It can be hard to eat well on the road with the storage, prep time and space required to create a home-cooked meal. However, investing in a slow cooker can save truckers money and keep them healthier in the long run–plus, your meals will be much taster than the ones you’ll get on McDonald’s runs! We’ve compiled some tips on how to get the most of your on-the-road slow cooker, plus great recipes for you to try, just in time for fall.
Get the right stuff
A basic slow cooker or crock pot can make a variety of meals on the road from soups to enchiladas to pork chops. A crock pot is different from a hot pot or electric skillet, which you may also keep on hand in your cab. These appliances can get much hotter and mimic the functions of a stove.
Consider a smaller, 12 V slow cooker for use on the road rather than the larger pots labeled “for household use only.” Some slow cookers will plug into an outlet or low-voltage cigarette lighter while others can use an inverter. Be sure to know how the electrical systems work in your rig. Click for more info on inverters.
Be careful to monitor the heat of your slow cooker and keep it on a safe surface where it will not tip or spill. Keep something heat-resistant in the truck to keep over your glass lid so it does not open while driving over bumps.
Save time with your slow cooker on the truck
Before you get on the road, take time to chop up ingredients into smaller pieces or measure out spices in small bags so you can prep a meal in no time.
Invest in slow cooker liners to save time on clean up. These plastic liners cover the inside of your crock pot and can easily be removed and thrown away after eating.
Great recipes to try
This easy dish takes a handful of simple ingredients, and the only prep is slicing up the vegetables and sausage! Turkey sausage is less fattening than traditional sausage, and the added vegetables are sure to fill you up.
Even meat-lovers can enjoy a comforting vegetarian chili on a cold day. The hearty serving of beans can fill you up, and you can add jalapeños for some added heat. Chop veggies ahead of time, and then all you have to do is dump it in the crock pot. You can choose to top with sour cream, cheese and cilantro.
This one’s a winner because it takes only 5 ingredients, and you can easily adjust the recipe to include your favorite salsa or to have less sodium.
What’s more comforting than spaghetti and meatballs? You can create this home-cooked favorite all in one pot, without having to boil the noodles like at home. You can use turkey meatballs for a healthier meal.
What are your favorite crock pot recipes? Be sure to share and try some new, healthy meals!