In two short weeks, I'll be heading north for a retreat. Meals are provided - but not for me.
Now, for the last three months, lunch has consisted of peanut butter and jam on gluten-free bread (contains egg whites, so not entirely vegan). Repetition doesn't bother me. But seven meals in a row? That's a bit excessive.
So my brain's been storming, and I have a few ideas that might make my friends jealous. None of them require re-heating, so they're great for road trips or long work days.
Sushi. I made norimaki for the first time this week, and it was so easy, it might become regular fare. Apparently, moisture from the filling can make the nori difficult to chew, so wrap in plastic for optimum freshness and eat as soon as possible.
Tabbouleh. Quinoa is an excellent source of amino acids, calcium, and iron - not to mention the fact that it's delicious! Actually, quinoa served with any assortment of vegetables is a great idea.
Zucchini Noodles. Once cut, these should be eaten within a couple of days, but they're a simple and refreshing choice.
Collard Wraps. These babies can be stuffed with any variety of vegetables and sprouts. The taco wrap at Ecopolitan in Minneapolis is both fabulous and filling! Try other leafy greens too, like a crisp romaine.
Fruit and Nut Bars. More of a breakfast or snack option, but they're fast, healthy, and tame travellers.
Salad. This classic needs no introduction. But it can get boring after a while, especially amidst a cold winter.
Sandwiches. Peanut butter and jam is just the beginning. Pair veggies with your favourite spread, or make a mock-tuna salad from walnuts.
Stuffed Vegetables. Whether it's tomato, mushroom, cucumber, or jalepeño, a fresh veggie can go a long way. Slice them ahead of time or pack a knife, then spoon them full of hummus, pesto, guacamole, or cashew cheese according to your fancy.
And if you find yourself a little closer to civilization, check out the Happy Cow directory for raw/vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the area.