Delicious microwaveable meals… Ok, so this is not the healthiest of options, but we do what we need to do! Every trip we have, whether it is a work trip or not, we cook some meals in the microwave. The biggest challenge in the beginning was finding semi-healthy food that could easily be cooked in a microwave. We have not been lucky enough to stay at a hotel with a stovetop. Below I will share a list of the food we have tried and liked cooked in the microwave. I am also sharing the other items that are typically on our travel grocery list. We try are best, but sometimes junk is on the menu. Judge away!
We look up the closest Target to our hotel. Fortunately, we have always had one close to us. I am sure you can find the same or similar foods at other grocery stores.
We do not buy everything on this list for every single trip. When we do, it does tend to be when we are away for a week at the same hotel for my husband’s job. We do not buy many extras, because that means more to pack up or more to throw away. Neither of those options are appealing to us.
Frozen Peas – they stay on the top shelf of the fridge in the back
Sweet Potatoes – easy to store and stay good longer
Brown Rice – sold in small microwaveable pouches
Individual Cups of Mac n’ Cheese – we typically buy the all-natural or organic brands
Pasta & Sauce – either the microwaveable pouches and jar of sauce or the meal kits (in the pasta isle)
Frozen Vegetable Pastas & Sauce – an easy way to get you kids to eat vegetables
Frozen Vegetable Nuggets – are actually really good, but on the pricier side
Fresh Berries – most hotels breakfasts do not have berries and we love them
Apples – we buy a bag (they stay good longer in the refrigerator) or we take an extra apple at breakfast for my son
Strawberry Preserves – my son loves PB&J and is a regular staple at home too
Whole Wheat Bread – one loaf is usually enough for us
Creamy Peanut Butter – we like the no sugar added brands
Frozen Vegetable Fried Rice – actually tasted pretty good, not as good as takeout
Ramen – such a delicious guilty pleasure and cheap too
Dark Chocolate – we usually get a little sweet attack and just needs a little piece
Unsweetened Applesauce – we buy the individual cups for the hotel room
Applesauce Carrot & Spinach – these are pouches and specific to target
Goldfish – we buy both the bag for the hotel and individual packets for when we are out
Cheerios – we buy the individual packets
Spring Water – we buy a couple of gallons
Microwaveable Popcorn – we would eat it after our son was asleep and watch some tv
Chips – usually just a large bag to go with our sandwiches
Soda – my husband likes to get a 12 pack of coke (ok… I help drink them too)
Cups, Plates, Utensils – grab a few extra at breakfast, buy some disposable, or buy a few reusable
Small Container of Dish Soap – to wash reusable dishes
What foods do you buy for your trips? Let’s us know in the comments below!