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2 Meals for 13 hour train trip


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2 Meals for 13 hour train trip

Morganna | Nov 30, 2009 02:30 PM

I'm looking for inspiration and coming up very dry on ideas, and I'm offering this as a bit of a challenge to you folks out there. :) I'll also be searching for other ideas here, just wanted to get this post up sooner rather than later. :)

We're going on a trip to DC on the Vermonter. It's a 13 hour trip. I'd prefer not to eat out of the lunch car if I can avoid it. :) We don't need snack ideas, I have plenty of those. What I'm looking for are thoughts on an actual meal that we could bring along (lunch and dinner). Something more satisfying than we'll find hours of snacks to be. We will have time to eat breakfast before we leave, so at least we'll have that under our belts.

There are no facilities available. No microwave. No fridge. I -could- bring a cooler with a cold pack, but we're going to be gone for a week, so I'd prefer to reduce how much I'm taking with us, rather than increase it. I'd like to avoid things that need to be kept cool. There might be an opportunity to get hot water in the dinette, but I can't count on it. I am willing to make things ahead of time and one can assume I have a well-stocked kitchen and I can stop at the store to pick up things I might not have to hand. I'd also like to avoid things that might be easily crushed (like crackers).

No fish. Cured meats would be OK, but might be too salty to each much of, I'm open to ideas on this but I don't have much by way of a decent deli to work with here. No soups, my husband just doesn't like soup (and this is not the time to argue with him :), and I'd rather not have to deal with a thermos on the trip anyway. We prefer proteins as the fruit we'll probably bring will likely have plenty of carbs. No alcohol at all, we don't drink.

Sandwiches come to mind, but again, we have limitations. We'd prefer things that weren't going to get soggy and that don't need to be kept cold. Peanut butter and jelly, of course, is a possibility, though my husband generally finds that to be an unsatisfying meal (though, he may have to just deal with that). I was thinking hard boiled eggs, since they can go the day without being refrigerated, but I didn't get much beyond that.

Thanks in advance for any ideas you can suggest. :)

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