On the road eating

  • tgrissom0312

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    Nov 09, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    Does anybody out there cook chicken breasts en mass? I'm really looking for some ideas about eating in my car. With my job I'm in and out of my car all day and stopping for lunch isn't always an option. I have this vision of me grabbing an already cooked chicken breast and eating it while driving down the road!

    Any 'on the road' food ideas?
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    Nov 09, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    I buy those big bags of chicken breasts, and on Sunday afternoons I drop them all in a pot of boiling water to cook. Takes about 8-12 minutes. Then I store them in a Tupperware container in the fridge and eat them during the week... on salads, on pasta, or just dump sauce over them and eat with a veggie.
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    Nov 09, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    Yup, I grill up like ten pounds of chicken on Sunday to have for the week. It makes meals super easy, and if I ever feel like I don't have time for breakfast or need to grab something quick, I can just grab a couple of them and eat them on the go.
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    Nov 09, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    You're going to get pretty tired of chicken so you might consider doing half as much chicken and adding salmon. I 'over cook' in volume regularly and then keep it for lunch. If you're coordinated, you should be able to take a small container of spinach, cut up the chicken or salmon, add a little Italian dressing and grab a folk and eat a salad while you're driving. I'd take some napkins to make sure you don't spill on your clothes if you're in sales and meeting people on the road. Throw in an apple and a cold bottle of water and you're set for lunch on the road.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Nov 09, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    chicken breast are great. u can also do tuna or salmon and do steamed veggies and whole wheat pasta
  • jim_sf

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    Nov 09, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    My only concern would be temperature - keep your cooked chicken hot or cold, but don't let it sit at room temperature for too long.
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    Nov 09, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    When I was a little kid, my great-grandad would take me out to work on the farm (properties distant from the house) in his old Dodge truck. Anyway, he'd cook our lunch by wrapping it in foil and putting on top of the old flat-head 6 engine. I'm not sure there's any sweet spot like that in modern cars, or any extra room under the hood.

    Personally for road-food, I always wrap up sandwiches in waxed paper with a corner-wrap. That way I can handle it with one hand and peel back the paper to expose a few bites at a time. If I suddenly need both hands, I can toss it into the console without everything flying apart. Also, cup holders down near the floor are better than ones high on the dash. The built-in cup-holders on my 4-runner seem designed to launch coffee droplets through the air, even from "spill-proof" go-cups.

    I really prefer to park somewhere with a nice view and get out to eat, but with the long distances to drive in the west, sometimes there just isn't time.
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 09, 2011 6:42 PM GMT
    Take a cookie sheet, cover it in aluminum foil, lay out the family pack of chicken breasts. Season to taste. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil, bake at 300F for a while, turn up the temperature to 450F, take off the foil and brown for 5-10 minutes on a side.

    If you do not want the chicken to set in what will mostly be water, move to a paper towel and let it dry there. Individually wrap in cello.

    If your trips are long, long long, freeze a few pieces, use those as 'Ice' and have cold chicken (not frozen) on top to be your first eating.

    Do you like spinach - not the canned stuff that has been cooked to slime, the real leaves. If so then wrap a breast with spinach leaves. You can add things like a wee bit of good cheese, rice, etc. Hold the leaves together with a bit of tooth pick. If you want you can steam the whole packet a few minute to partially cook the spinach. Wrap and cool in the ice box. They make for nice 'tidy' sandwiches, low carb if you are not wanting bread.

    Hard boiled eggs are good, instead of just storing them in the shell for a road trip, peel them first, put in a hard bowl to keep them from being crushed.

    I tend to eat a lot more fruit and veg than meats and sandwiches on long drives. Fruit that doesn't need to be peeled is easy to eat, and do not need to be chilled.
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    Nov 09, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    because of how my body processes food any sort of meat will make me tired if i'm on the freeway for long periods of time. I occasionally have to drive to Texas for work and usually what i do is stick to a diet of legit trail mix (nuts, fruits, etc) and something like Powerade Zero. The nuts and fruit provide clean energy and nutrition without the lag i get from meat and paced consumption of the powerade keeps me hydrated without making me have to pee every twenty minutes. When i'm stopped for the night (Texas is a non-stop) i'll eat normal food but on the road i stick to my simple munchables. Its worked fairly well thus far.
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    Nov 10, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    trail mix
    string cheese
  • ParkerDLamb

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    Nov 10, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    You could do chicken with salad and carry it in a cooler, but this may be difficult to eat while driving.

    Obviously eating on the road isn't ideal, but if you have to, I'd also suggest eating maybe trying ProBar's. I just discovered them last week and they're all natural, organic, and packed with nutrients. They don't taste the greatest, but I doubt your looking for a gourmet meal as you drive. Coconut water would be good to keep you hydrated. Protein shakes would also be great, portable, and filling. Nuts would also be a good, filling snack while on the road.

    A combo of a few or all of these things may be ideal, it just depends on what you like. icon_smile.gif