As RVers, we know how to make the most of an “on the go” lifestyle, especially in the kitchen. Finding quick and easy meals to make on the road can come with its challenges. With a small RV kitchen, you’ll need to look for delicious recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients, gadgets, or steps. In this blog, we’ll break down simple recipes that will get you back outdoors and exploring in no time. We’ll also share some must-have cooking utensils to make your RV life easier!
One item all RV chefs need is an Instant Pot or Crockpot. These pressured, super speedy cookers are a staple in easy cooking. You can mark this is a must-have utensil on your list too! The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with these one-pot wonders. You are not limited to just casseroles, but instead have the ability to cook soups, sides, vegetables, meats, full course meals, and yes…BAKING! Think of your handy pot as your sous chef.
Thai Turkey Meatballs with Rice Noodles
If you’re looking for something light and fresh, this is the recipe for you! You can either opt into the rice noodles, a bed of lettuce or rice, up to you! Your turkey meatballs and rice noodles are sure to impress your whole table and yourself. The best part, the ingredients needed are most likely already in your pantry, including staples like sesame oil, bread crumbs, garlic, broth, and bell peppers. And yes, this all goes in your pot in one go! For the full recipe click this link!
Is there anything the Instant Pot can’t do? The answer is no! We all know corned beef is a crowd-pleaser and can be paired with all of your favorite vegetables and sides such as cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. Let’s not forget the sides can be cooked all at once too! Cutting everything up and being able to cook everything at once drastically saves time. Saving time in the kitchen is important when you want to get the most of your trip and keep traveling. For the full recipe click here.
Believe it or not, you CAN actually bake with an Instant Pot. After your long day adventuring, come back to your rig and bake something you’ll indulge in. Cheesecake and other baked goods can come out perfectly with a little tweaking in the settings of your pot. The great thing about baking in your pot is that the yield is smaller, which equals less guilt. You can also get creative with other baking recipes. Come back and tell us what you ended up baking in the comments below!
Around the Campfire
One of the many reasons why RVers love to travel is to be outdoors and surrounded by nature. Nothing is cozier than sitting around the campfire, making and sharing a meal. The recipes below are for those who love to cook and grill outside.
Skewers On Our Minds
Cooking around the campfire can be a fun and interactive way to get everyone involved with their meal. Kebabs are easy to build and fire up! They require minimal prep and come with an easy cleanup. Skewers give everyone the ability to customize and choose what they want to eat. We suggest prepping and cutting ingredients at home and storing food in easy to transport containers. Once you get to your campsite all you have to do is build! The possibilities are endless when it comes to kebabs. From chorizo to pineapple to ratatouille and onion, nothing is out of the question. If you want to reduce your waste, we suggest investing in reusable metal skewers that can be used time and time again.
Shrimp Boil Foil Packets
Smokey, buttery, zesty, and steamy is what camping food is all about! Don’t forget to pack your foil, you’ll need it for this recipe. Foil packets are easy to prepare and easy to throw away when you’re done. Assemble your ingredients and get ready to season! You can cook your foil packets over a grill, campfire, or charcoal, whatever works for you. For this recipe, we suggest shrimp, zucchini, and corn. Season with butter, garlic, lemon, parsley, and Cajun spice seasoning. For more details click here!
Must-Have Cooking Utensils
Space can be very limited when living in an RV. Everything has to have a spot and a purpose. Kitchen utensils can get a bit overwhelming with the seemingly millions of gadgets on the market. We’ve compiled a shortlist of must-have items that every RVer needs in their kitchen!
Add a collapsible strainer to your shopping cart. Strainers are essentials when washing vegetables and separating liquids. What makes this great for RVing? It’s collapsible, allowing you to keep this useful tool on hand without taking up too much space.
Wall knife holders will be your saving grace when it comes to clearing off counter space. Rethink your storage options by putting up a magnetic wall strip, and have your utensils easily accessible for everyday use.
Organization can come easy to some or be a task for others. When it comes to living in your RV, organizing will need to be a skill you master. Use an item like a hanging organizer to be your mobile pantry, and store kitchen extras with ease.
Cooking and eating are some of life’s greatest pleasures and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice good meals and cooking tools while you’re on the road. Share in the comments below what you love to cook in your RV or when you’re camping? What’s your must-have cooking utensil?
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