I don’t know about you, but eating is probably one of my favorite past times. I love home cooked meals, fresh ingredients and adding my own personality to the dishes I consume. (If I want to add some sprinkles of red pepper, gosh darn it, I will add some sprinkles of red pepper.) But, is it asking too much to try to even hope to get any of these quality meals for truckers that basically live on the road? The answer, my friends, is not at all!
There’s actually tons of easy to prepare dishes you can throw together from the comfort of your own cab. You don’t need to be Rachel Ray to eat fabulously everyday. As long as you’ve got one of those slow-cookers that easily plug into the cigarette lighter, you’re going to be in business whipping up some seriously scrumptious samplings. And with those cookers retailing at a mere $30, it’s an investment that will practically pay for itself by eliminating the cost of subpar truck stop food! (Really, the only downside to cooking your meals while driving is the torture of smelling your delicious food while driving.)
Today, ladies and gentleman, I proudly present to you my personal favorites of my extensive culinary collection. And, I swear these slow-cooker prepared ideas are not a load of crock! (Warning: the following post contains graphic depictions of food that may cause side effects like belly rumbling and mouth-watering in most truck drivers.)
Crockpot Cilanto Lime Chicken Tacos
These cilantro lime chicken tacos are a perfect summertime meal for truckers. They are super easy to make and don’t take much. It’s also pretty idiot-proof even for the least experienced chef (like me.)
Here’s what you need for the pot:
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
juice from 2 limes
1/2 cup of cilantro
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 teas. dried onions
1/2 cup of water
The directions couldn’t be easier.
1. Add all ingredients to the pot.
2. Either cook on low all day or cook for about 4 hours on high.
3. Shred chicken with fork.
4. Serve cooked chicken onto soft tortillas.
5. Add toppings of your choice; cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.
Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops
Another super easy meal requiring few ingredients in pork chops. Literally, there’s 3 ingredients and takes no skill whatsoever.. It practically cooks itself.
Here’s what you need:
4 Boneless Pork Chops
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
a ranch seasoning dry packet
The directions are a joke, but here:
1. Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and mix well
2. Cook 4-6 hours (on low)
And, that’s all you need to produce some banging pork chops, folks! Serve with a side salad for an easy and healthy meal.
Sweet Potato Kale Stew
Keeping healthy, as a truck driver is a struggle when it seems that there’s never enough time to get proper exercise and responsible food choices seem limited. But have no fear, I am here….to share this Sweet Potato Kale Stew recipe which I discovered on the Healthy Trucker. The meal is probably more than enough if you plan on making it for just yourself, so it can snacked on all day for those times you need an energy boost from a pick-me-up meal. This is an exceptional meal idea for cold days or if you’re trying to eat less meat in your diet.
What you need:
2 large sweet potatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 red onion, chopped
1 can of low-sodium red kidney beans
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp chipotle sauce
2 cups kale, shredded
2 cups orange juice
1.Cook everything except the kale on low for 12 hours.
2. In the last 20 minutes, simply add the kale.
Beef Curry with Noodles
There’s not generally a lot of Thai food at truck stops…. so, I couldn’t help myself but to include a simple recipe that other drivers are going to be asking you about in no time. And for how chic of a meal it is, you’d never guess a main ingredient is a store-bought ramen noodles! This recipe came from the Wanderlust Kitchen. (Note: You may only be able to cook the meat without the noodles if you don’t access to a microwave or travel stovetop.)
What you’ll need
3 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
3 packages instant ramen noodles
3 Tbsp. fish sauce
2 Tbsp. palm or brown sugar
3 Tbsp. red, panang, or massaman curry paste
1 Tbsp. curry powder
1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
2 c. water
1 (14 oz) can unsweetened coconut milk
3 Tbsp. ground fresh chili paste (optional)
Cilantro, Scallions, and Lime wedges for serving
- Combine the beef cubes, fish sauce, sugar, curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, and water in a large crockpot. Cook on low for 10 hours.
- After 10 hours, stir in the coconut milk and ground fresh chili paste.
- Prepare the ramen noodles according to package instructions (stove top or microwave).
- Serve the beef curry over a bed of ramen noodles with fresh cilantro, scallions, and lime wedges for squeezing.
If you’re a truck driver that hasn’t tried unleashing your inner-Iron Chef even away from a kitchen, I highly recommend it. It can save money, time and serve as a great hobby. And who knows, maybe one of your crock-pot masterpieces will be the next dish you can captivate your friends at home with at a dinner party. Cheers and I wish you the best adventures in cab cooking!