Any ideas for packing own vegan food to take for holidays or travel in general?
- MrsJTW Dec 9, 2013 05:13 PM
I will probably have to make an appearance at the in-laws' for Christmas. There is never enough food for me to eat, let alone for the hubby who is not vegan. This is a problem even when it is not a holiday. I feel kind of rude taking food just for myself, but if I have enough money to make something where there's enough for everybody if they so desire, that would be fine. I hate just packing sandwiches or pasta salad. It's even worse taking nothing with me or trying to shop at a store near our destination where I usually end up with a frozen Amy's dinner or something similar that is definitely not enough. Any ideas for vegan food I can make & pack for going to see family for Christmas or just travel in general? The more simple & inexpensive the better. Thank you!!
For that particular meal i would eat a large snack beforehand, smile and keep the peace, and then enjoy a generous dessert.....
For travel in general i have too much experience there......(!) some tried and true basics:
- individual baggies of quick oatmeal with chia seeds or protein powder and dried fruit, just add hot water
- homemade granola
- nut butter packets for carry on and/or jar for checked luggage
- roasted chickpeas, corn nuts, or those fried fava beans
- clif bars (whole foods gives a 10%discount per box, came out to about $1/bar), great with a smear of nut butter too
- the cups of instant soups with noodles, cant remember the brand....
- homemade larabar balls
- dried fruits
- dk chocolate bars or dk choco nuts
- primal strips vegan jerkey (amazon has it for a good price)
Its hard to tell if you're traveling far to the in-laws, if not a gracious solve could be to volunteer to contribute a dish to share and bring a lasagna, veggie/potato pot pie (with phyllo top) or shepards pie, a bean/quinoa/veggie salad, or brownies/cookies/dessert.
But use your judgement on the politics of the situation.... They could be offended vs appreciative.
If they seem resistant to the idea of you bringing a dish then you can always pretend you "just made too much" of your favorite quick bread/cookies/spiced nuts/ snack mix/granola etc that you bring with so there is something nibble worthy in the house. Otherwise you may have to get by with clif bars and nuts stashed in your handbag..... Which sucks, but probably not as much as family drama can.
They aren't resistant or anything. If they acted like that I honestly wouldn't go at all. I don't want to commit any etiquette faux pas, but I mostly need ideas on what travels well. Money has been tight & I live in a rural area so many more exotic ingredients are out. I'd like to take something relatively nice to share in case there is a sit-down dinner, but need sustenance for the rest of the trip, too. I usually end up doing Clif Bars, peanut butter sandwiches and have packed a pasta salad I made before. It just doesn't seem substantial enough & I always feel hungry & weak. I was just sort of looking to see if anyone else had any different things they might pack when in the same situation. I think if I have a plan it will ease some of the anxiety I already feel during holidays. Thank you for your input! =)
Sweet potato pate would be great holiday appetizer that everybody would like and the ingredients is not too expensive.
here's the recipe.
Tate's zesty Italian meatballs, cook them in favorite marinara sauce, add little extra garlic powder until they're warm. Put toothpicks in them to serve. I sprinkle Redstar nutritional yeast on mine, so yummy
For the road trip, you want something different, how about fakn bacon tempeh sandwiches. It's cheaper to make the tempeh yourself than buy pre-made fakn bacon. Here's the how too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw_ho...
Thank you for those ideas! The meatballs sound especially good to me! I don't think I'll try the tempeh for this particular trip, but I would love to try my hand at making it. Thanks for the video! I tried making seitan once so far & it was a complete disaster & inedible. Would be great to master both!
My go-to meals involve lots of beans... they are filling and cheap. They travel well. Use them in a dip like hummus, or a bean salad (I have a lentil, apple and currant salad everyone loves) or try something like a soup or stew, if they will break out the bowls for you. Raw kale salads also travel really well but aren't filling unless you add a protein source.