Trucker Food and Recipes:
for Eating and Cooking in Your Truck

You're hungry and loading your truck will take hours. But the trucker food and recipes you have in your truck will let you enjoy eating and cooking what you want to eat, when you need to eat it while parked.

There's no waiting to get to a truck stop restaurant only to eat what someone else decides to put on the menu or a buffet. Not only will you take advantage of the time on your hands, you'll save money in the process!

We saw this scenario played out over and over again in the days when we teamed. Mike continued to see it as a solo regional driver for his trucking company when he was by himself in his truck. We have seen it together whenever Vicki has ridden with him.

Yes, the job demands that professional drivers face make it challenging to eat frugally on the road, but it's not impossible.

This page contains an overview of ideas about food and links to recipes that you can fix in your truck. It is meant to be used in tandem with our meal preparation page.

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What you fix depends upon your individual preferences, the tools at your disposal, and help from your home support team.

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Some professional drivers want simple meals with only a few ingredients while others don't mind preparing more elaborate recipes.

On this Trucker Food and Recipes page, we'll provide:

  • easy recipes and food choices on the road;
  • recipes that require only a few ingredients; and
  • where you can get loads of recipe ideas.

Since we have experience in cooking food in a truck, you can learn from our successes and failures in trying to prepare home cooked meals. Discover which combinations we thought were sensational and which were absolute flops!

We'll showcase Mike Simons, who calls himself "The Trucking Cheffy."

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Mike loves to cook and he'll show you how to make food and recipes in your truck that are "Dee-lish [short for "delicious"] to the nth degree."

Here is a list of Breakfast foods we have prepared in a truck:

You can also cook hot cereals like oatmeal, grits and farina (commonly called Cream of Wheat) in a hot pot.

Here are Entrees we have enjoyed cooking and eating in a truck for lunch or dinner (sometimes called supper):

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Need full-scale Meal ideas? Here are our favorites:

Some folks are content with making sandwiches, putting a slice or two of meat and maybe a slice of cheese between two slices of bread.

Vegetables, fruits and sides are also possible:

Besides heating up canned vegetables, we've also steamed raw vegetables like we did when we cooked our Thanksgiving dinner.

Vicki has warmed up many home canned meals in our trucks over the years. If you're pressed for time and need something commercially prepared, we have tried:

On the Beverage side, you might be interested in our recipe for hot chocolate mix, which you can add to hot water.

What about Dessert and Snacks? A delicious and low cost warm dessert is peach crisp. We provide some ideas about snacks, too.

truck drivers money saving tip icon Money saving tip: More often than not, you can buy and cook food to eat in your truck that is far less expensive than any meal you could ever hope to buy in a restaurant. Consider, for example, meals consisting of soup and salad; a grilled cheese sandwich; a steak and baked potato. Your choice of food and recipes is practically limitless!

We've found that being prepared to eat in the truck is not only good during long loading or unloading times, but also just to save money and eat healthfully. Unless your circumstances dictate otherwise, you can do the same if you really want to.

We also think it's a great idea to track how much money you're saving by eating food you prepare and eat in your truck -- if only from time to time -- compared to spending money on restaurant food. Get a copy of our Meal Savings table by requesting it through our free downloads page.

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Philly Cheese Steak Macaroni Not rated yet
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Pork chops and rice Not rated yet
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Meat Not rated yet
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Beanie wienie casserole Not rated yet
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A Peachy Snack When You're In A Hurry Not rated yet
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sam's cream of ramin Not rated yet
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Keeping Food and Drinks Colder Longer Not rated yet
One of the things I hate about traveling is constantly having to stop for ice for my cooler. I came upon this great product called the KoolerCap, which …

Abstaining from Sugar Not rated yet
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Slow Cooked Steak Soup Not rated yet
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Egg McLindi's Not rated yet
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Japanese Fried Rice Not rated yet
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The secret to tangy crab salad Not rated yet
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Salsa Chicken Not rated yet
Full of zesty flavor, this Salsa Chicken dish is easy to make. It cooks up in one skillet with just a few ingredients. Ingredients: 2 or more boneless, …

Simple Quick Shrimp Snack Not rated yet
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Macaroni and Chicken Salad Not rated yet
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Home Style Chicken Soup  Not rated yet
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Chicken Tortilla Soup Not rated yet
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Jake's Marinated Steak Tips Not rated yet
This Marinated Steak Tip recipe is delicious with a subtle flavor marinated throughout the steak tip. Ingredients: 1.5 - 2 pounds of sirloin, rib …

Ranch Chicken Not rated yet
This delicious Ranch Chicken Recipe requires an electric skillet and just four ingredients. The preparation method has been changed from our original recipe …

Thai Chicken Salad Grilled Not rated yet
Ingredients: 6 chicken breasts -- boned and skinned 8 cups romaine lettuce -- shredded 1 bunch green onion -- white part, - chopped 1/2 cup red …

Chicken and Wild Rice with Broccoli Not rated yet
Healthier eating is always a concern. But somehow we have come to equate healthy as bland. Not so with this dish. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts …

Southwest Style Breakfast Bake Not rated yet
I made this on average once a week. My husband and I refrigerated the leftovers and simply reheated them in the microwave for the next few days. Breakfast …

Easy Chicken and Dumplings Not rated yet
I always make big pots of this as my husband and I eat the leftovers for lunch the next day, they seem to taste even better then! 1 Rotisserie chicken …

Crock pot Ham and Beans Not rated yet
One of my husband's favorite meals from his childhood is Ham and Beans with Cornbread. I try to humor him the best I can in the truck so the slow cooker …

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