Hate Eating Out, Tips For Eating On The Road?

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Hard Water's Comment
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I love how you have your mountain bike attached back there!

Rayzer's Comment
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I bought an Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) after following Plant Fueled Trucker on facebook. My blood pressure and weight were just out of control even with meds. Out of fear of losing my CDL this coming June, I figured I had better make some drastic changes to the nearly 20 years of processed, prepackaged, and fast foods that I have been consuming. I switched to a mostly plant based diet. I know it sounds like yuck, but it has actually been a very pleasant and easy diet to follow. With the Instant Pot I make homemade soups, brown rice, oatmeal, and more. I also bought an electric skillet (the absolute best purchase I've ever made for the truck) which I make veggie stir fry, reheat meals, and a ton of other stuff.

I usually always get through the house every week and I stock up on every vegetable known to man, brown rice, fruits, homemade soups and stews. I also carry a butt load of spices and healthy condiments for when I cook in the truck. I also cut out all soda and fruit juices (because of the extra added sugars) and now I only drink water and almond milk. I've pretty much cut out all meat - for now - and although it's been 11 weeks that I have been on this diet, I haven't really missed it at all. I bought a cookbook specifically for electric pressure cookers and they have had some really good and satisfying recipes in there that take very little time to prepare and make. I also make wraps with whole wheat flat bread and leftover veggie stir fry. With those wraps I will also spread natural peanut butter on one, lay a whole banana down on the peanut butter and drizzle a small amount of honey over it...very good! I also use honey and cinnamon, instead of sugar, in my Uncle Sam's and plain Post shredded wheat cereal. Same with my oatmeal.

After 11 weeks of doing this diet, I weighed myself yesterday after getting home and discovered I finally hit the 20 pounds lost milestone. My blood pressure is starting to drop and hopefully I will be off my medications for good at the end of the year, or at least shortly thereafter. If so, this will be the first time in 21 years that I won't need medication. So far without exercise, but I hope to be getting a road bike and a trainer after Christmas and removing my passenger seat so that I can fit it in there to start working out.

Anyway, I highly advise anyone just starting out, or anyone really, to don't start hitting all the crap food at the truck stops. It is very easy and convenient to do so, but I will cause you nothing but grief in a few short years.

Oh yeah, I only have an electric cooler, an Instant Pot, an electric skillet, a single burner electric eye, and a 1500 watt inverter that my company requires that they install.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kieran L.'s Comment
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I was just in Walmart and saw in the camping section they have a single burner butane stove with carrying case for less than $20, and the butane refill canisters are just under $5 each. I'd definitely recommend one of those, it could also be used for a bit of emergency heat if your truck dies somewhere really cold. An electric skillet would be good too as an alternative, but it won't work if the truck's not running. I'd also keep an electric cooler or fridge stocked with eggs, meats, fresh fruits & veggies, salad, salad dressing, jam, and drinks. Then in your pantry/dry food box I'd keep bread, crackers, peanut butter, rice, beans, dry pasta, canned tuna, canned soups and chili, canned pasta sauce, hot sauce, cooking oil, coffee, and spices. I would also always keep a big pack of bottled water on hand, or several gallon jugs of drinking water. That should be plenty to make lots of tasty and healthy meals, and make sure you rarely if ever have to rely on truck stop food.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Got a good one for crock pot cooking......

Pork or beef roast, 1 dry package of au jus gravy, 1 dry packet of ranch dressing, a small jar of pepperchini's slow cook 6-8 hours.

Put roast in, sprinkle the 2 dry packets on top, cover with a few pepperchini's, don't need to add any water to it, meat drips off its own.....

Love it got beef or pork later for a couple days of sandwiches.... Can add a "touch" of water, about 1/2 to 3/4 way thru cooking, and have a dipping sauce even........First time I cooked this at home, I loved it, soft n tender meat purt near melts in your mouth.... I prefer the beef roast, pork works great as well

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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I'm vegetarian so my grocery list differs from most people's. I also have an APU so I run a microwave, a cooler, a mini blender, this truck has a mini fridg, and coffee pot:

Bread Cheese (sliced, string, shredded) Carrot sticks Olives Hummus Crackers Salad mix Grapes Cereal COFFEE Half n half Sugar Black and red pepper Salt Hot dog buns Vegetarian hot dogs Dry pasta Pam Cream cheese Cottage cheese Mustard Salad dressing Rice (My mom always makes some rice for me to take) Canned beans (or slow cooked when I get home) Nutella Peanut butter Honey Canned pears Grape tomatoes Corn tortillas Salsa Vegetarian burgers A few spinach and cheese raviolis Fiber One bars Rice pudding cups Eggs OJ Water Few cans if soda Crystal light squirt and mix Protain shake Coconut water Electrolyte drink powder mix

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

JakeBreak's Comment
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I have a lunchbox cooker. And for food i usually grab 3 meals when i leave the house, i also take some hot dogs, lunch meat, salad and fruit. That pretty much fills up the electric cooler i have. I also have a couple of shelves full of canned food, pb bread and of course my pop tarts for breakfast.

