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eating vegan on vacation [Apr. 11th, 2012|07:49 pm]
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[voenne]
Hello. First time poster here... Hope some of you can give me ideas.

I'm leaving for Hawaii in a week. I'll be there long enough that I won't be able to handle eating out everyday, nor afford it. All I will have in the room is a microwave and fridge, and I don't want to have to buy all frozen, microwaveable dishes, or eat all my fresh foods raw since it's really hard on my digestion. 

Does anyone have experience with microwave "cooking"? What healthy things do you like to make? Steaming veggies in the microwave is easy and boring - looking for a little bit more than that!

Will definitely need to get my veggies in so I don't feel yucky and sluggish. I'm sure I'll figure things out once I'm at the supermarket and see what's available, but I'd like to hear from you. Thanks in advance. :)
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[User Picture]From: lorcas_novena
2012-04-12 03:30 am (UTC)

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Last time I only had access to a microwave I made up a tagine spice mix and put it in a microwavable dish with a tin of tomatoes, diced sweet potato, courgette and onion and finished it with raisins and ground almonds. Covered it and t cooked through in a about ten minutes. You could make up curry and chilli spice mixes too and take tins of beans and chickpeas.
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 03:46 am (UTC)

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Mm. Thanks very much for the ideas! I was just thinking about what I could do with beans and such. I just realized, though, that I'm not going to have a tin opener, so hopefully I can find a cheap one or find cans with opening tabs.
[User Picture]From: midoriliem
2012-04-12 10:51 am (UTC)

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Fantastic foods makes a bunch of bean mixes that you just need to add hot water to...
http://www.fantasticfoods.com/productlist.aspx?catid=Vegetarian+Entrees+and+Side+Dishes
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 07:28 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! I bet I could just pack those with me, since I probably won't find any while I'm there.
[User Picture]From: getgetoverit
2012-04-12 03:47 am (UTC)

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I would buy a lot of salads if it were me + veggies for it as well and I'd eat as much of that as I could. Last time I went to Hawaii there was really not much to eat vegan wise. They do have a ton of fruit tho which is great!
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 03:57 am (UTC)

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Oooh yes, I eat so much fruit whenever I'm there! I'm not a big salad eater since raw foods are hard to digest, but I'm sure I'll end up doing some of those. I'm actually going to Honolulu, Oahu specifically, and there are two vegan restaurants within a couple blocks of where I'm staying.
[User Picture]From: trickseybird
2012-04-12 04:22 am (UTC)

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What about salad with steamed veg, like beans, carrot, broccoli, with ckpeas and lemon dressing
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 04:32 am (UTC)

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Thank you, that sounds like an easy and yummy idea. I really want to use beans, but that'll all depend on if I can get a can opener.
[User Picture]From: catnip13
2012-04-12 04:55 pm (UTC)

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Is there a reason you can't pack a can opener? I would.
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 07:25 pm (UTC)

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I was just worried about it passing inspection and everything, since they're usually sticklers about what you are taking to and from. I'll look up the airline's policies right now.
[User Picture]From: catnip13
2012-04-12 07:51 pm (UTC)

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As long as it is in checked baggage, it should be fine.
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 08:16 pm (UTC)

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Okay, I'll give it a try. Would definitely save me money.
[User Picture]From: getgetoverit
2012-04-12 04:33 am (UTC)

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Oh fantastic! I was in Maui and there was nothing vegan wise there
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 04:43 am (UTC)

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I know what you mean. Last time I was in Maui I had the WORST time finding anything to eat, too. It was so frustrating. Next time you plan a vacation to the islands, definitely go to Honolulu!
[User Picture]From: gimmiegimmie
2012-04-12 06:19 am (UTC)

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You could make soups.

