Now that you have equipped your truck with a lot of things you need to live healthy out there on the road, it’s time to get creative with what you eat. After all, you can’t live forever on those roller dogs that rotate slowly on machines at almost every truck stop.
I promised you recipes and boy, do I have them!
There is a Facebook group called Cooking on the Truck, created by Petra van Loosbroek for truckers and their cooking spouses. There are currently over 300 members, all living in trucks, who contribute recipes and share cooking tips for Burton cookers, Crock-Pots, microwaves, electric frying pans, and grills.
Cooking on the Truck recipes have been collected as a downloadable file. The 119 recipe collection is easy to follow and contains ingredients that you can bring from home or purchase at those big box stores with truck parking. There are recipes for main dishes, side dishes, and even desserts. Did you know you can bake a cake in a Burton cooker?
Here is a sample recipe from the site:
Gingered Beef and Vegetables
Makes 6 servings
1 1/2 lbs boneless beef round steak, cut into 1 in. cubes
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 in. slices
1/2 c sliced scallions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 c water
2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp instant beef-bouillon granules
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp cold water
1/2 c chopped red bell pepper
2 c loose-pack frozen sugar snap peas
1. In a 3.5 or 4 qt slow cooker, combine beef, carrots, scallions, and garlic. In a medium bowl, combine the 1 1/2 c water, soy sauce, ginger, bouillon, and crushed red pepper. Pour over mixture in cooker.
2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting 9 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting 4.5 to 5 hours.
3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 3 Tbsp cold water; stir into meat mixture along with bell pepper. Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes more, or until thickened, stirring once. Stir in sugar snap peas. Serve with rice.
Nutrition facts per serving: 350 calories, 29g protein, 35g carbohydrate, 10g fat (4g saturated), 3g fiber
Road Cookin’ is another great place to find recipes, tips, healthy eating advice, and even nutrition counseling from a registered dietician. Pam Whitfield, R.D. and Don Jacobson are hosts of the show Roadcookin’ on Sirius/XM’s Road Dog channel. Pam and Don have developed their website and written a corresponding book, Roadcookin’: A long haul driver’s guide to healthy eating. The book contains a 28 day meal plan with a shopping list for healthy meals that you can make on the truck. More than just recipes, the book also includes fast food nutrition information as well as tips on preventing heart disease and diabetes. It is priced at $16.99 and may be purchased on the site.
Driving a truck can be stressful and potentially unhealthy, but with some research and planning on healthy eating, you can live well.