Easy, Yummy, Cheeky Road Trip Recipes

If you, like me, have been on loooong road trips, you know that there is a point when you are so bored of the same canned stuff that you start skipping your meals or start going out too often. I reached that moment on my fifth straight month on the road when I started my #eastcoastinterlude (aka the last leg of my Aussie adventure) and decided that my diet had to change. I needed road trip recipes 
Travelling with our lovely Lady Monster (a giant, old 4WD car) had its limits since we always needed to set the table, chairs and kitchen in order to cook, but having a mini-kitchen sheltered by the elements and of easy access is what pushed me to go back to the stove! That’s also why, I started browsing the internet (and repetitively calling my mum aka the best chef in the world!) for ideas and tips for easy road trip recipes that she made for me and my siblings a couple of decades ago. Mr Beard and I managed to cook all the below (and SO much more!) in our little kitchen and it was always so much fun experimenting a new, minimalist and fast way of cooking in our Jucy as well as to be able to wash the dishes and cutlery straight away (=little details that matters while on the road!)

BREAKFAST – Home-made Granola Recipe

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I l o v e granola. I had my first date with it a few years back when I was living in London and it’s been true love since. In my continuos effort to ban all plastic as part of the zero waste movement, considering the crazy prices of these little boxes and the fact that most of the times you only find broken grains, never enough nuts and far too much raisins and tons of cinnamon (I HATE cinnamon!), I decided to make my own. Most traditional cookbook will tell you that you need a oven for the perfect granola, trust me: a stove-top granola is top-notch, mate.

You will need: 500g rolled oats, 200g mixed crushed nuts, a pinch of salt, coconut chips and dried berries and fruit.

How: Heat a heavy pan over medium-high (the one provided by Jucy is simply perfect!), and once it gets hot, add in enough rolled oats to coat the bottom of the pan in a single layer and add a pinch of salt. Cook the oats, stirring or shaking the pan constantly until golden-brown, make sure to keep an eye on it because the oats can go from perfectly toasted to overdone in a fraction of a second. Once they’re done, pour them out onto a baking sheet on a plate and let them cool for a bit. Then, you pan-roast chopped nuts like almonds, macadamia, cashew nuts or pecans and when you are done add those to the oats with the coconut chips.

For your breakfast of Champions, stir the toasted oat-nut mixture into yogurt along with fresh strawberries and bananas or others. If you are feeling extra naughty, add a little maple syrup or honey and you will be ready to go for an amazing day.

LUNCH – Cous Cous Salad Recipe 

After billions tuna sandwiches, salmon, ham & cheese wraps, I decided to go back to one of my favourite (and super easy) dishes, the gorgeous, light but filling Cous Cous Salad. What I love the most about cous cous is the fact that is so versatile and it can be used as a side, a salad and even a main. It’s extra special as it can be served hot and cold and it’s always yummy.

You will need: 200g quick-cook couscous, 250ml boiling stock water, 1 or 2 tomatoes, 1 zucchini, 3 small peppers (capsicum for the Australian readers…), 1 avocado, mixed spices and herbs, a little bit of butter.
NOTE: the truth is that cous cous goes with everything and anything, so you can totally ignore the ingredients above and put whatever you like in yours!

How: Place the couscous in a large bowl with the butter in the middle and pour over the boiling water. Cover the bowl with a plate or a lid and set aside for 5 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. In the meantime, chop your vegetables in tiny cubes and stir them into the cous cous. Season the couscous well with salt, chilli, spices and herbs and drizzle over a bit of extra virgin olive oil and you will be ready to eat! Bon apetit!

DINNER – Italian Frittata Recipe 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMr Beard and I had far too much pasta during our three months of travels together, so we decided to give carbs up and opt for more healthy and earthy food. My mum sent me her original recipe of the Frittata Italiana and how could I possibly not try it?

