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When we hit the road, I make sure to pack our cooler with at least two made-ahead dinners and lunch stuff, as well as breakfast for our blast off morning. 

While on the road seeing the U. S. A. we stop at different farmer's markets, delis, mega-marts, basically anywhere that we can buy product to put together for our afternoon and/or evening meals. 

I have a micro in our hotel room (sometimes), a cheap-o knife (very sharp), flexible-plastic board, paper plates and plastic utensils (I don't take any spices or herbs, just one of those throw-away peppermills from the supermarket).

If y'all would be so kind as to throw me some ideas for two make-ahead dinners and  stuff I can make while on the road?

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post #2 of 26
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post #3 of 26

Hmm, sorry I can't be of any help.  My idea of a fun road trip includes stopping to try local restaurants along the way.  No way am I getting stuck with doing dishes on the road.  I wouldn't know what to suggest for you.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

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post #4 of 26
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::chuckle::

Miss KK, that's what we do alot, we love road trips, mostly so that we can try different places to eat, different foods that I wouldn't/couldn't make myself!

Paper plates sister!!  NO washing dishes on the road!!

Some of the meals that we have, have been a roasted chicken and fruits&veg (raw) chopped as a side dish, or whatever else the local megemarts/delis/farmers markets offer, LOVE whole foods, sorry, I know plenty of you can't care for them, but alot of them offer great salad bars, olive bars, and hot entrees.

I was hoping some other people (I already asked one of my friends) here at CT would be able to give me new ideas, outside of the box...

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post #5 of 26

Whole Foods does get a bad rap.  Personally I enjoy walking through the store, I've sampled their salad bar plenty of times when in need of a quick lunch out while shopping.  It's the only place I've been able to find fresh quail eggs and fresh lobster mushrooms or chanterelles.  It costs a lot of money but everyone deserves to eat some chanterelles once a year even if they have to pay $20/lb.  If it makes anyone feel any better I only ever buy chuck or shoulder cuts of meat and never waste money on filet mignons :)

 

So really, why do you want to cook on a road trip?  Where do you do the cooking anyway?

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post #6 of 26
Kk,

If I may give an opinion here , I know that Kgirl Is a true "foodie" and enjoys eating, cooking , prepping , hosting and the whole general passion and enjoyment that comes with the whole eating and dining experience.

I for one (the under privileged) have never had the opportunity to do a road trip. I would be wanting to bring meals , seek out the best local foods, or just drive until you hit that little diamond that no one ever thought to visit.

I think it's fantastic Kgirl that you are so lucky to be doing this.

Petals

My boss used to take road trips and pass by NY and have lunch with his wife. A few years ago she gave me all her pendants from the restaurant they used to frequent, Club 21.
Does anyone know the place ? I spoke to the manager and their picture is still there on the wall......

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post #7 of 26

Power inverters are compact so you can power small electrics like a stick blender. Useful for hummus from canned garbanzos. Or white beans with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.  Pitas are good bread to travel with as they resist the smashing and distortion that happens. Also good for the various "salad stuffings" of tuna, chicken, egg. The foil pouch seafood is of generally higher quality than canned but more expensive. It works well in this application.

 

Fruited yogurt and granola makes a simple muesli that I enjoy.

 

Bagels, cream cheese and various toppers. smoked salmon, canadian bacon and so on.

 

Dried fruit.

 

If you want to get out of the box further, Dian Thomas' series of books Roughing it Easy includes cooking on your car's exhaust manifold (tin foil dinner type things). One of them includes heating a rock in an oven for an hour or two (careful rock selection is important), then carefully loading that into a chicken cavity, wrapping in foil, then many layers of newspaper. There is enough residual heat to cook the chicken from the hot rock.

 

Frozen burritos. Let them thaw in your cooler, then heat on the dash in the sun while you're in a store or shopping or whatever. A black pocket of paper or fabric will help it along. I picked this one up reading 127 hours by Aaron Ralston. He got stuck in that canyon with half of a (thawed) frozen burrito. But it's a pretty good idea actually.

 

There are shelf stable pre-cooked rice packets in the grocers now. Some flavored, some not--all a little high on sodium if you're watching that. But they're useful for making a quick rice salad. Some olive, artichokes, grape tomatoes, green onion, maybe a little garlic, some fresh herbs or a little bottled salad dressing. Maybe load up at a salad bar with the additions and dressing then mix with the rice packet.

 

YOu can also find a number of shelf stable Indian and a few Thai dishes at many grocers. Target has a pretty good selection.

 

Cous cous cooks from boiling water. The small immersion water heaters for a cup of coffee or what not are certainly up to the task of boiling enough water for two for cous cous.

