Thanksgiving Meal for Truckers
We are just days away from Thanksgiving Day; and while families all around the nation are preparing their Thanksgiving feast, truck drivers know they will miss yet another holiday with their loved ones because of work. Of course, not being around family and friends hurts; but we do offer good news for truckers: you won’t have to miss your favorite holiday meal.
Sure, you could pull over for a Thanksgiving meal at a national food chain; but why spend the time finding a chain restaurant when you can prepare Thanksgiving right from your big rig? Thanksgiving dinner can easily be prepared from your truck with a few home cookware items; and while the idea of cooking in your truck may sound reckless at first thought, it is actually quite easy to do and will leave you with delicious leftovers (did someone say a Day After Thanksgiving sandwich?) The below recipes are not only easy to make but they are inexpensive! Follow these Thanksgiving truck recipes now.
What You Will Need For Your Meal
Basic household items you will need for your Turkey Dinner:
- Utensils/paper plates
- Potato masher
- 12V 12A Portable Stove
- Can opener
My favorite kind of turkey breast is made from a crockpot; and if you have never made crockpot turkey breast, prepare to be amazed for juicy and tender turkey. For less than $10.00 at your local grocery store, you can pick up a delicious turkey breast. Simply whip out your crockpot and plug the appliance into an inverter. Sprinkle salt and pepper on your bird; add one cup of water or chicken stock to the liner of the crockpot; and set the crock pot on low for about five hours. The turkey breast will be done by dinnertime.
Green Bean Potato Casserole
Complete with French onion crunchies! Green bean casserole is a fan favorite and easy to make in a truck. Grab a bag of frozen green beans and add them to a bowl. Mix in one can of Cream of Mushroom soup and toss in those crunchies. Place the bowl in the microwave for just five minutes and eat. Alternatively, you can prepare the green bean casserole on aluminum foil and place the dish in a 12-volt portable stove for 15 minutes. (Need a portable stove? They are less than $40.00 at retail stores.)
Sure, you could make microwavable instant mashed potatoes with just two cups of water; or you can grab a portable stove and make them from buttery homemade mashed potatoes in under 20 minutes. Simply boil water and add cut-up raw potatoes. Once the potatoes are soft, use a potato masher to make them to your liking. Add a dash of salt and pepper; a cup of milk and two tablespoons of butter; and there you have it, homemade mashed potatoes. The same method can be applied for mashed sweet potatoes, or sweet potato casserole.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Grab your portable stove and boil raw sweet potatoes. Once soft, mash them with a potato masher and add two tablespoons of butter; ¼ cup of brown sugar; and a dash of cinnamon. Add in pecans, if you don’t have a nut allergy. Move the mixture over to a baking dish and add the star of the show: the marshmallows. Place dish into the portable stove; and breathe in the smell of gooey marshmallows.
I always felt that stuffing was the star side dish - not mashed or sweet potatoes. Regardless, instant stuffing can be made right from a portable stove top. Simply boil water and add the contents of the stuffing. In less than five minutes, you will have herb stuffing that smells and looks delicious.
Carrots with Marmalade Glaze
We won’t steer you away from making frozen veggies; but if you are looking for fresh vegetables to eat, then you’ve come to the right blog post.
Carrots make a great side dish and can be made easily from a portable stove. Simply bring water to a boil and throw in a bag of raw carrots. Once soft, rid the water with your colander. Add half a jar of marmalade jelly to the carrots and enjoy rich-tasting carrots.
Okay, we know you can make cranberry sauce from scratch; but canned cranberry sauce is just as delicious and can be prepared in less than five seconds. Grab a can opener and open the can lid. Gently smack the bottom of the can and wait for that noise (you know the one I am talking about) as you watch the sauce wiggle its way onto a plate. You are ready to eat.
Trucker’s Thanksgiving Meal
If you don't think you can make a homemade Thanksgiving feast from your truck, think again. You don’t have to sacrifice great tasting holiday food just because of your job. With a few household goods, you can prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal for one right from your semi-truck.