Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
I recently enjoyed a fairly healthy (I think) dinner on United that I want to recommend here. If you’re looking for something light and tasty, try the lentil chili.
Generally, I find it nearly impossible to mess up pasta on an airplane. If it comes out a little al dente, perfect. If it overcooked, it’s probably going to be a tasty pasta bake. I’ll still order chicken or fish, but more and more I am ordering pasta.
On a United flight a few months back, however, there was no pasta option. And I was ticked…at least at first. I still opted to take the vegetarian choice, described as:
Roasted garlic polenta, sautéed spinach
I don’t know about you, but “lentil chili” doesn’t sound very appetizing to me. But it arrived in a bowl and turned out to be quite tasty.
The dish is a bit bland; I added salt and pepper. It’s also not spicy at all. But the mix of polenta, spinach, and lentils made for a nice combo. Very delicious, in fact, in that healthy sense in which it leaves you feeling good, not bad.
It’s not a filling dish, though. I was happy to see the dessert cart roll up and enjoyed a nice sundae to top off the meal…so much for eating healthy.