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Hi everyone.....sigh...<br><br>
I feel horrible. I fell off the vegan wagon for a few days and had some cheese (taco bell cheesy bean and rice burrito) and some ice cream..Not only did it make me feel physically sick, it made me feel emotionally sick as well...not to mention the fact that I am lactose intolerant and I should never have these foods anyway...I ate these things out b/c my fridge is broken and I cant get in fixed until next Wed....any ideas on some foods that I can eat at home until wed? I dont have a microwave so it has to be things that dont need to be heated up...Thanks!..I forgot to add that I dont have a stove either. I use a hot plate or a crock pot.
 

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Fruit. (Bananas, Mangos, Kiwi, Apples, Clementines, etc etc etc)<br><br><br><br>
Beans, Rice, Corn Cobs, Avocado, Bread, etc.<br><br><br><br>
There are loads of things that don't need to be refrigerated, and can provide a yummy meal.<br><br><br><br>
Take a gander in the Raw Food forum, or look in a raw food recipe book, to find all sorts of yummy meal ideas that do not need to be cooked, and alot of which come from non-refrigerated ingredients.<br><br><br><br>
If you want taco bell, just say "no cheese", or "fresco style" which replaces the cheese with a tomato mix. yay, fast food without dead veal calves.
 

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Salads, salads and salads.<br><br><br><br>
Salad doesn't mean just lettuce and tomatoes. Do some googling for salad recipes or just be creative.<br><br><br><br>
You say you don't have a microwave (that's good news - microwaves suck), but don't you have something you can cook with? Like a stove with hotplates or an ordinary oven?<br><br><br><br>
Many vegetables are delicious raw and can be put in salads as well. Cauliflower, sweetcorn, zucchinis to name just three.
 
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you can't cook things either? hmmm. that sucks. at least its summer (in the northern hemisphere at least). my mum used to keep things cool in buckets of cold water in a dark room, but i'm not a big expert on how she did it and i'd not like to risk you getting sick from me suggesting doing that, so if you want to research keeping things cool without a fridge online, go for it!<br><br><br><br>
otherwise- what about starting with sandwiches, bagels, crackers and wraps, with dried fruits and nuts, salads and fresh veggies. you can keep many fruits and veggies in a cool dark place like the back of a cupboard, or in a cool box, etc, without refridgeration, and they'll keep for a few days. if you catch cold night air in a cooler by putting it outside for a bit, then seal it and put it somewhere cold like a basement, it'll keep cooler longer, apparently. also, make sandwiches and similar stuff using spreads like peanut butter that don't need refridgerating.<br><br><br><br>
if you buy canned beans, you can eat them without cooking them, in wraps and salads too, or mush them and make into your own dips- so... you can make a quick guacamole thing from one avacado, a few baby tomatoes, and some lemon juice and spices, and eat it with nacho/dorito chips and beans and raw salad veggies. if you make a small amount of food, and eat it all at once, you don't need to worry about storing the rest. if you have really hot water from a tap, you could probably do couscous and packet soups and skinny asian noodles too, it'd just take a bit longer for the noodles to get soft, and the couscous to puff up and cook- if you can do that, you can add fresh veggies and nuts and dried fruits to these things too.<br><br><br><br>
soya milk comes in single serving cartons on the grocery shelf, a few of those might come in handy- they cost a bit more than the big ones, but its an emergency- then you could have breakfast cereal and use up a carton at a time, and not worry about keeping the rest of the open carton chilled.<br><br><br><br>
basically, i'd suggest trying packet soup mixes and couscous and very skinny asian noodle things (you can make them with very hot, but not boiling tapwater, and cover them tightly, and they'll still cook, just slower) and things like trail mix, nuts, flapjacks, cookies, breads and crackers, and similar stuff, canned, fresh, or dried fruits, cereal and small cartons of pasturised soya milk and juice, and small amounts of salad veggies that you can eat raw, and pretty quick.<br><br><br><br>
good luck- i'm sure someone more coherant will think of ideas soon- or probably has while i've been rambling here, lol!
 

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If you want taco bell, just say "no cheese", or "fresco style" which replaces the cheese with a tomato mix. yay, fast food without dead veal calves.</div>
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I get the seven-layer buritto without sour cream and cheese and just ask for more guac instead. It's not too shabby. Taco Bell are pretty good about customizing their menu items in my experience. I mean, um, not to hack on you or anything, but did it not occur to you to ask?<br><br><br><br>
Eat nuts.<br><br><br><br>
Do you own a cooler or know someone who could lend you a cooler to get by?<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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Oh wow! Thanks for all of the great ideas...The fruit was an obvious one..But I didnt know that Soy milk came in little cartons..I'll have to find some tonight when I go to the store...I think I will get some ice and put some things in a cooler also...thanks a lot...When I read your ideas, I thought...I am making this a bigger deal than it should be..sounds easy from the ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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Oh..about the Taco Bell and asking for no cheese...No one speaks a word of English at the taco Bell that is closest to my house. I tried to ask but they didnt understand..Next time I will figure out what it is in Spanish before I go.
 

