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November 24, 2010

Vegan MoFo #18: Road Trip Snacks and Chickpea "Eggy" Salad

In about an hour I will be packing up my car with my stuff, my boyfriend, and my brother and heading down to Knoxville, Tennessee for a Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving! Lots of family time, country music, and Dollywood await us. I am not looking forward to this 10 hour drive, but I will have my two favorite guys to keep me entertained and some of my favorite vegan snacks to keep me satisfied.

Vegan Road Trip Snacks
My snacks for the road include pretzel slims with hummus, pistachios, bananas, and snapea crisps. I also brought some almond milk to use all weekend, and some instant oatmeal and vegan muffins for breakfast options. Those muffins are a new find at Trader Joe's, they had about 5-6 vegan muffin flavors to choose from (who knew??). I chose the Cranberry Orange Bran Muffins, which are organic, agave sweetened, and low-fat.

Garein Savory Stuffed Turk'y
You may have also noticed the Garein Savory Stuffed Turk'y in the midst. These are for Steve and I to eat for our main course at Thanksgiving dinner at my Grandparents' house. Not pictured is the Southern Comfort Caramel Apple Pie that I am also bringing. This pie was such a hit at my Thanksgiving dinner party that I decided to make it again to share with my family.

Chickpea "Eggy" Salad
Leading up to this trip, I have been subsiding mostly on leftovers (poor me!). However, I was able to transform some of the leftovers into something totally new. When I made the Tofu Deviled "Eggy" Bites I ended up with a lot of leftover "yolk", which I knew would be perfect for some vegan egg salad later. Usually vegan egg salad utilizes crumbled tofu for the meat of it, but I was out. Instead, I pulsed some chickpeas in the food processor until they were roughly chopped to achieve the chopped hard boiled egg texture. I stirred in the sauce and adjusted the seasoning with a little more black salt, sea salt, pepper, and chives and I was in business! Very, very egg salad-like, which is an old favorite. I like that the sauce has only a little bit of vegan mayo and is mostly pureed white beans, which is much healthier than the mayo-heavy egg salad recipes. As much as I enjoyed this with chickpeas, I'd like to try it with tofu next time, but only because with the beany sauce this is beans on beans. Nothing wrong with that, but definitely something to go easy on.

I hope to do some blogging from Tennessee, but I may not. Either way, I will be posting at least two more times this month to reach by goal of 20 total posts for Vegan MoFo. Can you believe it's almost over kids? *sob*  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I will catch up with you soon!


  1. Those look like some great snacks! Have a very happy thanksgiving :)

  2. Have a great time. Dollywood sounds like fun!

  3. Yea! I just saw your other post with the eggy bites! I'm so glad you liked 'em and good use of the leftover filling. I usually just end up eating it on crackers. But I love the idea of mixing it up for an eggy salad. :-)

    I'm also trying the Gardein stuffed turk'y this year! It looks pretty darn tasty. I've loved all the Gardein products I've tried thus far and I'm sure these will be awesome.

    Have a safe trip and happy Thanksgiving! I'm so jealous that you'll be so near Dollywood. I've only been to Knoxville once, and we didn't get a chance to go to Dollywood. :-(

  4. I approve of all your snacks. Now you can send me a care package ;)

  5. so awesome on taking the eggy bites and making a scrumptious wrap o' leftovers! nice! i can totally see how bean on bean might be a bit too much, good call on using 'fu.

    huzzah for TJ's and the vegan muffin hook-up, and pretzels and hummus are crucial.

    a 10 hour car trip isn't my idea of the most excellent time either, but be'n with your boyfriend and your bro will make time fly on by, fo 'sho! enjoy Dollywood, mucho delicious eats, time with your family, and everything about your Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving!

  6. Snacks are CRUCIAL for a successful road trip. That said, you should be in good shape! Happy Thanksgiving! Say hi to Dolly for me.

  7. Oh dang it! I went to the health food store today and totally forgot the black salt. After reading your eggy bites recipe, I really want to try it out :)

  8. I'd like to stow away in your car for some snacks.

  9. Those are some pretty yummy looking snacks. The muffins sound great! I'll have to see if I can find some at my local Trader Joe's. I LOVE cranberry so it's definitely right up my alley.

    I made another southern comfort apple pie tonight to go along with my Thanksgiving feast. It took a lot of willpower to wrap it and refrigerate it without stealing a piece lol. Pretty soon!

    Enjoy your trip. Be safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

  10. Filled wraps are really yummy! Never tasted tofu, but I'll give most a go once ;)

  11. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Sarah and survived that 10 hour ride! yikes. At least you had some good food and some good company to keep you going. Man does that apple pie sound delicious. I'm bookmarking that baby for next year.

  12. I hope you had a great time with the family.

    I love your use of the leftover "eggy" filling. Great idea to add chickpeas since you were out of tofu.


  13. The eggy salad looks great! I LOVE those types of meals!

  14. I too usually make "egg" salad with tofu, but this sounds way better! Must remember to bust out the chickpeas next time. Is there nothing that little bean can't do?


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