A big part of our lives involves planning meals. This is true whether we are at home or out on the water. If you have a day planned out on the river, it’s nice to have a good meal and snacks along so that you don’t have to cut your day short in order to eat. But packing creative meals for on-the-go requires a bit of forethought and planning. Unless you want to grab prepacked sandwich and bag of chips at your local Quik-Stop, you need to prepare ahead of time. Here a few ideas to help you put some more interesting meals into your cooler.
If you aren’t taking a grill along, think about creative cold food options. Some favorites:
Oriental chicken wraps:
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
3 green onions, sliced
½ cup chopped snow peas
1 bag broccoli slaw
¼ cup sliced almonds
1 bottle sesame ginger dressing (find in the cooler in the produce section)
Mix all ingredients. Put into a ziplock baggie, and take along a package of flour tortillas. Fill tortillas with chicken mixture when you are ready to eat, if you fill them ahead of time the tortillas tend to get soggy.
You can make regular chicken salad and do the same type of wraps.
Freeze grapes in a ziplock bag, then throw it into your cooler.
Energy bites – make ahead of time and store in refrigerator in a container that you can put directly into your cooler. These are a great “one-handed” snack that works well while fishing or rowing the boat.
Here are some favorite energy bite recipes:
If you are taking a small grill along, you can bring food to warm up:
Leftovers make great “pouch” meals. Just put cooked meat and/or veggies in a tinfoil pouch that you can warm up on your grill.
Pizza sandwiches – put pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese on bread and wrap in tin foil. Warm on grill when ready and serve with marinara sauce, either from a plastic container or ziplock bag, depending on cooler space.
Most of these meals can be made ahead and stored in the freezer. Make several so that you can just “grab and go” in the morning. What is your favorite river food?