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Old 06-05-2015, 08:56 PM   #1
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ISO Recipes For Takealong Road Trip Hot Meals

My husband and I are planning another very long road trip across the country (the USA) and this time I really want to be much more prepared when it comes to meals.

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On our last automobile adventure I packed lunch items, such as breads, individual chip packages, fruits, cut-up veggies, desserts and drinks. I didn’t plan any dinners though, but this go around, I want to have 3 different, comforting, semi-healthful, filling hot meals to easily re-heat in a microwave oven in the hotels that we stopped at.
We’ll be driving all day, stopping for just the night and then moving on to the next city and doing this three separate times on the way out (our final destination will be Michigan).
We DO NOT want to have to eat at any restaurants believe it or not, we want to simply relax for the evening, get cleaned up, some grub and shut-eye, no fuss, no muss.
Of course this will call for paper plates and plastic utensils; I will also pack a mixing bowl, a good sharp knife and flexible cutting board. I include McCormick Salt and Pepper grinders for seasoning too.
I own a Food Saver, in which I can vacuum seal pre-homemade, frozen entrées and pack them in coolers.
I’m hoping that the members of DC can pass along some terrific ideas, as well the recipe, for me to make ahead and take along on this trek… we haven’t come up with a trip name as yet, but it can’t out do “Our Great Western Adventure”.

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Old 06-05-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:10 PM   #3
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Sounds like a fun trip, kgirl!

Just off the top of my head for make ahead and vacuum seal portioned meals...chili freezes well, and if you took along some potatoes to steam in the microwave, you'd have a meal right there...chili topped potatoes.

Lasagna - either meat and pasta based, or veggie lasagna...those freeze well, you could make a pan or two before you leave, cut into squares, and portion freeze.

Chicken...you could grill or roast some chicken, and freeze it in portion bags. Lots of things you could do with some ready chopped chicken to warm up in the microwave.
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So, what you are looking for is meals you can make at home, freeze, and then just nuke 'em in your hotel room?

The only thing that comes to mind is stew or chili or a curry. I'll think about it.

But, I just noticed an Indian ready to eat meal in my kitchen. These are meals that are shelf stable and come in a sealed bag, inside a box. They are quite good and made of all natural ingredients. There are a number of brands that make this stuff. Most of it is vegetarian. A couple of packs and some rice makes a meal or it makes a good side dish. Here's one brand that we like: Products - Tasty Bite. I'm pretty sure you can nuke in the bag. Some of the brands have foil bags, so you gotta pour it into a microwave safe container.
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Hmm. I agree with the above ideas. Also, in the food saver bag, Tater tot casserole, tuna casserole, various soups in cottage cheese containers. Lunch meat, (maybe some Spam!), bread, cheese, lettuce, mayo and mustard. A can or two of tuna or chicken.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:39 PM   #6
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Dawg...spam - great idea!

Which just brought me to another suggestion - split pea soup with chopped spam. Freeze in muffin tins and portion out in your foodsaver. Made ahead corn muffins, and you've got a great microwaveable dinner. You could do white bean soup, too. Healthy and filling.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:42 PM   #7
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:19 AM   #8
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OK, K-girl, I must ask. When DH and I do roadtrips, one of our biggest pleasures is eating at restaurants along the way. What gives? I figure nobody cares what I look like, smell like, etc., as I'm probably never going to see them again.
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I like the idea of taking a few supermarket shelf stable items that you can heat and eat or jazz up with a few simple ingredients. Maybe a three can casserole of some type, the combinations are endless. A can of chicken, tuna or ham, a can of mushrooms, veg-all or green beans and a can of cream of something soup. Mix it up and nuke it until it is bubbly. Serve over crushed corn chips, instant mashed potatoes or rice.

How about nachos, quesadillas or tacos? The cooking/prep work could be done at home and the microwave could be used to melt cheese or reheat the precooked meat and beans.

Pack a bag of precooked bacon for a quick BLT or a plate of microwave scrambled eggs. The eggs can be plain or dressed up with some cheese and veggies.

I would also consider swinging into any good sized supermarket and grabbing a rotisserie chicken, salad and dessert. It would provide a no fuss dinner and leftovers for lunch the following day.

A bowl of your favorite cereal with milk and a banana can be a great dinner when all you want to do is eat and fall into bed.

I would also leave some room in your plan for foods you may see along the road. I have always enjoyed stopping at roadside stands, small bakeries, specialty markets etc...

Maybe you will luck out and find some fresh sweet corn!

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If you have room in the vehicle consider packing a cooler, pantry box and a kitchen box. I used to travel with a small toaster oven and an electric coffee pot in my kitchen box. My aunt used to travel with a blender, for happy hour, and a small canned ham in hers. Take whatever works for you and your family.
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Hey there KGirl!

Your trip sounds wonderful.

My first suggestion is to take along 2 of your dinner plates and sets of flatware. They don't take up much room, and are much nicer to use than plastic utensils and paper plates.

For easy meals I was thinking of burritos. Making your own and freezing would be healthy.

I'll get back to you with other ideas, I just have to wake all the way up first!
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