Jay Bear's Comment
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I bought an Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) after following Plant Fueled Trucker on facebook. My blood pressure and weight were just out of control even with meds. Out of fear of losing my CDL this coming June, I figured I had better make some drastic changes to the nearly 20 years of processed, prepackaged, and fast foods that I have been consuming. I switched to a mostly plant based diet. I know it sounds like yuck, but it has actually been a very pleasant and easy diet to follow. With the Instant Pot I make homemade soups, brown rice, oatmeal, and more. I also bought an electric skillet (the absolute best purchase I've ever made for the truck) which I make veggie stir fry, reheat meals, and a ton of other stuff.

I usually always get through the house every week and I stock up on every vegetable known to man, brown rice, fruits, homemade soups and stews. I also carry a butt load of spices and healthy condiments for when I cook in the truck. I also cut out all soda and fruit juices (because of the extra added sugars) and now I only drink water and almond milk. I've pretty much cut out all meat - for now - and although it's been 11 weeks that I have been on this diet, I haven't really missed it at all. I bought a cookbook specifically for electric pressure cookers and they have had some really good and satisfying recipes in there that take very little time to prepare and make. I also make wraps with whole wheat flat bread and leftover veggie stir fry. With those wraps I will also spread natural peanut butter on one, lay a whole banana down on the peanut butter and drizzle a small amount of honey over it...very good! I also use honey and cinnamon, instead of sugar, in my Uncle Sam's and plain Post shredded wheat cereal. Same with my oatmeal.

After 11 weeks of doing this diet, I weighed myself yesterday after getting home and discovered I finally hit the 20 pounds lost milestone. My blood pressure is starting to drop and hopefully I will be off my medications for good at the end of the year, or at least shortly thereafter. If so, this will be the first time in 21 years that I won't need medication. So far without exercise, but I hope to be getting a road bike and a trainer after Christmas and removing my passenger seat so that I can fit it in there to start working out.

Anyway, I highly advise anyone just starting out, or anyone really, to don't start hitting all the crap food at the truck stops. It is very easy and convenient to do so, but I will cause you nothing but grief in a few short years.

Oh yeah, I only have an electric cooler, an Instant Pot, an electric skillet, a single burner electric eye, and a 1500 watt inverter that my company requires that they install.

Hello, just a question about your instantpot and inverter... is the inverter a standard modified sine wave type that I can buy at pretty much any truckstop? And do you have any trouble long term using the instantpot with the inverter, such as overheating, shutting off, etc? I've seen the plant fuelled truckers videos but I'm not sure about what brand inverter I need etc... thanks!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rayzer's Comment
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Hello, just a question about your instantpot and inverter... is the inverter a standard modified sine wave type that I can buy at pretty much any truckstop? And do you have any trouble long term using the instantpot with the inverter, such as overheating, shutting off, etc? I've seen the plant fuelled truckers videos but I'm not sure about what brand inverter I need etc... thanks!

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Hey Jay Bear, yes, I am running a Cobra 1500 watt modified sine wave inverter that I purchased from the T/A. To date I personally have not had a single problem whatsoever running the Instant Pot, my electric skillet, or any other appliances that I use.

I hope this helps.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Here is my go to.... IMG_20141122_205023031.jpg

1 can of kidney beans drained 1 can of green beans drained 1 can of pinto beans drained 1 can of lima beans drained 1 can of pork and beans 1-2 yams 1 can of corn drained 1-2 pounds of meat (most use hamburger but I use stewing meat) You can also leave the meat out. I brown it before adding to the pot. 1-2 cups of tomato sauce or ketchup (I use the lower amount because I like it thicker) Season with chile powder and other pepper powders to taste.

I also like to put in garlic and onion powder. You can use the raw ingredients too. I make this at home and use the 12v crock pot to heat smaller portions.

This meal is a real stick to your ribs kind of meal.

!!!WARNING!!! Do not eat this if you are a team!smile.gif

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