Technology has made trucking so much more enjoyable today compared to the 90’s. But today’s food on the road is the worst.
How to eat good healthy home cooked meals over the road without cooking in the truck.
That’s the goal that’s been on my mind for the past two years now.
I’ve thought about bringing raw veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and carrots as snacks but mixed in with all of the fast food at the truck stops that’s just not going to cut it.
I’ve always hit Wal-Mart before leaving home for a few weeks at a time – loaded up on groceries, mostly sandwiches (rye, turkey, swiss), dry microwave dinners and lots of granola bars, chips, and pretzels.
On my most recent vacation I decided to go all out and give frozen meal prep a try. This is a pretty popular YouTube subject. What’s stopping us from cooking mass quantities of food at home a day or two before heading out.
A large truck friendly portable 12 volt freezer that and a microwave to heat up your frozen meals.
Most of us have a microwave and power inverter to provide the electricity to run it already. These items are fairly inexpensive, however a good truck friendly portable freezer is another story, this is a high ticket item. I put off buying mine for over a year – trying out a dorm / office fridge freezer combo, that only lasted about six months before it died and spoiled my food.
I finally splurged on a Dometic CFX 65DZ this was the largest 12 volt freezer I could fit behind my drivers seat without having to put it in front of the bunk and climb over it – giving up all of the stand up floor space. I did remove the factory fridge cabinet and it fits well in that floor space. behind the drivers seat.
A soon as I ordered the fridge from Amazon Prime I started watching the meal prepping mom videos on YouTube to get some ideas and take notes on what to buy at the grocery. Then I hit the grocery store and got all the supplies, cooked everything in about 4 hours.
I’m not gonna lie it was a ton of work the first time. I’ve never cooked more than one simple meal at a time. Now all of the sudden I’s cooking 5 large dishes all at once.
Here’s what I cooked
I’ll add the links to the YouTube channels and recipes below.
They were all very simple meat and veggie dishes. I bought some square plastic entree containers, 16 ounce, I think. I dished out about one half of the food into 15 of those but soon realized they were going to take up too much space in my home freezer and the truck fridge still will not be here for a couple of days.
I bagged up the rest as individual portions in one gallon freezer bags. I quickly learned this is the best way to freeze the food for trucking. I can fit 15 meals in the same space 5 of the plastic containers take up.
I made two pots of rice in the rice cooker to ad to the bottom of the containers. Next time I’ll try mashed potatoes.
List of simple truck friendly freezable meals
Chicken Avocado salad – see first video below
I was hungry from all of the shopping and cooking so we ate this one for lunch. I think you’ll have to leave out the Avocado to freeze this one.
Beef and Broccoli – this one is in the 3rd video
I used a pack of pre cut stir fry meat it was not tender like the sliced chicken from the grill Next time I’ll cook sirloin steaks on the grill rare and use that for the beef instead.
6 lb chuck roast in the crock pot – recipe here
Blueberry chicken with asparagus, broccoli and mini potatoes – I did not care for the blueberry topping sauce so next time I do this one with a marinade for the chicken instead – this dish came from the second video I embedded below. My son loved the sauce, I may leave these behind for him in the freezer.
Stir Fry – Chiken, Steak, Veggie – I made one chicken and one steak – also in the third video
Pot of carrots and onions for the pot roast cooked in beef broth – not pictured above