Field Meals 

Every spring and fall I find myself searching the internet for “field meals.”  When I do these searches, I almost always see the same thing, yummy, hearty sit-down meals.  I would love to serve these meals to my farmer’s in the field, but they are not realistic for them.  I am not sure about your farmers, but mine refuse to quit to eat.  Given this, we need to provide meals that are easy to eat while they are in the tractor, combine or semi.  Some other requirements include that they are not very messy, its helpful if they are warm and VARIETY!  The last one always gets me.  My farmer’s tastes are not every, well how do I say it, refined.  That is where the variety sometimes gets me.  I have compiled a list of some meals if you have some farmers like mine. ūüôā

Breakfast 

My farmers normally have breakfast before heading out in the morning, but it could provide “breakfast for supper” ideas!

  • Cheesy Sausage, Egg & Hashbrown Cups by Real Housemoms  These look absolutely fantastic! Meat could be changed to fit your tastes and the protein helps keep your farmer fuller-longer.
  • French Breakfast Puffs by The Pioneer Woman  Does it get any easier than this?  Plus, I can make a batch of these and they last a day or two-so less effort over several days.
  • Trying to keep it healthy? Apple Sandwiches W/Almond Butter & Granola by Garnish with Lemon  This could be changed to fit your farmer’s personal tastes, but it is a great starting point.  This would also be a great snack!
  • Freezer Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches by Damn Delicious  Yum- these may be one of my most favorite types of breakfast sandwiches.  Being a full-time working farm wife(in training), I love that I could make these on the weekend and they would be ready for the week!
  • Healthy Breakfast Cookies by Just A Taste  This was one of the few recipes I could find that had ingredients I have on hand-sorry ground flax seed.



Dinner/Supper

We will sometimes call dinner lunch, but it is ALWAYS supper around here.

  • Unsloppy Joes by Pillsbury  When I make these, I just use my favorite sloppy joe recipe and stuff the biscuits with it.  Beware-it is HOT when it comes out of the oven!!! I may have burnt my mouth once…but, it will still be warm when it gets to your farmers!
  • Hot Ham & Swiss Croissants by Life With The Crusts Cut Off    When I made these, I just used regular mustard-remember-no refined tastes here.  But, I loved that this used simple ingredients(and seems like a no-brainer), but I had so many compliments about them hitting the spot.  Another side note-when I made these I used onion buns for more flavor.
  • The Marlboro Man Sandwich by The Pioneer Women  This is a MUST for any field meal list.  I have never seen a list without it, and I am not going to be the first one!  Plus, Ree is the Frontier Woman we all dream to be.
  • Ham & Swiss Slab Pie by Striped Spatula
  • Ham & Swiss Slab Pie by Striped Spatula Again, this recipe starts with such a good foundation that can be altered to fit your farmer’s tastes!
  • 3-Ingredient Baked Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups by the Comfort Kitchen  Easy and delicious!  She also has instructions for “shortcuts” and it can be made ahead of time!
3-Ingredient Baked Ham and Swiss Rollup by The Comfort Kitchen
  • Mini Lasagna Cups by Damn Delicious How great would it be to be driving a tractor while eating lasagna? Unheard of-until now.
  • Easy Pizza Pinwheels by I Heart Nap Time  Quick, easy and a crowd pleaser
  • Sweet Potato Fritters by Ciao chow & Bambina This would be a great side to many of the meals
  • Twice Baked Potatoes by The Pioneer Woman  These are very easy to eat with your hands and can really be a meal all-in-one.
  • Chicken Pot Pie Hand Pie Spoon Fork Bacon  These would take some time to make, but would be such a comfort food on a cold harvest evening!

Sweet Treats

  • Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies by Love From The Oven  These are my go-to chocolate chip cookies.  They are big, but they are SO yummy!!
  • Special K Bars by I Am Baker  When I made these, I just skipped over the part with the green melting wafers.  They were tremendous.  Plus, how can you go wrong with this old standby?
Apple Hand Pies from Brown Eyed Baker
Raspberry Jam Bars by Once Upon a Chef
  • Raspberry Jam Bars by Once Upon a Chef  For those who prefer something that is not chocolate… Yes, there are some strange people out there.

 

Obviously, there are always the burgers(I stuff mine to change it up) and sandwiches.  But, I feel like our farmers are working hard and they deserve a little piece of home when they cannot be home.  Do you have any “musts” when it comes to meal planning for your farmers?

~Jessi

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