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make ahead meals

acecil | Dec 11, 2014 08:34 AM

Hey Chowhounds -
I have to travel a lot for work, staying in hotels ~8-10 nights months. I can't afford to eat out every night and am tired of all the frozen microwave meals I've been eating.

So I'm looking for ideas for simple make-ahead meals that I can enjoy, are inexpensive and are reasonably healthy. Suggestions don't have to necessarily be make-ahead, but when you're living out of a hotel refrigerator, it's hard to have super fresh food without a lot of waste and wasteful expense. my limitations - I usually have to drive several hours to each city, stay for 2-3 nights, in hotels with microwave and refrigerator (If I'm lucky the 'fridge will have a freezer, often not), rarely have a stovetop, don't want the hassle of lugging a large cooler, and am usually eating off paper plates. Get the picture?

Things I've been doing to this point (besides buying frozen meals from Trader Joe's) include small frozen portions of soups, taking homemade salad dressing and buying lettuce etc once I get in town, and leftovers if I have something that travels well. It's not unusual for me to make a big pot of pasta with a simple tomato or pesto sauce and freeze individual servings. I'll sometimes include things like canned sardines or recently discovered individual portions of goat cheese at Trader Joes to add to a salad. Breakfast is usually coffee (I bring my own) and yogurt with fruit. Is there any good way to fix eggs in a microwave? Good ideas I have found so far include individually frozen homemade burritos (I have always hated the frozen ones, but think I could do much better), and breakfast sandwiches with egg/bacon/cheese/english muffin.

I know you guys are a creative bunch - am looking forward to any on the road food ideas! Thanks -

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