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I was once discussing the subject of refrigeration with a regular practitioner of macrobiotics, and she said macrobiotics entails the ability to live without a refrigerator. This can obviously be extended to veganism in general. One of the things I find most appealing about veganism is the fact that if theres ever a natural disaster, I have a months supply of food in the pantry which doesnt need to be refrigerated. If and when the power goes <i>pffft</i> for an extended period of time, I have 200+ pounds of legumes, grains, canned goods and vegetables in the pantry. Fresh vegetables can be stored for at least a month without refrigeration if the temperature is kept down to about 55° F or lower. Digging a hole five feet deep and placing the veggies in a plastic cooler at the bottom of the hole will do the trick. The obvious issue in living without a fridge is, of course, only preparing as much food as you can eat in one sitting. This means spending considerably more time in the kitchen that you are accustomed to, but it shouldnt be an insufferably onerous task.
 

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Oh..about the Taco Bell and asking for no cheese...No one speaks a word of English at the taco Bell that is closest to my house. I tried to ask but they didnt understand..Next time I will figure out what it is in Spanish before I go.</div>
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no queso means no cheese
 

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If you want taco bell, just say "no cheese", or "fresco style"</div>
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Do you mean "pretzel style"? (Sorry, couldn't resist... I got that from an employee once.)
 

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no queso means no cheese</div>
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Does no carne mean no meat?<br><br><br><br>
Because twice in my life I have ordered bean burittos at the drive-through only to get home and find it was beef. I bit into the first one, went pale, felt sick and I swear I nearly fainted. My omni friends who were around at the time, all of them guys, had a field day with that one. Friggin' insensitive jerkwads.<br><br><br><br>
Now I order in so I can watch them make it.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, er...sorry to go off on a tangent.<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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Oh, and did anyone else read the subject line and think you fell of a wagon onto your fridge thereby breaking it?<br><br><br><br>
Or was it just me?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Just me eh?<br><br><br><br><i>Fine.</i> :p<br><br><br><br>
Cheers!<br><br>
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Having no fridge or cooker or (horrible) microwave is a wonderful opportunity to eat fresh food! Beautiful fresh fruits, raw vegetables and salads, nuts, seeds, wholemeal bread, houmous, fresh juices. The possibilities are endless and so healthy!<br><br><br><br>
And don't worry about falling off the vegan wagon, that has happened to a lot of vegans. As long as you didn't eat meat or fish, don't beat yourself up about it.<br><br><br><br>
Theatregirl<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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Having no fridge or cooker or (horrible) microwave is a wonderful opportunity to eat fresh food! Beautiful fresh fruits, raw vegetables and salads, nuts, seeds, wholemeal bread, houmous, fresh juices. The possibilities are endless and so healthy!<br><br><br><br>
And don't worry about falling off the vegan wagon, that has happened to a lot of vegans. As long as you didn't eat meat or fish, don't beat yourself up about it.<br><br><br><br>
Theatregirl<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"></div>
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Exactly-don't beat yourself up about it at all! I'm sure most of us have been in the position where we were like "crap, no vegan options" only to find there were plenty! No biggy...ya live and learn.<br><br>
But yeah...places like taco bell, just request no cheese, no sour cream, and they're always willing to replace meat w/beans. (there's sites that will translate spanish to english for ya) Subway can also be vegan, too, very cheaply (my 6" sub from there is a little over $2...some have specials where you can get 2 12" subs for like $4-a cooler w/some ice would keep them fresh long enough) Also, if you can ask a neighbor/some friends to store some of your foods for you might be a good idea. Since it's not for long, WW bread and some natural peanut butter for PB sandwiches would be a good idea. Vegan cereal w/soy milk. Fresh fruits/veggies, unsalted nuts. Since you have a crock pot-chili or other soups/stews are a great option. I've never had a hot plate, but if it gets hot enough maybe you could make oatmeal w/it and slice some fresh fruit into it? Just gotta think outside the box. It can be done though! For the short amount of time you don't have a fridge, you may have to comprimise a bit, but it can be done!
 

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Oh wow! Thanks for all of the great ideas...The fruit was an obvious one..But I didnt know that Soy milk came in little cartons..I'll have to find some tonight when I go to the store...I think I will get some ice and put some things in a cooler also...thanks a lot...When I read your ideas, I thought...I am making this a bigger deal than it should be..sounds easy from the ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"></div>
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"Sin queso" is "without cheese." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oh, and did anyone else read the subject line and think you fell of a wagon onto your fridge thereby breaking it?<br></div>
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I did <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Actually, I think I had the picture of someone sitting top of the fridge, which was sitting on a wagon... and the fridge itself fell off the wagon. Hmm.
 
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