Posts Tagged ‘healthy eating on the road’

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.

March 9th, 2015

Eating healthy can be challenging in itself, but eating healthy on the road presents a whole different set of challenges. When tempted by the convenience of fast food or truck stops it almost seems impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re always on the go.

For the month of February we decided to give our drivers a challenge. The True2Blue $7 Challenge challenged our drivers not only to eat healthy, but eat healthy for $7 or less. Drivers could upload a picture of their meal and receipt on Facebook or upload a picture via Instagram using the hashtag #True2Blue7. Yesterday was the final day to enter and we want to thank you everyone who participated! From pizza to soup, you guys were nothing short of creative. Don’t let the end of the contest be the end of your healthy habits. Now that you know it can be done, there should be nothing stopping you.

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Now to the fun part – announcing the winners!

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Congratulations to April Rankin, Joe Fulton, Lori Gibbons, Mariana Storm, Randy Newman, Shelley Johnson and Victor Martinez.

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February 17th, 2012

from Fab Foods

Averaging from 4 to 8 pounds, the cylinder shaped spaghetti squash is generally available year-round with a peak season from early fall through winter. While a true spaghetti squash is pale ivory to pale yellow in color, in the early 1990’s, an orange spaghetti squash, known as “Orangetti” was developed and this is what is frequently found in today’s supermarkets. Higher in beta carotene, the orange variety is also bit sweeter than its paler counterpart, although both have a mild flavor that is easily enhanced by the food served with or on it. A dieter’s dream, a four-ounce serving of spaghetti squash has only 37 calories.

Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot:
Choose a smaller spaghetti squash (unless you have an extra large slow cooker) so that it will fit. Add 2 cups of water to slow cooker. Pierce the whole shell several times with a large fork or skewer, add to Crock Pot, cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.

Once the squash is cooked, let it cool for 10 to 20 minutes so it will be easier to handle, before cutting in half (if it wasn’t already) and removing the seeds. Pull a fork lengthwise through the flesh to separate it into long strands. (See photos.) You can do these steps ahead of time, then prepare spaghetti squash recipes whenever the mood strikes

More tips and recipes for cooking with spaghetti squash