Meals on the road are nowhere near as complicated as they were when we lived in a house. Then, I used my creative energy to cook and bake. Now I have other adventures to pursue. We eat very simply — mostly raw — with a lot of fresh fruit and veg.

Fruit and veg, November 2012
We shop frequently for fresh produce and try to find locally-owned shops at which to do our shopping.

Breakfast is basically the same as in a house. We keep cereals and muesli on offer, and I sometimes cook up porridge for us all. We use calcium-enriched soy drink rather than milk, and Aisha and I drink chai during the day.

Calista eating porridge while on the road, November 2012
Calista enjoys porridge in the morning sunshine. I encourage the girls to eat outside the bus whenever possible.

We are a family of vegetarians. Cutting out meat not only saves money, it means that food preparation and hygiene issues are much simpler. We regularly buy protein products like tofu, Sanitarium’s vegie sausages, vegie patties, protein schnitzels and pieces. We cook these on our fry-pan or on electric barbeques.

Brioni cooking vegie sausages on a barbecue, December 2012
When they're available, we like to use the electric barbecues in public parks to cook our vegie sausages or patties.

Fresh produce is a staple. We have two fruit bowls that are often brimming with good things to eat. Our favourites are apples, bananas, capsicums, tomatoes, grapes and whatever other fruit is in season.

Fresh fruit bought from a road-side stand, December 2012
Where road-side vendors have set up stalls with fresh produce, we stop and stock up. Summertime is great with all the fresh fruit that is available!

We eat quite a few sandwiches. The girls enjoy cheese, jam or honey on wholemeal bread, and Brioni and I prefer sliced tomatoes on corn Cruskits. I try to stay away from gluten foods like bread, and Brioni has picked up the habit from me.

Brioni and Calista eating lunch, November 2012
Brioni and Calista enjoy their lunch in the shade of the tree.

Brioni and I are the only two vegans, so the other girls regularly eat vegetarian cheese and yoghurt. We buy our cheese already sliced so the girls can help themselves to a piece when they’re hungry. Brioni likes soy yoghurt but doesn’t like the taste of soy cheese.

I cook meals when I’m hungry for them or when they’re requested. We regularly eat rice and pasta meals, and I snack on dolmades. The girls prefer most of their vegies raw — carrots, cauliflower, beans, cherry tomatoes and capsicums.

Delaney stirring the porridge, December 2012
We carry pots and fry-pan for cooking. These are non-stick, square-shaped SmartSpace cookware, which are easy to clean and store.

It’s not all “growing food”. We keep snacks on hand — soy crisps, baked biscuits, potato chips and popcorn. If we visit a big supermarket, we often end up with potato salad and flavoured milk drinks for the girls. I’m still addicted to V energy drinks — a survival measure I acquired in June, and we freeze juice into ice blocks for hot days.

Occasionally we indulge in take-away. I find it quite expensive, and there aren’t many healthy take-away meals that are vegetarian or vegan. Sometimes we buy vegetarian burgers, hot chips, baked potatoes or potato scallops. This is happening less and less often as we settle into our travelling routine of buying and eating good food from grocery stores.

I’m happy with the way we eat on demand. Grazing throughout the day means we’re only taking in the energy we need rather than stuffing ourselves with food because it’s time for a meal. The girls are thriving on their food — they’re happy and healthy, and this system is working for us.