I’ve been out for a month now, and I’m still alive, so there are a few things perhaps you assume I’m doing. One of them may be feeding myself.
Maybe you’ve eaten with me in the past, and maybe that went alright. Eating on the road is obviously different, and though I like making food (and eating food), cooking can at times feel like a hassle. It feels time consuming to turn on the stove, tricky to carry much variety of things, I haven’t mastered packing oil without spilling it so cooking means using water (I know this is easy to solve, and I have an idea)…
Most of my calories are carbohydrate or peanut based. I snack a lot, I usually have raisins and peanuts (and/or other dried fruit and nuts) and maybe some other sort of snack in my handlebar bag. I think I’ve been eating more and more as time goes, perhaps I am hungrier or perhaps I’m just not as eager to start moving again when I stop as I was in the beginning, and for sure I am better at snacking while riding-so I munch a bit when I need more stimulation than the road alone can provide.
Here are some meals:
I eat a lot of couscous, which doesn’t need to be heated, it just soaks up water when presented with it and becomes edible. Adding prunes, olives, walnuts, and salt helps too. A pot of food is two or three meals.
I sometimes carry dehydrated bean mush, which also rehydrates readily, and will mix it with the couscous for more flavor and protein and fat and whatever. There are also prunes in here, this was tasty.
I usually have a sweet potato, and they are worth turning the stove on for. Pictured here with couscous and a little rehydrated beans
Rolled oats also don’t need to be heated to soak up water and be good to eat. Bean mush may also be tasty with oats and peanut butter.
Spaghetti can be had from most gas station/convenience stores. I (always so far) cook it with sweet potato, I find they need about the same time, and don’t drain the water. Here I added peanut butter and salt and it got saucy and wonderful. Think of it as peanut noodles, it isn’t that weird, I promise
If I’ve got greens I’ll put them in. They don’t travel well, but aren’t so hard to come by and I should really get them more often. This noodle soup contains sweet potato, spinach, nutritional yeast, water and salt.
This rainy windy day I stopped at a grocery store and consumed a small bread, a tub of hummus and half a bunch of kale. Perhaps not surprisingly those fake sausage things weren’t that great out of the package, but they held up pretty well stuffed in my bag for a week or so till I cooked them while staying with a friend. (some fake sausage things are fine out of package, though it is not a thing I am in the habit of purchasing)
This is my favorite.