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10/4/10 3:44 P

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Someone who I'd known a long time ago was really into making all different kinds of bread (this was before automatic breadmakers when everyone who bought one of those things was making crazy types of bread), and he made one that had tomato sauce and pureed vegetables in it -- really good, but I don't have a recipe (this was more decades ago that I'd like to remember). I think the yeast would react differently to any addition to the water, so there might be some adjustments necessary.
He and his sister had also made others with chicken broth, and another with meat gravy. I hadn't tasted those, but I wouldn't doubt that they were good.
If you can figure out a recipe for them, you can always add grated carrots, parsley, etc. -- anything on your nutrition list -- and you wouldn't have to eat much (very filling when drinking water on top of it).

BTW, if you ever figure out a recipe for the above, put it in a blog on your page and tell us.
I hadn't recalled any of this until you created this message thread, and it's starting to sound really interesting (I'm more interested in this now than I was then.)
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Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 10/4/2010 (15:47)
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Well, I leave on Wednesday. My plan is to bring along a mini-loaf of pumpkin bread and banana bread that I'm going to bake tomorrow. Also I'm going to start out with some almonds and trail mix in my bag. I'm going to swing by the store tomorrow and see if they have any of those little tuna packs on sale. I don't want to bring anything bulky. I always have a packet of oatmeal or 2 in my suitcase, too. I might try cooking it in my crockpot! :) I'll fill you guys in on how things go!


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Podgies
That are a lot of cheap alternatives to Tupper Ware out there. I used to have one that held a loaf of bread. I think one of my DD made of with it. But it would be great for storing muffins.

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9/26/10 10:15 P

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WOW! You guys are AWESOME! So full of ideas!! I'm looking forward to implementing them on my next rotation!

I have to airline to my airplane, so I do go through security the first and last days of the trip, but they actually let me carry liquids through, which is really great. I have a 22" rollaboard that needs to carry 15 days worth of clothes and toiletries. I actually pack for a week and do laundry in the middle. I also carry a messenger-type laptop bag that I keep my computer, a book (or 2...), all my chargers, and a bunch of miscellaneous stuff that I can't even name. I do have a little camp set of plastic silverware that I bring with me, but I don't have dishes. I might make some applesauce oatmeal muffins (search the recipes for them...YUM!) to bring with me next time, but I'm afraid I'll squish them in my bag. Oh well, we'll see how it all goes!

Thanks, again! You guys are fabulous!


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9/26/10 8:18 P

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FAIRYANNE3:
Wow! An expert!

PODGIES:
Good question about airport security: do you have to go through a security check?
It might be good if you could describe the size of the bag you're allowed to bring on -- does it fit much other than clothes and necessities?

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O.K here goes, buy your self the best insulated bag you can find. I carry a light plastic plate, knife and fork. Carry ziplock bags. Use the ice bucket in the room to keep any food that needs to be cold. You can also use the garbage can, (line it with a plastic bag). Fill the sink with ice too! I buy a couple of yogurts and put the inside ziplock bags and bury them in the ice. Grapes are a forgiving fruit too. Clean them, put them in the ziplock bags and again bury them in the ice. Apples, just rest them on the ice same as oranges.
Fruit and Jello cups work well, depending on how many days you have on layover. Travel with Laughing Cow products and if you have a few days buy a cooked chicken at the supermarket and salad and make your food. Again use ziplock bags to save left over chicken and bury in the ice, salad rest on top! From home you can bring a small amount of salad dressing enough for two days etc. Buried in the ice, it should be fine.

In the morning use the ziplock bags to fill with fresh ice from the hotel ice maker. Pack your lunch bag with food and surround with the ziplock ice bags it should be fine for four plus hours.
Try and work a private deal - If the hotel has a shuttle van see if you can be dropped off at a supermarket and picked up on his way back. Exchange phone numbers and tip well if they will do this for you!!

If you don't drink coffee you may find there is a slight taste from the oils in coffee. I carry baby shampoo and I use that to wash my plate and the coffee maker. If you want to use the coffee maker to get hot water, clean and wash well. If there is a way to remove the basket that the coffee sits in do that. (just becareful it may not drip straight and make a little mess, best to do it in the bathroom) I always let the coffee maker go through two plain water cycles before I use the water from the third. Now you can use this water for tea or instant oatmeal,soups etc. Hope this helps. Let us know how you get on!?

