Being on the road can be a bit stressful for plant strong eating. You don't know the area. There aren't always obvious choices. If you're staying in a hotel you're forced to eat out.
I try to stay in hotel suites that have some sort of kitchen, be it only two burners or a regular stove. If I'm driving to the location I always bring my own knives, a cutting board and spices.
I was recently in Las Vegas for 5 days for a convention, so when I arrived I hit up the local Trader Joe's and went to town. I got canned black beans, fresh peas, lentils, brown rice, tomatoes, green chilies, cilantro, potatoes and diced crimini mushrooms.
The first night I made a big batch of brown rice. I brought my own onions, fresh garlic and as I said spices (I used the ones I told you about in this post.
The room came equipped with pots so I was set. I sliced the onions and put them in a hot pan along with the mushrooms. I flash steamed/sauteed them until nicely browned. I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fenugreek seeds. After about a minute add about 7 cloves of chopped fresh garlic and two diced green chilies (or to your spice level) and saute for another minute. I then added 4 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups of lentils. Bring to a boil and after 5 minutes I added 4 peeled and cubed potatoes. Now add 1 tablespoon of the spice mix from the same post I linked to above. Let this boil away until the lentils and potatoes are cooked. Add 1 teaspoon (or salt to taste).
I added 1 cup of fresh peas right before serving. You can add freshly diced cilantro as a flavorful garnish. During the next nights I added drained and rinsed black beans one night. On another I added sliced firm tofu and on the last I made whole wheat burritos by adding fresh avocados and salsa.
Easy, inexpensive and fulfilling. I did also make my own oatmeal every morning as well.