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Old 05-31-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question ISO hotel room recipe ideas.

Hi all. Before I go on, this isn't a travel dining question for those who may think it is.

I'm brand spanking new to the forums and goodness knows I sure wish I had found this before. What a wonderful site, and the icing is that they're full of such amazingly knowledgeable and helpful folks too! I'm happy to join and be a part of it.

All that said, my husband and I are taking an amazing road trip at the end of this month. At present, our plan is to visit seventeen states. I'm just so excited! Most of these I've never been to.

Does anyone have any tips, or recipes, for cooking in hotel rooms? We're going economy so we'll only have a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator in the rooms. Naturally the cheapest and easiest, with less ingredients, the better.

I've found quite a few road-trip snack recipes, but I'm also looking for a bit of heartier fare.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-31-2009, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'm thinking take a Cooler...To keep a few things cold while you travel...Refrigerate them at night --- Take along, and buy "Cokes" .....In a Hotel or Motel they can cost big bucks!
Microwaved Potatoes loaded with your favorites are good!

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Old 05-31-2009, 03:30 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome. Sounds like fun! Take pictures! LOL
How about a crock pot? You can have something cooking while your sightseeing.
Also an electric skillet. A lot of one pot meals in that as well as being able to do burgers, dogs,etc. The fridges in the rooms should help as well as a cooler or two. Plenty of paperplates and condiments that can be thrown in a bag as well.
I have a recipe for mock swedish meatballs that can go in a elec. skillet. Let me know and I'll PM a couple of recipes to you.
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Old 05-31-2009, 04:18 PM   #4
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Buy a power converter. Plug it into your car and you can plug in a crock pot, cook while you are zooming down the road!
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Old 05-31-2009, 04:34 PM   #5
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UB, has the idea..definitely a cooler.

You could pre make salads put in ziplock bags
A portable small charcoal grill,bring grilling tools.Coleman stove,just the basic pots/pans,just in case you want to stop on the road and make your meals.
Marinate some chicken, place them in ziplock bags.Toss as you go.Make up hamburger patties,sausages,canned chili.
This time of year fruit/veggie stands are a good finds.
The one thing I forgot on our last trip was all purpose wet wipes.

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Have a great trip :)

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Old 05-31-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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Cool

Thanks to everyone for the advice so far. I too agree about the cooler, but I don't believe I've ever actually been on a trip where I didn't take one. I'd be lost without it!

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How about a crock pot?
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Buy a power converter. Plug it into your car and you can plug in a crock pot, cook while you are zooming down the road!
Do you know how brilliant those ideas are??? I cannot believe that thought never even crossed my mind.

In fact, as soon as I read that I put in an order at Amazon for a 2.5 qt crock. I use my large one all the time, but I make big fancy meals with it. I'll have to get one for just the two of us on the trip. It'll pay for itself in the money I save.

I thought another thing I could do is make up a few spice mixes, to kill the plain flavors. The mixes I've thought about so far are Italian, Southwestern, and Cajun (I live in Cajun Country). I can use those in lieu of carrying around a lot of spices or buying pre-mixed spices. I'll also carry instant bouillon and then I can just toss in a meat, a vegetable and a liquid. When it's nearly done, I'll add the spices.

I'm still up for ideas too. These are just great!

ETA: Thanks for the welcom!
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You're welcome. The spices sound like a great idea. Would you keep them in a ziploc or just little bowls/containers with lids? Guess it depends on how much you take.
We're the same way with the cooler. Even if it's just a weekend trip and we just put sodas and either wine or beer in it.
I usually have a grocery bag full of snacks for on the road too. And I, being the co-pilot just turn around to the back seat and grab the snack and a cold drink. I always bring a plastic glass for me. I don't like drinking out of the can or bottle.


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I used the wrong button but, I think it'll still work for you.
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I used the wrong button but, I think it'll still work for you.
I fixed the quote, but, I don't think it goes to where you wanted. Send me the link in a PM and I'll fix it.
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:04 PM   #10
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Thanks. I think I've got it. I'll just use the link button.

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