Road-trippin Meals – what to eat?
I must admit that over the past 10 years, Gino and I (quite a bit more emphasis on the I than Gino) have become food-snobs. As athletes we have always eaten healthy, but in the last couple of years it has come to the point that I can no longer eat fast-food, microwave dinners, processed meats or pretty much anything that hasn’t been freshly prepared.
On the road – and on a budget – the idea of meals is something that had me a bit worried before we left. My goal was to keep our weekly food budget along the same lines as at home – so about $200 a week… and to continue to eat healthy fresh meals. But I was wondering how we were going to do it. Stopping by the road-side “restaurants” was not an option for us!
Finally we decided to bring along a small cooler, a bag of plastic dishes, water bottles, a good knife and a cutting board. Given we are in a car and not an RV, this is pretty much our kitchen. It actually makes for easy meal prep either in the car (literally on my lap while Gino drives!), or at a picnic table or in a hotel room.
Breakfasts are easy – granola, fruits, yogurt, honey, almond milk. Good breads and homemade muffins when we find them (thank you whole foods!). Coffee/tea is a challenge. Apparently american tastes on these items are quiet different from ours! Looking forward to some Mexican coffee, which I’m assuming is stronger.
Lunches have mostly been veggies with humus, trail mix, salads, pre-cooked chicken, pitas and sandwiches. Instead of preparing it ahead of time, we have a little cooler bag and just throw everything we need in. Bring along the knife and prep is surprisingly fast/easy.
Snacks – generally fruits, dried or fresh. Sometimes some crackers or pretzels.
Supper is the challenging one! It has been 10 years since we owned a microwave and is evidently not my favorite cooking method. However, over the last week, I have found it is possible to prepare (I won’t say cook) a decent meal with one! We have done homemade pizza, thai “stir-fry” and chicken salad. We haven’t yet done sushi, but it will be soon on the list.
It is only day 7, but I’m happy to report we are within budget as long as we don’t count the 2 meals we choose to eat in restaurants.
For the next 10 days we will be in Orlando and visiting disney world for 6 of those. We plan to do the same thing for meals, but at least will be staying in a small condo with a real kitchen. To the grocery store tomorrow!