Taking it To-Go: The Best Food for the Road
Cooking in your RV doesn’t have to mean mediocre meals or “stuff from a box” every time your tummy rumbles. In fact, you can prepare some pretty darn good, nearly gourmet meals while you’re on the road. Don’t allow limited cooking space and the lack of a full kitchen stop you from enjoying good eats every meal. Let’s look at some better alternatives to processed meals, and even some gourmet recipes for the road. Bon appetit!
Your handy-dandy skillet can whip up a mean pile of pancakes, bacon and eggs, or sausage gravy and biscuits, but what about some breakfast burritos stuffed with bacon, eggs, cheese, and salsa? Or some killer French toast with yesterday’s bread, cinnamon, and vanilla?
Bake some apples in the microwave stuffed with 1 Tbsp. butter, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, and some raisins. Add them to your breakfast oatmeal or have them on the side with your bacon and eggs.
- Coat the inside of your crock pot with butter.
- Add 8 ½ cups of water, 2 cups of steel cut oats, 1 ⅓ cup whole milk, ¼ cup brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt.
- Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or until thick and creamy.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and serve.
Sure, stopping by some local eatery you’ve just discovered is great for a quick bite of lunch, but what about those lazy days when you just want to hang in the RV park and relax? Or lounge around lakeside? How about when the rainy weather has put a damper on your plans? Sandwiches and salads don’t have to mean bologna or the same old bagged lettuce, either.
Try mixing things up with this lemon blueberry chicken salad:
- In a small bowl, combine the dressing by mixing ¾ cup (or one small container) of lemon yogurt, 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise, 1 tsp. salt, and a pinch of dried red pepper flakes. Cover and refrigerate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- While the dressing sits in the fridge, combine 2 cups of cooked, diced chicken with 2 cups of blueberries.
- Add chopped scallions, celery, and green pepper. Nothing should be larger than your blueberries.
- Toss with your favorite salad greens.
- Serve the salad with the dressing. Add a squeeze or two of lemon slices for garnish and added flavor.
You’ll have a gourmet lunch in about a half hour. Kiss burgers, hot dogs, and bologna goodbye!
Grilling every night got you down? Too tired from your adventures of the day to trek off to a restaurant? Can’t face another round of “what’s for dinner?” when you haven’t got a clue? Don’t despair! You can create great meals right in your galley space. Try some stir fries. Here’s a Mediterranean stir fry that’ll have their mouths watering:
- Prepare your favorite cooked pasta.
- Chop up broccoli into bite-sized pieces, at least ½ cup per serving.
- Dice some sweet red onions, at least 2 Tbsp. per serving.
- Dice some rehydrated sun dried tomatoes, at least 1 per serving.
- Mince as much garlic as you like. (For the garlic lovers, that means at least 1 clove per serving.)
- Steam the broccoli until green and tender but still firm.
- Heat butter or olive oil in a skillet.
- Cook onion and tomatoes in hot oil until the onion is barely translucent.
- Add garlic, broccoli, and a dash of salt or other herbs, like basil or oregano.
- Toss with cooked pasta to coat with butter sauce and serve.
Happy cooking from La Mesa RV!