In case you havn't heard, airline food has now officially become one of the worst things on the planet after sewing needles were found in some Delta sandwiches. By the time I was done trying to figure out what the heck happened here, I pretty much resolved to stop eating airline food, period.

What are my options, though, if I don't want to eat something that's potentially a hazard to my health (in more ways than one)? That's when I remembered my abuelita, who still will often bring her own food in a baggie instead of buying something in the airport or (gasp!) eating airplane food.

So I'm going to tak a page out of her book and start bringing my OWN sandwiches to the airport. And with recipes that give a Latin-twist to delicious sandwiches like the ones below, who could resist?!

Read more ¿Qué más? 3 easy, portable and healthy Latin lunch ideas for kids!

What's your favorite Latin-style sandwich? Will you be bringing one of these on your next trip? Share with us in the comments below!


5 Amazing Latin-style Sandwiches

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Image via Lil Sugar

Healthy Cuban Sandwich

Ingredients (Sandwich): 1 Multi-grain baguette, 2-ounces Yellow Mustard or to taste, 10 slices low-fat deli ham, 10 slices low-fat deli turkey marinated in Cuban Vinaigrette, 6 slices Swiss Cheese, 2 dill pickles, sliced thinly, 2 tsp low-fat mayonnaise. Ingredients (Cuban Vinaigrette): 2 tbs olive oil, Juice of 1 lemon, Salt and Pepper to taste, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp cumin

Toss turkey in Cuban Vinaigrette. Slice baguette lengthwise. Build sandwich with yellow mustard on bottom piece of bread, layering ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, and pickle. Cut the sandwich into 4 equal portions. Lightly spread low-fat mayonnaise on outside of bread then place sandwich in Panini maker or follow the instructions below to build your own. Cook 3-4 minutes in Panini maker or 3-4 minutes on each side in the "build-your-own" version until golden brown. Once golden brown, remove from Panini maker and slice sandwich diagonally.

Build your own Panini maker:
Using a large non-stick skillet for the base, heat the pan over medium-high heat. Place sandwich in pan. Top with a heavy cooking pot (or two medium sized pots) to weight the sandwich down. The weight of the heavy cooking vessels will provide the "press."

Recipe courtesy of Lil Sugar

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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Thanks for the recipe

The last time I flew they would have us to send carryon luggage thru x-ray to see if our carry luggage we were carrying on had food. Just in case x-ray missed they had dogs sniff us and our luggage. If any food they wood take it and then take you to head of security office. Never flew again. Bought a camper now we camp and not have to put up with all that junk.
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