There’s nothing like a road trip to provide fresh perspective to our lives and to help us recharge and renew. When it comes to eating, piling into the car and hitting the open road presents both challenges and delights. With a bit of planning, savoring delicious food can be that much easier, and a highly enjoyable part of the road trip experience.
Think about what you can do at home before your trip, and what you can do or add to your meal plan while you’re on the road. Fresh vegetables from a local farm stand or the daily catch from the seashore can be a part of experiencing a location in all its glory. These enticing finds can be easily transformed into delicious meals with a make-ahead flavor base, dressing, or sauce that won’t take up much room in your cooler.
When planning your on-the-road menu, choose dishes that pack well or that get better as leftovers. And think about ingredients or recipes that you can freeze ahead and that can double as freezer packs to keep your cooler cold (but be sure they’ll thaw in time for your meal).
If you’ll have access to a barbecue or grill at your destination, use your driving time to your advantage by allowing chicken or steaks to bathe in marinade inside your cooler. And, of course, don’t forget the snacks. Homemade granola bars, nuts, veggies, and a pre-portioned bit of hummus or bean dip will help you avoid those hangry travel moments.
Most importantly, make it simple so you’ll have time to enjoy the view and all the wonderful experiences you encounter on your journey. These six convenient and easy-to-prepare recipe ideas will help you enjoy your holiday and pull off a feast when you’re far from home.
Dig out your cooler and read on—it’s time to hit the road!