I recently heard a really funny story where my friends mom was staying at the Holiday Inn in Iowa. Her Holiday Inn happened to look out onto a corn field. Her mom, being the frugal (and very creative) lady that she is, saw this as the perfect opportunity for a free dinner. She snuck into this corn field, sneakily pulled out some corn husks and brought them back to her hotel room. She washed them in the bathroom sink and stuck them in the microwave. Voila, she had a free meal of corn on the cob in the comfort of her hotel room. 


That's a bit EXTREME but it got me thinking, what would be some good recipes while traveling? I just got back from a recent trip to Europe and one of the biggest things I noticed is how rich the food is. Maybe it's my weak LA stomach but spending a week eating-out gives me instant heartburn, bloating and love handles. Super gross. 



The beauty of Airbnbs is that they have KITCHENS. Oh wondrous architectural creations! I know what you're thinking, you're traveling... you're on vacation, your time is limited... You Don't. Want. To. Cook... and I GET IT. 


In the case that you do have a super sensitive stomach... (and a budget), you should just trust me on this one and give it a whirl. Here is a quick little grocery list of items you can pick up on day 1 and store them in your fridge. Whenever you need a little break from your rich traveling treats, try making one of these easy, healthy, gluten free recipes from the comfort of your own Airbnb.  


(And just to note, these recipes feed 2 people so if you're traveling solo, you'll have leftovers! Yaaaaayyyyyy!) 



2 Good Sized Chicken Breasts 

Salad Leaves (whatever kind you like/can find)

2 Tomatoes

1 Cucumber 

1 Lemon

1 Onion 

1 Bell Pepper 



Greek Yogurt

1 Small Carton of Eggs




Your AirBnb Might Have these Already: 

Olive Oil

White Vinegar 

Salt & Pepper 


RECIPE #1: Chicken Salad With Homemade Dressing 


1 Chicken Breast

2 Handfuls of Salad leaves (whatever you like/whatever you find at the store)

1 Tomato

1/2 Cucumber 

1/2 Lemon


Healthy Ranch Dressing:

1/2 Cup Greak Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Dill 

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Pinch of Salt / Pepper


Alternate Dressing:

2 Tablespoons Chopped Onion

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 

1/2 Tablespoon White Wine or Apple Cider Vinegar

Pinch of Salt / Pepper



  1. Cut your lemon in half and store the other half for another day

  2. Squeeze the lemon over your chicken breast and drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper. 

  3. While your chicken marinates for a quick minute, roughly chop your leaves if needed. Add in your veggies like your tomato and half of the cucumber

  4. Heat a skillet and fry the chicken breast

  5. While your chicken is cooking, make the dressing. For the Ranch Dressing, once you have roughly cut the dill, add in all your ingredients to taste. For the Alternate Dressing, just make sure your onion is finely chopped and then combine wall of the ingredients

  6. Once your chicken is fully cooked (about 10 minutes each side) cut it in half, one half for you and one for your friend

  7. Assemble your salad and drizzle with the dressing of your choice 


RECIPE #2: Healing Rice Bowl


1 Cup Brown or White Rice 

1/2 Lemon 

Healthy Handful of Broccoli 

1 Avocado

2 Eggs 

1 Tablespoon Chopped Cilantro

Pinch of Salt / Pepper



  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil

  2. Stir in rice and salt and bring it down to a simmer. Simmer the rice for about 16-18 minutes or until all water is absorbed

  3. While the rice is cooking, place your chopped broccoli into a bowl filled with a little bit of water. Microwave for 3-5 minutes or until broccoli is the soft enough

  4. Bring your 2 eggs to a boil in a separate pot. For soft-boiled eggs, remove from heat after 1 minute. Otherwise, let them cook for 3 minutes

  5. Once your rice is done, divide it between 2 bowls

  6. Throw in your broccoli 

  7. Cut your avocado in half and give each bowl 1/2 avocado

  8. Cut each egg in half and distribute evenly among bowls

  9. Season with your finely chopped cilantro, lemon juice and salt & pepper


RECIPE #3: Quinoa Grain Salad


1 Cup Quinoa 

1 Tomato 

1/2 Cucumber 

1/2 Lemon 

1 Tablespoon Cilantro

2 Eggs  

Pinch of Salt / Pepper



  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil

  2. Stir in quinoa and salt and bring it down to a simmer. Simmer the rice for about 15-20 minutes or until all water is absorbed

  3. While the quinoa is cooking, bring 2 eggs to boil in a separate pot. For soft-boiled eggs, remove from heat after 1 minute. Otherwise, let them cook for 3 minutes

  4. Chop your tomato, cucumber and cilantro

  5. Once your quinoa is done, throw in your chopped tomato, cucumber and cilantro

  6. Season with lemon juice, salt & pepper

  7. Give it a mix and distribute among 2 bowls

  8. Top each bowl with 1 egg cut in half


RECIPE #4: Chicken Fajitas


1 Bell Pepper 

1 Tomato 

1 Chicken Breast

1/2 Onion 

Pinch of Salt / Pepper



  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350

  2. Chop up all of your veggies and chicken breast into strips

  3. Throw all of your veggies onto a baking sheet

  4. Throw the Chicken strips on top of your veggies

  5. Season with salt & pepper 

  6. Put everything into the oven for 20-30 minutes or until chicken looks golden brown. The juices from the chicken will moisten the veggies and make your dish super yummy and tender


P.S. You can eat the remaining eggs and Greek yogurt for breakfasts.


And that's it! Whether you make these while traveling or before your travels, I hope you enjoy. Share your creations on Instagram and be sure to tag me @darinainwanderlust. Happy cooking! 





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