Recently, Aaron and I have made the commitment to ourselves to stop dining out 5+ times a week and start eating at home. What I’ve found is that eating the same thing every day can get boring quick. It’s important to keep meals interesting, but that can be hard when you spend your life traveling. It can also be difficult to find recipes that work for your lifestyle, at least for me it has certainly proven to be a struggle. That’s why often times I fall back on old recipes that have always worked for me in the past regardless of what I’m living in or where it’s located.
Some of the recipes I’m sharing today work well because they will leave you with tons of leftovers, meaning meals for days. And, some of them work best just because they are stove top only and don’t require an oven, because who even has an oven? Not I.
I really tried to dig deep into my archives and share something that would work for everyone. Ya know, before we move forward and I start sharing new recipes.
Cheesy Potato Hash – This is one of my all time favorite recipes. I don’t know how healthy it is… but it has spinach in it… So I like to pretend it isn’t that bad. These days I make it without the meat too, so I feel even better about it. I always have leftovers that taste great warm or cold and it’s almost impossible to screw it up. Don’t overcook your potatoes and you’ll be good to go.
Chicken Bruschetta Pasta – This one is great for making while traveling because it is so versatile. You can make just the bruschetta and eat it however you please, maybe just with a spoon because that’s how you’re feeling that day… no judgement. Or, you could make the entire bruschetta pasta without any chicken and go vegetarian. Or! You can make the whole thing with a completely different kind of protein. Anyway you make it, the bruschetta is always delicious and it doesn’t require an oven. Another win with this one is that the leftovers work great chilled or reheated.
Easy Garlic Pasta – Yep another pasta dish, because we don’t have an oven and we don’t eat meat and my husband loves it. It’s easy and its cheesy, so really… what’s not to love? I’m pretty sure you could add any type of meat to this and be pleased. You could even add in some broccoli or any other kind of veggie and it would make it even better. The only downside is that you definitely need to reheat any leftovers or you’ll be trying to eat a brick of pasta the next day.
The next two recipes definitely require an oven and a lot more patience. So if you don’t have both, this is the end of the road for you.
Turkey Pot Pie – Pot pie is a great way to sneak veggies into your diet. They are creamy inside, flakey outside and delicious all around. You honestly won’t even mind that you might be eating a lima bean. They are also a great use for leftovers in the fridge. You can take all that leftover veg that is about to go bad, toss it in, and make something delicious for dinner. I’ve never tried a vegetarian pot pie. I gave them up when I stopped eating meat, but I would be interested in trying one. If someone wants to make it and have me over, just message me.
Blueberry Muffins – This is one of the hardest recipes I’ve ever made. Now, to be fair, I don’t bake, so it could be completely normal and I wouldn’t really know any better… but I’m just being honest. I will also say, that it was totally worth it. The muffins are delicious and completely gluten free. What makes this recipe travel friendly? In my mind, it’s the idea that the recipe makes enough muffins to share and that it will accommodate many different dietary restrictions. You definitely need an oven big enough for a muffin pan, tons of ingredients, and a whole lot of patience though.
I hope you find this post helpful and that it gets you excited to do a little more cooking for yourself while traveling. If you prepare any of these things or have recipes that I should try, please share them with me.