Chopped Roasted Red Peppers (from a jar)
Organic Steamed Broccoli
Chopped Red Onions
Garlic Cloves (pressed through a garlic press)
I was so hungry, I ate most of this dish during my layover before I remembered I needed to take a picture of it. When I went through security at the airport, I was told that they appreciated my translucent containers, because it allowed them to see what was inside. These containers are very old (I don't think they come in blue anymore). In fact, they even went on a three-month backpacking trip with me back in the day. They've never been in the dishwasher or the microwave (to limit anything transferring from the plastic to the food) and they NEVER leak or break (which is the only reason I use plastic). The two other containers in this photo contain my breakfast and lunch for the next day.
This instant oatmeal comes from a company called GlutenFreeda. This is a good opportunity for me to discuss the issue of oats and their gluten content. I've noticed that the packaging of this particular oatmeal (pictured below) no longer mentions that it is gluten-free. There is a lot of confusion, in general, regarding how oats come to be contaminated with gluten. GlutenFreeda has her/their own explanation. I believe that the packaging has changed for legal reasons, but that the product continues to be gluten-free. Generally, you can treat 'wheat-free' oats the same as 'gluten-free' oats because oats are inherently gluten-free. Avena Foods, the makers of Only Oats (a gluten-free oat product mentioned previously in this blog) has this explanation for packaging changes.
Organic Baby Kale
Daiya Shredded 'Mozzarella'
Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
This salad dressing is handy for those times when you really miss mayonnaise. I use it sometimes to make tuna or salmon salad, but it's also delicious on salads.
I wish that it weren't so, but it's often easier to eat out at fancy restaurants. The chefs tend to use more 'whole food' ingredients and/or make everything themselves, and they are also very accommodating This is my first time in Thunder Bay and Caribou Restaurant came highly recommended (and, it was right across the street from my hotel) so I decided to check it out. My meal was delicious!