The Passenger Chef
Road trips are great but stopping to get a proper meal on the road sometimes can be a hassle, especially if you are on a tight schedule that requires you to make your daily mileage. Bathroom breaks aside, having passengers in the car who can follow some basic recipes to keep your energy fueled without having to make a fast food break will save time, money and calories in the long run.
Homemade Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly
Let’s start with the basics. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic meal that creates an irresistible sweet and savoury combo. It’s easy to make. Easy to eat and easy to pack. In fact, it may even be the Holy Grail of road trip recipes. So as not to make things boring on the road, try kicking things up a notch by adding snackable items such as apples, celery, pretzels or bananas to the mix of homemade honey roasted peanut butter and whatever jam flavour you wish to mix in with it. To make the homemade honey roasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich you will need the following ingredients: Wheat, Rye, or White Bread depending on your diet, homemade honey roasted peanut butter, Grape, Mango, Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Apricot Jelly, if you wish to add extra flavour and texture to the sandwich include apples, celery, pretzels or bananas.
To make the homemade honey roasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich use a knife or spoon to spread generous amounts of the homemade honey roasted peanut butter on one side of the bread and use a knife or spoon to spread generous amounts of the jelly on the other. Afterward, place apples, celery, pretzels or bananas on top of the homemade honey roasted peanut butter so that they fit nicely in between both slices of bread when you slap the two slices of bread together. You can eat the sandwiches immediately or pack them in paper or plastic bags to eat on the road.
The Classic Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich
Sticking with the classics because of their simplicity, transportability and overall awesomeness the bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich also known as the BLT is perfect for a road trip and even more so if you dare to add some avocado or spicy greens to jazz up the sandwich. Make sure to have pre-cooked bacon slices because making bacon in a moving car is not advisable at all and raw bacon with lettuce and tomato on a sandwich is just gross. To make this classic sandwich correctly, you will need the following ingredients: Wheat, Rye, or White Bread depending on your diet, pre-cooked bacon, separated lettuce, sliced tomatoes, mayonnaise, a dash of black pepper, splashes of oil and vinegar, add avocado and spicy greens if you wish.
To make the BLT use a knife or spoon to slather generous amounts of mayonnaise on one side of each bread slice, toss some black pepper over the mayonnaise before placing three strips of crunchy, pre-cooked, bacon over the mayonnaise. Then place a generous sized tomato slice over the bacon. Splash some oil and vinegar on the tomato slice before placing lettuce on top of it. Add avocado or spicy greens on top of the lettuce if you wish to be daring on the road trip.
The Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich
With just a few ingredients you can have a cold, creamy salad or filling for a homemade chicken salad sandwich or wrap. You can use a travel blender to chop or shred the chicken into bite size pieces if you are preparing this classic salad sandwich on the road or at a rest stop. If you pack some of this light, healthy chicken salad in a jar, you can eat it as is or lather it on some tortillas for an easy meal on the road as well. Keep in mind that this recipe can be made with a variety of nuts, veggies and fruit for added flavour and texture. You can even add grapes, avocado or dried cranberries into the mix if you wish to be adventurous. Pecans or almonds can be used with this recipe as well.
To make this classic chicken salad sandwich correctly, you will need the following ingredients: Wheat, Rye, or White Bread depending on your diet, cool, chopped or shredded into bite size pieces of leftover rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken, poached chicken, baked chicken breasts or thighs and even canned chicken can all be used to make the chicken salad, depending on your personal preference, celery for crunch and green onions for flavour but most importantly you will need mayonnaise as it is the base for this recipe. You can substitute ranch dressing if you are allergic to mayo. Mix all the ingredients together and slap between two slices of bread. Enjoy.
Smoked Ham and Blue Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
Ham and cheese sandwiches travel well. So, why not pack some for the road to eat on the first day? Smoked ham is delicious and blue cheese contributes a unique flavour to the classic sandwich. The Hawaiian rolls add a nice twist to this simple recipe and the sliders are arguably easier to eat with one hand. To make this correctly, you will need the following ingredients: Hawaiian rolls, toasted if you wish, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, black pepper, salt, oil and vinegar, sliced tomato.
To make the smoked ham and blue cheese sliders on Hawaiian rolls use a knife or spoon to slather generous amounts of mayonnaise on one side of the Hawaiian roll slice and do the same to smooth some Dijon mustard on the other slice. Toss some black pepper and salt over the mayonnaise before placing a slice of smoked ham over it. Splash some oil and vinegar over the smoked ham before placing blue cheese over the smoked ham. Put both slices of the Hawaiian roll together. You can eat the sandwiches immediately or pack them in aluminium foil or zip-lock plastic bags to eat on the road or enjoy at a scenic rest stop location.