I’ve officially started my 6 month trip and will be real-time blogging it.
I’m staying at a hostel here in Hawaii before moving into the sublet I found on craigslist next week.
I’ve only been in Hawaii for 2 days and already I’ve made two trips to Wholefoods. I like to eat well on the road but I don’t like to cook while traveling.
I thought I’d share the types of healthy vegan meals I make.
General Tips for Cooking in Hostel Kitchens
They keys to hostel food preparation are to find solutions that
– do not need too many pots, bowls etc.
– don’t require ingredients that go stale quickly (e.g., full loaves of bread)
– don’t require a lot of chopping (who wants to do that on vacation!)
– don’t require a freezer – unless your hostel has one – my current hostel has two giant fridges but no freezer.
Always check if your hostel has a freezer before you go shopping. If you do have freezer access, frozen vegan burritos such as Amy’s brand are an awesome choice. It’s a good idea to also check how full the fridge is before you go shopping as things won’t keep cool properly if the fridge is super full and/or being opened extremely frequently.
I always pack with me
So that I cam pump up the flavor of things I buy, I always pack
– garlic powder (found in the spice section at the supermarket. It’s 100% garlic)
– a bag of chilli flakes
So, back to my shopping trips.
My first day I bought
– a $2 pack of corn tortillas
– Daiya vegan cheese (grated)
– a couple of tomatoes
– From the Wholefoods salad bar, I loaded up a container full of cilantro, spring onions, and local tofu (not the disgusting stuff in long life packets. This tofu tasted like feta cheese. It was so delicious!)
From these ingredients I assembled tacos for lunch.
For dinner, I had tacos again but this time with a can of vegan chilli, another tomato, and the rest of my packet of Daiya.
I bought more of the tofu for dinner.
For lunch, I bought tofu egg-salad (as in no egg) from the Wholefoods salad bar. It’s made with vegenaise – one of the most delicious vegan products of all time (and for some inexplicable reason spelt vegenaise instead of veganaise).
They were out of cilantro at the salad bar so I had to buy a bunch.
I bought a mini wholegrain baguette and assembled a sandwich with spring onion, cilantro, tomato and eggless egg salad.