Dietary restrictions require another level of trip planning.
Earlier this month, my kids and I took a road trip to Oregon to visit some family. One thing that was top of mind while packing for this trip was of course, food! Trying to explain to my 86 year old mother how to cook for Paul seemed overwhelming so we needed to think of an allergen-free menu for the 3 days of our trip and of course good snacks for while we were on the road. My sister-in-law also made sure to ask about Paul’s food intolerances and prepared some meals using recipes on this blog. It’s a little easier when you have access to a kitchen while on vacation, but I find that it still takes a little extra planning. Do you ever encounter this?
In the end, in addition to the usual clothes, toiletries and things for our dog, we packed our trunk full of allergen-free food, which we’ll share below. And since I planned to bake an allergen free Apple crisp in my mom’s kitchen I brought the topping mixed together in a Ziploc bag and the tapioca starch for the fruit filling in a smaller Ziploc bag, a technique that’s handy for allergen-free camping as well!
Allergen-Free Trip Eats:
Things we made ahead of time:
Pre-made things we brought:
- Frozen (West End) chicken skewers
- Allergen-free (Diestel) sliced turkey breast
- Baby carrots
- Corn chips
- Rice crackers
- Almond milk
- Corn Chex
Item made at our destination:
- Green salad
- Steamed vegetables
- Baked potato
- Roasted potatoes (made with olive oil, salt & rosemary)
- Dragon’s tongue beans (cooked with olive oil, minced garlic & salt)
- Grilled salmon (using aluminum foil to prevent cross-contamination from the grill)
- Apple crisp (we just used this recipe, substituting apples instead of peaches and blueberries)
We love the West End chicken skewers (which we get from Costco) because the chicken is healthy, delicious and very fast to heat up because it’s pre-cooked. During our trip, all Paul did was put a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet and warm-up the chicken. I tasted it and it was delicious, so if you live near Costco and you want easy healthy prepared chicken I encourage you to give this one a try.
In addition to having a nice visit with my parents and my brother and sister-in-law, we also spent a fun-filled and productive hour at a grocery store called Market of Choice. This is a wonderful store. It’s large, it’s clean, and it has an enormous selection of allergen-free foods. Though they carried many of the same brands that we see in Seattle, they stocked some products that were new to us. We left the store with three very heavy bags of food, which we managed to bring back home to try!
// What are some of your favorite road trip snacks/tricks?
// Have you ever found amazing allergen-free products while traveling that you just wish were available nearby?