RV cooking can pose a lot of problems for some, especially if you’re trying to eat healthily. And especially when you don’t have mains hookup or an abundant source of water.
Over the years I have gathered some simple tips, techniques and recipes that can help you stay healthy on the road. While also minimizing waste and simplifying cleanup.
Here are some ideas, gadgets and recipes to make cooking while camping in your RV or van easier and healthier. These recipes and ideas are great for regular camping too.
1. Get a manual food processor
I get a ton of use out of this thing.
You can use it to chop fruit, vegetables, meat, herbs, nuts, and it will even chop ice. It operates manually via a rip cord so wastes no electricity.
You can also eat meals straight out of the container to save on cleanup. And cleaning this thing couldn’t be more simple, just add a little water and one drop of washing up liquid, then pull the cord a few times to clean. Empty out the water and wipe dry with a paper towel.
- Easy guacamole recipe – 1/4 red onion, 1/2 tomato, 1 avocado, garlic powder and salt. This is delicious, can be used as a dip, a topping for a burrito, a filling for a sandwich, added to potatoes, or as a healthy side dish for almost any meal. Add a squeeze of lime to make it extra delicious.
- Coleslaw recipe – 1/4 red onion, 1/2 large carrot, chunk of cabbage, mayo, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lime. This delicious slaw recipe is almost as versatile as the guacamole.
- Shredded veggies – If you struggle to get your 5 a day, simply shredding some of your favorite veggies and having them on hand to add to sandwiches, burritos or as a side to any dish makes things easy. Shred up a bunch of vegetables and store them in a zip lock bag in your refrigerator or cooler. They’ll keep for days, but you should be eating them faster than that. 🙂
2. Overnight oats with a difference (no cleanup + health boost)
I eat these almost every day. They’re so versatile and simple, and I have an additional tip that means NO CLEANUP AT ALL, while making them even healthier.
My typical recipe is oats, chia seeds, banana and peanut butter. You can add anything, berries, honey/maple syrup, jelly, or any dried fruit, nuts or seeds you like. Add all your ingredients and then fill up the pot with water or milk (any kind). Stir or shake everything together and put in the fridge for at least one hour.
The chia seeds really help to bind it together into a sort of delicious breakfast pudding.
They keep in the refrigerator for 2-4 days. But I usually make them every night and eat them every morning.
So what’s my secret to making them healthier with no cleanup? Probiotics!
When I make my first pot, I open a probiotic capsule and mix it with the other ingredients. This causes healthy fermentation overnight which turn it into a delicious probiotic oat yoghurt.
When you eat it, don’t finish it all, just leave one spoonful in the bottom of the pot. This acts like a “starter culture”. That way when you fill up the pot with ingredients again, you don’t need to add another probiotic capsule. If you keep doing this one probiotic capsule can turn into a lifetime of daily probiotics.
Some people spend a lot of money on probiotics every month, you can buy one sample pack once, and have them daily for a lifetime.
If you’re wondering why this doesn’t need to be cleaned, just make sure you shake up the pot every day when you add fresh ingredients.
Fermented food last a long time, forever if attended to regularly. Fermenting food is how humans made it through harsh times before refrigeration existed. It’s also how old time sailors and explorers survived at sea for long periods.
Click below to buy probiotic capsules. Make sure you buy capsules or powder, as they will easily mix with your oat recipe. Sometimes you can buy sample packs for just a few dollars, remember you only need to buy these once and they can last forever.
3. Parchment paper cleanup hack
Did you know that you can fry on top of parchment paper? It works. You can make any pan non-stick by simply lining it with parchment paper, adding a little oil and frying directly on the paper.
This will save on cleanup even if you have a non-stick pan, but for regular pans, this is a game changer.
This works when frying eggs, meat, vegetables, just about anything. Since I use non stick pans, I save it for when I’m cooking burgers or meats that usually leave a bigger mess. This way you can just throw the parchment paper in the trash to be recycled, and your pan is completely clean.
4. The 4 ingredient no oven pizza
So maybe you have a small van or camper and don’t have an oven? That’s a shame, because who doesn’t love pizza?
Well RV cooking does not mean you cannot make pizza. You can, and it’s fast, it’s simple, and it’s delicious.
This is by far one of my favorite easy RV meals. And it’s much healthier than any store bought pizza because you know exactly what went into it.
Watch the video below for the full recipe, and of course you can customize it with any toppings you want.