OOPPPS, I am assuming that you don't have to follow the same rules when going through security at the airport! LOL

Edited by: FAIRYANNE3 at: 9/26/2010 (20:03)
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I always travel with protein bars(think thin or pure protein), pb packets and thinwhiches, crystal light, tyson chicken breast kits (has mayo, crackers and relish) and amy's fruit snacks.
Usually I eat one meal a day at a restaurant or subway (so I get some fresh stuff) but all other meals are out of my bag of snacks! Saves me plenty of money on trips :D


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9/25/10 7:44 A

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Podgies:
Someone on SP posted a recipe for Overnight Oatmeal (I've forgotten where; so many recipes fly back and forth here) where they mix the oatmeal with all their extra ingredients in cold water, then cover it and put it in the refrigerator overnight, and it's ready early in the morning. That will work with any grains, teas, and coffee.
Believe it or not, my pug likes any grains from Bob's Red Mill, and I put some in her disk with cold water in the morning until they've soaked up the water -- those usually take a couple of minutes.
I remember they used to sell freeze-dried food/meals for backpackers and some of those weren't so bad, but they were very expensive. Some required hot water, but not all of them.

Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 9/25/2010 (07:45)
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Wow! You guys are awesome! Great ideas!

Here's my deal. I fly a corporate jet for a charter company. We could sit in the same town for a week, or we could be in a different hotel every night. The problem is no consistency. Sometimes we have fridges/microwaves, sometimes not. I try to take advantage of leftovers when I can. We generally don't have rental cars, so I'm usually limited to what I can find within walking distance of the hotel. We're always packing/unpacking, so I want stuff that's not really crushable. I can't really bring anything that needs to be refrigerated, because even if I go from hotel with fridge to hotel with fridge, there's at least 4 hours between fridges. I'm thinking PB is a good choice. Sometimes I snag bread and PB and J from the continental breakfast to make a simple lunch.

I usually have a packet or 2 of oatmeal, but I've never tried cooking it in the coffee pot...anyone have directions? I don't even drink coffee, so I don't even know how a coffee pot works!

Thanks so much, guys for all your ideas! :) Keep 'em coming!


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all those ideas are really good . hope they work .

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Have you thought about any of these:
peanut butter, dried fruits, like cranraisins, or some with out sugar added, fruit cups, like apple sauce, or mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, Vacuum packed meats like tuna, chicken or salmon. Veggies like wasabi peas, indivadual cereal packs. and then teas, coffees, apple cider.


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If you are driving, I use a cooler with blue ice and pack it with fruit, cheese, sandwiches and healthy drinks. In a reusable grocery bag I pack, in zip lock bag, tea bags, nuts, trail mix, crackers, oatmeal and so on. We carry a 12 pack of water with us too. Zip lock makes a small bag called a snack size, which is about half the size of the sandwich bag. These come in really handy for portion control.

I also pack a small back, like a carry-on, with meds and first aid items. I have thermal cares, ace bandages, alcohol wipes, disinfecting wipes, band aids and mortin.

Hope this helps.

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Podgies - I travel with my husband a fair bit. I am alone in the hotel room all day, meaning I have to care for at least two meals. Also my husband does not like to go out to eat very much. If you can say if you are flying or driving it would help to give you hints.

No foods with high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.

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Wow,they were really good ideas. I hope some of them help.

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Most hotels now have at least a Microwave and coffee maker. On trips I pack and use package oatmeal, tea bags, soup and dried fruit and nuts. Also buy the small cereal packs too. Protein bars and granola. Check with your local health food store too. Most of the hotels now have small refrigerator in the rooms.

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Some hotels have refrigerators and microwaves in them.
Is that a possibility?
A desk clerk might know if there is a grocery near by where you could purchase a few things. Even then, it would be hard to make it healthy, but it might be cheaper. Eating out, can you carry-out half of the food from larger lunch & re-heat in the room for supper?

Even if you make a change only one day each week to start, it would be progress.

Edited by: 60SIXTY at: 9/24/2010 (07:23)
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It would help if you could describe what's available where you stay for the two weeks.
Hotel/motel rooms with a coffee maker would provide options for powdered soups and hot cereals, among other things.
Can you pack a small hotplate, a small electric teapot (metal), or a portable clamp-on water heater? -- any one of those would provide other options for preparing dry food.
Dried food, spices, & cereal won't take up much space if you pre-pack servings in individual plastic bags, and pre-plan by setting up some type of general meal schedule.
Baking some sturdier things, like breakfast bars, could last the first week.
You can supplement the meals with some fresh food, depending on what you come across while you're away from home.

Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 9/24/2010 (02:36)
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I spend 2 weeks away from home a month for work. I usually throw a frozen mini zucchini or banana bread in my bag, sometimes some granola bars and almonds.

My dilemma is this: I don't want to spend more money than I want to when I get places that don't have reasonable food options (only hotel restaurants, nothing within walking distance...) but I can't really carry around perishable food either. Also, I can't honestly pack enough food for 2 weeks in a carryon and a computer bag with all the other junk I have in there. Looking for ideas!


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