One of the best things about having an RV is the ability to just pick up and drive wherever. Preparing meals on wheels, however, can be a challenge. The kitchen has few bells and whistles, and the quarters are pretty cramped. But by planning simple meals ahead of time, RV meals can be just as good as home-cooked; better, probably, depending on the scenery. And if you want to go out for dinner, just make a campfire.
Traditional Camp Foods
Who can remember a family campout or scout outing without hotdogs, beanie weenies and s’mores? Or hobo stew, that delectable mix of ground beef, diced potatoes and carrots wrapped in aluminum foil and cooked over a campfire. These old favorites still can be made over a campfire or easily prepared in an RV kitchen with little effort, few dishes to clean and a lot of memories.
After a long journey, generally the last thing you want to do is prepare a big meal or clean up afterward. Take deli meats, different types of breads and sandwich fixins’ to make things easier that first night. Prepared potato salad or coleslaw can be a nice addition, as can a bag of potato chips. For dessert, open a pan of premade brownies.
Pancakes are fairly easy to make in close quarters, unlike waffles, which require a waffle iron. Jazz up toast or biscuits by bringing along a flavored butter or two, such as apple or pumpkin butter. Bacon and sausage are other good breakfast options on the road. As for eggs, grab a cup of coffee and a cast iron skillet and head out to the campfire for a scramble. Another possibility is a strata, which includes crustless bread, scrambled eggs, cheese, ham, sausage and onions, as well as pretty much anything else you'd like to add. Cook this in a Dutch oven over a fire.
Playing a board game or cards is a great way to pass an evening at the campground. So build a meal around game night and invite the folks in the pop-up next door for an evening of food and fun. Start with venison chili. Prepare and freeze the chili before hitting the road or use a small slow cooker once you reach your destination. For dessert, serve square brownies or chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips mashed into them, resembling dominoes.
This is a good opportunity to clean out foodstuffs before loading up and hitting the road. To avoid a lot of cleanup, prepare everything using foil packets and either a fire or one of the grills at your campsite. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, seasonings, zucchini and small, red potatoes wrapped in a foil packet and cooked on the grill or in an oven can make a complete meal. For dessert, make banana boats by cutting the fruit lengthwise and sprinkling with chocolate chips. Wrap in foil and cook about 5 minutes on a hot grill or in an oven, or let rest 10 minutes on hot coals. Virtually no clean up – and a meal to remember.
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