If you are a lucky duck and have a kitchen in your hostel/ hotel/ AirBnb, then you probably want to cook. If you love to cook like me you probably want to make a 3 course meal or if you are a broke college student like me you probably just want to eat ramen.
There is a happy medium in between!
Now you can’t have the same kitchen you have at home. There aren’t a selection of sauces, spices or herbs but there are a couple things you can get to make a lovely meal while being abroad. This especially helpful you are maintaining a difficult diet such as vegetarianism.
Breakfast is easy: cereal + milk or toast+fruit= simple breakfast
Lunch: bread+cheese+veggies= easy sandwich. It’s portable for when you are out and about. I like sandwiches because I can put it in my purse and go sightseeing for the day. Then I can find a nice place to picnic.
The goal here is to buy just enough to make a good meal but not waste food.
I get garlic or onion, olive oil, pasta or rice, salad mix and an herb (I prefer parsley or basil). Then I get three vegetables, this will depend where you are and what you prefer. In this photo, I made a super simple dish.
My equation: (two vegetables+garlic+herb+olive oil)/pasta= yummy cheap sort of healthy food. You can get a surprising amount of variety for example:
(zucchini+tomatoes+garlic+parsley+olive oil)/ rice
(asparagus+bell pepper+garlic+parsley+olive oil)/speghetti
I fried eggplant, bell pepper,fresh basil and garlic together in olive oil. Then put it over pasta along with a glass of cheap white wine.
You can have a nice meal without wasting money or compromising your diet. If you’re traveling you only want a handful of things you can use up before you are gone.
Now for specifically Spain, get you pasta, oil, cereal etc… from a supermercado and get your vegetables/ fruit get from a fruteria. Fruteria is much cheaper and fresher than the market. It maybe a pain to go to two separate places but it’s worth it for the price and taste. I also suggest getting bread from a panaderia instead of supermercado for the same reason. They make it fresh and it’s much cheaper. If you need more specific items try a health food store. Happy Cow is the best resource to find a nearby health food store.
Please message me if this helped you at all! I appreciate any feedback.