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12 Night Road Trip Menu for RVers

12 Night Road Trip Menu for RVers


By avatar  Stacy
Posted On 10/09/2018 17:37:34
Trip Date 09/22/2017  

Camping | Menu | Food | Easy Camping Recipes | Easy RV Recipes | Menus for RV Road Trip | RV Menu Ideas | Breakfast | Dinner | Crockpot | Paninis



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Here's the menu for our longest to-date trip in "RV There Yet?". At 12 nights, I did plan our entire menu before leaving home since RVing is still new to us - plus I knew that we'd have room for all of the groceries in our refrigerator and pantry. Overall, we were quite pleased with the ease of cooking our meals, and there was very little prep work required before we left home:

I also took advantage of some leftovers which I had frozen from meals in the recent weeks:

  • Bandera Restaurant Cornbread
  • Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  • Crockpot Ribs (The Dry Rub that we love is very easy to make. I often make a double batch so that I have some leftovers for next time. Just combine 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp. salt, 1 tbsp. chipotle chili powder, 1 tbsp. smoked paprika, 1 tbsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. cayenne, 1/2 tsp. thyme and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Mix well, and if you plan to store some for the future, make sure your container is air tight - or use a zip lock bag!)

We attended a fish fry and potluck at the home of some friends on the evening before we left home and brought a dessert. We unexpectedly had some leftovers, so I packed them up to give us some additional dessert choices for our journey:


Day 1 Menu

Dinner:

Mini Muffulettas with Tortellini Salad

With the salad already prepared, all that I needed to do for dinner was to make the muffulettas. I have to admit that I did a little "cheating". Although I have previously made the "spread" in the recipe, this time I used a prepared muffuletta spread. (I actually prefer the homemade recipe as it is not nearly as oily, but the purchased spread was definitely a time saver.) I layered the meat, cheese and spread on some King's Hawaiian Rolls - dinner couldn't have been easier after a long day of traveling!

Evening Dessert:

Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookies

I'd been wanting to try this cookie recipe for quite some time, and we both agreed that the recipe is a keeper!


Day 2 Menu

Breakfast:

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Paninis

I scrambled a few eggs mixed with some spices (black pepper, garlic, green onion) and added a bit of water. After cooking, I placed 1/2 of the eggs on each of two slices of bread. I topped each with some pre-cooked bacon which I had microwaved, a slice of cheese and a second slice of bread. I placed both sandwiches on our panini press and 6 minutes later our breakfast was ready.


Breakfast Paninis

Breakfast Paninis

If you don't already own one, here's a link to a relatively inexpensive panini maker just like the one that we purchased many years ago and have been very pleased with:

Dinner:

Grilled Spare Ribs with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Fruit Salad

Following another day of driving, dinner required just some reheating and quickly putting together a fruit salad. I cut up some strawberries and oranges and sliced a banana. I added some grapes and mixed the fruit with light sour cream and coconut to taste - it was oh so easy.



Dessert:

German Chocolate Frosted Brownies



Day 3 Menu

Breakfast:

Cereal

The best thing about cereal for breakfast is we are each on our own - pick our favorite cereal, add some fruit and top with milk. Clean-up is easy too as everything goes right in the trash can.

Dinner:

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables and Cornbread

As we planned to be away for the better part of the day, it was a perfect morning to put dinner in the crockpot so that we could return to a fully cooked meal (plus leftovers for a future meal or two). I lined the crockpot and added potatoes (quartered), onions and carrots. After trimming the fat off of the beef roast, I coated it with a mix of 1/4 cup flour and 1/8 tsp. pepper. I placed the meat on top of the veggies and turned the temperature to high for the first hour before leaving. Just remember to reduce the temperature after an hour ... I forgot, so our meat was tolerable, but a little over cooked. I reheated the best cornbread ever (which I had defrosted overnight) and dinner was served.

If you are in need of a crock-pot, below are links to two of the models that I use. My go to model when RV traveling is the 4 quart pot since there are just the two of us. If I plan to make a recipe with more servings, I bring along our 8 quart pot as well. As usual, I highly suggest that you stock up on the liners - they make clean-up so much easier.

Evening Dessert:

Coconut Key Lime Pudding

In an effort to have a variety of desserts, pudding is one of my easy "go to's" when we are traveling in the RV. (Not sure why I don't make pudding when we are at home!) After just two minutes of whisking the pudding mix and milk together, I scoop the pudding into 4 small Tupperware containers. When we are ready to enjoy, we just remove the lids and eat right out of the same dishes. Before our trip, I saw the unique coconut key lime flavor and decided to give it a try. It was a winner!


Day 4 Menu

Breakfast:

Cereal

I try to avoid the same breakfast two days in a row ... but, it was easy, and life goes on!

Dinner:

Crunchy Thai Peanut Chicken with Broccoli and Rice

I really like quick and easy to prepare meals - especially when we are on the road however, I typically prefer fresh ingredients vs. boxed. Shortly before our trip, I had a coupon for some Good Table mixes, and decided that I'd give them a try. Basically all that I had to do was coat some raw chicken which I had cut into strips with the sauce, toss it with "the crunch" and place it on a pan. While the chicken was baking, I made a pot of rice and steamed some frozen broccoli. Less than 30 minutes later, dinner was ready.

