RV Chef Life

Generating meals while be resourceful, minimal, and creative!

Let’s start by clearing the air, I am by NO MEANS a chef or even a “great” cook for the matter. However, I do enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. The RV life has challenged me to become creative when it comes to incorporating the minimal ingredients that we have. The main thing to remember when living out of the RV is to be resourceful. Use what you already have. I strategically buy for only a couple meals and try to use absolutely EVERYTHING before buying more. Wasting food= wasting money. Aside from the wasting aspect, we want to avoid food going bad in the RV, which in turn could cause dreadful bug infestations. Plastic bins to contain the food is a great way to keep rodents and bugs out while traveling.

I’ve actually been having a lot of fun expanding my “chefs belt” while attempting new meals. Most of the time I’m cooking on the gas stove and oven. Rarely do we ever use the microwave. Let’s check out what I’ve been whipping up in the “kitchen”.

Breakfast:

  • Breakfast Tacos- Grab the tortillas (my favorite are corn tortillas), use meat as the base (Pork BBQ, Bacon, Sausage) top it off with scrambled eggs. I LOVE to add Franks RedHot to mine! Also you can’t go wrong with a peppered crusted bacon. Delicious!
  • Fruit Smoothies-I use non-fat plain greek yogurt and frozen fruit mixed with kale packs. If you need to sweeten it up, try adding honey!
  • Cinnamon Sugar English Muffins- I love Thomas’ Cinnamon Raison English Muffins for this!
  • Honey, Peanut butter, and Banana, on Thomas’ Cinnamon English Muffins
  • Breakfast Potatoes- I’ll typically chop up onions, peppers and garlic to mix in with the potatoes.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day if you couldn’t assume from my elaborate (excessively LARGE) meals.

Lunch:

  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Lunch Meat Sandwiches
  • Dinner left overs

Honestly, we often are on the go so often that we forget to eat lunch! Typically lunch is not as elaborate of a meal for us while traveling.

Dinner:

  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Vegetables- In the picture below, I attempted parmesan crusted asparagus as a side in order to prevent wasting the leftovers. Although it may not be pleasing to the eye, it was quite tasty!
  • Pasta Carbonara: I used a recipe from the New York Times found here!
  • Steak Fajitas with Vegetables- I sautéed sliced steak, onions, peppers, squash and broccoli in a garlic ginger sauce and prepared refried beans and Mexican rice for sides.
  • Ramen Noodles with a side of Vegetables (Classic…we were running low on food)
  • Chicken Enchiladas

“One Pan Dinners” and “One Pot Meals” quickly became habitual while living the RV life. The less dishes, the better! This is especially useful when boondocking and water is limited. All that “One Pan Dinners” and “One Pot Meals” entail include: seasoning your protein, placing it in a pan with vegetables and potato’s (or whatever you choose). Finish it off by drizzling olive oil on top and throwing it all in the oven. AHHH….Simplicity.

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