You will need: 4 eggs, olive oil, chopped brown onion, 1 large potato, salt, pepper and parsley

 
How:
Start by cutting and frying the potatoes; to this in the right way, you will need to wait until the oil is boiling hot. Once you’ve fried all the potatoes, put them aside to cool and put the sliced onion on the hot pan with some more oil. Make sure to stir well until they become golden, then add the potatoes  and mix them together in the pan for 2/3 minutes. Then take them off of the stove. In the meantime, beat OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe eggs in a bowl, and add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper and parsley then stir in the potatoes and onion. Return the pan to the stove, and heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat.

Scrape the eggs and vegetables back into the pan and shake the pan gently while you lift the edges of the frittata, and tilt the pan to let egg run underneath and set. After a few minutes, when the bottom of the frittata has set and with the help of a dish or with a twist of the wrist (that’s up to you, I won’t take responsibilities!), turn the frittata upside down to cook the other side.  Cook gently for another 2/3 minutes paying attention not to burn it.  Now your REAL italian frittata is ready, you can both serve it straight away or you can let it cool and serve it cold which is exactly what you need from roadtrip recipes!

I hope you will enjoy these road trip recipes! I would love to hear your suggestions, please feel free to comment below with your fav dishes!

 

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Thanks to JUCY for helping me make this road trip possible. Find out more at www.jucyworld.com and follow them on social media @JUCYworld.
I’ve travelled down the East Coast in a Jucy Crib, all views are my own.

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  • Ah love these, it’s just the right time for me to read this as I’m off to Australia this weekend and no doubt these will come in handy. I love the idea of taking granola – I’ve just made a huge batch – such a simple but brilliant idea to take that along. Thanks!

    Reena

    http://www.lifestyleenthusiast.co.uk

    • Yes, granola is the best! I cannot live without it!! haha! And good luck for your australian adventure! You will love it here, it’s such a wonderful country! 🙂

  • john rodgers

    We carry granola and trail mix with us on every trek but the fruits would not work for us and our lifestyle. We have to go with what we can pick up where we happen to be. The recipes are great and healthy which for us the number one consideration.

    • Thank you John! Yes, it’s very important for me also to eat healthy and I love to make my own granola! Why the fruits wouldn’t work for you? Just curious! 🙂

      • john rodgers

        So much of our time is spent outside of the cities that we have to take what we can get more or less. We trek a lot and fruit is an added weight and then in countries like Mongolia that we just left fruit and most vegetables there have to be imported and are mostly a luxury food.

        • Interesting point! I didn’t know that in Mongolia fruit & veggies were that expensive. Anyhow, yours sounds like a very interesting trip, enjoy! 🙂

  • Lesley-Anne Jeffrey

    Oh wow. I shall definitely be trying some, maybe all of these. I love having simple recipes for camping 🙂

    • Thank you, Lesley-Anne! These are very simple recipes that anyone can do while travelling, but definitely also at home! 🙂 Let me know how it goes! x

  • Love30

    This is such a good idea for a post! Yum yum frittata! Ree love30

    • Thank you! I really struggled to find camping recipes that weren’t on the fire, so I thought to create this little list.. but I have many more..I might do a second one! 🙂

  • Marie Mekosh

    Yum! I love that these recipes are simple, healthy, and use only a few ingredients each. I’m not on a road trip, but I may have to use some of these myself since I get really lazy and don’t want to cook! 😉 Seriously, though, that pull-out stove is really cool! Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you, Marie! Yes, you can definitely try these recipes at home as well. For sure, I will keep making granola for the rest of my life 🙂 And yes, the pull-out stove was a god-sent, so easy to cook and clean afterwards, much different to the settings of my own 4WD I had before….

  • dailyadventuresofme

    I love that you can eat healthy while driving. I am all too guilty of stopping at greasy spoons!

    • haha! I know! and I’m too guilty of eating too much canned food, so terrible! I’m glad I finally found a few quick and healthy recipes that I can easily do on the road!

  • These are really helpful road trip recipe ideas. I love your mini kitchen. I definietly want to implement this into my next road trip.

    • Thank you! Yes, the mini kitchen was a god-sent. I used to have a 4WD before and every time it was so complicated. You should consider Jucy for your next road trip! If you are more than two they have larger camper vans too! 🙂

  • Erica

    Really good post. I love homemade granola! I love that you are showing ways to eat healthy on the road as an alternative to stopping at fast food restaurants. You have definitely inspired me!