 

I've taken to buying boxes of single serve pouches of mayo, mustard and that sort of thing for trips. Doesn't need refrigeration, right amounts for simple doctoring.

post #8 of 26

a corkscrew and a blanket!

joey

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post #9 of 26

A pasta salad could be something easy to make with the equipment you listed. Just get some mayo in a store somewhere, some veggies, pepper and salt and you're good to go.

post #10 of 26

I ususally take an electric one burner hot plate, a skillet and a pot. I pre-marinate some meats and freeze them, and when I go on the road, I throw them in a cooler. I even pre-saute veggies, so that they only need to be heated. You can make almost anything you want like this, and it sure beats fast food. You got to be careful though so you don't set off the smoke alarm.

 

While I do like eating out at non fast food restaurants, it can get a little expensive.

post #11 of 26

if you were to do a pasta salad, i would forgo the mayo for a vinagrette dressing...lots of choices out there...sesame ginger or asian is always good.

wraps are always fun and as you can put anything you want or have in them it works for breakfast as well as a snack or dinner. they have some great flavors now..jalapeno- cheddar, tomato- basil, spinach, multigrain. when we used to do car road trips, before we got the motorhome, i would take a small bag of condiments...i'm big on condiments... always at least 3 different hot sauces, always some sort of mustard, sesame chili oil, fig jam, artichoke pesto, sun dried tomato pesto, tapenade, dried chorizo and salami...those type of things....stuff you can just grab a loaf of bread and have a picnic!   some of the dry soup cups that only needs boiling water are good...lentil, black bean, tortilla...that's where the condiments come in!  have fun kgirl....when so you hit the road? how long will you be gone? can we look forward to another travel blog? pictures?

buen viaje...

joey

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post #12 of 26

When we go on a road trip we always make some fancy sandwiches. A few ideas: 

 

- Pan Bagnat. 

- Grilled chicken with roasted red bell pepper, dijon mustard (or chipotle aioli) and salad. 

- Ground lamb with cumin, smoked paprika, sweated shallots, garlic, parsley, slices of tomatoes, salad and a bit of mint yogurt (this one works well in pita bread). 

- Poached shrimp, avocado marinated in lemon and black pepper, grapefruit segments, arugula, deep fried shallot rings. 

- Sliced rib-eye, caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms. 

- Pan seared duck breast with roasted figs. 

- Salmon with Charmoula.

 

etc etc...


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post #13 of 26
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a corkscrew and a blanket!

joey

 

… and my pillow!

Oh, well, maybe a case of bottled water and a case of wine, all musts!

You know me too well Joey!

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post #14 of 26
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I have some condiment packettes, not many.

Olive oil, mustard, soy sauce and mayo (even though mister k~girl hates it). 

We always have our Starbucks instant coffee, paper plates, mugs, forks and spoons. 

Most of the hotel/motels that we stay in have micro and

we do look forward to eating out (at least I do), but we do like to try to save some money. 

It's not that we are by any means of the imagination 'well off',

we have been very frugal over a very long time. 

Having moved away from a highly exurbanite locale, we can now do what we truly intended.

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post #15 of 26

a few more thoughts kgirl.....

breakfast burritos for your blast off breakfast...you can assemble them the night before...don't forget the pico! i know i mentioned wraps but another thing to do with tortillasand is a great appetizer is to make rollups....cr chz, turkey, pickled jalapenos or mango salsa etc.....they are infinately better with fresh tortillas....

make ahead and freeze dinner ideas...chicken cacciatore(use thighs), chicken marbella(thighs, sherry, olives, capers, dried fruit)...for both you can just buy a bag of microwavable rice. i know that probably borders on heresy, but personally i don't like frozen rice...it tastes grainy and mushy....you could also buy the fresh microwavable mashers

eggplant parmesan freezes well..nothing needed but bread and a side salad

stews!!!....hatch green chile pork chowder gets my vote and the chilies are great this year....mr. kgirl would like an italian sausage and orzo soup i bet..very comforting....southwestern chicken and black bean stew is another great hearty and easy option 

don't forget crushed red pepper flakes or better yet piment d'espelette..love that stuff!

again, as i said just a few more ideas that might work for you...when do you go and for how long?

joey

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post #16 of 26

when i travel i almost always stayed in hostels that had full kitchens but always brought my own knives and basic spices or blends.  i bring a bodem now because living in Europe has spoiled me for good coffee and i cant do the instant stuff any more.  i just came back from Crete in Greece and stayed in a pension that had a small kitchen.  the ingredients were cheep and so fresh there.   the olives, feta and the vegetables were amazing i was able to stay longer because i could make so much of my own food and good food for so cheep.  

