Friday, November 1, 2013

Tip for using and freezing in the small glass casserole dishes

Use any of your recipes (or mine!) for baking or roasting in the glass casserole dishes (see where to buy appliances).
  • Bake or roast as you would normally, making sure your food doesn't come up over the top edge (if it does, you'll not be able to use the vinyl lid, but that's not a big problem, but it means it won't stack neatly in the freezer.).  
  • Allow to cool thoroughly.  Place lid snuggly on top.  Then, wrap the casserole in plastic wrap to double seal (this helps prevent freezer burn and keeps the lid on snuggly.).  Use freezer tape or masking tape to label the meal with what it is and the date it was made.  If the meal exceeds the top of the casserole dish, just double wrap with plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap also helps prevent leaks when thawing.
  • Freeze!  
  • When warming up - remove plastic wrap and open lid a bit for a vent, if microwaving.  Remove all plastic and lid completely if warming up in the oven, and cover with foil if you want to keep moisture in.  DO NOT use foil in the microwave!  
  • Microwave warmup: about 3-5 minutes (or more) depending on power of microwave.  Check food (turn or stir if needed) after the first 3 minutes and after each subsequent minute until done. 

Another healthy food site...

Yes! I have some time to post, finally, and today I am featuring a site I found on Facebook.

Lisa Leake shows how to cut out processed food for a healthier life.  She has tons of ideas, plans and meal ideas, many of which are "take-along-able".   I highly recommend this site!


New addition to appliances and where to buy:

A must have for OTR drivers: A microwave oven.

A small (.7 cu foot) microwave with a low wattage (700 w) is perfect for the truck. These usually run under $50.   It's small enough to fit and not take up too much space, yet big enough to heat meals in the small glass casserole dishes.   Make sure your truck is properly wired to handle the wattage load.  Talk to your company's maintenance crew. A "plug in" inverter may be able to handle the load, but you need to make sure your truck's wiring and auxiliary power can handle it.  If you own your own truck, you might be able to do it yourself. Here's a link to how to install an inverter.


On a general note, I've been busy with college so I've not had a lot of time to play with this site. However, I am still in the process of writing my 2nd cookbook, which targets healthier eating and recipes. It will be more "how to cook", with many of the same ideas as Grillin' the Road's portable meals.  Proceeds of paperback book sales will go to the Michael J Fox Parkinson Foundation, with the entire book being available online in its own web page and for download in PDF.  This will be a while coming, so please be patient.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Keep them wheels rollin....

It's a well known fact that great truckers are hard to come by and keep in a company.  By the same token, finding a great driving job can be a pain.  Especially if a driver is still on the road and doesn't have a lot of time to job hunt.  Fortunately, there is help!  Check out Truck Driver Jobs In America!  Many companies available in one place. For all kinds of driving jobs! 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Been busy!

Please note that I have turned off comments due to an influx of anonymous spam comments.  Please email me with your comments.  If you want a link posted to a legitimate site, please email it to me and I will check it out.  If I find it appropriate, I will put it in the links page.  Perpetual spammers will be blocked.  

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why these recipes and are they really healthy?

Indeed.  One might question the book I've written as "healthy".  Often, we perceive something by our experience and education.  One of the mindsets I've encountered in my life with people who have gotten locked into the quick and easy, boxed and junk food styles, most anything else, especially made from fresh ingredients and made at home, is generally healthy.  It doesn't have to be brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa, or just a diet of vegetables, or a high protein-shun all else diet to be healthy.

My concept of healthy in this premise is what is better than the preservatives, the processed sugars and over processed foods that have removed the wholesome goodness and health, yet what is something that most everyone will eat?  Like working out, one will have to gradually change their habits, one does not jump from one extreme to the other.

My methods and recipes are healthy. Yes, even the cheesecake. Why?  Because it uses fresh, real ingredients, with as little preservatives, additives, processed sugars and such as possible. I use very little, and my recipes can be adapted to use more 'off the shelf' items for those who can tolerate them.  I believe wholeheartedly in balance, in all areas of life.  Eating especially.  I also believe that what is causing the ailments brought on by wrong eating is not necessarily over eating. or eating sweets, though they can contribute to them, but by the processed foods that we have promoted in our society over the past several years.  No truck driver I know is going to suddenly go from candy off the shelf, soda and truck stop buffet to  salads and granola bars cold turkey.  Not going to happen.

This is why I wrote Grillin the Road as I have.  To help drivers, especially, gradually move from unhealthy habits in eating to healthier.  We are all intelligent beings, we can, once pointed in the right direction, find our own paths.  This book provides the basis of a good eating path, and allows one to gradually and easily go from the "quick and easy" but unhealthy to good, home cooked meals that are healthy, if not the body builder's or health-food-connoisseur's dream.

I firmly believe, as I've said before, in the importance of good, healthy food in the body.  The body metabolizes and processes all that enters it - whether it be from the air or ingesting from eating.  The liver and other digestive organs can only handle so much "foreign" substances, as we are finding out now.  Proper eating, along with proper exercise and controlling emotions and thought, and behavior, are key to great health.