Life on the road can be a challenge. The high cost of truck stop food racks up quickly… as do the calories. Preparing and making your own food in the cab of your truck is a great way to save money can cut down on calories and sodium. While it may be daunting or intimidating to some, there are a lot of resources out there that offer recipes and tips on cooking in the cab.
CDLLife has scoured dozens of trucking and cooking sites, and we feel we’ve found the very best cooking in the cab resource on the Web.
Cooking on the Truck is a Faceboook group page ran by Petra and three other fantastic moderators. The group has nearly 3,500 very active members who frequently post delicious recipes, pictures and tips.
Questions on the page range from “How long do I cook_______ in my Burton?” “Where’s the best place to buy fresh fruits and veggies near the Flying J?” to “What size inverter do I need to run a 1500 watt microwave?” Page members quickly offer helpful responses and suggestions. The page moderators do a wonderful job of keeping the spam and trolls at bay.
According to the page description, Cooking on the Truck is, “A place for truckers and their spouses to swap and share recipes that can be cooked on the truck with e.g. slow cooker, George Foreman grill etc.”
The recipes range from adding a little excitement to a ham sandwich to full-on gourmet meals– there’s literally something for everyone!
If you’re just starting out, in a recipe rut or want to offer tips to others on cooking in the truck, this is the Facebook page for you!
In addition to the Facebook page, Cooking on the Truck also offers a website with a helpful directory of recipes, cooking electronics and gadgets, etc.
The site offers pictures of cooking set ups and storage options, product suggestions, inverter tips, money saving tips and much, much more!
One place that many overlook is Dollar Tree!!! Hubby loves shopping at these cause price is predictable and easy to budget,” Kendra, one of the page admins, wrote.
Check out these sites. You won’t be disappointed! This is hands-down the best cooking in the cab resource out there!
Sample of Recipes:
Slow Cooker: Chili Con Carne
This recipe is for a 4-5 qt. slow cooker so if you want to cook it in a Burton you will have to adjust the amounts down.
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 can stew tomatoes
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans red beans
2 cans black beans
(pick any beans you like; these are what I always use)
1 cup water or 1 can chicken broth (do NOT add if you are not adding rice in later or it will be too much liquid)
red pepper flakes
rice (pre-cooked Uncle Bens for microwave; optional) or other if you like
Put the ground beef in the slow cooker, drain the beans and add those. Chop up the onion and add. Then add garlic to taste (I always add 1 spoon). Add 2 spoons chili powder, 1 spoon cumin powder, half a cup ketchup, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.
Add everything in the slow cooker except tobasco sauce and rice! Let it cook on high for 5-6 hours. The last 15 minutes if you like, add the rice to the pot to let it warm through but no longer as the liquid will soak into the rice and might get too dry!! Then when done, add tobasco sauce if you like it spicier and maybe add grated cheese too Enjoy!!