Regular readers will know that thanks to Don from Roadcookin’, Tachoblog is able to bring you a healthy recipe designed especially for easy cooking while on the road – they’re just as good, healthy and easy at home too!
Before we get to this week’s recipe for Peppered Chicken with Curry Rice, Tachoblog urges you to read what Don has to say…
“You know, a lot of people want to talk about how difficult it is to lose weight with the driving schedules as they are.
“It is true that everybody is worried about their jobs. So they focus on getting the load there no matter the cost on their bodies.
“That is important right now, but this type of short term thinking can end up hurting you in the long run.
“What got Roadcookin’ started in the first place five years ago was a story we came across that highlighted research that seemed to indicate that OTR drivers died about 15 years earlier than ‘regular’ folks, around the age of 60. As we dug into it, we learned that truckers eat more, exercise less and sleep less.
“The health consequences of this sort of lifestyle are not astonishing. High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease all work to take drivers at about age 60 rather than the biblical 4 score and 10…or older. These diseases take time to develop. They can be treated, but once they harden the arteries, reduce eyesight or kill parts of the heart muscle, treatment becomes more difficult.
“And, the social cost is staggering, too. Rarely do folks just ‘drop dead’. There is usually a period of declining health (perhaps 3 years or more) that involves reduced productivity and increased doctor and hospital visits. Forgetting whether you are involved in a national health program or not, some portion of this is borne by the society. Lost productivity means reduced tax revenues that support other social programs (I realize that there are many who would cheer at strangling the beast. I am not one of those.). Lost productivity also means lower take-home pay and that affects a family.
“Something else that affects a family. We are coming into the summer months here in the States. Back in 2007, I heard that in the San Antonio-area during one summer week, seven truckers died in their sleepers. That is a terrifying eventuality for any family. Road accidents are bad enough, but at least can be considered as a job-related hazard. Dying alone from a heart attack, stroke or diabetic reaction is no way to go.
“So, we want drivers to stop for a moment and consider not where they want to get to today, but rather where they want to be 10 or 15 years from now. Do you want to be walking your daughter down the aisle or attending your son’s graduation? Do you want to celebrate your 30th (or 40th, 50th) wedding anniversary? Or do you want to be a photo on the mantle or a bouquet of flowers by a headstone once a year?
“The time is now to start turning your life around. Have questions, visit www.roadcookin.com for no-bull information about common sense lifestyle changes. We would be thrilled if you wished to order our book at our website. If you are outside of the USA, please order through your local Amazon website.
UK Readers can order their copy of Roadcookin’: A Long Haul Driver’s Guide to Healthy Eating by using this link.
If you’re itching to get at the recipe then you won’t have to wait much longer. But before we do, Tachoblog and Roadcookin’ have a request. We need your healthy recipes that can be cooked on the road. If you’ve got one then please email it to email@example.com and we’ll pass it on to Don. If he likes it then we can publish it on Tachoblog and it might even make it into Don’s next book too! We’re especially after recipes from the UK and Europe but won’t, of course, say no to any from anywhere.
Now, here’s this week’s recipe:
Peppered Chicken with Curry Rice
7 oz precooked chicken breast in vacuum-packed bag
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
8 oz. Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock
½ cup white rice
1 tb curry powder
In a disposable loaf pan, combine all ingredients. Stir to blend
Cook in oven for 30 minutes.
(1 Serving): Calories: 479; Carbohydrates: 58 g.; Fat: 5 g.; Sat Fat: 1g.; Protein: 55 g.; Cholesterol: 115 mg.; Sodium: 618 mg.; Fiber 6 g.