Trip Date 07/02/2018
Posted On 07/21/2018 09:57:07
Camping | Menu | Food | Easy Camping Recipes | Breakfast | Dinner | Crockpot | Grill
As our road trip was planned at the last minute, our meals were planned just a day or two before leaving home on our short trip in "RV There Yet?". Check out this post which includes both our 6 day menu as well as recipe links for some great meal items, plus a little commentary. All of the meals that we ate would be just as tasty and easy to make (actually, probably even easier) at home.
Before leaving home, I completed a little prep-work including:
- baked cookies
- pre-made garlic hummus
- browned meat for taco casserole
Additionally, the chicken parmesan, garlic bread and macaroni & cheese were leftovers from a home cooked meal.
Snacks for the TripSince we usually skip lunch, I always have some snacks on hand just in case we need a little something to tide us over before dinner. Although typical junk food is easy, I try to also bring along some healthy snacks. Since we were only going to be away for 6 nights, other than the Garlic Hummus without Tahini that I pre-made, I was less successful on the health front for this trip:
- Garlic Hummus
- Sliced Cheese and Crackers
- Tortilla / Potato Chips
Day 1 Menu
Dinner:Chicken Parmesan over Pasta with Salad, Green Beans and Garlic Bread
I always plan a really easy dinner for our first night away since my day one kitchen set-up is sometimes a little time consuming. Although the Panko Crusted Chicken Parmesan and Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Loaves were leftovers from a dinner from a couple of days prior, they both would have been easy to prepare in the RV. (In fact, I've made the bread in the RV on a prior trip.) In addition to heating the chicken, green beans and bread in the microwave, all that was required was boiling some pasta, throwing together a salad and opening the can of beans.
Evening Dessert:Shredded Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
After recently polishing off a bag of Frosted Shredded Wheat cereal (actually, my cereal was Frosted Mini Spooners - the less expensive Malt-O-Meal version), I noticed that there were still a lot of crumbs left. A quick internet search found me this Shredded Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. The recipe was easy and the cookies were delicious - my only suggestion would be to under bake the cookies as they seem to continue cooking more than most other cookies do after being removed from the oven.
Day 2 Menu
Dinner:Shrimp Boil Foil Packets
Scott suggested a foil pack meal for the one meal that we planned to cook on the grill (mainly so we would have an excuse to make s'mores!). I always have to be different, so I searched Pinterest for some unique foil pack dinners and came across Shrimp Boil Foil Packets. I cut the recipe in half since we were just cooking for the two of us and made a minor modification by omitting the sausage and doubling the corn. Our dinner was awesome - this easy recipe is a definite keeper ... and made plenty of leftovers for a second meal.
Day 3 Menu
I often make Breakfast Tacos while traveling in our RV, however for the first time Scott prepared them outside on our non-stick griddle rather than me cooking them inside on our stove. They were so easy to prepare - I just cut one large red potato into small chunks and while he began cooking the potato, I mixed some torn bacon and spices into a few scrambled eggs. We added the egg mixture to the potatoes and warmed some tortillas ... and with some cheese and salsa sprinkled on each taco, breakfast was ready!
If you don't already own one, here's a link to a relatively inexpensive griddle just like the one that we purchased several years ago and have been very pleased with:
Dinner:Crock-Pot Hawaiian Chicken over Rice with Salad and Green Beans
I love to make meals in our crock-pot while traveling as they are usually quite easy (at least the recipes that I tend to select) and we nearly always have leftovers - so that's one less meal to cook. Plus, with crock-pot liners, clean up is oh so easy. This Crock-Pot Hawaiian Chicken recipe was another Pinterest find, and with only three ingredients it couldn't have been easier to make. (Just make sure that you set your crock-pot on low if you plan to leave it cooking for 6+ hours as the chicken will taste a bit overdone if you mistakenly set it on high - I know this from personal experience!) As we got closer to dinner time, I quickly made some rice and a salad, and reheated the leftover green beans from earlier in our trip.
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'm cooking for a larger group, I always use our 8 quart pot. Also, I highly suggest that you stock up on the liners - they make clean-up so much easier!
Evening Dessert:White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Pudding
Since this was a short trip, and I always like to have a variety of desserts on our menu, I whipped up some pudding just before cleaning our few kitchen dishes. For this trip, Scott chose Godiva White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Pudding - but, of course any brand and flavor is just as easy to prepare by adding milk and whisking.
Day 4 Menu
Breakfast:Yogurt with Fruit & Granola Parfaits
Another of our go to breakfasts is yogurt with fruit and granola. Just open the containers and let everyone make their own. On this trip, we had a large tub of plain yogurt, a box of granola and some frozen strawberries and blackberries that I moved from the freezer to the refrigerator one day prior.
Dinner:Dripping Roast Beef Sandwiches with Melted Provolone served with Macaroni & Cheese and Fruit Salad
While heating the soup for the Dripping Roast Beef Sandwiches with Melted Provolone, I diced a peach and a green apple and sliced a banana. I then completed the preparation for two sandwiches (I froze the remaining meat and soup for a future meal). With the sandwiches baking in the oven and the macaroni & cheese heating in the microwave, I threw all of the cut fruit into a bowl and added some whole red grapes. To finish up the fruit salad, I mixed in some plain yogurt and shredded coconut to taste. Before chowing down, all that was left was for each of us to add our preferred amounts of pepper rings and soup to our sandwiches.
Dessert:Shredded Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Day 5 Menu
Dinner:Eat out with friends at Dale's Essenhaus in Walburg, Texas
Several weeks before our RV trip, we had planned a lunch date with my long time friend Robin. One of the primary reasons that we chose Taylor Park as one of the campgrounds at which we stayed was due to its close proximity to Walburg. During our six nights, this was the only meal that we didn't cook while traveling in our RV - we both got a break from cooking and had fun visiting with friends. And, best of all, we had plenty to eat and didn't want another full meal later in the day.
Dessert:White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Pudding
Day 6 Menu
Breakfast:Praline Pecan French Toast
Our breakfast required a little prep work before going to bed on the evening before, but the good news was that it was quick and easy. After placing all of the ingredients for a half-batch of Praline Pecan French Toast into an 8" x 8" Pyrex baking dish, I put the dish in the refrigerator and let it sit overnight. After preheating the oven, our breakfast was ready to bake and serve. Admittedly, I have yet to really conquer the art of baking anything in our RV oven. No matter what I try, it either seems to be over or under cooked. Although parts of this dish were burnt, a little over half was perfectly baked and tasted great. Fortunately I had made enough to serve 4 - 5 people, so we had plenty for the two of us!
Dinner:Crock-Pot Taco Casserole
Another Pinterest find was the Crock-Pot Taco Casserole dinner that we had on our final night on the road. With the use of a crock-pot liner, I knew clean-up would be easy and washing dishes would be minimal. I made three ingredient substitutions to the recipe - chili beans, Mexican shredded cheese and original Fritos. As there was more food than the two of us could eat in one sitting, rather than topping the casserole with the crushed corn chips which would get soggy, we each placed our desired amount of chips into our bowl and topped them with the casserole.
Dessert:Shredded Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Day 7 Menu
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