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Road Trip Meals


There’s nothing like a road trip to provide fresh perspective to our lives and to help us recharge and renew. When it comes to eating, piling into the car and hitting the open road presents both challenges and delights. With a bit of planning, savouring delicious food can be that much easier, and a highly enjoyable part of the road trip experience.

Think about what you can do at home before your trip, and what you can do or add to your meal plan while you’re on the road. Fresh vegetables from a local farm stand or the daily catch from the seashore can be a part of experiencing a location in all its glory. These enticing finds can be easily transformed into delicious meals with a make-ahead flavour base, dressing, or sauce that won’t take up much room in your cooler.

When planning your on-the-road menu, choose dishes that pack well or that get better as leftovers. And think about ingredients or recipes that you can freeze ahead and that can double as freezer packs to keep your cooler cold (but be sure they’ll thaw in time for your meal).

If you’ll have access to a barbecue or grill at your destination, use your driving time to your advantage by allowing chicken or steaks to bathe in marinade inside your cooler. And, of course, don’t forget the snacks. Homemade granola bars, nuts, veggies, and a pre-portioned bit of hummus or bean dip will help you avoid those hangry travel moments.

Most importantly, make it simple so you’ll have time to enjoy the view and all the wonderful experiences you encounter on your journey. These six convenient and easy-to-prepare recipe ideas will help you enjoy your holiday and pull off a feast when you’re far from home.

Dig out your cooler and read on—it’s time to hit the road!


Freeze-Ahead Breakfast Wraps with Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, and Spinach

Freeze-Ahead Breakfast Wraps with Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, and Spinach

These wraps are perfect for an overnight journey when you want to have something quick and satisfying the next day. Sweet smoked paprika adds just a hint of smoky flavour to sweet potatoes, which join with spinach and red pepper to dress up eggs in a pleasing way. Make these wraps anytime and stick them in the freezer for your next excursion. Pack them frozen and they’ll have time to thaw on the journey, or put them in the fridge the night before you travel so you have something convenient and tasty to eat before you set off. Leave the ketchup bottle behind, and serve them with your own smoky red pepper sauce.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Lemon and Cilantro

Yogurt completely transforms the texture of these chicken thighs, making them tender and flavourful with bright notes of lemon and cilantro. Ideal for a day trip, these can be marinated in the morning and cooked in the evening, but they also work well when cooked in advance and packed for a picnic to be eaten cold.

Kale and Napa Cabbage Salad with Sumac Pickled Onions

Citrusy and slightly sour sumac and a touch of maple syrup enliven pickled onions in a perfect complement to this salad. Kale and Napa cabbage stand up for hours to the sweet and puckery dressing, and hearty farro will keep you going while on the road. This salad is sure to be a favourite for picnics, backyard potlucks, or road trip lunch stops.

Green Bean Quinoa Almondine

This is a heartier take on a classic dish that typically pairs green beans and almonds. Slivered almonds are accompanied by a little extra spice and a hint of sweetness. The lemon-dressed quinoa pilaf adds moisture to help steam the green beans, while imparting all of its bright flavour. Be sure to select young, tender beans for maximum flavour and a beautiful delicate texture.

Vegetable and Cashew Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Veggies and dip are a healthy road trip staple, perfect for snacking, pit stops, or appetizers. Take them a step further in this recipe, inspired by Vietnamese-style salad rolls. Paired with a spicy peanut sauce, they’re packed with carrots, crunchy broccoli, cashews, and a hint of mint. They’re hearty enough for a lunchtime picnic or anytime you need a little something to keep you going.

Go-Anywhere Granola Roasted Chocolate Cherry Crumble

Making a big batch of hearty granola is a great way to satisfy breakfast and snacking needs and proves endlessly versatile while on the road. Throw in a handful of dark chocolate chips to turn into a trail mix, perfect for keeping hunger at bay while you’re out and about. This granola is also ideal for turning fresh fruit you discover on your travels into a delicious dessert. We’ve used cherries here, but grilled peaches, apricots, blueberries, or any fresh, seasonal bounty would work amazingly well.



Recipes to Dream About

Recipes to Dream About

A good night’s sleep can change everything. Being well rested not only gives your body and brain time to recharge, but also helps your immune system operate to its full potential and lowers the risk for several serious health problems, including heart disease. But if you’re spending more time counting sheep than actually catching zzz’s, you’re far from alone. For many of us, it can be tough to get enough sleep. And, over time, there can be troubling consequences that go far beyond feeling like you’re more worn out than your favourite jeans. For instance, people who don’t get enough sleep tend to eat more calories and accumulate visceral fat around the abdomen, potentially contributing to cardiovascular disease risk. Restorative sleep is also important for helping you recover from exercise training and reap more of the benefits from these sweat sessions. So, with all this said, you should do what you can to get the most out of each night. Poor sleep has a lot of causes, and no one antidote will allow you to bag the sleep you need. Along with proper sleep hygiene—including maintaining a regular sleep schedule, powering down electronics in the last hour or so before bed, and keeping your sleep environment dark and quiet—dietary choices may be one part of the better slumber puzzle. Science now shows that what you eat can influence how much quality sleep you get. So, with some savvy cooking, there is hope for finally getting the ever-elusive shut-eye of your dreams and feeling like a champ. These recipes feature the foods you need to help bring on sweet dreams.