Ahhh, tractor meals. Specifically, handheld tractor meals.
Every farm family has their own unique way of operating. This holds true, too, for tractor meals during the busy season. Some families stop for a quick lunch break and others like to keep on moving. Some farms have wives or husbands who deliver meals to the field, while other farmers pack a lunch because their spouse works off the farm.
There’s no right or wrong way to feed your family OR your farmer. Feed people, keep them safe and healthy, and keep things moving. That’s the goal.
Handheld meal ideas are something I came up with for those who are of the “keep on moving” mindset during harvest and planting. These farmers need something that isn’t fork friendly. They need a meal they can pick up with one hand, preferably without making a mess. Sloppy joes, you have no place here. These farmers need a tractor meal.
Today I’m sharing some different ideas for you, all of which I think can have a place in the cab of your tractor. If you’re not a farmer, I’m pretty sure you’d be okay with these on your lunch plate! Are some of them are outside the realm of ham and cheese sandwiches? Yes, they are, but who wants to eat that everyday, anyway?
Tractor Meals – Handheld Ideas
1. Ham, Apple & Cheddar Sliders – Food Network
2. Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad – A Butterfull Mind
Cooked chicken, crunchy apples and sweet cranberries make my mouth do a happy dance! Serve on a croissant or other fun bread to change things up! Tractor meals don’t need to be boring.
3. Warm Ham and Swiss on a Croissant – No recipe needed, I hope! Pretty self explanatory here. Use dijon mustard mixed with a little mayo if you’re feeling adventurous.
4. Southwestern Crispy Grilled Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches with Chipotle Mayo – Yummy Healthy Easy
Long name, super tasty recipe. It’s easier to make than it is to type the title. Whew!
5. Make Ahead Pepperoni Sliders – Little Dairy on the Prairie
This is a decadent one, for sure. I’m trying to appease a lot of palates on here! If pepperoni, bread, and cheese can keep your farmer motivated, go for it!
6. Hot Dog on a Bun – No recipe required, of course. Dress them before you deliver and wrap in foil.
7. Eggplant Panini with Pesto – Skinnytaste
Don’t let the fancy name fool you, I’ve made these for our family and they are GOOD! If you think your farmer (or family) will turn their nose up at them, give them a new name. Any ideas, anyone??
8. Cuban Sandwich – Saving Room for Dessert
One of my favorite sandwiches! You probably have half the ingredients in your fridge already!
9. Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap – Buy a package of caesar salad mix and make it. Add grilled chicken. Wrap in tortilla of your choice. Boom.
10. Butternut Squash and Spinach Quesadillas – The Dinner Mom
I wouldn’t give you recipes I don’t recommend. I’ve tried this one and I can assure you, it’s farmer approved. Sometimes people need a little nudge outside the box. Why not?
11. Grilled Pork Burgers – Farmwife Feeds
A great alternative to the standard burger, these are sure to be a treat in the tractor! So easy to make and you can top with whatever your heart desires!
12. Hot Italian Sandwiches – Wonky Wonderful
Simple recipe, easy assembly, quick and easy!
13. Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches – Kings Hawaiian
There are many variations on this recipe, but they are SO yummy! They can be baked and sit a bit if needed. They can be a little oily so send the wet wipes with this one.
14. Turkey, Provolone and Pesto Panini – This Farm Girl Cooks
Deli meat and jarred pesto make this sandwich ready to go in minutes. It soars in the flavor factor! If you’re really feeling adventurous, add some roasted red peppers, too!
15. Slow Cooker Meatball Subs
Use pre-made meatballs and simmer in the slow cooker with some jarred marinara, or use crushed tomatoes and add some garlic and Italian seasoning. Serve in a hoagie bun with lots of melted mozzarella. It could get messy, but I will tell you this.
As a hungry pregnant woman, I could eat an entire order of Nachos Bel Grande (with hot sauce, mind you) while driving.
If I can do that, a hungry farmer can manage this sandwich – promise.
16. Spinach and Grilled Cheese on Pita – Peas & Crayons
A spin on the classic grilled cheese.
17. Apple Orchard Panini – Iowa Girl Eats
I’ve been following Iowa Girl Eats for a while and was lucky to hear her speak at the FarmHer Conference this summer. Her recipes are always on point. Give this one a try!
18. Spicy Italian Panini – I Wash, You Dry
This is a total flavor bomb! Did you know a panini press isn’t needed to make panini? I sold ours on the garage sale last year! I use a cast iron skillet with a weight on top to make panini but a skillet and heavy pan or foil wrapped brick could achieve the same results. Go on, try it!
19. Turkey Ranch Bacon Club – Organize Yourself Skinny
Pretty self explanatory, no?
20. Tuna Salad Sandwich – Corn, Beans, Pigs, Kids
This is my pal Val’s recipe (hey, that rhymes!). It has light cream cheese in it and is a delicious spin on the regular tuna salad. She’s verified that it’s tractor approved!
21. Peanut Butter and Jelly – Yep, the old fashioned go-to. Why not?
The crops are changing fast here and 90 degree temperatures in September aren’t slowing anything down. We’ll be in the fields before we know it. How about you? Have you started your harvest yet?
Either way, I hope you find these ideas helpful!