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Holiday Polenta with Mushroom Sauce

Living in a van comes with sacrifices – you probably don’t have access to an oven and you definitely don’t have room for a dishwasher, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice eating healthy, delicious food. And when it comes to the holidays, many traditions revolve around food. Every Christmas my Grandma and Mom turn our kitchen into an assembly line of mixing, kneading, and filling. They create 100 of the most sought after cheese raviolis, from scratch. I realized it would be a bit ambitious to try and recreate these steaming cheese-filled pockets of bliss in the van, so this year I tried to keep the Italian tradition alive by making the next best thing – polenta. Polenta with Mushroom Sauce 1 tbsp safflower oil (or another oil of your choice) 1 package pre-cooked polenta (slice into 1/4 inch slices) 1 package pre-cooked polenta (slice into 1/4 inch slices)1 tsp. minced garlic (or substitute garlic powder) 1/2 onion, diced 1 cup mushrooms, diced 1 can tomato sauce 3 pinches dried herbs (oregano, parsley, thyme) Parmesan …

Chickpea Salad (aka Fake Tuna Salad)

One of my favorite, easy to make, go-to meals is this fake tuna salad recipe. I often make a big batch of this the night before, using a portion for dinner and bringing the leftovers for lunch at the crag the following day. It’s super versatile – you can eat it as a salad, make cold sandwiches with greens and tomato, or (my favorite) make a grilled “tuna” melt sandwich. Chickpea Salad (aka Fake Tuna Salad) 15 oz. garbanzo beans (mashed) 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 tsp. spicy brown mustard 1 tbsp. pickles (chopped) 1/2 onion (chopped) In a medium bowl, combine beans, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, onions, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. *I make variations of this recipe depending on the ingredients I have available. I will leave out pickles and add in diced tomatoes, as I often  have a can of those on hand. Dirtbag Tip: Save mustard and mayonnaise packets from restaurants to use in this recipe!