Tips for Cooking in Your RV

Ideally, you want to use your RV’s kitchen when you’re out on the road traveling in it. After all, the ability to cook your own food like you would at home was probably one of the major draws of owning your motorhome or travel trailer in the first place.

But when it comes down to actually cooking, you may feel put-off by the idea. It’s admittedly more straightforward and simpler to just head to a restaurant every night and managing your RV’s fridge and pantry stock takes extra work. Not to worry: with just a few simple tips, you can be well on your way to maximizing your RV kitchen’s potential.

Plan Things Out

Planning what you’ll eat and when you’ll eat it helps you to actually follow through on prepping the ingredients you bought. When you plan your meals and buy the groceries, make a promise to yourself to get those meals made even if you’re tired after a long day.

Have Alternatives Handy

In the event that you’re absolutely done with everything and you’re bone-weary (hey, it’s going to happen sometimes if you just spent a lot of time outside), don’t resort to eating out. Have some cheap and easy non-perishable alternatives available at all times. We’re talking cans of soup, boxed macaroni, or some canned tuna. They’re not exciting meals, but they’ll still fill you up without forcing you to put forth lots of effort.

Keep Meals Simple

Regardless of whether or not you’re tired, it’s best to keep all meals simple, not just your alternatives. The simpler they are, the more likely you’ll feel up to making them. Simpler means fewer ingredients and steps, not less taste. Find meals that are heavy on flavor but light on prep. Don’t be afraid to use a slow cooker or to prep ingredients ahead of time (including freezing pre-cooked meats).

Cook Outside

Lastly, don’t forget that you’re in some of the prettiest places in the country. You’re RVing and that means that you’re probably at a campground in a National or State Park right this second. What better incentive to cook than to grill outside your rig in the fresh air and natural splendor of your surroundings? Mix some grill recipes into your meal plan and enjoy the evening outside.

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Try This Slow Cooker Recipe in Your RV

The best part of slow cooker meals in your RV is that you can have a delicious home cooked meal at the end of the day without all the work. Slow cookers allow you to enjoy your time out RVing. Want to go swimming, then hiking, then biking, and still have a hot meal for dinner? No problem.

Try this awesome recipe the next time you want the meal but you don’t want the fuss.

Crock-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, onion, basil, oregano, parsley and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir into the slow cooker and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred, using two forks.
  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  5. Stir pasta and chicken into the slow cooker; top with cheeses. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 10-20 minutes, or until the cheeses have melted.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

Try this recipe for Italian Stuffed Peppers the next time you’re out on the road this summer. They’re great for lunch or dinner and as the main course or a side. You can also modify them to your heart’s desire, changing out the meat, cheese, and seasoning to suit your taste.

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 5 bell peppers
  • 2 TBSPs olive oil
  • 16 oz Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey
  • 8 oz microwave beef seasoned rice, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 TBSP dried parsley
  • 1/2 TBSP dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops off of the peppers, removed the ribs and seeds, and then dice the tops of the peppers.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Add the chopped bell peppers, and saute until soft, about five minutes.
  4. Add the Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey, and break up as you cook it. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and dried basil. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the skillet from heat.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice, pasta sauce, and one cup of the mozzarella cheese. Divide the mixture between the five hollowed out bell peppers. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Try This Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe in Your RV

Macaroni salad is a great summertime dish whether you serve it as a side or as a main dish. It’s light, cool, and refreshing, which is perfect for a hot day, especially around lunchtime when the sun is at its hottest.

Try this refreshing recipe the next time you’re at the RV park and the weather is heating up. It doesn’t take long to make, so you can whip it up fast and get back to doing what you love.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 steamed or hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion. Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

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Fresh Strawberry Pie in Your RV

This delicious strawberry pie recipe is perfect for summer. From a satisfying dessert after lunch to a late night treat, strawberry pie just screams “summer.” You can eat a slice by itself or dress it up with some whipped cream and a scoop of ice cream.

The best part is that you can make this strawberry pie in your RV’s kitchen without any issue. Try finding fresh strawberries while you’re out on the road traveling: summer is their season and many farms will allow you to go pick your own.

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Ingredients

  • 9 inch pie crust
  • 4-6 cups fresh strawberries, quartered and hulled
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 3oz. box of Strawberry Jell-O
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch

Directions

  1. Bake pie crust in 9 inch deep pie dish and set aside to cool.
  2. Put the water, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Whisk constantly until it become thick. For about 3 minutes.
  4. Then whisk in the Jell-O and cook for a minute longer.
  5. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 15min
  6. As the glaze cools, place strawberries straight into the pie crust.
  7. Pour the glaze over the strawberries.
  8. Refrigerate until set.

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Try Making These Versatile Meatballs in Your RV

Meatballs are a hearty comfort food that the whole family will love. These versatile meatballs can be made in large batches and used for a variety of things, including sandwiches, pastas, and even a la carte.

