Cooking in an RV is very different than cooking at home! You don’t have the space to spread yourself around or to use lots of pans. Nor do you want to use a lot of dishes or pans because most rv’s don’t come with a dishwasher (other than hubby.) If you are reading this post and you are one of those lucky ones with a dishwasher, I love you and wanna be you! Because of both these facts, I have come to rely on doing a lot of sheet pan and slow cooker meals. Today I’m sharing with you my 5 Simple and Easy RV Meals that I make on a regular basis.
Before we start, if you don’t have a slow cooker in your RV, go get one. I use mine at least 2 – 3 times per week when we are on shore power. I constantly have a roast in there or pork loin or some kind of chicken dish. Remember to use a slow cooker liner so there is little to no cleanup. I did without these for years and the clean up was a nightmare! So don’t be me, go get yours today.
After our monthly Sams Club run, I divide up my chicken tenderloins into 3/4/5 pieces, bag them and label them with a sharpie. So when it comes to this meal, I can pull out whatever size I need, I usually go for 3 or 4. I cut the chicken up into small pieces and put it aside, I do this with the sausage as well. I cut up peppers, onions, mushrooms and toss them on the pan. I season them with Tuscan Garlic, which I got at Sams Club. This seasoning is delicious, it makes everything taste good. Then I fire them into the oven, and that’s it, folks.
It’s embarrassing, it’s so simple, yet it tastes so good. RV stoves don’t work as fast as a regular oven, nor are they very big!. I usually fit all my food in one pan, you may have to split it up into two pans, it just depends. After 15 minutes, I turn everything and season the other side too. Then I let them cook for another 20 minutes. The cooking time will depend on how you like your food cooked. In our house, we like our food crispy.
You can use whatever leftovers you have in the fridge for this dish, it all works well together. Adding rice and steamed vegetable sides gets everyone nicely filled up and saves on the budget!
We love meat in the Roving Foleys household, even my daughter who doesn’t like most things will eat some of this. I use a top roast or whatever kind of inexpensive cut of beef I come across. Recently we took a trip through Winn Dixie and walked away with a freezer full of meat…… ON SALE! All I do here is sear the meat on all sides and throw it into the slow cooker on low for about 4-6 hours. I throw some beefy onion soup mix in there with some water and that’s about it. Sometimes I add vegetables, it really depends on the size of the meat! Noodles are also a great side for the beef. If there’s room in the cooker, throw them in!
Don’t forget to purchase slow cooker liners, they will save you so much time and energy when it comes to the cleanup.
I use this a lot in preparation for our travel day, so when we arrive at our destination or if we have a 2-day trip, everyone can be fed quickly even if something goes wrong and time is short. Even my daughter eats this one and she’s a fussy eater. So for this recipe, I use turkey mince, I have for years now. Recently I have been throwing some pork sausage in also, to give it a kick. Pour a little bit of olive oil into the pot, I use extra virgin olive oil. Add some garlic, I do 3 teaspoons, (we’re big garlic lovers over here) and add a cut up onion.
Next, I add my seasoning, I use basil, normally I throw in 4/5 turns, I’m not a very “stick to the recipe” type of cook, we all taste it and add more this or that if we need to. Then I get the meat in there cooking, when that is done, I add the mushrooms, diced tomatoes and mix them all in together. This is where I add in what I have – peppers, black beans, corn, again anything that I have in the fridge! I use Prego’s Spicy Sausage sauce (yikes did she say to open a jar, yes I did, I’m busy and this sauce is really good). I have tried to make my own sauce from scratch, but I just haven’t been able to pull it off. This sauce gives me a nice base, and then I can touch it up. I use two bottles and finish it off with tomato paste just before I serve it. I serve it with some nice garlic bread and parmesan cheese of course, or a salad if we have one.
A pot of bolognese will last our family of four for several days. I freeze the rest so I will pull it out of the freezer any other time I might need it.
This one is so easy and simple to make it’s almost embarrassing. All you do here is throw some chicken tenderloins in the slow cooker, open a can of salsa over them and cook on low for approximately 2 hours and dinner is ready! You can serve it with rice or vegetables and you’re good to go. You could also add some diced tomatoes, onion, mushrooms and peppers in with the chicken. Mix it up by trying different kinds of salsa.
These have become my new favorite lunch or dinner meal. Hubby makes these, which might be another reason why I love them so much! We get the large wraps at Sams Club, spinach or tomato basil! We sprinkle some cheese all over the quesadilla, add in some bacon, chicken, corn, black beans, red onion, peppers, rice – again whatever you have in the fridge goes into your quesadilla. That’s really it. They are amazing and again, you’re only using the one pan = easy cleanup!
Cooking in an RV is definitely different than cooking at home and I miss my dishwasher most days. However I love the fact that I have to be minimal, I have to use as few things as possible because of our surroundings. This means that we get dinner made and get back outside, to have fun.
I’d love to hear what kind of food you cook in your RV?
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