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How to Make a 5 Star Meal out of Your RV

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It’s time to do away with the overdone grilled burgers and scrambling to find somewhere where you can get a last-minute reservation. By investing in the right equipment, picking out the right recipes, and committing to the idea, you can make 5 star quality meals straight out of your RV every time you head out on the road. 

Now more than ever, we think RV owners should be making meals from scratch, enjoying fresh food and spectacular views instead of being tucked away indoors. This article will look at some of our essential tips about equipment and planning ahead, as well as a selection of our favourite recipe ideas.  

How To Plan 

You probably already know you need to plan ahead (and anyone who’s spent time frantically scrambling around the grocery store late at night searching for anything edible will definitely understand this), but how exactly do you go about planning your meals for an RV trip?

Here’s what you need to consider: 

  • Focus on ingredients that you can store
    Grains, canned goods, jarred sauces. Chopped tomatoes will be your saviour when it comes to these, they can work as the base for absolutely anything. 
     

  • Make sure your plan is detailed
    Make a note of when and where you’ll be eating out, when you’ll be cooking in the RV, how many days you’ll be parked up and how many days you’ll be out on the road. And to make sure you don’t lose track, use a written schedule, or an app or your phone.

  • Consider what are your most important herbs and spices
    After all, you can’t bring your whole spice rack, so pick out your most loved and versatile spices.

  • Think about What kind of fresh ingredients will you be able to buy when you’re on the road
    For this, try looking up the local markets that are happening at your destination. Not only will you be able to find great fresh produce, but it’s also an excellent way to soak up the local atmosphere (and Victoria has lots of great Farmers Markets)

  • Stick to simple dishes
    You can still create elegant, flavourful and masterful food without needing an array of complex techniques and hard to find ingredients, there’s a world of stir frys, stews, and other one pan recipes for you to explore on the road.
     

Get The Right Equipment 

No matter how good the cook, they still need to make sure they have the right equipment, and that applies to your RV cooking adventures as well!

We’re not talking anything too extravagant, and there certainly isn’t going to be room for any of your bulkier items, but there are a few simple principles to keep in mind when figuring out what to take and what to leave behind.  

  • Weight
    Total payloads are an important consideration for any RV owner, so be careful if you’re planning on bringing heavy cooking equipment, limiting the number of heavy items and trying to find lighter options wherever possible.

  • Space
    Your RV has limited storage, so keep this in mind when deciding which kitchen items to bring. Focus on collapsible items and those that stack easily if you want to fit more things into a smaller space.

  • Ease Of Use
    RV kitchen setups come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so figuring out what you have in terms of hobs, ovens, microwaves, electrical outlets, and counter space and planning for recipes and items you can use easily is vital.

  • Versatility
    The best way to save space? Getting as many different uses out of a single item as possible, so focus on versatile options that can perform multiple functions and be used for a variety of recipes.

  • Durability
    You’re going to be travelling out on the open road, so make sure that you try and take items that won’t break easily, avoiding glass and ceramics wherever possible.

And Now The Recipes

For all the master chefs out there, you can probably skim through this and take inspiration as you please, but the rest of us mere mortals probably need a little more guidance when it comes to cooking up a storm in our RVs.

That’s why we’ve assembled the best concepts as well as some fun recipes from around the internet.

You Can Win Friends With Salad

Forget those bad memories of tasteless lettuce and overpowering dressings. A well balanced salad, made with the freshest ingredients, can be just as flavourful and satisfying as any cooked meal.

They’re also easy to make in the comfort of your RV, all you really need is a knife and some ingredients you can pick up at a local market (or if you’re really feeling adventurous, foraged for). 

Why not try the tart sweetness of this strawberry Caprese salad or the vibrancy of this classic Greek salad.   

One-Pot Superstars 

A good one pot dish can be a liferaft for any novice RV cook. Simple to make, easy to use for leftovers, and absolutely packed with flavour, what’s not to love?!

The best thing about the one-pot dish is the variety, and we couldn’t possibly cover it all here, but two of our favourites are the Latin American classic Arroz Con Pollo, and at the other end of the flavour spectrum, this rustic French onion and mushroom soup.

Pan Fried Simplicity 

This is where your preparation really shines - a good wok or skillet, and a good sauce or two (soy sauce has never let anyone down!) and you’ll have opened up a wide array of tasty dishes that can be fried up in no time at all.

The best part about dishes like these is that the base ingredients can easily be adapted to the seasonal ingredients at hand, so you don’t have to go searching for just the right type of mushroom.

We love this squash and tomato stir fry with an abundance of Thai flavours, or this Indian take on the stir fry template. 


No matter whether you’re enjoying your own personal 5 star meal with views of the Victoria skyline, or dining out at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants, Salish can be your home away from home. We have the perfect location for anyone looking for a getaway, so book today.

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