serve in a bowl and topped with cheese.
- Make up a large portion and reheat the leftovers with some added spices for multiple meals!
Recipe from Amuse Your Bouche.
Cajun Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers
These burgers are completely vegan and seriously delicious!
- To prepare, you will need a sweet potato, spinach, black beans and porridge oats.
- Add some Cajun spices to the mix to enhance the flavor of these delicious veggie burgers.
- The burgers have no wheat or gluten in them, and when served sans bun (without a bun) make for a great gluten–free option.
Recipe from Tinned Tomatoes.
Baked Mushrooms with Cheese
This recipe looks decadent but is also surprisingly easy to prepare.
- The recipe calls for mushrooms, cheese (any kind of your choosing), onion, parsley and olive oil.
- Remove the stems of the mushrooms and fill with cheese.
- Add a little salt to the cap before putting them in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and sauté the parsley, chopped onion and mushrooms stems mixture.
- Top the mushrooms with the sauté mixture when you take them out of the oven.
- This recipe is gluten–free.
Recipe from Edalite.ru
Couscous with Herbs, Chives and Goat Cheese
A fresh, quick and easy dish to make that conjures up great middle eastern flavours.
- To prepare this dish, grab rosemary, sage and thyme.
- Put the couscous in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, throw boiling water and leave it covered for 10 minutes.
- Chop the herbs, chives, a little tomato, goat cheese, and some grated lemon zest and mix with the couscous.
Recipe from Coffee & Mattarello.
Green Bean, Chickpea and Goat Cheese Salad
This is a perfect recipe if you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking, and is also perfect to take on a picnic.
- Mix the main ingredients of green beans, chickpeas and some goat cheese with a bit of chopped onion and some olive oil.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and Bon appétit!
- This salad is another excellent gluten-free option.
Recipe from Gourmicom.
Spanish ‘Tortilla” Omelette with Onion and Courgette
- You need 3 or 4 potatoes, 4 eggs, 1 courgette, olive oil and an onion.
- Beat the eggs and chop all the ingredients.
- Cook the whole mix in a hot pan for a delicious and protein boosting meal. It is also gluten-free!
Recipe from Cocina de andar por casa.
This traditional Italian dish is perfect for seafood lovers and is also versatile, as it can be prepared with rice, couscous or croutons. Do not be afraid to prepare the calamari, it is actually fairly easy!
- Apart from the calamari, you need peeled tomatoes, garlic, parsley, olive oil and rosemary.
- Clean and cut the calamari in circle.
- In a pan of oil put the garlic, parsley, calamari and the chopped tomatoes.
- Cover the pan and fry over low heat for 30 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper and eccolo qua! Ready to eat.
Recipe from Chiediloalladani.
Fish – photo from: Arborio.ru
Tasty and healthy, this recipe requires only minimal effort.
- Ingredients include any fish (of your choice), 1 lemon, parsley, salt and black pepper.
- Clean the fish and season it with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper.
- Cut the lemon into pieces and put them inside the fish.
- Once ready, put in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
- This is another healthy and suitable dinner for those with gluten intolerances.
Recipe from Arborio.
Greek Style Blue and White Rice
- Cut your meat or fish of choice into pieces, and season as you like.
- Add the vegetables you have on hand, such as onions, olives, peppers or tomatoes, and fry everything in a pan.
- Meanwhile, boil the rice and when ready mix it all and with a bit of chopped feta cheese.
Recipe from Herzfutter.
Stir Fry Noodles
This dish can be found pre–cooked in just about any supermarket in the world, but it always healthier and usually tastier when made yourself.
- Get a pack of noodles, cook them while frying some chicken breast pieces.
- Remove chicken pieces and fry onion, ginger, garlic and pineapple for a minute.
- Add all the cooked noodles, plus a little pepper and soy sauce to complete this easy dish.
Recipe from Ichkoche.at
True, lobster may sound like an overly luxurious option for a backpacking trip, but this version is super easy to do and cheap!
- You can use crayfish lobster instead since it is easier to find in the supermarket.
- Other ingredients include rolls, mayonnaise, some salad and tomatoes.
- Garnish the rolls with the condiments as you like, then add the crayfish with a little pepper, salt and lemon.
Recipe from Culy.
One of our favourite summer choices, this salad includes easy-to-find ingredients for something quick, delicious and healthy.
- Combine ingredients such as strawberries, goat cheese and avocado.
- You can also add rocket, beans, bacon, almonds, olive oil and pepper for flavor.
- If strawberries are not in season, you can add another fruit or berry of your choice.
- This salad is gluten–free and can also be made vegetarian by leaving out the bacon.
Recipe from Eten-Volgens-Mij.
This simple dish can be cooked without using many kitchen tools or utensils. Its flavor is exotic, but the ingredients you‘ll find almost anywhere.
- You will need 8 chicken wings, garlic, onion, ginger, curry and coriander.
- For the sauce: yogurt, cucumber and cumin.
- This delicacy is suitable for those with gluten intolerances.
Tartines du dimanche soir with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
This French dish is perfect for those who lack access to a kitchen as the preparation involves almost no time or utensils.
- Smear some cream cheese onto bread and add the chopped salmon, rocket and some lemon if you like.
- It can be eaten as a starter or as a light dinner.
Recipe from Papilles & Pupilles.
Racliflette (Raclette+Tartiflette) with Chorizo
Perfect for winter travel, this hot dish is an easy way to warm up and fill up.
- Ingredients for this recipe include potatoes, chorizo and Raclette cheese.
- Put everything in a bowl and put it in the oven or a microwave.
- This filling recipe is also gluten free.
15 Minute Tuna Pasta
This steadfast dish is reinvented to prepare in the blink of an eye!
- Buy 400 grams of your favorite pasta, 3 or 4 tablespoons of pesto, 1 can of tuna in olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and pepper.
- Cook the pasta, then add everything else in the pan until browned.
- Top with a little grated cheese.
- The best thing about this dish is that it can be eaten either hot or cold!
Recipe from Kulinarne Podroze.
Appetising and simple – this dish always triumphs if you have access to a kitchen while away. If travelling in a group, this meal can feed several people as well as offer great leftover options like chicken salads or sandwiches.
- You’ll need a chicken about 1.5 kilos, a bottle of beer (or a can, which may be less likely to break), garlic and spices such as salt, pepper and paprika.
- For extra flavour, prepare and season the chicken the day before.
- Empty 1/3 of the beer and place it in the chicken, and cook the chicken in an oven as normal.
Recipe from Bernika.
Mascarpone Cups with Fresh Fruit
This is a very fresh and summery dessert that requires little preparation.
- For the cream, you’ll need creme fraiche, yoghurt, mascarpone cheese and milk.
- Beat everything together until it is perfectly smooth and creamy.
- Then make a syrup with red fruits to put on top.
- This sweet treat is suitable for those who are gluten-free and have a sweet tooth!
Recipe from La Guinda del Pastel.
These muffins double perfectly for dessert, and for breakfast. Making a big batch means you can also share some with new friends met while travelling.
- To make them you only need rapeseed oil, sugar, vanilla, flour, egg, yogurt, baking soda, vinegar and 250 grams of blueberries.
- Mix everything, put it in a muffin or cupcake pan
- Bake them in the oven for half an hour until they are golden and ready!
Recipe from Marta–Gotuje.
Feature image by Flicker: Jeff Kubina
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