It’s always good to know what people find challenging. I love it when people ask me questions about their journey eating a plant-based diet. And these make for great blog post. Today, I received a question on my Facebook page about plant-based on-the-go meal ideas,
“My husband and I just started this way of life yesterday and are having trouble coming up with some easy take to work or on the go foods. Can you please give us some ideas for on the go meals as my husband is driving for work all day?”
Wow, Lindsay and her husband are REALLY newcomers! Good for her for reaching out and making it happen.
Here’s what I came up with and I’m sure there are more ideas. Some are easier than others… Truth is, it can take a little more work when you are making your own food. Once you have a full pantry and a repertoire of ideas, it’ll be a breeze.
Plant-based on-the-go meals ideas
Since you’re new to eating a plant-based diet, you should think about what you would have typically eaten and remove the meat and dairy. Not everything works, but often it does.
- Leftovers are great to have for a meal the next day so think about that when you make dinner. Invest in some containers and/or a thermos for hot food. Lasagna, quinoa bowls, spaghetti, beefless stew, soups or chili would all be yummy. If you need a way to heat it up, the folks over at plantpurenation.com have a personal portable warming oven that might help.
- Salad jars are another easy, on-the-go meal that can be prepared the night before. Dressing and heavy items go on the bottom, leave room to shake when ready to eat. Here’s a how-to on making salad jars.
- If you’re just starting on a plant-based diet are you eating meat alternatives like deli slices? You can use these to make sandwiches or, instead, make your own chickpea salad or veggie sandwich. Jarred roasted peppers, cucumbers and hummus make a great one. See other sandwich options on my site here: https://www.plantbasedcooking.com/recipes/sandwiches/
Hummus is a winner
- Hummus with veggies and crackers can make an easy on-the-go meal. My hummus formula will give you lots of variations. Purchase tahini and use it along with chickpeas in many different versions of this yummy dish.
- Hummus is also good in a tortilla or lettuce wrap along with deli meat or slivered veggies plus avocado and sprouts.
- Keep baked potatoes or baked potato wedges on hand and eat with catsup or homemade tofu cashew sour cream. It’s better than you might think. I also like salad dressing on my potatoes. Heat oven to 425° and lay your cut potato wedges on their sides. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little nutritional yeast, if you like. Bake for 15 minutes and check, turning over any that are browned on one side.
- Pasta salad: Macaroni Salad, Pasta with Spinach Pesto
- Veggie pizza…. yum. It’s even good cold.
- Of course, don’t forget fresh fruit and slices veggies. A great dip to go with them helps!
- A handful of nuts has protein and fat which helps fill you up. An ounce or two per day is very good for you!
I hope this gives you a few ideas for eating on the go.