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Cooking away the CSA, week 17: Travel eats

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Lunch on the road.

Lunch on the road. by Sarah Henning

If you try to eat healthy, travel can pose certain problems.

Not only temptation, but just plain logistics. It turns into a sort of either/or situation: Either you eat what’s available (and it probably won’t be healthy) or you have to lug your own food on your plane/train/automobile.

Neither are very appetizing choices, to say the least. They make it very easy to just say, “To heck with this, I’m on vacation!” and leave good intentions abandoned on the roadway for a week or two.

Now, I totally succumb to the “I’m on vacation, I deserve a treat” school of thought, for sure. But I try to do as good as I can most of the time, because I don’t want to feel like crap my whole vacation, which I know I would if I just ate chocolate the whole time (which I’d totally do if I could get away with it).

And, believe me, chocolate made it into the equation every single day of our week in Colorado for this vacation. But because we were driving, I felt like I could have a little more control over what I ate on the way out there and the way back.

There, I brought a salad from The Merc, and ate it as rest of my family munched on Quiznos. Probably not totally polite, but no one seemed to care. I would’ve eaten it outside if it had not been foggy and rainy and cool (in the 60s).

The way back, I was able to do double duty in that I used up leftovers and have a pretty awesome rest stop lunch. While the boys chose to make honey and peanut butter sandwiches to have on the drive, I had a salad (above) of baby spinach, a Hilary’s Eat Well veggie burger (formerly the veggie burger at Local Burger), roasted butternut squash and nearly finished store-bought, honey-mustard dressing.

Sounds weird, but tasted great, while sitting at a picnic table in Arriba, Colo.

Before and after lunch, I also had a couple of handfuls of car-friendly trail mix, very much like the one I snuck into "Skyfall."

There was some real chocolate eating, too, because it was vacation, of course. Most notably, my mother bought the kiddo a book on the bear who broke into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Estes Park, Colo., last summer.

Thus, we then had to go to the store:

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And buy the handy-dandy bag of goodies they sell sampling everything the bear ate:

One of everything the bear ate.

One of everything the bear ate. by Sarah Henning

As you can see, it was delicious.

He thinks the bear had great taste.

He thinks the bear had great taste. by Sarah Henning

So, what’d we get in this week’s Rolling Prairie CSA bag? Watermelon, tomatoes, snap peas, cucumbers, starter onions, yellow squash and peppers.

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