I found this post in my drafts folder. I’m not sure what happened and why I never published it. I think I might’ve gotten stuck at the end and never wrote a conclusion. It’s got some cute throwback photos so here it is several years late:
I mentioned that I missed my kitchen, and that I’m not cooking like I used to (How you doin’? – After 4 Months of RV Living). I attribute this lack of culinary preparation to several factors: very little counter space, having to wash everything by hand, less storage space for ingredients and groceries, less physical space to move around in, and a super tiny “oven”. Some days I just really miss our old life and my motivation to cook is very low. Here are some of my favorite RV meals that are kinda healthy and easy to prepare.
Here is a pretty typical snack plate for the kiddos, apples, bananas, grapes and unsalted cashews (from Costco).
A pretty typical snack for me, S, and B. Unfortunately, K doesn’t like hummus yet. These Pita Thins are so light and crispy. The single serve hummus packs from Costco are really convenient. They are especially great to use while we are driving to a new location.
Of course, we eat way too many goldfish crackers too!
Lunch is usually sandwiches or leftovers. Here’s leftover spaghetti with either butter or homemade marinara sauce. My friend, T.C. from CA, gave us 6 jars of this wonderful sauce as a bon voyage gift. We just opened the last jar. 😮 I think it’s great that this particular jar was canned just three days before the Camp Fire struck Paradise, CA (11/08/18). There is nothing like homemade marinara sauce to lift your spirits when you’re feeling blue. This sauce is comfort food at it’s finest!
The kiddos like simple foods and I often put together something for them while E and I eat something different for the evening meal. Here’s toasted Naan (from Costco), hummus (from Costco), cottage cheese, olives and carrots for the kiddos.
“But Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper” – Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
We couldn’t resist having them same meal as the beloved “good little bunnies” in our Five in a Row book of the week, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
We didn’t forget the current buns. One of the few things we can bake in the “oven” is refrigerated biscuit dough. In this case, we decided to decorate them with currents to go with the Peter Rabbit theme.
Breakfast is usually cereal and sometimes yogurt. But on Sabbath morning, we always have pancakes. Here’s the recipe we used to use – Keeping Sabbath and Our Pancake Recipe. We use a boxed mix in the RV. My friend J.G. introduced us to this one and it’s really good. We like to top pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream whenever possible.
E and I eat a lot of freezer-to-table food, like this vegetarian Japanese fried rice from Trader Joe’s. The secret to this one, is adding a tablespoon of sesame oil to the pan before heating it.
Today we found a RV sized watermelon at “The Grocery Outlet” in La Pine, Oregon.
On traveling days I make the kids a bento box. I found these for about $5 each at Target. You can find really cute (really expensive) bento boxes on amazon. These 3 section ones are working out well for us. Since we homeschool, the kids aren’t used to having packed lunches and traveling day bento boxes are a special treat for them.
The post ended abruptly here after this photo. I miss our RV days sometimes, but I do enjoy cooking much more in my home kitchen. And ever since our full time RV living days I’ve never taken my dishwasher or my own laundry machines for granted!
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3 thoughts on “These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty! – Cooking in Our RV”
I love this post so much! I’m glad you found it and shared! Your kiddos have grown much, I’m sure. I miss my 4 years in the RV. I’ll send these ideas on to my daughter-in-laws with their 3 little ones (Bento boxes! Cool!). Take care my friend!
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So glad you found this post to share! Kids have grown so much and look at their cute smiles.
That’s an adventure to have living in an RV and you did so well. It takes serious planning to prepare healthy meals and homeschooling while on the go. Kudos to you mama and your family!!
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Oh, my goodness! The kids have grown so much!
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