Trip Date 10/07/2018
Posted On 11/06/2018 16:58:33
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Here's the menu for the first nine days that we were on the road during our fall westbound RV trip. I'm splitting our menu into several "bite-sized chunks", so as you follow along on our trip you'll see how I adapted our leftovers along the way in my attempt to "change it up a bit". Cooking our meals was fairly easy with just a little prep work completed before we left home including:
- prepared taco meat for oven tacos and
- combined dry rub ingredients for ribs. (The Dry Rub that we love is so easy to make - 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!)
Snacks / Desserts
On one of our first few days away, I made one of our all time favorite desserts (and day time snacks) while traveling.
Halloween just over a month away, I modified the Crockpot Candy recipe by substituting Halloween themed m&m's and sprinkles.
Day 1 Menu
Dinner:Meatball Strombolis with Baked Beans
Following a day of driving, dinner just required the heating power of our microwave oven. Although I didn't make the strombolis in our RV, I definitely plan to in the future. I adapted a recipe that I found nearly ten years ago, and the Meatball Strombolis would be an easy to bake RV meal for four (or two meals for two). After preheating the oven to 375 and coating a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray, I separate a can of refrigerated crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles. Once the perforations are pressed together, I place a thin slice of mozzarella (cut in half) in the middle of each rectangle. Next, I sprinkle each with dried Italian seasoning before placing 4-5 meatballs (depending on size) cut in half down the center of each rectangle (on top of the cheese). I then top each with spaghetti sauce (any flavor) and shredded mozzarella cheese to taste (about 2 tablespoons each). Now for the hardest part of the recipe (and I do it different every time). With a sharp knife, I make cuts in the dough about 1 inch apart on each side of the filling. I attempt to cross the strips over the meatballs, sauce and cheese so the dough looks braided. After brushing each stromboli with some beaten egg and then sprinkling them with Parmesan cheese and dried basil leaves, I bake them at 375 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Day 2 Menu
One of our regular breakfasts is make your own Yogurt Parfaits - yogurt with fruit and granola. This time we started with single serving flavored yogurt and added granola, strawberries and blackberries. (I used to try to remember to defrost the fruit the evening before, but now I just defrost in the microwave.)
Dinner:Crockpot Ribs with Corn on the Cob
As we planned to be away for quite some time, I made a double batch of Crockpot Ribs so that we'd have enough
for several meals. The ribs are so easy, and extra tasty too! Once your crockpot is lined, start by cutting each rack of
ribs into sections that will fit in your crockpot. Rub your favorite dry rub on both sides of one section, place that section
in the crockpot and cover the top side with your favorite barbecue sauce. Once all ribs are in the crockpot, turn it on low
and let the ribs cook for about 8 hours. To caramelize, place your "falling off the bones ribs" either under your broiler or
on the grill for a few minutes. As I was finishing up the ribs, Scott put our leftover foil wrapped corn on the cob on our
George Foreman Grill to warm. (To make our favorite corn on the cob, I butter the corn and sprinkle black and cayenne
pepper on top to taste. Wrap it up in foil and grill.)
Day 3 Menu
The easiest breakfast for me as we are each on our own - pick our favorite Cereal, maybe add some banana slices and top with milk. Clean-up is also easy as the paper bowls go right in the trash can.
Dinner: Oven Tacos
This was such an easy dinner on our last road trip, that I brought along two ziploc bags each full of enough prepared meat mix for 6 Oven Tacos. The recipe is super easy and yields enough for 24 tacos. I typically use ground turkey in place of beef and we can't tell any difference. The only other modification that I make is substituting store bought taco seasoning for the homemade seasoning.
I made two "pans" out of foil, each wrapped snugly around three tacos for baking - no dishes! Scott prefers soft tacos
and I like the stand-up crisp tacos, so I made three of each. While the taco shells filled with meat and shredded cheese
were baking, I chopped a green onion, tomato and avocado. We each dressed our own tacos with the diced toppings plus
some sliced black olives and sour cream.
