Hive Creative Contest - Cheap Trucking Food by Unkle Bonehead

Hive Creative Contest - Cheap Trucking Food by Unkle Bonehead

On the go cuisine for the on the road trucker

The Good Old Days!

Back when I first started driving there were no portable microwaves. No small refrigerators. No electric skillets. Not even coffee makers! A trucks cab was simple. A steering wheel, two seats and a bed. You were lucky to get a closet or a shelf in the tiny sleeper. Which drivers quickly started calling them "coffin sleepers". Not because you would die in one but was referring to what it felt like you were sleeping and living in.

Some resourceful drivers would keep charcoal grills in the side box or strapped to the catwalk. It was not that uncommon to pull into a truck stop on a weekend and see a group of drivers standing around a smoky charcoal grill. Talking and laughing as the drool drips from their mouths from watching the grill with earnest.

As the wind would shift and carry the scent of freshly cooking steak or hamburgers across the lot. The group of drivers would inevitably grow.

Before you ask about coffee since it is synomonous with truck driving. We were cold brewing coffee loooong before it was as popular as it is today.

But the times and technology has improved!

Just in the last decade there has been a huge leap in the trucking industry's goal for driver comfort. Now trucks come from the manufactuer fully decked out like a studio apartment.

Freightliner's Cascadia has a double bunk where the bottom bed turns into a dinette table for two. Kenworth's T-680 has a "Studio Sleeper" where the bed turns into a wrap around couch that can easily seat 3 people. In the International Eagle both of the seats in the front can spin around 180 degrees to face the sleeper with slide out tables from the cabinets.

Every manufactuer seems to have hundreds of options for every make and model. And they are geared towards driver comfort.

But they all seem to have a new standard nowadays. Nearly every new truck comes equiped with a refrigerator, microwave, wall mounted tv and a high capacity inverter for power. I dont know about you but for me the "good old days" are now in the trucking industry for the driver's comfort.

A typical day for me.

The truck I drive is a 2007 Peterbuilt 389. And being that it was built at the beginning of the big push for driver comfort it didnt come with all the fancy stuff.
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It did come with a built in refrigerator and an high capacity inverter. But didnt have the microwave or tv. Which is fine because this truck is so much fun to drive and I already own everything I need.

Back when I was on the road all the time I had a mini clamshell grill (George Forman) that I used to make hamburgers, steak, chicken breast, tacos, eggs,etc. Pretty much anything you can think of I made it in the truck. Except for baking and the requirements of an oven. Yeah I wasnt pounding out cakes and cookies by the dozen, lol.

But nowadays I use a microwave for 90% of my food that I prepare in my truck. And this is just a random days worth of my meals.

Breakfast

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This morning I had French Toast Sticks drizzled with Honey. These are very easy to make and you can buy them by the case from most outlet stores such as Gordon Food Service. They are fully cooked and frozen. Just pop a few in the microwave for a minute, drizzle or dip into the honey and viola. Paired with a couple of cups of coffee and its a perfect breakfast with enough natural sugar from the honey to get your zoom - zoom going!

Lunch

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I typically skip lunch. But when I dont it's usually a very lite one. I will eat a package of flavored tuna or have hot dog. Usually both of them straight out of the package and not prepared in any special way. Because that takes time to actually stop and park to prepare.

Dinner

This is where the fun begins. A lot of times I just heat some frozen dinner in the microwave. But I do like to at least feel like I'm preparing a large meal. So I will cook something, cheap. Today was what I'm going to call "Cornbread Wrapped Sausage and Italian Pasta with Cheese Sauce". Better known as corndog and macaroni & cheese.

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It's preperation is easy and fast and provides a warm comforting feeling afterwards. Just prepare the mac and cheese as per the directons on the box. Nuke the corndog for two minutes and in place of the boring old ketchup use some spicy hot chunky salsa for dipping. On the mac and cheese heavy use of fresh cracked pepper is preferred.


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May be you can try some Indian foods that can be quite handy 😀

Love's truck stops have been seeling some Indian food. They are a microwaveable type package or a "just add water". I cant vouch for the authenticity of them. I would love to but I much prefer to try something new from an authentic place.

Im not sure if I have tried Indian food. I dont remember.

I thought you would've had bigger portion meals from all the driving outside. Btw, you should think about buying a cheap airfryer. These nifty little machines can help you prep meals while you're on the go be it frying or roasting. No oil needed, just pop in frozen meat/sausages/fries etc and set the timer and ur good to go.

I hadnt thought about an airfyer. I do have a toaster oven that I take with me sometimes.

I am making a concerted effort tovrefuce my portions. Thats what made me so damn fat is for years I onky ate once at the end of the day in a truck stop diner. I would just pig out. More smaller meals are better. At least thats what the dietician tells me.

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Ohh and the airfryer is healthier too. I guess when you have a lot of on the go food, it'll do some good i guess. 30-50usd for a decent one. Try it! I just got mine a few weeks back and I never touched the stove, oil,microwave and gas anymore.

We have a big one at home that mybwife uses all the time. It is pretty fast and makes really good chicken breast. Crispy on the outside and juicy inside!

ohhh yea!! Cause if you microwave the chicken, it becomes dry and tough. One of the best invention in the kitchen i would say. heheh

You should definitely try out an air fryer @unkleboneheaed! I got one a few months ago and I love it. You can cook all kinds of stuff in it and it's healthier than traditional frying. Easy to use, easy to clean. I think I spent $65 on mine, but I have no complaints.

You need something green in there!
Man cannot live on Hot pockets alone.
Plus some veggies help regulate the waste management system. :)

Glad to see you are doing well.

I really enjoyed reading about trucking and the food you have on the road and how it's changed over the years, very interesting blog @unklebonehead!

Thank you. I enjoued writing it. Considering doing more oosts similar to help people get a better understanding if what iys like on the road all the time.

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Ahhhhh. Food on the road. You are doing better than I ever did.

When I was racing and living out of a Kenworth Aerodyne (A LONG time ago) we thought we were really styling because we had two bunks! One driving and both the others could sleep if needed. Anyway, it was always road food at fuel stops. Not exactly healthy...

I'm going to second @zord189 's idea of an airfryer. I have one that is not little but wide function. It'll roast, or toast or bake to go with the airfryer. I've made roast pork and roast beef with potatoes and onions. Plus, 12 minutes in the air fryer makes the corndog just like the county fair!

Thanks for a great look 'in the cab'.

I'm definitely gonna get one now! Damn all this foods making me hungry!

Theres been a few restaurants that were pretty good. But nothing that was out standing.

I agree. Edible but not outstanding. There was a mom and pop next to a truck stop in Umitilla, Oregon that could always be counted on to provide good food and LOTS OF IT. Which was just as important to us.

Oh I love those kind of places!

It's gone now. The truck stop moved closer to the freeway and the Restaurant didn't make it. But I remember it still!

Thats sounds like the norm today. Not many good Mom & Pop places left.

You eat very little so you drive, you have to eat well to work, thanks for posting, excellent post

Thank you. I'm trying to loose the weight. So Im keeping my portions down.

Thank you for the compliments!

Absolutely. Sometimes I bring salad makings and just make a xouple meals during the week a big ol salad. I also do eat green beans sometimes.

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