When you’re craving a healthy, satisfying lunch but don’t have the time for a sit-down meal, what do you do? Thanks to the food truck fad, we don’t have to worry about having that problem anymore. Whether you want tacos or hamburgers, vegan wraps or frozen yogurt, there always seems to be a food truck to satisfy your every cuisine craving.

Where Ya At Matt in Seattle

New Orleans native and Culinary Institute of America graduate Matt Lewis grew up eating traditional Creole dishes like po’ boys, gumbo and jambalaya. When his culinary career brought him to Seattle, Washington, Lewis decided that the best way to explore his love of cooking was to bring the food of his old home city to his new one. In August of 2010, he opened Where Ya At Matt, a food truck that serves up the Louisiana classics he’s been making and enjoying since he was young.

“Every menu item carries a fond childhood memory for me,” said Lewis on the truck’s website. “I am sharing the best, most comforting, most delicious street foods New Orleans has to offer. Every item carries with it the history and flavor of my home town. I chose each menu item then ran it by my family, even my granny. When granny approves, you know it’s got to be good!”

With an entirely house-made menu (right down to the mayonnaise!), Where Ya At has earned quite a reputation on the streets of Seattle. Here are a few of the truck’s items that are bringing Southern NOLA flavors to the Pacific Northwest:

Muffulettas

Muffulettas

There are two sandwiches that New Orleans is famous for. One is the po’ boy. The other is the muffuletta. Where Ya At is always changing what goes on this sandwich, using classic ingredients like mortadella, olive salad and provolone cheese. One thing that never changes is the traditional Sicilian sesame bread.

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits

Nothing says Creole cuisine like a bowl of shrimp and grits. This creamy dish is made just the way they do it in New Orleans, complete with breaded shrimp, Cajun spices and chive topping.

Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice

Where Ya At’s red beans and rice is so flavorful, you’d never believe it’s vegan. This healthy dish truly captures the essence of NOLA with its perfect combination of spices. It can easily be adapted for meat-eaters by adding a delicious serving of andouille sausage.

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Christie is a graphic designer who likes to keep healthy simple. She enjoys finding little ways to make healthy foods delicious and stay active while working a busy desk job. She chronicles her culinary adventures and crafting projects at Razzle Frazzle, a blog she co-founded with her best friend/future bakery business partner. Follow them on Twitter @Razzle_Frazzle_.