Holiday Food & Hacks Giveaway with Alamo #AlamoHolidayHacks

Holiday Food & Hacks Giveaway with Alamo at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

This month I’m working with Alamo to share some “snacks ‘n’ hacks” on recipes and tips that will work well when driving to a relative’s home for the holiday festivities. If you’re traveling this holiday season, you may want to sign up for Alamo Insiders, which gives members a guaranteed 10% off their rental, and use Alamo Deal Retriever to find all of the best currently available Alamo deals. You can also connect with Alamo on their Facebook page.

Food that travels well

Let’s say that you’ve been asked to bring along a few dishes to grandma’s house to share during the holiday feast. Wonder what’ll survive the long car ride?

Mashed Potatoes! If you’ve been asked to bring mashed potatoes, why not make them while you’re there? If you’re concerned about hogging the stove, use Ore-Ida’s Steam n’ Mash Cut Russet Potatoes. Most of the cooking is done in the microwave with minimal time on the stove top. (Check with your host to see if you’ll need to bring butter and milk, too.) Even better, try making my Roasted Pepper Mashed Potatoes. You’ll need to bring a few more ingredients and spend a little more time on the stove, but it’s so worth it.

Cranberry Sauce! If you’re driving, pack a cooler with homemade cranberry sauce, like my Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce or Holly Clegg’s Easy No Cook Cranberry Sauce. If you’re worried about spoilage, freeze the cranberry sauce ahead of time in a plastic freezer bag. It should thaw out by the time you’ve reached your destination.And don’t forget to bring a serving dish and spoon. Nothing worse than when you have to serve food up with a cheap plastic spoon dug up from the back of a drawer!

Easy Traveling Holiday Food & Giveaway with Alamo at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Some holiday food hacks

Have panini grill, will travel! If you’re staying at grandma’s for a few days, how about offering to make up some awesome leftover turkey and cranberry sauce paninis for the family? When packing, throw your panini grill or pan in the back of the car. After the holiday when everyone’s watching football, head to the store for some good quality bread and deli sliced cheese – and get those paninis grilling! Sure Uncle Joe will think you’re a little too fancy for him, so offer to put some barbecue sauce on his panini to make it more to his liking.

How to travel with your slow cooker! Nothing worse than getting to a family’ member’s home for the holidays with a dish and there’s no more room in the oven to keep it warm. Instead, just about everything from stuffing to mashed sweet potatoes can be kept warm in a slow cooker. Many slow cooker models come with travel friendly hinged locking lids, carrying handles, and insulated cases. If you don’t have any of these, here’s how to travel with your slow cooker to avoid spills.

  1. First, line your crock with a slow cooker liner bag.
  2. Then fill it with the already prepared hot food, no more than 3/4 full. Twist the bag close and secure with a couple of rubber bands.
  3. Place the lid on and secure it with a couple of bungee cords or twine.
  4. Take a sturdy cardboard box and line it with some old bath towels to create a nest for your slow cooker.
  5. Place the slow cooker in the box. Stuff corners with smaller towels. Throw a serving spoon or two in the box, too!
  6. Place the box in the trunk or belted into the back seat of your car.

Win one of two Alamo Holiday Foodie Travel Packs!

Alamo wants to make this holiday travel season a little less hectic with these prize packs that are perfect for bringing meals on long road trips – or just to a friend’s home down the street. Feel free to enter both Rafflecopter giveaways. However, only one prize per winner.

There will be one winner for the best travel-friendly recipe (prize worth approximately $167). The prize pack includes:

Enter below!

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There will be a second winner for the best food travel-hack (prize worth approximately $180). The prize pack includes:

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86 thoughts on “Holiday Food & Hacks Giveaway with Alamo #AlamoHolidayHacks

  1. Shayn

    I’ve had good luck lining a cooler with towels (or an old down jacket) – keeps casseroles and other hot dishes warm for a surprisingly long time.

  2. Pam O

    We always take PB&Js when we road trip. Sometimes we mix a bunch of cereals together for a sweet trail mix.

  3. Deb C

    I like to take homemade Potato Salad and Fried Chicken Breasts for travel. I pack them into an insulated market basket with an ice pack.

  4. Ashley H

    1/4 cup honey
    1/3 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup powdered milk

    Can add 1/3 cup coconut, if you like.

    “All you do is mix these ingredients together and shape into balls and EAT

  5. Nancy

    If we are traveling, I usually pack a picnic basket with sandwiches, fruits and snacks. We usually stop at a rest stop for a picnic and to stretch for awhile.

  6. Daria @ Mom in Management

    Have food – will travel tip:

    I LOVE my large serving bowls that came with lids – they make it so easy to bring a dish. Or if you’re bringing the drinks, use an empty 2 L bottle and pour your special drink in it to bring it along without spills.

    Bringing something over the night before that heats up in a crock pot – dips, etc. also works, then you don’t open it until at the house, so the crock pot doesn’t have a chance to spill in the car.

  7. Don D

    We always make sandwiches for quick easy easing. Include apples, chips and nuts, easy snacks for traveling.

  8. Sarah S

    I love to make italian pasta salad. It is easy to put in a tupperware container and go, and the flavors have time to blend.

  9. Shannon

    For traveling, my mom’s potato salad recipe works well as it’s thick so no spilling. Plus it’s good at any temperature and everyone seems to love it.

  10. Shannon

    For things I’m worried about getting damaged while traveling, I like to put them in a shallow box that’s just big enough to hold them, with no room on the sides for sliding.

  11. Crystal F

    We usually do sandwhiches, fruit, snack crackers and popcorn when we are on the road. They are all easy to get to and eat while in the car. Thank you!

  12. Susan Smith

    My best travel friendly recipe is my Cajun Blend trial mix I combine Almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sea salt, garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper. It travels well and it’s great to serve at games and other get togethers.

  13. susan smoaks

    i make wraps with ham, cheese, mayo, mustard and lettuce, they are quick and easy and delicious!

  14. Bryan E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…travel-friendly recipe: Caramelized Vidalia Onion Mashed Potatoes (found at is easy to make a day or so ahead & it re-heats well in the microwave !

  15. Bryan E.

    Thanks for the giveaway…travel with food hack: use containers with a good lids that seal, and place the sealed containers inside a plastic or metal large cooler for added protection.

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