Car-B-Que: How to Cook With Your Car

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Dear Mountain Mama,

The busy summer season already seems to be in full-swing for me. Every weekend I drive to a festival, race, or the beach. Having so many fun things to do on the weekends helps make my 9-5 office gig pass painlessly. The only hitch — I’m struggling with how to eat healthy along the way. Gas station food and fast food joints provide such a tempting quick fix to my hunger, but I often end up eating salty, sugary, and fattening foods.

Help!

On-the-Go 

Dear On-the-Go,

Why not combine cooking with driving? Next time, try a Car-B-Que. Grill while you drive and enjoy a healthy meal ready to eat when you arrive at your destination.

Pop your hood and check out your engine space to find ideal grilling spots. Each vehicle is different, so you want to look for places that get hot. Be careful to watch out for places where food slippage could cause damage.

Next slice, season, and wrap your favorite grilled foods. Be sure to slice into thin strips so meat cooks thoroughly. Wrap in foil and secure with zip-ties to prevent food from dislodging when the engine rattles. The muffler can be another great grilling spot.

On-the-Go, select lean meats and plenty of veggies to keep your diet healthy while on the road. Car-B-Ques take a little planning on the front end, but a survey of your engine and a quick trip to the grocery store means fast food stops are a thing of the past.

Bon Appetit!

Mountain Mama

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