Friday, November 20, 2015

5 Easy Recipes For Truck Drivers Sick of Fast Food

The thing about truck driving that gets old first is eating fast food. Not only is it bad for you but it is expensive! Personally I'm not convinced that fast food is actually food at all, but that's just me.

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Let's look at 5 easy recipes for truck drivers sick of fast food to solve that problem. Cooking in a truck isn't all that difficult and almost every Walmart has truck parking of some sort. While it might not have the best produce in the world, if you shop what is seasonal as far as fresh goes it will give you a head start on better quality fruits and veggies.

You also need to have a few staples on hand so that you can have variety. Here is a list of my "go to" spices.

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  • Garlic powder
  • Italian blend spices
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Salt (I like real Salt)
  • Pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Corn starch
  • Sugar (in a small container)

A few cooking utensils are also a must have for cooking in the truck

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Okay, now we are good to go as far as creating fun easy trucker meals.

Recently I got a vegetable spiralizer  like this one here. These little spiral making tools are fun to use and add some zest to otherwise kind of ordinary food.

This spicy peanut noodle recipes is filling and satisfying.

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The ingredients needed:

1 cup spaghetti noodles (I cook a whole bunch of noodles, put them in quart baggies and freeze them for my hubby)

1 cup zucchini spirals (or 1 smaller zucchini spiralized)
1/2 cup carrots spirals (or 1 small carrot spiralized)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tbs (tablespoon) water
2 tsp (teaspoon) soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar (or balsamic)
1/2 agave nectar/maple syrup or a 1/2 tsp sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil (she says canola, but that is really bad for  you)
a shake (or more to taste) hot sauce

Mix your peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, sweetener (sugar/syrup/agave nectar), oil and hot sauce together in your glass bowl, microwave for 15 seconds, stir to blend.

Microwave  your noodles (in the bag until they are defrosted if still frozen) If they are at room temperature, add to your glass bowl stir to blend the sauce with the noodles, microwave for 2 minutes  until warmed through.

Add the carrots and zucchini stir them together to warm them up.

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Either bring chicken from home or buy packaged fajita pre cooked chicken
Shredded cheese (optional)
Fresh Salsa mix

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one red onion chopped
one red bell pepper chopped
1 bunch cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper chopped

You can add tomato but I would put that on separately.

Heat your chicken up, add your cheese, salsa mix, tomato and avocado (if you so desire) and a shot of hot sauce (we like spicy in our house/truck)

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Tortilla chips
Pre cooked chicken
Pack of mixed greens
drained canned beans
Fresh Salsa Mix
Salad dressing (this one is to die for!)

Layer a small amount of chips at the bottom of your plate/bowl, add the other ingredients

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Pre cooked meat balls
Jar of your favorite sauce
Pre cooked noodles (from home) or boil them in your pot

Heat the sauce and meat balls together in the microwave, in your bowl. Then add your noodles and heat it a few more minutes to get everything all warmed up.

This tastes great with garlic bread that can be made by heating up a roll sliced in half, butter it and then sprinkle with garlic powder.

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You will need a package of dry onion soup mix
1-2 lb pot roast (use left overs for burritos/tacos or sandwiches)
1- 2 carrots chopped up
1 large red potato chopped up into wedges
1 small onion sliced
 water to come half way up the roast and cover the veggies

Add everything to your crock pot, let cook for 5 - 8 hours while you drive.

I particularly like this crock pot as it has clips to keep the top from coming off while it is cooking and you are driving...                                                                                                                                                      

With the technology we have today and a good power inverter, one can cook just about anything in a truck that one enjoys at home. Cooking seems to be becoming a lost art, which is sad. Fresh food is so much better for us.

It might take a bit of planning but armed with some ideas and strategies you can eat well on the road and save money too!

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