After a few very long days trecking around ended with digging around a stuffed van for missing ingredients, Linda got very wise and eventually made a science out of planning meals. We would review the itinerary and which days were going to be longer than others etc and come with a plan for quick meals, longer meals and occasionally just wipping through a drive through on the road. Linda would then pack everything in numbered boxes with the ones for later in the trip stuffed in less accessable locations.
Lunch on our trips was almost invariable sandwiches. On long drives, Linda would make the sandwitches in her passenger seat. The only thing she had to work on was her pillow. This was not easy. Eventually we learned to bring along a cutting board which fit neatly between the passenger seat and the milk crate which rode between the front seats.
You may consider enjoying a special dining experience for lunch instead of dinner. There are times when you are touring a place and part of the experience includes a meal, such as Risky's BBQ in the Fortworth Stock Yards or Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco. Sticking around until dinner time may put you back to camp later than you would prefer. You can always take some leftovers back to camp or scrounge up something light for dinner. Here are some examples. These were all late lunches.
Don't miss Risky's BBQ in the Fort Worth Stock Yards. The Steak, Ribs and Shrimp combo was unforgettable.
Mexican food on the River Walk in San Antonio. Fine entertainment! Just like in the movies!
Hamburgs and Hotdogs are an obvious choice when camping. You do need a little extra time for this meal, so you have to plan it for days when you will be getting back to camp early. Also, you can pack them frozen in your cooler when you leave home and they will stay frozen and act as additional ice until you are ready for them some time in the first few days. When cooking Hotdogs and Hamburgers, cook extra! You can keep cooked burgers and weiners in a zip lock bag in your cooler for a few days. You can cut up left over hotdogs and add them to your Beans and Rice. You can break up the extra hamburgers and add them to your Beef Stew. Put a bunch of hotdogs in buns and they pack nicely for a hike. They also make an easy lunch on the road!
This is an easy and filling meal. We usually get the Wal-mart brand beef stew. We add cans of corn, green beans, black eyed peas and those little potatoes. This stuff keeps indefinitely, so you can always have an extra meal in your back pocket when your schedule gets tough. Add left over burgers and weiners for an extra hearty meal, especially when its cold out. I like crushed red peppers on mine. Sop up the left over gravy with some bread or left over hot dog or hamburger buns.