Road Food Veggie Style

August 26, 2010

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I drove down to the family farm. I love a good road trip, but I hate the food options. Every exit sign is a veritable cornucopia of fast food chain restaurants- Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Chick fil A, etc. Don’t even get me started on the so-called “food” products found in gas station convenience stores. With little time to spare, we needed to be able to swing through and grab a few snacks that were healthy and satisfying. Needless to say, the above mentioned restos offer little in the way of veggie options and I will not be trying a filet o fish sandwich anytime soon. No thanks.

Feeling inspired by a recent Men’s Health article on how to save calories when dining on fast food, I decided to go with the flow and simply veggie-fy my meal by ordering a hamburger with all the fixins, but no meat. We chose McDonald’s because, frankly, they have the best fries. Yes, that is how we make road trip food decisions.

Ordering was slightly challenging. I ordered the Angus Beef burger because it came with the most toppings, but when I asked for a burger without the burger, the cashier stared black at me with a look of confusion, doubt, and pity- as if thinking, “Why would anyone want a meal without meat?” It was like watching a circuit overload. I thought smoke was mere seconds from shooting out of her ears. But, in the end- after telling me that I was a “difficult” customer (I get that a lot)- she figured out how to make me happy. Victory!

The weather outside was gorgeous so we found a shady spot on the McDonald’s lawn and had an impromptu picnic.

I feasted on this and it was delish!

We shared fries and a coke (classic!). It was a perfect amount of food and revived us for the remainder of our trip. We may have had a little dessert too.

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Nanaverm July 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm

About 18 years ago, the small co-op home school my daughter was in did the same at a McD’s, as many of the kids and parents were vegetarian. Got Happy Meals w/o the meat in the buns. And also got strange looks from the employees!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Love it! :)

Aparna E. April 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I was just going to ask you if you had any more tips! Haha. Hopefully we can help each other :) It’s always so hard when I have to travel for work through the south aka the land of fried food. Usually places are nice enough to leave the meat off a salad or something for me. Just sucks I have to pay the normal price still :( I can’t wait to read more of your adventures and read more recipes!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

Yes! Keep me posted! :)

Aparna E. April 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I just came across your blog from TK (congrats on the grilled cheese being featured!) and I am LOVING your space of internet! I am also a vegetarian and this entry cracked me because I do that too! I always get the “what the-” stares, but hey, we have to eat on the road too! Anyway, great blog!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

Hey, Aparna! Thank you so much for stopping by and welcome to my blog! :) It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who has trouble finding good, vegetarian road food options. Let me know if you have any tips!

Jennifer August 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm

haha. so true!

Ashlee August 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I think if I ordered a hamburger where I live without the meat,the cashier would do the same thing or possibly have the need to get the manager to clarify the steps to make such a sandwich!

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