What Are The Easiest RV Meals To Make When Camping?
One thing we can all agree on is planning meals can be hard work. With limited time and storage space, planning the best RV meals can be even harder! So we are here to help you with 35 easy RV meals that you can cook up on your next RV trip – saving you time and energy.
The best RV camping recipes include items that use few ingredients, don’t involve a lot of meal prep, and can be cooked inside or outside your RV. Easy dinners for camping trips include such dishes as:
- Crockpot BBQ Ribs
- BBQ Chicken with Pineapple
- Instapot Sweet and Tangy Kielbasa Bites
- Sheet Pan Chicken and Sausage With Veggies
The fun part is that when you live in an RV you have so many different ways to cook. If it’s too hot inside, change things up and cook up some RV meals on the grill, or I’ll turn to my stash of RV crockpot recipes and let it do the work, while I hang outside and chillax.
My biggest tip when trying to come up with easy and quick rv cooking ideas is to keep it simple. I steer clear of meals that require 10+ ingredients (who needs that kind of stress), my slow cooker is my best friend and we cook outside anytime we possibly can!
RV Meal Planning
When we first started full-time in an RV, I was so overwhelmed at homeschooling the kids, working on our business and getting dinner on the table. I was exhausted by the end of the day. Quite frankly this was not what I imagined my life to be when we sold everything and went on the road!
I thought it would be all fun and laughter and relaxing times. Guess what? The kids still needed to be fed and I was not relaxed AT ALL.
The first thing I did to change this was to create a meal plan. The difference between cooking in a house as opposed to an RV is HUGE. We don’t have a walk-in pantry, or cupboards full of umpteen cooking utensils (thank goodness), or 40 different jars of seasonings.
We live in a 38′ fifth wheel, not a 2,400 home like we used to. So we had to cut the kitchen gadgets down to our essential RV kitchen accessories. Cooking great meals for RV camping requires a bit more planning and efficiency.
I am telling you now that RV meal planning changed my life! If the kids got up early, they knew to check the fridge to see what they could eat for breakfast. If it was my day off, hubby knew what to cook for dinner. I no longer had to wake up first thing in the morning and figure out what was for breakfast!
I then created my own rv camping menu planner and shopping list to coincide with the meal plan. That way shopping becomes as easy as following the list. You can download both the meal planner and grocery list below.
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What Food Should I Pack For An RV Trip?
When it comes to thinking about healthy RV trip meals, you want to come up with things that are easy to make. You don’t want to make dishes that take 60 minutes to put together or need 15 ingredients. Who has time for that? Road trip camping meals are all about speed and efficiency.
As a mom, I am looking for quick and easy road trip meals. I have no interest being stuck inside all day cooking. I want to be outside having fun, breathing that fresh air, and enjoying my kids. I’m guessing you feel the same way!
Best RV Camping Recipes On The Grill
I am a huge fan of anything cooked on the grill. You know why? Because then I don’t have to cook! I have never once cooked anything on the grill since getting married and I like it that way. He is an awesome griller and really good at putting delicious marinades together. That’s what I call easy camper food!
Our Favorite Grilling Recipes:
Our Favorite Grilled Veggies
Potatoes go great with anything, add some garlic and I’m all in.
7) Grilled Corn
Remove the husk and silk and get those corn on the grill. Remove when done and add salt and pepper, and lots of butter.
Again you don’t need much for this awesome side dish, but it makes your RV dinners seem extraordinary.
This is another favorite of ours and it only has a few ingredients – perfect easy dinners for camping trips. FYI – I use minced garlic here, instead of fresh garlic.
Easy RV Cooking Recipes For The Crockpot
I use my crockpot on a regular basis, at least 3 times per week, something is cooking in there. I love that I can throw everything into one pot, turn it on and go have fun! However if we plan to hang around the campground for the day, I will plan to crockpot something that can be used as leftovers another day.
Our Favorite RV Dinner Ideas For The Crockpot!
Cooking ribs is such an easy RV dinner idea because you can throw the ribs into the slow cooker and walk away. When they are ready, enjoy them with a nice glass of red wine – yum!
Add mac and cheese and my picky daughter has her favorite meal.
I like this meal because you can throw anything you need used up into the crockpot and the meal will taste great. It is one of those easy RV cooking recipes that ends up looking like you spent a lot of time making it. Shhh! I won’t tell.
Best RV Food Recipes For The Instant Pot
I still haven’t gotten into using an instapot. Sad but true. I plan to sit down and go through all the instructions and figure it out one of these days but until then I am borrowing awesome RV recipes from others.
If you’re looking to purchase an instapot, this is the one recommended by other RVers.
Quick and Easy RV Dinners In The Instapot
One of my favorite dishes is chicken curry, I could honestly eat this 5 days a week if allowed. This recipe has a few more ingredients than others I have shared, but I’m guessing they are already in your pantry if you love curry as much as me!
Delicious Make Ahead RV Meals
For those of you who are weekend campers or are planning your next camping trip, I recommend doing as much RV meal planning as you can. This may involve cutting up vegetables, marinating the meat before you go, or even cooking some motorhome meals in advance.
Our Favorite Make Ahead RV Meals
Think about ways you can make your life easier when you get to the campground – sweet potato fries already cooked and ready for breakfast with some eggs. Bacon pre-cooked, cheese pre-chopped, spaghetti bolognaise ready to be heated up. Anything that you can make up, go ahead and do that, get some more ideas here.
My Favorite Easy Meals For RV Camping
I am a huge fan of anything that can be cooked in one pot or pan. Easy travel trailer cooking and clean up! Sheet pan meals are some of our favorite easy RV food recipes. They take no time and turn out delicious. You can also easily make these RV recipes for 2, or for a whole gang.
27) Sheet Pan Nachos
This is another great way to get rid of leftovers in the fridge. Cut everything up and spread them over some nachos. Voila you have dinner! We make these a lot during football game.
Best RV Recipes For The Dutch Oven
Cooking in a dutch oven while camping is so much fun for many reasons. Something about cooking outdoors makes everyone want to be involved. These experiences ensure this will be remembered as some of the best RV food ever!
Best RV Meals - Desserts
36) Camping Eclairs
BONUS EXTRA! (Just for those who made it all the way through)
Eclairs was one of my favorite desserts to have when I was growing up in Ireland. You can make your own with this simple yet delicious recipe.
My hope is that these 35 easy RV meals will help make your next RV camping trip an enjoyable one where you can have some fun and not spend all your time indoors cooking. These simple rv meal ideas require little work and few ingredients, and will make your RV camping meals memorable.