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.
What you fix depends upon:
- your individual preferences,
- the tools at your disposal, and
- help from your home support team.
Simple to Complex
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!
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:
- ham and cheese omelet;
- Vicki’s crock pot version of Amish Baked Oatmeal;
- turkey bacon; and
- freeze dried eggs.
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):
- homemade pizza;
- cooking turkey;
- pot roast;
- beef stew;
- beef stroganoff;
- crock pot chicken;
- barbeque pork;
- pork steak;
- grilled cheese sandwich;
- tuna noodle casserole;
- homemade beefaroni;
- macaroni and cheese;
- tangy polish sausage and sauerkraut; and
- split pea soup.
Need more ideas? Try RoadCookin’, which you can buy through Amazon.com, with whom we have an affiliate relationship.
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.
Desserts and Snacks
Additional Resources on Food and Recipes for Truckers
Some of the following resources have been submitted by others.
- Abstaining from Sugar
- A Peachy Snack When You’re In A Hurry
- Beanie wienie casserole
- Best Pancakes
- Chicken and Wild Rice with Broccoli
- Chicken Paprikash
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Crock pot Ham and Beans
- Easy 4 Ingredient Beef Stew
- Easy Chicken and Dumplings
- Egg McLindi’s
- gander mtn. camping freeze dried food
- Home Style Chicken Soup
- Jake’s Marinated Steak Tips
- Japanese Fried Rice
- Keeping Food and Drinks Colder Longer
- Macaroni and Chicken Salad
- Pasteurized milk
- Philly Cheese Steak Macaroni
- Pork chops and rice
- Ranch Chicken
- Salsa Chicken
- sam’s cream of ramin
- Simple Quick Shrimp Snack
- Slow Cooked Steak Soup
- Southwest Style Breakfast Bake
- Southwest Style Breakfast Bake Substitute
- Thai Chicken Salad Grilled
- The secret to tangy crab salad
- Vehicle food cooking.
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.