We’ve talked about the importance of healthy eating numerous times. Taking care of your diet can help prevent the risks of many diseases that may come with a sedentary lifestyle. We understand that not having precise working hours can make finding and organizing your free time difficult. You may choose the fastest and easiest meals like sandwiches and other dry foods. We’ve put together a few recipes that are simple enough to be made in the truck, but still a healthier alternative to truck stop foods.
Some of these dishes require no equipment or skills, however, if you’re looking to eat healthier, you may want to consider getting one of these:
- Hot Pot –It can be used to cook liquid-based foods and it plugs into a cigarette lighter. You may cook pasta, vegetables, and rice with this.
- Crock Pot – A type of slow cooker, that cooks at a low heat. With this, you can make many different meals like stews, soups, pulled pork, and chops, simply by putting all the ingredients in and popping the lid on. After a few hours, you will have a hearty dish that feels just like home.
- Electric Skillet – An electric skillet can come in handy for frying and cooking dishes like eggs, chicken, quesadillas, etc.
- Refrigerator – Not only will it keep your goods fresh, but it will also come in handy for storing cooked dishes. You can take advantage of your downtime by meal prepping for the whole week so that you won’t have to worry about it every day.
Now that we’ve secured the equipment, here are our truck-friendly recipes:
- CHIA SEED PUDDING
The prep requires no skills whatsoever! You just need to combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for an hour or ideally overnight. You will have a delicious and nutritious breakfast in the morning. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3, and antioxidants! This makes them the perfect superfood that will keep you full for hours while taking care of your heart and arteries.
1 Ounce (28 grams) of Chia Seeds
1 Scoop of Protein Powder (optional)
1 Cup of Milk
Fruit of your choice.
- TURKEY AND AVOCADO WRAPS
Another delicious meal that is packed with fiber, protein, and calcium. Eggs are powerful in fighting cholesterol and heart disease, packed with protein and minerals. Avocados, on the other hand, will keep you full due to high levels of healthy fats that keep your blood sugar stable.
Whole wheat tortillas
- RICE AND BEAN BURRITOS
Simply put all the ingredients together and enjoy a nice and filling meal. Opt for brown instead of white rice for a healthier version.
Canned black beans
Whole wheat tortillas
- STUFFED BELL PEPPERS
In a skillet, heat up chopped onions. Add minced meat and season. After the meat changes color, fill your halved peppers with this mixture, and add rice, and half of the tomato sauce. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers and top off with cheese. Cook in a slow cooker for 4 ½ -5 ½ hours.
6 large bell peppers
1 lb ground beef
1 cup onions
Salt, pepper and garlic
1 ½ cups cooked white rice
1 can tomato sauce
shredded cheddar cheese
- QUINOA SALAD
Quinoa seeds are high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Quinoa is a rich source of antioxidants. It is also free of gluten. Simply mix the ingredients and enjoy.
1-2 Cups Cooked Quinoa
Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Turmeric
- MICROWAVE MUSHROOM RISOTTO
Heat the mushrooms and chicken broth in the microwave for 1 and a half minutes. Put the shallots, garlic, mushrooms, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Five minutes on high in the microwave. Add the rice. Place a cover on and cook for eight minutes on high. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.
½ Cup Mushrooms
3 ½ Cups Chicken Broth
1 Garlic and Shallot
1 ¼ Cup Arborio Rice
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- SLOW COOKER RED BEANS AND RICE
One of the best sources of plant-based protein is kidney beans. Additionally, they contain a lot of beneficial fiber, which lowers blood sugar and supports healthy colon function. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker
Cook kidney beans for 4–5 hours on high, or until they are tender. Use salt and pepper to taste and season. Add butter, then serve the mixture over cooked rice.
½ Cup Red Kidney beans
1 Cup Sliced Smoked Sausage
½ Cup Chopped Onion
¼ Cup Green Bell Pepper
1 CupChicken Broth
1 Tbsp Butter
- ROOT BEER BBQ CHICKEN
Cook chicken for three hours on high in a covered cooker. Remove excess liquid. Combine root beer, BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Drizzle mixture over chicken; cook for 30 minutes on high, covered.
2 thawed boneless chicken breasts
½ bottle honey BBQ sauce (approx. 9 oz.)
½ can root beer (approx. 6 oz.)
⅛ tsp salt
⅛ tsp pepper
If you would also like to introduce healthier snacks in your diet, look into dried and fresh fruit, nuts, and rice cakes that you can top with peanut butter, tuna, or salsa. We hope these recipes will come in handy on a busy day when you need a nice, filling meal.
If you would like to experience what it’s like to live and work on the road, give us a call today at (630)506-8869!