I sing the praises of the extended stay hotel all day, every day in my line of work. “It may not be your cheapest option but the benefits are hard to ignore” (That’s me quoting myself there). Extended Stay hotels offer the perfect opportunity for a traveling medical professional.
- Conveniently located
- Breakfast included
- No credit checks
- No lease
I could go on, but you get the idea. Even with all the benefits we still get skeptical travelers who have a hard time seeing the benefits. They have concerns about the size, or the rate, or the location. We even hear that a traveler can’t make it 13 weeks without having an oven. Coming up with quick, easy and delicious meals on the road can be a challenge. Especially when you’re working so hard on a new unit, in a new city. We get it! And we are here to help.
Below are some ideas I have gathered from the most seasoned travelers who pass through our department
- Bring a slow cooker along (who has tried The Instantpot??)
- Hand held blender
- Store basic spices in a pill case
- Rotisserie chickens are the bomb (and left overs make a mean chicken salad)
- Buy fruits and veggies pre-cut
- Lemon, lavender, lime essential oils (also good for diffusing if your room feels stale)
Many extended stay hotels offer hot breakfast 7 days a week and some even offer light evening meals (that include beer and wine!) Monday through Thursday. I have even had the front desk put a meal and beverage aside for a nurse who’s shift ends after the meal cut off. Not everyone will do this but we have learned in never hurts to ask.
There are so many yummy meals that can be prepared with a little preplanning and ingenuity. Below is one of our favorites:
Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo
- 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
- Salt and black pepper
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
- ½ lb. Rigatoni
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- In the bowl of a slow cooker, add chicken, butter, heavy cream, chicken broth. Season with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Cook on high for 2 hours, until the chicken is cooked through. Shred the chicken and add back to the slow cooker.
- Keep the slow cooker on high and stir in pasta and Parmesan, and cook until the pasta is tender, 20 to 25 minutes more.
- Serve immediately
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!!
Reach out to the Supplemental Health Care Travel housing department if you need any additional help or suggestions. We are a wealth of knowledge and we love to help….and eat!