Archive for the ‘Recipes OTR’ Category

March 18th, 2016
Feeding the crew from the new pressure cooker in Joplin.

Feeding the crew from the new pressure cooker in Joplin.

It’s no secret that simple is best when preparing dinner in the cab while you’re on the road. So why not try dinner under pressure – with a pressure cooker?

Pressure cookers are different from slow cookers in that everything about the pressure cooker is fast! Pressure cookers use the pressure from the steam that quickly builds up to cook your meat and rice and other ingredients in a fraction of the time it would take to cook it normally on a stove top or in an oven.  The pressure that builds up enables you to cook quickly, at higher heat, and keeps moisture in the meat you might use!  Don’t have a pressure cooker?  They differ in size and capacity and there are a good range of options out there and they aren’t very expensive.

As with anything, there are a million recipes online for pressure cookers but we found some good ones with fewer or less complicated ingredients that make a tasty dinner with leftovers.

Columbian Chicken Stew from Serious Eats: Chicken, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onion and Bay leaf.

Easy Minestrone Soup with Tortellini from food.com: Some fresh and some store bought ingredients make this easily attainable and home and hearty dinner.

Barbecue Chicken from allrecipes.com: Six ingredients plus add hot sauce if you like it spicier.

Pressure Cooker Pot Roast from allrecipes.com: Easy to find ingredients and it makes its own gravy.

Congratulations to the Truckload driver who won a pressure cooker from the monthly Driver Safety and Awards ceremony on March 4!  He shared the wealth and made pork chops and rice for the local Joplin, MO crew.

July 30th, 2015

SYH Nutrition Label

 

Finding healthy food on the road can be a challenge, but when you find it, do you understand why it’s healthy? Nutrition labels help you make informed food choices and guide you on what and how much to eat. Reading the labels and understanding why something is good or bad for you can assist you on your journey to healthier lifestyle.

Serving Size

Check to see if your serving is the same size as the one on the label. If you double the serving size on the label, you need to double the nutrition amounts.  In a nutshell, this tells you how many calories are in a serving and provides a recommend serving size to stay within those calories. If you are counting calories as part of your diet, this is important information to know.

Calories

Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of food. A person’s size and activity level determine total calories needed per day. The recommend caloric intake for a 32- year old man to maintain his weight of 200 pounds is 2,544. However, if you are looking to lose weight, you could use this information to determine how many calories to cut from your diet and/or how many calories you need to burn through activity.

Protein

Protein can come from animal sources like chicken or beef or from plant sources like lima beans or wheat. Try to incorporate plant proteins such as beans, cereals and whole grains into your diet.

Sodium

Too much sodium can contribute to high blood pressure. Processed foods usually contain a high amount of sodium. Be careful about the amount of processed foods you are taking in and try to balance your diet with fresh or organic items.

A healthy diet an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. In combination with staying active, your diet can improve your sleep, help you maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and help promote your overall health.

Visit www.fitness.gov for more information.

 

 

July 2nd, 2015

This weekend is a time for everyone across the country to attend a barbeque and enjoy fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. For some of us, however, duty still calls and we need to be out on the road during the celebrations. However, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the delicious barbeque–style foods that make the holiday so delicious. Below is a recipe for grilled turkey burgers (a healthy alternative to red meat) and a patriotic chickpea salad that is easy to make in your cab over the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

 

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Turkey Burgers

You will need a George Forman (or equivalent) Grill

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Whole grain hamburger bun
  • Toppings (Think healthy! Avocado, lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Preheat your in-cab grill on “high” for at least 5 minutes..

Combine turkey, parsley, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and salt to taste in a bowl and mix well with your hands. Form mixture into four, quarter-inch patties.

Place the patties on your grill and close the cover. Cook for 5-8 minutes, but be sure to check on them after about 4 minutes. Serve on whole wheat buns with your favorite toppings!

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Summer Chickpea Salad

  • 2 (19 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint small cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Toss chickpeas, tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil together in a large mixing bowl. 

Put honey in a small glass bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir garlic, red wine vinegar, cider vinegar, olive oil, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt in with the honey to make a dressing.

Pour the dressing over the chickpea salad and toss to coat.

Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate salad for 1 hour before serving.

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What are your favorite barbeque foods? Do you have alternative recipes that are easy to make on the road? Share them with us at www.facebook.com/ConwayTruckload.

And, as always, remember to stay safe out there. AAA predicts that 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the Fourth of July this year. According to this article, July 4th is the 7th most dangerous day for road travel. Con-way Truckload drivers are safety experts, so, set an example for other drivers by keeping your distance, obeying the speed limit and, of course, not driving under the influence of alcohol.

Thank you for staying safe and have a Happy 4th of July!