Gluten-free, Soy-free, Vegan Meal Plans for Travelers and Busy Folks

9 12 2011

Hi Everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog, being in Senegal limits my food experimentation.  But, I’m alive and well enjoying my adventure here in Peace Corps.  Thank you for all your support in following my blog, sending me emails, and your numerous comments.  Hearing from you keeps me going, and don’t fear my blogging will resume full time upon my return to the US.  In the meantime, today I have a guest post here for you all from Carolyn.  She has great recommendations for those of us on the go:

Just because you have a few dietary restrictions: no soy, gluten or animal products, doesn’t mean you have the time to cook from scratch every night of the week. What if you travel or like to camp?  The thought of concocting a vegan meal plan that doesn’t take any prep and has a shelf life can get exhausting.

The good news is that commerce is global, if you have access to the Internet you can find what you need. Here are a few options for the gluten-free, soy-free vegan eater at home or abroad.

Amy’s Kitchen is terrifically accessible. You can find these products in most stores and online if you need them to be shipped globally. Whether or not you have dietary restrictions Amy’s soups are super tasty and come in a variety of flavors. If you can shop at a store, they also make pasta and pizza options with rice flour and vegan cheese.

Allergaroo is another easy winner to check out. They make three styles of vegan, soy-free, rice-based pasta that can be microwaved or cooked on the stove top. Have them ship to you direct or find on most grocery store shelves in the gluten-free isle.

Energy bars are the easiest things to carry with you to munch on, but finding one that tastes decent and has non-soy protein is another story. NuGo, short for nutrition to go, has a line of ‘free bars’ that have 9 grams of protein without violating any of your dietary restrictions.

With just a can opener and a small pot, you can hike for a few days armed with a satchel full of these guys. The best thing is they can all last on the shelf for a good while and let you be location independent with your diet!  Vegan meal plans for the adventurer don’t have to be a struggle; you’re just a click away from finding what you need.

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3 responses

11 02 2012
Debra Baretta

HI Camille,
I am so glad I found your blog. I have a son with multiple food intolerances and being a daughter of an Italian immigrant baker Italian it was devastating. No gluten, wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, lentils, peanuts, green peas and garlic!
Unfortunately we couldn’t even buy Amy’s kitchen foods (and they are literally right here in my neighborhood of Santa Rosa, CA, because of the garlic or even some soy. So I began making wonderful foods for him as I am naturally gifted in baking and I decided to share these foods with others living without!
I now have my wonderful full size gluten free, soy free, vegan sandwich bread at several restaurants, local grocery stores and 3 farmers markets. I fell ill in August with Mono and Adrenal Fatigue from the overwhelming demand and I had to scale back but I am feeling better now and slowing starting production again. I just wanted my son to feel normal and have foods that everyone else has at parties, restaurants, family gatherings and school functions. My products are now enjoyed by those with food allergies as well as those that have no food issues (That’s how good they are!)
My goal was to bring friends and family back to the table sharing the same foods again. No more isolating people. That’s not very Italian!
Thank you for starting a blog and keep up the writing, there are more and more people with food issues and we need to know we are not alone!
deb

14 02 2012
Camille

Wow, thanks for commenting! It’s sounds like you are having quite the adventure. It’s wonderful that you share your talent with the community and provide tasty allergy friendly foods. I wish I were closer by so that I could have some of what sounds like wonderful bread.

30 09 2012
Julia

Hi Camille. I am in the process of applying for the Peace Corps and I would LOVE to hear more about being gluten-free and the application process/placement. My questions include: I hear there is a short list of a countries they will place gf volunteers. Do you know what those countries/regions are? Should I do a gluten test (eat gluten for a week or two) to see how I feel to see if I could go to a region where they eat gluten regularly? The Peace Corps has been a dream ever since I was a child, so even though everyone in my family thinks I am making the wrong choice by considering to eat gluten again… I am actually considering it. (My family has a history of celiacs, I tested intolerant and had the antibodies in my blood but they did NOT find damage to my small intestine.) On top of all of this, I have been a vegetarian my whole life. However, I am willing to eat meat while abroad. Whew. There’s what feels like my whole life story. Please e-mail me when you get a chance. Thank you!

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