Simple RV Meal Ideas

RVing is a unique experience in which thousands of people partake annually, with ever-growing numbers. The experience of hitting the open road in your home-on-wheels is unparalleled. If you travel frequently though, it can quickly become less like a vacation, and practicality steps in. As much fun as it is to try new restaurants, it’s not always financially sustainable. For that reason, it’s important to become comfortable cooking in your RV and preparing meals options at “home.”

Although most RV kitchens come equipped with the same standard kitchen appliances as kitchens in houses, everything is typically smaller in an RV. RVs also have less counter space available. For this reason, many are not sure which meals are best to make in their RV. If the idea of cooking meals in your RV kitchen seems overwhelming, then you have come to the right place. Here, we have compiled a list of the best recipes that you can easily make in any RV kitchen.

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Breakfast

For many, breakfast is the most enjoyable meal of the day. Waking up to the smell of bacon, paired with over-easy eggs, toast, and a cup of coffee, is a true American vacation experience like no other. This meal, and many others, can be made quite easily from your RV. Read ahead for more breakfast meal ideas.

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Breakfast Sandwiches

These are customizable options that will have you skipping the drive-thru line. A good breakfast sandwich vessel can range from a biscuit to an english muffin, toast, buns, pancakes, or a bagel. Fillings can include sausage, bacon, ham, scrambled or over-easy eggs, hash browns, sliced cheese, spinach, cream cheese, and so much more. This recipe is simple and delicious, and it allows each person to select which toppings they specifically want.

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Egg and Sausage Breakfast “Tacos”

This recipe is a fun take on your typical breakfast sandwich. Here, corn flour tortillas are filled with sausage links, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese, before being rolled up and toasted in a hot pan. This easy breakfast is sure to be a fan favorite, especially with kids.

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Scrambled Egg Muffins

This recipe is quite popular, and for good reason. These are completely customizable and can be made with any combination of cheeses, breakfast meats, and vegetables. They can even be made ahead of time and stored in a sealed container for quick and delicious meals on the road.

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Cinnamon Roll “French Toast” Bake

This delicious sweet treat will have everyone wanting seconds. To start, store-bought cinnamon rolls are pulled apart, mixed with eggs, cream, and syrup and baked until gooey. To serve, pieces of the bake can be drizzled with icing and/or more syrup. 

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Lunch

Lunch is another awesome and versatile meal. Sandwiches and salads are easy and delicious go-to options that are great for travel days or busy days. If you are looking for something easy and unique, try one of these fantastic recipes.

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Chicken Noodle Soup and Sandwiches

This lunch is great with either homemade chicken noodle soup or store-bought. Homemade soup can be made the day before or simmered all morning. Either way, be sure to pair it with a yummy sandwich of some kind, like a grilled turkey and cheddar! 

Philly Steak Sandwich

This sandwich is a crowd favorite and can be easily made in an RV. Simply slice a large Italian loaf most of the way through and stuff with thinly-sliced beef, provolone cheese, and any combination of sautéed onions, peppers and/or mushrooms. This delicious meal is best enjoyed around the fire.

Mac n Cheese

This simple meal can easily be made ahead of time and stored for easy reheating in either the oven or the microwave. Individual tins make for less mess and easier clean-up. Again, this can either be homemade or store-bought! Consider adding in some bacon and/or chicken for protein and additional flavor.

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Hot Dogs and Beans

This camping classic never gets old. Beans and onions, sautéed in a cast iron, paired with grilled hot dogs and toasted buns served around the fire is as good as it gets.

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Dinner

Dinner is one of the most enjoyable times of day for many families. This shouldn’t be any different while camping! Dinner can be a great time to enjoy delicious foods and talk about each day’s activities. Try any of these great recipes for ultimate crowd-pleaser meals.

Corn Chowder

This creamy, hearty soup has that stick-to-your-ribs feeling that is perfect no matter the season. You can prepare it vegetarian or with added chicken.

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Slow-Cooked BBQ

If you brought a slow cooker with you on the road, be sure to break it out as often as possible! This dish can be prepared in the late morning by adding your choice of protein and BBQ sauce into the crockpot. By the evening, it will be tender, fragrant, and delicious. 

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Dutch Oven Lasagna

Lasagna is such an excellent meal, but did you know that you can make it in a cast iron pan? Simply layer the noodles, meat sauce, and cheeses in a skillet and cook in the oven or over a campfire.

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Beyond Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Get ready to shake up the classic burger and fries with this take. Burgers can be prepared with Beyond Beef, ground turkey, or ground beef. Consider making a toppings bar so everyone can build their own burger. Pair with regular fries, sweet potato fries, and/or a steamed vegetable. 

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Sides

Dinner is usually served with a couple of different sides, and that doesn’t have to change just because you are camping. Any of these sides would make an excellent addition to the meals listed here.

Steamed Vegetable Packs

This recipe is so simple and so delicious! Simply wrap your veggie of choice in foil (broccoli and green beans are great), cover with a quarter cup of water, and cook over the fire or in the oven. Once cooked, add butter, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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Mushroom Skillet

For mushroom lovers, this is an easy and delicious side. Slice mushrooms of choice, and sauté them with butter, sliced onions, garlic, and thyme. Serve with burgers or any other meat of choice, and enjoy!

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Veggie Skillet

This veggie skillet is a crowd pleaser for sure. Chop zucchini, bell peppers, corn on the cob, onions, and any other veggies of choice and sauté in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and serve hot and fresh!

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Cheesy Fries

These fries are delicious and mess-free! They accompany burgers, hot dogs, or any other main dish so nicely. Simply slice and season the potatoes, and bake them in the oven with cheese. Serve with sour cream and chives.

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Dessert

No epic vacation is complete without dessert! S’mores are a camping classic, but occasionally you may find yourself craving something new. Try any of these unique takes on old classics for a dessert the whole family is sure to enjoy after any meal.

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No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Graham cracker crust meets a fluffy cream cheese filling that can be made in mason jars or little soufflé ramekins. Consider topping with fresh fruit or salted caramel drizzle. 

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Slow-Cooker Baked Apples

This recipe will allow you to enjoy the aroma of a fresh-baked apple pie with a fraction of the work. To start, cored apples are stuffed with a crumble mix and slow-cooked in a crockpot for a tender, delicious treat. 

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S’mores Dip

This recipe is a unique take on a camping favorite. Line the bottom of a cast iron skillet with chocolate pieces, and top with marshmallows. Broil until the marshmallows are browned and the chocolate has melted. Serve with graham crackers.

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Pound Cake and Berry Skillet

This unique dessert is so simple yet so yummy. Slice pound cake and brown it in butter before adding your berries of choice and Rolo pieces. Cover and warm over a fire for 5-10 minutes, until the berries are juicy and the chocolate has melted.

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Cooking in an RV kitchen doesn’t have to be any more difficult than cooking in a traditional kitchen. In the summer, cooking outside on a grill can be just as fun as cooking inside. Be sure to only build campfires in designated areas, and don’t assume you are allowed to at every campground or Boondockers Welcome location. When in doubt, just keep your meals simple. If you stick to basics and prepare any of these delicious recipes, you are sure to end up with meals the whole family will enjoy.

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What are your favorite meals to cook on the road? How do you help to keep cooking easy in your RV? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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