Part 2 - Your destination & eating in someone else's home
The first thing I do when I get off the plane is head for the nearest grocery store. If you can get to a Whole Foods that is even better but for the sake of this article, I'll talk about what you can get in an average grocery store in small town America.
In general, you probably won't be able to whip up fancy meals like you do at home and you probably won't have access to your usual appliances like rice cookers and Vita Mix blenders. I have every kitchen gadget known to man so I'm really working blind in someone else's kitchen!
You need to shop wisely and shop smart. You need to buy items that work together to create various meal components that are quick and easy.
I usually don't take trips that are more than 3 days and 2 nights so I'll do my grocery list based on my average trip. You'll need to adjust it accordingly.
First off, you can assume that the people you are visiting have normal condiments like ketchup, mustard, olive oil or canola oil, salt, pepper and basic spices plus a few pantry basics like peanut butter and old fashioned oatmeal but anything else you may need that is more exotic - you will need to buy.
Keep in mind that this is the time to buy the prepared and packaged items like pre-cut lettuce and pre-sliced mushrooms. Don't take over someone's kitchen completely by having to do prep work unless you are very comfortable doing so.
Here is my basic grocery haul for a trip:
grape or cherry tomatoes
bananas (they should be as ripe a you like them for immediate eating)
Tofurky deli slices
extra firm tofu
whole wheat bread
pre-cooked brown rice
plain corn chips
vegetarian refried beans
Bragg's amino acids or soy sauce
old fashioned oatmeal
Meals you can make:
oatmeal + diced banana + maple syrup = breakfast
oatmeal + peanut butter = breakfast
tofu + nutritional yeast + mushrooms + green onions = tofu scramble
kiwi + red grapefruit + grapes = breakfast
whole wheat toast + peanut butter = breakfast or snack
tortilla + peanut butter + banana = snack
black beans + brown rice + salsa + avocado = mexican rice bowl
tortilla + refried beans + salsa + nutritional yeast = burrito/taco
tortilla + Tofurky slices + shredded carrot + chopped tomatoes + lettuce + hummus = wrap
corn chips + hummus = snack
tortilla + tempeh or garbanzo salad (see recipe below) + avocado = wrap
whole wheat bread + mustard + Tofurky slices + vegenaise = sandwich
lettuce + assorted vegs + soy sauce + nutritional yeast = salad with salad dressing
mushrooms + green onion + zucchini + brown rice + tofu chunks + soy sauce + olive oil = stir fry
corn chips + refried beans or black beans + salsa + nutritional yeast = nachos
brown rice + cinnamon + maple syrup = dessert
grapes or a banana = portable snack
garbanzo bean salad (see recipe below) + whole wheat bread = sandwich
avocado (make guacamole) + corn chips = snack
apple + peanut butter = snack
hummus + veggies = snack
Tempeh Recipe Salad
My friend Morgan has this delicious recipe for tempeh salad. You can eat it straight out of the bowl or in a wrap or even on top of a salad. I make mine much more simple- the marinated/pan fried tempeh, shredded carrot, a little dill, a chopped green onion and a dollop of Vegenaise.
Garbanzo Salad Recipe
Much like a tuna salad, this garbanzo salad can be made with whatever you have. Mash up the garbanzos with some carrot, green onion, nutritional yeast, and a little Vegenaise or hummus and you have a sandwich and wrap filling and a salad topper.