1. microwave your firm veggies first in a splash of oil for 2-4 mins
2. add veg stock and spices, stir and microwave 2 mins more
3. add other softer veggies and microwave 2 mins more

If you want to have noodles in your soup soba noodles would probably cook pretty quickly - I'd add them when I add the stock and if they're still a little firm just let them soak in the warm soup a bit.
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 07:19 pm (UTC)

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Thanks a bunch! All my cooking is done on the stove or in the oven, but this sounds easily doable with the microwave. I didn't think that it would work to prepare noodles that way, but I'll take your word for it!
[User Picture]From: gimmiegimmie
2012-04-12 07:57 pm (UTC)

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I've never tried it but I assume it would work... You might have to test the noodles and keep nuking them until they're almost done. I only boil my soba noodles for a few minutes before taking them off heat that's why I suggested those but instant ramen noodles would definitely work if you're worried about messing it up (just toss the packet and use real stock)
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 08:13 pm (UTC)

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Hm... It will probably take several nukings to tenderize them enough, but it sounds possible. I'll try it at home before doing it there. Ramen noodles are my last resort, but will do in a pinch. Thanks again. :)
[User Picture]From: sammydebutante
2012-04-12 12:53 pm (UTC)

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I don't know if prepared food is okay but Annie Chun's has some vegan stuff, like an Udon Soup Bowl that I buy for less than $3 a piece and add veggies to, and they are all microwaveable.
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-12 07:15 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! They'll most likely have those at the market - I'm just concerned about prices since everything in Hawaii is so much more expensive. Adding veggies to that would be yummy though. :)
[User Picture]From: kokoronagomu
2012-04-13 05:28 am (UTC)

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i searched 'vegan microwave recipes' in youtube (google probably works too but i prefer watching things done than reading recipes) and came up with a few interesting selections

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvPyBWoe2oI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_coZq0l9n8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbhd5zraN9A <--you could probably use any seasonings you want with any of them.

the following is a raw recipe but you could most probably add some beans and microwave for three to five minutes or more and it should turn out great: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XxqIsXoW-o


[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-13 06:43 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! Those sound good. Unfortunately some of it does not sound doable for me since I won't have any cooking utensils (I'll have to buy a knife at the market, most likely, but I don't want to have to spend money on anything else I won't be using more than once).

I might want to try some of those out at home though, since they sounds pretty easy. I didn't think of searching youtube, but I'll start doing that from now on. Google is good, but I like talking to other vegan creative minds who come up with their own stuff. :)
[User Picture]From: trewesterre
2012-04-15 03:44 pm (UTC)

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One thing about Hawaii is that they also have lots of Japanese food in the supermarkets (compared to other places in North America anyway), so you can try extra ingredients that you wouldn't otherwise have access to. I'm not sure what would be good for microwave cooking offhand, but there are these curry spice packages that are popular in Japan I think work in the microwave with some veggies and I would be surprised if you can't find these in Hawaii. Also, rice definitely works in the microwave (I think there are even some kinds of rice that are made for the microwave).

Also, while you're there you should try to find the bananas that taste like apples (they're little bananas) and I'm not sure if this is vegan (but it might be), but there are red bean buns made by a bakery in Hawaii that are delicious. There are also interesting things like giant avocados which might be tasty for guacamole. Hawaii also produces macadamia nuts so they're comparatively cheaper there.

Plus the coffee. Hawaii probably makes some of the best coffee in the world, so if you like coffee (or want gifts for people who do) you should pick some up in the grocery stores since it's reasonably priced there. And if you want to try kava kava, Hawaii is the place to do it (at least in the US).
[User Picture]From: voenne
2012-04-15 06:11 pm (UTC)

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Yes! Having so many Japanese products, restaurants, and markets there is my saving grace! I'll have to keep an eye out for the red bean buns, but I'm pretty sure they're going to be buttered up like their little sweet bread buns are. So delicious though. Ugh.

This is far from my first time going, but it is my first time going all by myself as an adult now and having time to eat in the room. Usually I'm either eating out or eating left overs in the room. I'm not a coffee drinker, but the hotel I'm going to usually gives samples and fruit as a welcoming gift, so I'll try it this time. :)

Where can you try Kava kava? In what form do you mean? I've had it in capsules and extracts, but I'm guessing there's more to it out there.
[User Picture]From: trewesterre
2012-04-15 06:18 pm (UTC)

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I got some kava kava in a cafe in Hilo. It was served as a drink. I actually hadn't heard of it before I went and it was new years so the owners of the cafe gave me some free hummus and kava kava.
[User Picture]From: edensapples
2012-04-24 04:01 pm (UTC)

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I would also try a jackfruit if I were you!