If you are interested in trying out a very tasty boxed option for dinner (just add chicken), take a look at this. Although not my typical dinner, I'll be buying some of these again for when I just want a really quick alternative:

Evening Dessert:

Sparkling Butter Toffee Cookies



Day 5 Menu

Breakfast:

Yogurt Parfaits

One of our regular breakfasts is make your own Yogurt Parfaits - yogurt with fruit and granola. We started with vanilla yogurt and added granola, strawberries and blackberries. (I just have to remember to defrost the fruit the evening before.)

Dinner:

Meatballs and Marinara Sauce over Penne with Garlic Bread

While I waited for a pot of water to boil, I sliced some King's Hawaiian Rolls into thirds and laid them on foil. I buttered the bread, added some garlic and a dash of parsley and our garlic bread was ready to broil. Once the water was boiling, the penne went in the pot and 10 small frozen store bought meatballs went in the microwave. When the pasta was cooked and drained, I added the meatballs and some bottled marinara to the same pot and returned to the stove to heat the sauce. The hardest part of our dinner was either boiling the water or buttering the garlic bread!

Evening Dessert:

Slow Cooker Berry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

We had a great crop of blackberries this year so I cleaned and froze what I didn't use immediately. I had been wanting to make a blackberry cobbler and came upon this recipe which I would definitely make again. It was especially good with a little vanilla ice cream!


Day 6 Menu

Breakfast:

Cereal

As we were planning some long days with early morning starts, we chose to have cereal for breakfast several mornings in a row to save some time.

Dinner:

BBQ Sliders with Pot Roast Vegetables

Since there are just two of us, I'm all about cooking enough food for at least two meals to save some time. When possible, I also try to change it up so that it might not even seem like leftovers! Tonight, I shredded some of the leftover beef from the pot roast and mixed it with bottled barbecue sauce. After heating the BBQ beef, it went in the middle of some King's Hawaiian Rolls which I had sliced and lightly toasted under the broiler. With some of the leftover vegetables heated in the microwave, dinner was ready.

Evening Dessert:

German Chocolate Brownies



Day 7 Menu

Breakfast:

Cereal

Dinner

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Our one and only grilled meal on this trip was another easy one for me, but a little more difficult for Scott since he prepared the fire (and did the cooking too). All I did was cut up some chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and onions and placed them on skewers. The rest was all his, and he did a great job on our yummy meal.


Grilling Chicken Kabobs

Grilling Chicken Kabobs

Evening Dessert:

S'mores

The best part of grilling our dinner - making S'mores for dessert. We each toasted a marshmallow and placed it along with some squares of chocolate between two graham cracker halves. Yum! Let's do another!


Day 8 Menu

Breakfast:

Cereal

Dinner:

Grilled Brautwurst on King's Hawaiian Rolls with Tortellini Pasta Salad

Since we still had some room when our kabobs were on the grill last night, I had Scott grill a few brats as well. Once grilled, they went into a ziplock bag for another really easy dinner. I sliced the brats in half lengthwise, and then sliced each half into thirds. While heating the brats in the microwave, I placed some sliced King's Hawaiian Rolls under the broiler. The sliced brats went onto the rolls and we each added our preferred amount of mustard and relish and, paired with the tortellini salad, dinner was served.

Evening Dessert:

Slow Cooker Berry Crisp with Ice Cream



Day 9 Menu

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Rolls

Although not the healthiest breakfast, following the directions on the refrigerated tube of cinnamon rolls was easy and the taste was just right - especially since I added some pecans to the rolls before baking them!

Dinner:

Grilled Spare Ribs with Tortellini Pasta Salad and Fruit Salad

As our trip was nearing its end, it was time for me to start making sure that we were using up our leftovers. Other than making a side fruit salad, all that preparing dinner for the night involved was reheating the ribs and removing the pasta salad from the refrigerator.


Grilled Ribs

Grilled Ribs

Evening Dessert:

Slow Cooker Berry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream


Day 10 Menu

Breakfast:

Quick and Easy French Toast

We had some bread that was starting to get a little stale, so it was perfect for making French toast. While I mixed the ingredients, Scott heated up our griddle. After dipping the bread into the egg mixture, each slice immediately went on the griddle for cooking. Served with some warm syrup, breakfast was quickly ready to eat.

If you don't already own one, here's a link to a relatively inexpensive griddle just like the one that we use. Purchased several years ago, we have been very pleased with it:

Dinner:

Crunchy Thai Peanut Chicken with Broccoli and Rice

Can you say leftovers?

Evening Dessert:

Coconut Key Lime Pudding



Day 11 Menu

Breakfast:

Yogurt Parfait

Dinner:

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

More leftovers!

Evening Dessert:

Slow Cooker Berry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream


Day 12 Menu

Breakfast:

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sliders

As we still had a number of King's Hawaiian Rolls, I made sliders with ingredients similar to our Day 2 breakfast. This time, I chopped the pre-cooked bacon and heated it on the stove. Once the bacon was almost ready, I added the eggs which I had mixed with some spices and a bit of water. After cooking, I divided the eggs onto the bottom halves of the toasted rolls and topped each with cheese. Once the top half of each roll was in place, breakfast was ready.

Dinner:

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables

Our last dinner, and nearing the end of our leftovers!


Day 13 Menu

Breakfast:

Cereal

As we were wrapping up our journey, it just made sense to have a quick meal so that we could head home and get our RV unpacked ... until next time!



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