We’re going on a road trip!
Road trip!!! These two words instantly puts a grin on my face, and elicits all sorts of exclamation points. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved hitting the road with my family, exploring the beauty of the country, sometimes with extended family in tow. The best memories of my childhood summers are from these trips, with cousins, and of course, lots of food.
There was so much to taste, from roadside stands with the sweetest summer corn, to the freshest Maine lobsters, to some of the best homemade chicken pot pie served up in an Amish kitchen. And there were, of course, the food my mom and aunts would pack – crazy spreads that would put every other picnic to shame. I get tired just thinking of all the prep they used to do.
My sister’s big day is finally here. This weekend, I will be surrounded by my extended family once again, and I will be packing up for my own family road trip. The car will be full of bridesmaid dresses and suits, wedding favors and bathing suits, and of course, plenty to eat. My goodness, even if I’m just running across town for errands, I have snacks in my bag. You can be sure that I’ll be packing some goodies for the eight hour drive to San Diego!
When we hit the road, we are always looking for excuses to make pit stops at farm stands and find the season’s best along the way. But in the cooler, I have an arsenal of fresh snacks to keep the rumbling tummies at bay. I’m all about the nibbles, and ideally, foods that do not generate a lot of mess. There’s nothing worse than pulling into a hotel to have the valet open the doors to a messy car with crumbs everywhere. Of course, the crumbs will happen, but if I can reduce them in any way possible, I try my best.
So, as I pack up tonight, I’ll be slicing crunchy carrot sticks and celery and packaging sturdy fruits such as grapes, bananas, and cherries. I will pack hard boiled eggs, nuts and dried fruit for extra protein and energy, and granola bars are always welcome. Cheese sticks are always a hit, along with rolled deli ham and pretzel sticks. And rather than sandwiches, I like to pack wraps – they are less crumbly, easier for little hands to hold, and I can fill it with all kinds of yummy things. For this trip, I made Thai Chicken Salad Sandwich Wraps.
What types of foods do you like to pack for road trips?
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Thai-Style Chicken Salad Sandwich Wraps
Yield: Serves 6-8.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Chicken salad on a road trip? Don't worry. This recipe actually has relatively less mayonnaise than most chicken salads. And of course, I always keep it properly chilled, and make sure we eat it right away.
2 poached or roasted chicken breasts
1/3 cup minced shallot
1/4 cup finely sliced scallion
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped mint
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of sugar
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (light mayo is fine)
2-4 carrots, sliced in 3 inch strips
1/2 English cucumber, sliced in 3 inch strips
Shred the chicken breasts and place in a bowl. This can be done in advance. Add the shallot, scallion, cilantro, and mint, and combine.
In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, salt, chili powder and sugar. Pour into the bowl and combine with the chicken. Stir in mayonnaise. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To assemble the wraps, place about three tablespoons chicken salad in the center of the tortilla, close to you. Add a few slices of carrot and cucumber and another tablespoon of chicken salad. Fold the tortilla shell and wrap. Slice at a diagonal, if desired. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Thai-style Chicken Salad from Gourmet, June 1990, via Epicurious.