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Today I went online and bought some of the basics that I will need.  I bought a toilet seat that will fit on a 5 gallon paint bucket.  With a trash bag and some cat litter this will make the perfect emergency pit stop!  I bought a battery operated fan which will hopefully keep me from being too stuffy.  And I bought a lunchbox stove…..this was the best find yet!!

I have been trying to figure out what would be the best way to eat on the road….for me.  The ways that van dwellers eat and cook on the road are as varied as their converted “living spaces”.  Some have an actual kitchen set up, some have tiny portable microwaves, some are on a raw diet, some just use coolers and propane camping stoves, some use actual campfires and some use the microwaves that they find in truck stops and gas stations……and the list could go on and on and on.

I’m a very simple eater, I can eat the same thing day in and day out and I’m not really a food snob either so it doesn’t even have to be particularly good food….which is good I guess for the situation I find myself in.  Even though I consider myself a pretty laid back person when it comes to food I do have some restrictions.  I am currently on Weight Watchers, I like to try and watch my sodium intake and I do have a pretty gnarly problem with low blood sugar if I let it go too long.  So of utmost importance is that I ALWAYS have a plan so that I don’t get caught off guard and end up buying something in a panic that I regret later.  And if I let the blood sugar get out of control…..once I do have food available…..I CANNOT stop eating….it’s like my body will just not register that I am finally eating.  Not a good situation to get myself into!

So back to the lunchbox oven….  My diet right now pretty much consists of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, Soup/Crackers/Apple for lunch, fruit and cheese or yogurt for snacks and then chicken and vegetable for dinner.  So knowing that oatmeal and soup are a major staple of mine I began looking for quick and easy ways to make them on the road.  I looked into submersible heating elements that you can plug into a 12volt outlet…. but you can’t heat anything up thicker than water….so I couldn’t heat up my soup.  I looked at hot pots that also plugged into the 12 volt outlets but apparently if you cook soup in them or anything thicker than water they are impossible to clean out….which I definitely do not want to have to deal with on the road.

I looked into a couple other options…..then I ran into the lunchbox oven.  It plugs into the cigarette lighter also and it looks just like what you might think….a black lunchbox!  And you can heat up just about anything……including soup!  Apparently Alton Brown even had an episode where he cooked an entire meatloaf in one!!  The reviews from customers were outstanding….and a lot of the reviews were from truckers!  So long story short I’m happy that I can have my soup now!  And apparently a lot of other stuff!  The reviews gave a lot of examples of different ways to use the lunchbox.  Hmmmm maybe I will start a new series on how to cook in a lunchbox!!

Obviously I’m probably not going to cook raw chicken in it so I will have to come up with some alternatives for dinner but I’m ok with that.  As long as I can have my oatmeal and my soup….those are the main things.


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