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No Fridge, No micro for 2 weeks! Help me plan for eating paleo!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Hi all, I need some help! Due to work I'll be living in a hotel for the next 2 weeks. No microwave, no fridge. Obviously there are grocery stores near by but I need to plan ahead so I don't spend $$$ eating out. So far I've planned;

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Curried Chx. salad (2lbs chicken)
  • Meat muffins (ground beef/egg/spinach etc...)
  • Cold rosemary baked sweet potatoes

I am going to take a small cooler and use ice from hotel to keep eggs cold/chx salad fresh. Any other ideas on the cheap? I'll have all day tomorrow to cook but need more food!

Thanks!

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on February 02, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Also most hotels have a microwave in/near the lobby, unless you're staying in a higher-end place.

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on February 02, 2013
at 08:08 PM

Janknitz, good answer. A couple of other bits: - along with the fridge, some hotels will provide you with a microwave if you tell them you have food allergies that make eating out impossible - if they won't provide you with a 'wave, they may be willing to take your food into the kitchen and heat it for you (sub-optimal, but better than nothing). - fruit and nuts and some veg will keep quite happily out of a fridge for days to weeks

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on February 02, 2013
at 07:59 PM

Have you contacted the hotel to see if you can rent a small dorm-sized fridge? Most places have them. Ice is always iffy long term.

In my dorm days (back in the cave man days) I did a LOT of cooking in an electric fry pan. You can buy one there and mail it home if you're flying.

I'd stock up on some staples: canned fish, cans of coconut milk and chicken broth (Swansons Natural low sodium or their certified organic broth isn't perfectly paleo but they are better than most conventional broths)or paleo bouillon cubes, nuts, jerky, flax meal (add hot water from a coffee maker for a satisfying hot "cereal").

Once there hit the local Whole Foods or equivalent for salad bar veggies and proteins, some of their better deli meats are ok, kombucha and other probiotic drinks, etc. if you have a fridge get some kraut or pickles, too. I learned the hard way on a recent trip that you NEED probiotics with the stress of travel.

Be sure to take a can opener, a sharp knife (NOT in your carryon luggage if flying!) a little cutting board or mat, a little bottle of dish detergent and a sponge, plus a plate and silverware unless you're going to go with paper plates and plastic.

As for food to take with, how about frozen homemade egg muffins or frittata, chicken drumsticks can be cooked ahead and hold up well, but I'd want to be sure of reliable refrigeration. Ice melts so the temperature fluctuates over the course of time, I think that's kind of scary with meats. And these things would not last two weeks.

I'm not a big fan of protein powders, but I'd take some for backup during a lengthy trip like that. And stock your purse with some emergency food (packets of nuts, jerky, Lara bars, etc.) because you never know what's available in the course of a day.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 02, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Also most hotels have a microwave in/near the lobby, unless you're staying in a higher-end place.

9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on February 02, 2013
at 08:08 PM

Janknitz, good answer. A couple of other bits: - along with the fridge, some hotels will provide you with a microwave if you tell them you have food allergies that make eating out impossible - if they won't provide you with a 'wave, they may be willing to take your food into the kitchen and heat it for you (sub-optimal, but better than nothing). - fruit and nuts and some veg will keep quite happily out of a fridge for days to weeks

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on February 03, 2013
at 01:53 AM

Smoked fish. Canned sardines.

One memorable hotel room meal was a fresh Dungeness crab. Much cheaper in the grocery store than in a restaurant.

Lately I've been eating a lot of roasted hazelnuts. Take a jarful of some kind of nuts you like.

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on February 03, 2013
at 01:04 AM

SLOW COOKER

Get some red meat each night, put it on before bed, eat it when you wakeup, leave it on keep warm all day, eat it at every meal. Wash it out in the bathroom sink that night. Rinse and repeat.

Problem solved.

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on February 03, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Look for bacon jerky. It's exactly what you'd imagine. I'd never seen this product before a few months ago, but the Walgreens "Nice!" brand is great, and I've tried a local brand as well. If you just can't get enough bacon in your life, and you won't have the means to cook it or store it raw, this is a great way to keep it around.

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on February 02, 2013
at 10:27 PM

I second calling the hotel and asking about fridge rental. If it isn't complimentary, it's usually something like $5 a day. Worth it to me. Also, most hotels will have a microwave available for guests to use- just ask at the desk if it's not immediately obvious in the lobby.

I travel for work too, and you've got good ideas! I second Janknitz's suggestion of egg frittatas/muffins- easy way to incorporate lots of greens into your travel foods. Chopped up raw veg with paleo mayo is awesome travel snackage.

I generally will start with a base of a purchase salad at a grocery store, and then see what I can add from there. I always have canned salmon and hard-boiled eggs to add to salads. Deli meat works in a pinch. I also make soups and freeze them in jars, and use them instead of ice in my cooler for the first day. Homemade bone-broth soup generally won't keep in the fridge for two weeks though, just fyi. Depending on where I am staying, I usually try to find a decent steakhouse and go out for steak dinner once a week. It's generally not grass-fed, but I can order a big steak and take half of it with me to eat with a salad the next day.

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