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 Post subject: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:23 pm 
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Help me! I'm getting ready to drive cross country here in the next couple of weeks en route to our new home in L.A. and need some ideas about delish vegan food that we can pack in a cooler so we can a) save money and b) not have to resort to eating endless tubes of peanuts and other easily accessible gas station crepe. After day #3 we're staying with family and will be well-fed, so its just ideas for stuff for three meals and snacks for three days... So far our list includes trail mix, hard veggies like carrots, and hummus. But, we could use some more ideas for healthy fare that will keep us nimble at the wheel. We're driving from Chicago to California so there's a lot of NOT vegan friendly on the way. I'd also love rec's for vegan places in St. Louis, Tulsa, and Dallas if you have them :)

Thank you, thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:36 pm 
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I get quite far on bananas and Oreo cookies.

Tortilla chips and salsa dip can also work, and I like salted cashewnuts.

There might not be anything available in gas stations, but I usually find a super walmart that's open 24/7 and get my supply there. (these supermarkets are often close to a highway or main road)

If you're hungry, canned beans (unheated) work pretty good too, so carry a decent can-opener and a set of utensils.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:11 pm 
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In Tulsa, Yokozuna has good sushi and they have an AWESOME Whole Foods. They have a whole shelf of vegan cake and vegan buffalo chicken salad.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:18 pm 
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Homemade Larabars and lots of fruit.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:13 pm 
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On a recent trip I made a couple different types of homemade hummus (fat free vegan style), and brought veggies to dip it in. I also brought some bread and some PB and J, so I could either make PB and J sandwiches or veggies and hummus sandwiches. It provided plenty of sustenance and was pretty tasty.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:30 pm 
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There's a thread in the midwest forum in the square with a bunch of places in St Louis. My fave is Schlafly Bottleworks. You could check other threads in the square for other cities you'll be around...

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:32 pm 
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As another last resort on the road, Chipotle, Qdoba and Panera can be life-savers for fresh food on the go.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:23 am 
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kdub wrote:
As another last resort on the road, Chipotle, Qdoba and Panera can be life-savers for fresh food on the go.

Also Ruby Tuesday.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:34 am 
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Foodwise and portable, I like: -Seaweed snacks
Rice crackers
Homemade rice krispies treats
Apples

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:49 am 
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I just drove from MA to FL and back, and the biggest challenge was getting protein, as bread/pasta and vegetables seem to be what you can find most often. I liked having some Primal Strips, roasted chickpeas, some good substantial crackers (I like the seeded spelt ones from Doctor Kracker) with hummus or cashew cheese, and something to add to Subway sandwiches- like tofu salad or Tofurky.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:57 am 
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Here's a restaurant guide for Dallas http://dallasvegan.com/dining/by-vegan-scale. If you need suggestions for anywhere else in the area (Fort Worth, Arlington, other areas of North Texas), let me know.

I always like muffins when I travel because they feel special and are easy to eat.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:08 pm 
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The breakfast cookies from VCIYCJ are the bomb. Nice and hearty for breakfast on the road. I just made them last month for a couple of friends who were leaving on a road trip and they called to let me know they were so bummed when they finished them.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:13 pm 
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Veg milk and granola.
Couscous (cook with hot water at service station) or corn grits; make up some little containers with frozen vegetables, oil, and seasoning to add to them.
Peanut butter's also great for calories and protein on the road. With anything. Mix it with some lime and sriracha and soy for a dressing or dipping sauce.
Bring a veggie peeler and a some bread or wraps; you can easily slice veggies like carrots and cucumbers thinly with the peeler, tear up some pre-washed greens, and combine with hummus or baba ghanoush or guac for on-the-fly sandwiches.
Step up the live wrap action even more by pre-cooking some beans and rice and mixing them with guac and salsa and fresh vegetables as you go.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:10 pm 
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We did a road trip last month and are leaving again tomorrow. Last month: sandwiches, fruit, chips, larabars, and little baggies of veggies. This time: chikn fried tofu, sandwiches, trail mix, tons of fruits and veggies.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:36 pm 
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joyfulgirl wrote:
The breakfast cookies from VCIYCJ are the bomb. Nice and hearty for breakfast on the road. I just made them last month for a couple of friends who were leaving on a road trip and they called to let me know they were so bummed when they finished them.


OMG yes! I took these on a road trip to Scotland last year & they were SO awesome. I also like to take baked tofu, banana bread muffins, a loaf of bread, a jar of PB & some mini jars of jam (jelly!) for PB & J's, breadsticks & hummus and apples.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:13 pm 
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On long road trips I can only eat so many pb&j's or fast food and will crave veggies. I've had success making a tupperware of chopped salad (think cukes, brocc, cauliflower, carrots, chickpeas...) that I stuff into pocket pitas. Then I make a simple dressing that I pack into a squeeze bottle and dress the sandwiches. It isn't the MOST simple thing, but it's totally doable.

Also, just regular sandwiches with tofurkey and mustard. You can make a chick pea salad to keep on ice packs and spread on bread or crackers.

I've even packed leftovers. Soy curl enchiladas in little tupperwares pack really well, and I don't mind cold food.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:18 pm 
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-Hummus
-Baby carrots (and other munchable vegetables like cucumbers, celery, etc.)
-Packets of Justin's pb
-Individual servings of soymilk
-Cereal
-Tings (not exactly healthy, but I always crave salty stuff when I travel)
-Chopped salad (a big Tupperware container of chickpeas, quinoa, cilantro, roasted corn, etc.)

Luckily, the places we stopped at overnight had some sort of grocery store where we could restock on staples. You might also be surprised at what food you'll find in the unlikeliest places--I had the best Indian food in some small town in Washington.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:36 pm 
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I know I recommend this all the time on the PPK, but goddamit it's so good and convenient: [url="http://www.tastybite.com/"]Tasty Bite[/url]!

Also, you could try stuffing some chopped veggies (like cukes, tomatoes, lettuce etc.) in those Always Fresh Containers, keeping that in the cooler, and then just throwing together a veggie wrap or sandwich when you need it. Add some Tofurky slices if you like.

I imagine tabbouleh would keep pretty well in a cooler, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:19 am 
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Other filling stuff that travels well is granola (homemade or otherwise) and vegan jerky.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:55 am 
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Thanks for all the tips everyone! We're definitely still seeking a place to have dinner in Tulsa, but have Dallas and New Mexico all sorted out :) Unless you want me to take my grandparents to two vegan dinners in Dallas! We're already planning on the Spiral Diner.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:25 pm 
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What about chickpea salad, tofu salad, things like that? Protein and veggies on a sandwich, so it's pretty filling.


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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:44 pm 
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indexandicon wrote:
Thanks for all the tips everyone! We're definitely still seeking a place to have dinner in Tulsa, but have Dallas and New Mexico all sorted out :) Unless you want me to take my grandparents to two vegan dinners in Dallas! We're already planning on the Spiral Diner.



Where are you staying in NM?

Also, I recommend baking tofu and bringing it to add to Subway sandwiches.

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 Post subject: Re: Road Trip Food
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I don't have any specific recommendations, but I remember Tulsa being surprisingly vegan-friendly. But everything closed really early.


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