    • Awww! thank you so much, Erica! so glad you liked the recipes, I hope you will try the homemade granola too! And yes, it’s nice to stop at restaurants from time to time, but it’s also good to cook every now and then! (at least I do love cooking!! haha!)

  • This makes me feel a little bad about just how bad my eating habits get when I’m on the road… Or even in normal every day like when I’m getting too busy haha! That cous cous recipe looks delish! I’m going to have to try that (even not on the road)!

    • I know, Caitlin! It’s very hard to eat healthy in our normal busy lives, I remember when I used to work 14 hrs a day and (healthy) food was the last thing on my mind. But I now realised how important it is and I’m always trying to be creative and eat freshly, home made food… it’s fun too! Hope you’ll enjoy the cous cous! 🙂

  • Veethee Dixit

    Looks really delicious! I would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Veethee! I hope you will! Let me know how they come out! 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Our go to is muffins. Lots and lots of muffins! My husband is a chef though and firmly believes that anything you can make on your stove top at home, you can make on those little gas burners just like you guys did 🙂

    • haha! I love your husband thinking and yes, I do agree! You might get a windy spot, but with a bit of patience you can cook anything you want. Muffins sounds great, but having been on the road for over 8 months straight, I only found one accommodation with an oven..and I guess you need one for muffins, right? 😛

      • We start off with lots and lots of muffins but yes, as time goes by and the supplies run out we usually don’t make them again. I HAVE though seen posts about people making them over a fire with a grill or on the stove top though. It works similar to making pizza in a frying pan. You need a lid (usually clay or cast iron) to put over the pan to keep the heat. We’ve made pizza and cake on a stove top but not muffins yet.

        • Oh no!! Pizza on a frying pan! :O As an Italian born and breed I strongly disagree!!! No, I’m joking LOL! But I will give it a go! Thanks for the tips x

          • Seriously! Give it a go. If you have a wood fire you might even get a smokey stone oven kind of taste

          • I will definitely do this in New Zealand this month! 🙂

  • Oh man on the road I don’t eat this healthy and I feel quite guilty at the moment! Good habits you’ve got there!

  • Samantha Applewhaite

    Mmm the lunch and dinner look delicious!! I love couscous! Looks like easy, simple meals to make while on the road! Thanks for posting!

    • Hi Samantha! Thank you so much for your comment! yes, you are right, you can definitely make them on the road, but also at home. If you try the cous cous or the frittata recipes, let me know how they come out! 🙂

  • Rebecca Huxley

    I can totally relate as my boyfriend and I were the exact same when we were living in our wagon on Australia’s east coast! There is only so much noodles, pasta, sandwiches you can eat! I’m currently doing my farm work in a working hostel in Bundy so I try to experiment with food more! I love the fritatta recipe in particular, I am defo trying that this week! Really cool post and so relatable! (:

    • Thank you so much Rebecca! I feel ya! I can’t stand noodles and tuna anymore, if I see some, I think I will be sick!! I loved Bundy when I was there! good on you for the farm work. What are your plans after that? Oh and let me know how the frittata comes out!! x

  • Xavier B

    I don’t really like granola. But your two other recipes look delicious. It’s been ages since my last couscous. I miss it, and there’s so many different types. My grandpa was doing his own, the only thing he’d cooked. It was so good

    • Really? home made cous cous? that sounds amazing! I have only ever seen the quick one in supermarkets. That must have been delicious. Let me know if you try my recipes and if you like it! xx

  • Good on you! let me know how it comes out! 😛

  • Love the Granola recipe. Thanks for sharing. Such a practical idea.

  • Retlyn

    I’ve been always seeing that “Granola” in Instagram but I never knew what to call that food before. The Granola Recipe looks so Instagram-able and yummy. I would love to try that in the future!!

    http://www.retlync.wordpress.com

    • hahah! I didn’t know Granola existed up to a couple of years ago… but now it’s my favourite breakfast food. and yes, totally perfect for Instagram flat lays! Follow me there if you wish: instagram.com/the_Storyteller x

  • Never tried anything with granola, but that couscous looks good i may try it one day