A while ago I wrote the ultimate vegan guide to eating anywhere when you’re on the road. And in that article I promised a list of travel-friendly recipes for when you have access to a kitchen and are able to cook your own meals. Well, here it finally is!
I am not including really simple things like sandwiches and smoothies as that doesn’t require much cooking and is largely covered in my vegan survival kit. Instead, here are some very simple low prep meals that can be prepared quickly and with minimal effort. Included below is a shopping list (spoiler alert!) for your first trip to the nearest supermarket.
- Tomato sauce
- Instant noodles
- Frozen vegetable mix
- Nacho chips
So here it goes:
A total no-brainer, pasta is the saviour for anyone who needs a quick, delicious and nutritious meal. Cook the pasta, add the sauce and you are good to go. For the sauce, you can’t go wrong with the classic- a plain tomato sauce. You can buy ready-made sauces or a plain tomato sauce which you can season with salt and some Mediterranean herbs like basil or oregano.
Another great and quick pasta sauce is an avocado pesto. You take 2-3 ripe avocados (depending on how many people you are cooking for), lemon or lime juice, and a pinch of salt and mash them all together with a fork until you get a creamy pesto-like sauce.
2. Ramen noodle soup
I know instant ramen noodles have a bad rap, but I must say that they are a true friend to the traveler. They are cheap, insanely easy and quick to make, and most importantly, they are very nourishing and soothing when you mostly eat dry food on the go.
Everything is already prepared and you just mix the flavour packet, noodles and add water and you have delicious warm soup. Take a look at the ingredient list in the store- there are many flavors and some like chicken are accidentally vegan!
3. Nacho chips and dip
Possibly the easiest meal of the bunch, but don’t let it fool you. Chips and dip can be more than just a TV snack. Besides the regular guacamole or hummus (which are great on their own), you can also mix a more hearty protein-packed dip.
Take some tomato sauce or pre-made pasta sauce, mix it with some canned black beans, add some spice and you will have a great dip that will fill you up. And of course, you can get nacho chips at any larger supermarket.
4. Tofu stir-fry
One of my favourite meals is also a great travel meal because it’s quick and delicious. Buy some frozen veggie mix, cube a block of tofu and throw everything in a heated pan with a little bit of oil on high heat. Stir it up, cook for about 15 minutes on high until everything is nice and crispy and enjoy!
5. Quinoa salad
Quinoa salad is such a great quick, easy and healthy meal. Unlike other beans or grains, it’s cooked quickly, you don’t need to soak it like rice or lentils. You can cook a batch of it at the beginning of your trip and can be eaten immediately seasoned with a little soy sauce, or left to cool to make a delicious cold quinoa salad, perfect for a hot summer day. Add some cubed cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, or any other veggies you love, add some salt, finish it all off with a dollop (or two!) of hummus and combine. Let it set in a fridge for a while (if you can wait that long), and then enjoy!
And that concludes my list of travel-friendly vegan recipes! What are your favourite quick meals? Let me know in the comments!