 

but when i travel a good knife or two come with me.  in matala i found a good opnel knife that fits my hand great, folds down in half is sharp and light.  this is my new travel knife.

post #17 of 26
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right, I take along my travel knife and a plastic, well, it's not what we would say a cutting board... it's a thick plasic sheet that you can rool up and use it to cut things on and not cut the surface under it...

but my cheap-o dollar store knife for traveling, that I don't give two hoots about, only cost $1.00 US, is REALLY sharp and I wrap it in a folded paper towel, secured with a rubber band, WORKS GREAT.  And then 9 out of 10 times we have a micro and a fridge in our room, go to go!  I don't take along any spices or oils, just a cheap-throw away pepper mill.  That's it.

what I'm trying to acheive here is not being so mundane with what foods I do put together for us in the hotel/motel on the nights that we don't want to go out. (roasted chicken from the megamart, salad bar offerings, etc.) Sometimes after a long day of motoring or sightseeing, you don't feel like sitting a restaurant, you want to just veg out in the room, have a simple supper, watch some TV and go to sleep, so that you're fresh for the next day...

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post #18 of 26

rice paper wraps 

 

some mixed salad greens.

some cooked shrimp or ham or asian roast pork slices. Lots of options really

some basil or mint

a small cucumber and/or baby carrots slice thinly

 

Hot water and a bowl. Soak some thin rice noodles until soft, these can take a while, about 20 minutes. Soak individual rice papers as you're ready to roll them up. They can be done under running hot water.

 

Lay out a softened rice paper on a damp paper towel. Lay in the meat, some noodles, some vegies.  Dress if you want or dress by the bite. Roll it up burrito style and enjoy.

 

You could mix up some nuoc cham for your cooler, or use just use soy or fish sauce for a condiment.  Or you could use some sliced pepperoni, salami and fill them egg noodles, salad and some italian dressing or just vinegar and oil.

post #19 of 26
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yum phatch, that sounds great, good idea!

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post #20 of 26

I haven't taken a road trip in years! I used to always use one as an excuse to make calzones, which could be eaten out of hand the first day or two without making a mess. You can fill them with almost anything but my favorite was always spinach and ricotta cheese. Almost sinfully rich by my current standards but they didn't drip.

post #21 of 26
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I was leaning that way as well Terry

I want tasty, non-pedestrian, non-tummy-issue-type-food and above all else not messy in the car while you're driving.  We like to motor straight through on our first day out, I'm thinking it's going to be a good 9-10 hours with only pit stops for the car and the people. 

There are times (mostly back East) that detours are made...

WEGMAN'S !!!  to eat or historic locales for a few hours, but in the West, things and places and farther apart, so we feel we need to get some distance goin' on!

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post #22 of 26

Boys and girls, you do really prepare some food for trips. I buy bread, cheese, ham and mayo. Lots of water also. Wife prepares sandwiches on the road. Thats it. I stop a couple of times for some coffee and never drive more than 1000 Km. a day. Then, when we arrive at destiny, party time at a nice restaurant!

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post #23 of 26

I agree with KK. Half the fun in road trips is trying local eateries. I make numerous road trips from San Diego to North Cal or back home to Texas and usually rely on water, Red Bull, beef jerky and pistachios to snack on in between stops. But if you're game you can always use your cars engine as an oven. Look up "Manifold Destiny" by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller, 

 

post #24 of 26
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Okay, so we're back from our road trip, which was fantastic... and I wanted to update everyone on what I did..

 

 

 

 

For our blast off morning, which was at 6 o'clock in the morning, I made the night before, breakfast burritos with scrambled egg, home made roasted Italian-style red peppers, jack and cheddar cheese and Italian sauage on flour tortillas.  They were re-heated in the micro and then into a thermo-lunch bag

 

 

 

 

 

For lunch on the road to California (a ten hour car ride) was strombolli of scratch pizza dough, pesto, provolone, hot cappa, herbed ham, diced hot cherry peppers and  my Italain-style red peppers and then egg-washed to make it pretty.

 

The long car ride didn't seem so bad, we had our satellite radio 'talk programs' and ipod to entertain us

and some non-messy eats and other snacks as well...

more at a later time once I have my feet under me about the rest of the adventure.

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For lunch on the road to California (a ten hour car ride) was strombolli of scratch pizza dough, pesto, provolone, hot cappa, herbed ham, diced hot cherry peppers and  my Italain-style red peppers and then egg-washed to make it pretty.

 

That sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious!! Hope you had a great time. 

post #26 of 26
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heh thanks FF, we had a great experience

DH had never been to any where but SoCal

so I really wanted to show him the rest of this wonderful state

 

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