The family cook has much competition these days. We are competing against companies who have made their own foods look more attractive, convenient, and tastier(?) than our own home cooking. Unfortunately their products are filled with chemicals, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, and fillers such as sodium and sugar. In this installment of “Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go we are going to discuss The UGLY. Yes the ugly competition that we home cooks face when eating on the go. I think most children would prefer the ballpark’s or Drive-Thru’s junk food over anything mom may have packed, right? The smell of popcorn, hot dogs, and nachos wafts through the air beckoning all of us to pay attention and purchase our portions.
So what is the home cook to do? If we can’t beat them then we may as well join them. Why not grill some leaner burgers at home, or there even, to eat at the game. Why not pack some healthier hot dogs or brats in hot broth in a Thermos like Biz told me in one of her comments. Her hubby does that at the games he attends and has everyone around him drooling for his cheddar brats! We can bring any “ballpark” food from home such as pizza, peanuts, sunflower seeds, chicken nuggets, popcorn, and nachos, which by the way would be a lot healthier and cheaper than buying it at the park. See my packing tips and remember that anything can be eaten, hot or cold, when eating on the go.
Take note of what our competitors do and do it better. I can copy “Lunchables,” “Hot Pockets,” or “White Castle Burgers” and make them healthier than the food industry who care more about their wallets than my children’s health. How about “Uncrustables” which have to be about the most ridiculous things I have ever seen. That one was pure insult when those came on the market. Like we can’t even make our own PBJ’s? Pa-lease! If you are buying those then go to my Loaves of Sandwiches post.
This is a recipe I have worked on to mimic the nacho cheese you would find at the ball park but is even better as it has no hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors and color, or processed cheese. This will not get gloppy or separate.
1 cup milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 T. diced fresh or canned jalapenos or to taste
Kosher salt to taste
1/2 – 1 tsp. chili powder or to taste
1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese
In a jar shake together milk and cornstarch. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, heat milk and cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly, until thickened and hot. It will get as thick as gravy. Remove from heat and add cheese, chopped jalapeno, chili powder, and salt to taste. Blend until cheese is melted. Makes a little over 1 cup nacho cheese. It isn’t even nuclear orange.
Note- Preheat a Thermos with boiling water. Remove water, dry a little with paper towel and fill with nacho cheese. To serve, pour into 2 ounce portions cups and serve with chips. May pack sour cream, salsa, extra jalapenos, and black olives if you would like. Mine was still piping hot after an hour. The leftovers also reheated well in the microwave without separating which makes this recipe even perfect for the lunch box. **Sam’s Club sells clear plastic, disposable nacho containers if you really want to do it up.
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“Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go: The GOOD
“Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go: The BAD- The Chicken and The Egg
“Car Picnics”- How To Eat On The Go: The BAD- Noodles and Dough
“Car Picnics” The UH OH’s: Pop Pop Pop Popcorn
Tomorrow in BRK:
The UH OH’s- It is your turn to bring the team snack, or the class snack, or the office snack. How to snack a crowd on the cheap.