Meatball Parmesan Bake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground veal
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 jars of marinara sauce of your choice
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese or shredded mozzarella
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Fresh basil minced (for garnish)
  • Fresh parsley minced (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line an oven safe skillet with foil and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix breadcrumbs and milk. Set aside.
  3. Mix ground meats, garlic, breadcrumb mixture, Asiago and Parmesan cheese, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper, by hand until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop and form ping pong ball sized meatballs.
  5. Spray prepared foil-lined skillet with cooking spray and place formed meatballs on the foil.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Lower oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  8. Place meatballs on a plate and remove foil from skillet.
  9. Pour about 1/2 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of the skillet and spread to cover.
  10. Place meatballs in skillet in a single layer.
  11. Pour remaining marinara sauce over the top of the meatballs, then sprinkle shredded Italian cheeses over the top, so all the meatballs are covered in cheese.
  12. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top of the cheese, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  13. Cover skillet with another piece of foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  14. Remove foil and bake, uncovered, for another 20 minutes.
  15. If desired, broil the dish for a minute or two after baking.
  16. Garnish with fresh basil and parsley if desired.

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Making the Perfect Fried Okra

The perfect accompaniment to many dishes, fried okra is easy to make but hard to perfect. Try this recipe if you’ve got a craving for a little taste of the south as a side to your favorite camping recipes.

Classic Southern Fried Okra

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (add 1 tablespoon vinegar to a measuring cup, fill with milk to make 1/2 cup, let sit 5 minutes)
  • 2 pounds okra, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • Oil for frying (I like peanut or vegetable oil)

Directions

  1. In a cast iron skillet or deep pan, heat about 6 cups of oil to 350F.
  2. Place cut okra in buttermilk to soak for a couple minutes while you assemble the coating.
  3. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, and seasonings.
  4. Transfer okra to coating mixture and toss well to coat.
  5. Fry okra in hot oil for about 5 minutes, stirring to fry evenly.
  6. Remove to paper towels to drain.

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National Salad Month Recipe

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It’s National Salad Month, so why not celebrate by making this delicious recipe in your RV while you’re out on the road? The best thing about this recipe is the room you have to customize it. Top it the way you want to; no matter what, it’ll be tasty, refreshing, and just a little bit spicy.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz) cooked chopped/shredded chicken
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6-8 oz chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped/diced tomato
  • 1/4-1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 cheesy tortilla chips

Suggested Toppings

  • fresh avocado
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro
  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • lime wedges

Directions

  1. Prep your chicken and chop your veggies for the salad.
  2. Melt butter and combine with hot sauce, whisking to mix.
  3. Pour sauce over chicken and serve over lettuce with all your favorite toppings.
  4. Drizzle with dressing of choice (ranch with a drizzle of hot sauce is the “official” dressing).

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Delicious Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

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Campgrounds are full of festive travelers for Memorial Day weekend. Cookouts and get-togethers are traditional Memorial Day activities, but instead of grilling up the usual burgers and hot dogs, try these new delicious recipes to spice up your celebrations this year.

Mouthwatering Beer Brats

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cans of beer
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 10 bratwurst
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grate lightly.
  2. In a large pot, combine the beer and diced onions. Bring them to a boil.
  3. Drop the bratwurst into the beer and stir in the garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the brats to cook for another 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the bratwurst from the mixture and set them aside. Continue cooking the onions in the beer mixture.
  6. Cook the bratwurst on the grill for five to ten minutes or until fully cooked.
  7. Serve with the beer mixture on top.

Cold Southwestern Salad with Feta

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 large green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup fresh sweet corn (cut off the cob)
  • 1 jicama (peeled and minced)
  • 1 bunch green onions (sliced)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (minced)
  • 1 package crumbled feta cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Cooking instructions:

  1. Mix the beans, bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, green onions, jicama, jalapeno pepper and feta in a large bowl.
  2. Mash the salt and garlic together.
  3. Whisk the mashed garlic, mustard, lime juice and pepper together in a small bowl. Slowly stir in the oil as you whisk.
  4. Whisk until the mixture is smooth, then drizzle it over the salad in the large bowl.
  5. Chill overnight, then serve.

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National Salad Month Recipe

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You may have heard that May is National Barbeque Month as well as National Burger Month, but the healthiest way to celebrate this pre-summer (and pre swimsuit season) month, is to celebrate it as National Salad Month. This recipe allows you to celebrate salad month and burger month at the same time! Try it the next time you’re out in your RV.

Cheeseburger Salad

Ingredients

Salad
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 oz romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup pickles (diced)
Dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp pickles (diced)
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

Directions

  1. Cook ground beef in a skillet over high heat. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir fry, breaking up the pieces with a spatula, for about 7-10 minutes, until the beef is browned and moisture has evaporated.
  2. Meanwhile, puree all the dressing ingredients in a blender. If dressing is thicker than you like, thin out with water or oil and puree again. Adjust sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add the ground beef. Toss with dressing.

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