Day 4 Menu
Dinner:Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Pasta with Cucumber Salad
This was the first time that I tried the Crack Chicken Pasta recipe, but it certainly won't be the last! Other than using rotini, I followed the recipe ingredients and instructions exactly as written. I love not having to boil the pasta, especially when traveling in our RV as that is one less pan to clean.
I grew up eating my Mom's Cucumber Salad, and Scott likes it too. I like it even more as an adult due to its
ease in preparing. Just mix equal amounts of sugar, water and vinegar so that you have enough in which to soak your
cucumber slices. The flavor is best if the cucumber soaks for at least 6 hours, but longer is fine too!
Day 5 Menu
Breakfast:Breakfast Paninis (Eggs, Bacon & Cheese)
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 the eggs with some precooked bacon (which I
had microwaved until crispy), a slice of cheese and a second slice of bread. I placed both sandwiches on our panini press
and 6 minutes later our Breakfast Paninis were ready to eat.
Dinner:Crockpot Ribs with Baked Beans and Corn on the Cob
We needed a quick meal, and this was all leftovers - just heat in the microwave and serve.
Day 6 Menu
Dinner:Ultimate Chicken Salad
With my Chick-fil-a Calendar Card, my monthly reward was an 8 pack of Chick-fil-a nuggets which I decided to
use in an Ultimate Chicken Salad. I started with torn iceberg lettuce and added chopped tomatoes, cucumbers,
green grapes, hard boiled eggs (I boiled a few extras for another meal), mushrooms and chicken nuggets. After
sprinkling some crumbled feta and sunflower seeds on top, we each added our favorite salad dressing and dinner was
Day 7 Menu
Dinner:Simple Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Tonight's Chicken and Dumplings dinner was super easy as it was leftovers that I had frozen following our last RV road trip. I originally followed the base recipe as written (with the canned soup) except for the addition of a small bag of baby carrots and the elimination of salt as I try to avoid salt when cooking. (I did add about an extra 1/4 tsp. of pepper.)
After defrosting the base recipe (without dumplings), I scooped the mix into a soup pan to reheat. (Along with some
other groceries, Scott's mom had given us a small can of peas during our visit. Since neither of us are huge pea fans, I
drained them and added them to the mix.) Once the base had warmed, I added some refrigerator biscuits rather than
homemade dumplings. I sliced each biscuit into four, rolled and then dropped each in the "soup". Once the biscuits were
cooked and ready to eat, the result was "yum"!
Day 8 Menu
Scott has become a master at preparing Breakfast Tacos on our non-stick griddle, so I requested a repeat
performance. While he heated the griddle, I diced two small red potatoes. After he began cooking them on the griddle, I
added some bacon crumbles. With the potatoes and bacon cooking, I scrambled three eggs and added some green onion
and black pepper. When the potatoes were mostly cooked, we poured the egg mixture on the griddle, mixed everything
together and warmed some flour tortillas. We each topped our tacos with shredded cheese and salsa for a yummy start
to our day.
Dinner:Eat out at Palio's Pizza Cafe in Amarillo, Texas
I had made contact with a former colleague who lives in Amarillo, and we made plans to meet for dinner. We hadn't seen
each other in over ten years, so she and her husband chose a restaurant where we could meet to catch up ... and enjoy
some outstanding pizza.
Day 9 Menu
Dinner:Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Another easy dinner, plus we have some leftover soup for another meal. With the Tomato Basil Soup cooking on
low in the final step of the recipe, I buttered one side of each of four slices of bread. I placed two slices of bread in a
skillet (buttered side down), added two slices of cheese (pick any two kinds of cheese that you like) on each piece of
bread and topped each sandwich with a second slice of bread (buttered side up). After flipping the Grilled Cheese
Sandwiches a couple of times, both the soup and sandwiches were ready to eat.
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