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There are few better ways to see a country or continent than from the comfort of your own rolling home. RVs have long been a popular way to travel, with the structure and layout of these vehicles being reminiscent of the horsedrawn caravans of the past, and loads of people using them to save money on their trips.

When it comes to dining in a recreational vehicle, though, even the greatest cooks will face a challenge. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some meal options which work great when you’re on the road. As most RVs have some sort of cooking facilities, it will be assumed that you have at least two hob rings, along with a microwave or small oven.

You should also have a sink available, though you may have to find an alternative source for freshwater. A pan, frying pan, and baking tray will be useful, though a normal pan can be used to cover most of these jobs if you are willing to be creative. Cooking in a kitchen like this does not have to be a challenge if you choose the right ingredients.

Trays of caramelized vegetables are a year-round staple in our kitchen, but the trick is knowing how to spice up one sheet-pan from the next.

easy make ahead camping meals

If you're hesitant of herbs or on-edge about oils, here are the tips to up your roast game.

1. Spaghetti & Pasta

While making fresh pasta from scratch will be too big of an ask for most RV chefs, but you can make loads of tasty dishes when you have some of the prepacked stuff. Making pasta sauces is nice and easy, too. Starting with either chopped tomatoes or a cheese, milk, and flour mix, you can begin to mix in the seasoning as you heat up your base.

At the same time, it will be worth chopping up any vegetables you plan to put inside it, along with starting to cook the meat which you will be having with it. As you only have two hob rings, you may have to do a little bit of juggling here. It’s usually best to wait for your meat to be nearly ready before mixing it with the sauce, leaving them to simmer together with the vegetables you chopped earlier.

While those ingredients mix, you can begin the process of preparing the pasta. Most pasta need only be cooked with some hot water and a little bit of salt, with periodic stirring and tests to make sure that it isn’t being overdone. You can mix your pasta and sauce together or serve them as separate items.

The beauty of spaghetti is its flexibility, with loads of meals coming out of this simple ingredient. The basic components of a pasta sauce can be found in small stores, and you can usually use them in other meals, too. One of the biggest benefits of pasta is the time it takes to cook, though.

When you are busy enjoying some time away from home, being stuck in the kitchen for hours will be very unpleasant. These ingredients should last for a good amount of time, making them good for longer trips.

2. Omelettes

Egg has long been a crucial ingredient in many dishes across the world, with almost every culture using this resource. There are loads of ways to prepare eggs, though few are as versatile as the humble omelette. The base for this meal is made with a simple egg and milk mix which will have been beaten together until the two have completely mixed.

This liquid can be poured into a hot frying pan with oil, and you will see it start to cook almost immediately. You need to watch your omelette, turning it if parts of it begin to turn brown. Much like a pasta dish, omelettes can have just about any ingredients you’d like inside them. In fact, a lot of people use this sort of meal to clear out their cupboards and refrigerators, as you can throw in just about anything.

Most meats work quite well, with options like ham, chicken, and salmon being popular choices. Along with the meat, you’ll also want to have some vegetables, with spinach, peppers, and tomatoes all working nicely. You may have to do a little bit of mental maths to make sure that you cook it all at the right speed.

Along with being nice and versatile, omelettes are incredibly quick to make. You will only need one hob ring and a frying pan to make this dish, giving you the chance to avoid taking out RV loans to pick up a vehicle with more cooking space. Eggs, vegetables, and meat can be found just about anywhere in the world.

While this means that you may have to compromise on your favourite ingredients, it makes it possible to buy your food from local stores on your journey.

3. Chowmein

Finally, as the last meal option on this list, it is time to go East, with Chow Mein on the menu. At its core, this meal is very simple; stir fried noodles. Alongside these noodles, though, you can create a host of interesting and varied dishes. Soy sauce is a key component in a lot of chow meins, but you can look for a sauce you prefer if you are not a fan of the brown stuff.

Most supermarkets sell some sort of stir fry vegetable mix, making it even easier to get started with it. Chicken, beef, pork, and duck are all commonly found in chowmein. This sort of dish is good for RVs because it doesn’t take much more than a single hob ring to make. Some people will want to cook their meat a little before frying it with their noodles, but this can be done using the same pan you’ll be using for the rest of the meal.

It is hard to find meals which are as quick and easy as a chowmein, and most people will be happy to know that they can give it their own twist. Of course, though, you have to think about nutrition, and noodle dishes won’t be good to eat every day.

4. Peanut Butter Banana Cups


2 tablespoons whole grain peanut butter;
1 medium banana sliced into 12 even rounds;
150 gm melted chocolate

Preparation Method:

Cut the bananas without the peel into slices and take to the freezer for two hours. Pour half of the chocolate in paper cups. Freeze for 10 minutes. Add peanut butter, sliced bananas and the rest of the chocolate. When everything is ready, take it to the freezer for 10 more minutes. Serve.

5. Chocolate Salami

A chocolate salami is an Italian crunchy dessert that’s easy to make and extremely tasty. It is made of biscuits, butter, chocolate, milk, eggs and sugar. You can also decide to put alcohol (like rum or brandy), but it's optional. No bake needed, so you can prepare it in 15 minutes and then let it rest in the fridge for the whole night.

But why this ambiguous name? Because it really looks like a salami.

6. Chocolate Covered Banana Popsicles

Chocolate covered bananas are a great, healthy treat for the big and little kids alike! They are easy to make at home and a great simple recipe for the kids to get involved with, so embrace your inner child and enjoy the sweets.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling inspired to start cooking better meals while you are away in your RV. Cooking on the road is always a challenge, with a lot of people relying on boring meals which will leave a lot to be desired.
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  1. Thank you for this. We go tent camping and it's always a challenge to cook without all the usual equipment. Pasta is one of my staples but I've never thought of chowmein so I'm going to add that to my list.

  2. Cooking on the road is definitely a challenge! Thanks for offering some really great ideas!

  3. Hubs and I love to RV! I love camping so much. I never thought about making chow mein, though so next time I am definitely going to try to!

  4. Thanks a lot for the post. The food looks amazing and yet camping friendly, amazing and thank you.

  5. Awesome options! We have on our bucket list to rent an RV to travel from California to Arizona. I will definitely keep this in mind. thanks!

  6. I love to eat chow mein. And it's actually my go to camping food. It's easy to prepare and I can easily cook in a big amount also add omelette in them too.

  7. Thanks for sharing this. I always have difficulty in eating well when am on a trip. I love the list and it full of healthy meal.

  8. We are planning to have a road trip before the end of this month and this article of yours gives me an idea of what kind of food to prepare for our road trip.

  9. I am slightly obsessed with pasta so it is nice to see that it is included here. I like omellettes as well.

  10. We love to go outdoorsy and camp, this is such a great list of easy food to make. I always have such a hard time coming up with new ideas.

  11. I never thought chowmein would be easy to make for camping trips. I'm all for some pasta though!

  12. Pasta is one of my favorite food to eat during roadtrips or camping!

  13. We are planning a road trip soon. These are really great suggestions.

  14. I always take cooked pasta and pesto, or pasta with tuna and mayo is always a saver during these trips

  15. Sandwiches are definitely a good idea. I also go for cookies when traveling.

  16. Some great suggestions here for sure! Thanks for putting this together! Now I'm hungry! :)

  17. Omelettes and noodles are the real life saver. Be it camping or any other situation, It always saves life.


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