What to eat in a motel with no fridge or microwave.....

What to eat in a motel with no fridge or microwave.....

js250 js250
Here is our dilemma. We are sick of takeout and fast food. There is no fridge--I have a cooler, though--and there is no microwave.

Help!!! I need dinner ideas to keep costs down, add variety and that is nutritious.

(Tonight is cottage cheese, cold cuts and fruit). Beyond that, all I see is microwave food. I am having a really hard time figuring out something so simple!!
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jr2012 jr2012
If you can eat it all (or have enough people to serve), maybe a rotisserie chicken? You could even do something fun like lettuce wraps with the chicken and other veggies and sauce inside.

Spring Rolls (those rice paper wrappers only need to be soaked in warm water)
Hummus and Veggies/Crackers/pita
"deluxe" salsa (a jar of salsa mixed with beans, veggies, corn, maybe that chicken?) and chips or tortillas

I may come back with more ideas! Good luck!
03/17/2013
evie.amor evie.amor
I second hummus, when my guy and I were on a 3 day road trip we had hummus, spinach, and tomato sandwiches. Rotisserie chicken is pretty good too if there is a grocery store near you.
03/17/2013
spunkmonkey spunkmonkey
I don't know, with no way to heat anything up, or to keep it cold. Hope you figure something out.
03/17/2013
spiced spiced
The cooler does give you some options at least. Yogurt can be good. You can keep milk for cereal (yes I have eaten cereal for dinner!). There's always fruits and cheeses. You could stick some salad dressing in the cooler, and lettuce, tomato (and whatever you like on a salad).

Not sure what's close by where you are, but sometimes convenience stores have stuff like burritos that you can heat up there in their microwave, and then take home. You'd probably have to make do with chips and salsa instead of rice and beans, though.

I've been in this situation and have usually ended up eating a lot of pizza (something I never get tired of). I hope it works out OK!
03/17/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
Here is our dilemma. We are sick of takeout and fast food. There is no fridge--I have a cooler, though--and there is no microwave.

Help!!! I need dinner ideas to keep costs down, add variety and that is nutritious.

(Tonight is cottage ...
You can either bring a can of Spam and slice it up on bread or buy a Subway sandwich and divide it up among the family members! In both cases, you don't need a microwave or cooler!

If you are a camping enthusiast like me, there is always Mountain House dehydrated foods which I use. You do need hot water, not necessarily boiling water, and let the food hydrate and then divide and serve among family members. It is quite good! Spaghetti, beef stew, chicken teriyaki are just a few of the great meals that are available!
03/17/2013
spiced spiced
Another thing which just occurred to me: you could buy a toaster oven or microwave from a local appliance store (or thrift store, or whatever), use it for the week, and then donate it to a charity (goodwill, etc). You'd have a lot more food options. The donation would be tax deductible, too!
03/18/2013
js250 js250
Wow!! Excellent ideas!! I am going to try them out this week. The dehydrated food is at home in the camping stash...stupid, huh? I am so lost here I only travel on the one huge road so am limited on what small appliances I would buy--great idea with the toaster oven--going to kiss mine when I get home (and start using it again!!)

Spam--chopped with squeeze mayo, relish and lettuce....yep, good one too.

Hummus--well, I promised to try alligator tail(!!!) so will try this too.I have never had it.

Rotissirie chicken--Oh, yeahhhh!!!!yummy!!

Amazing help guys!! Thanks!!
03/18/2013
Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
No microwave or fridge? I think the dollar meal at Carl's Jr or Jack in the Box....
03/18/2013
travelnurse travelnurse
protein bars.
03/18/2013
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