When I was a college student traveling on our choir tour bus, we were given turkey sandwiches, chips, and an apple in a sack every day for lunch 11 days in a row. I was grateful for the sustenance, but I haven’t looked at a turkey sandwich the same way since. Even the cafeteria food looked good after that.
(I know, I know. First world problems. Don’t go all you are a spoiled American on me. That was simply my earth shattering opening paragraph to grab your attention before I say, “Here are some non-sandwich ideas for food you can take on the road to save you money while you eat healthy.”
So here are some non-sandwich ideas for food you can take on the road to save you money while you eat healthy. See? See how much better that sounded after my introductory paragraph about turkey sandwich burn-out?
Consider the Traveling Casserole
Remember the time I made a Cheesy Beef and Rice to take on the road? It worked great, tasted great, and made for a very nice change from packed sandwiches. If you’re only going to be gone for a few hours, consider making a casserole and taking along some paper plates. Easy and tasty! (A meal like Easy Noodle Stir Fry also packs well.)
Soup in a Jar
My family thought I was a little crazy when I told them I was taking potato soup to eat on the road on our way to the tournament this weekend. What can I say? Potato Soup sounded really good to me. I made a full pot of soup, then filled jars and packed spoons. Soup with cheese and raspberries was surprisingly easy to eat on the road and everyone loved it!
Pudding Makes a Great Breakfast
We had a fridge in our hotel this weekend, so I made Tapioca Pudding and packed it up to eat for Matt and me to eat for breakfast. It was fun! I made a cup of coffee in the little coffeepot, then sat down with some fruit, my coffee, my Bible, and my tapioca. This also worked great to pack the pudding in our cooler for a snack in the afternoon. Don’t like Tapioca? Here’s my Vanilla, Chocolate, and Butterscotch recipes. :)
Somehow my sliced cheese made it into this tapioca picture and the soup picture above.
It’s like I wanted to really brag about how well I cut the cheese.
Some Obvious Non-Sandwich Ideas
You’ve probably already thought of several of these, but they are worth mentioning anyway:
- Burritos (either breakfast, meat and cheese or bean and cheese)
- Quesadillas (just cheese or cheese with chicken)
- Pasta Salad
- Tuna Salad with Crackers
- Muffins like Corn Dog Muffins or Sloppy Corn Bread Muffins
Freggies Rule the World
Fruits and veggies are super easy to pack and eat on the road. From berries to apples to oranges to carrots to sliced cucumbers to mini sweet peppers. If you do nothing else, PACK FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. This is the only thing that keeps our stomachs happy while traveling. Do this.
Eating out while on the road is fun too, and our family likes to splurge on occasion! But I always love to figure out more road trip food ideas. So share yours! What do you pack to eat on the road?