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Healthy RV Meals

5 minutes read Jan 07,2019
Healthy RV Meals

Easy RV Recipes for Life on the Road

Full-time RVing doesn't mean eating out all the time. In fact, you can save money and eat healthier food by preparing your own meals.

Whether you've got a New Year's resolution to meet or are simply looking to stay trim, these five healthy RV meals will help you reach your goals. Read on to find your favorite!

1. Hummus and Avocado Wraps

Simple, fresh, and full of veggies, these hummus and avocado wraps are a great meal while RVing. You can even make them in advance for a picnic lunch when heading out on day trips.

If you want to increase the protein content, add some shredded or diced cooked chicken.

Grocery List (per wrap)

  • 3 tablespoons hummus
  • ½ avocado
  • Leafy greens
  • ½ tomato, sliced and patted with a towel to remove excess juice
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon minced garlic, to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tortilla, wrap, or flatbread
How It's Done
  1. First, lay out tortilla and spread hummus over the surface. Sprinkle minced garlic (no extra juice), salt, and pepper over hummus.
  2. Next, place a small handful of leafy greens over hummus, then add the avocado followed with a few more leafy greens on top and place tomato slices on top and finish with a few more leafy greens.
  3. Finally, roll or fold your wrap and enjoy!

2. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Nourishing and warm, these whole wheat banana pancakes are perfect for Saturday morning breakfast. Whip up a batch and top with maple syrup, fruit, or your favorite toppings.

Borrowed from our friends at 100 Days of Real Food.

Grocery List

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¾ cups milk (can sub buttermilk or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • Maple syrup, for serving
How It's Done
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the honey, eggs, milk, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Whisk together thoroughly, but do not overmix.
  3. Gently fold the mashed bananas into the batter with a spatula.
  4. Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Swirl enough butter around the pan until it is well coated. Add pancake batter using a soup ladle.
  5. When the pancakes have begun to turn golden brown on the bottom, flip them over to cook the other side.
  6. Serve with warm maple syrup and a side of fruit (like an apple, fresh blueberries, or a sliced banana if you just can't get enough). And don't forget to freeze the leftovers for another day!

3. Black Bean Soup

Black beans are nature's little nuggets of hunger-fighting protein and heart-healthy fiber. One of the best ways to enjoy them is in a warm, spicy black bean soup. Serve with tortilla chips and top with cheese, sliced avocado, and/or sour cream for one of the best healthy RV meals.

Borrowed from our friends at Vegan Yumminess.

Grocery List

  • 4 cans (15 ounces each) black beans (or 6 cups cooked black beans)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste--depending on salt content of canned beans)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 medium lime
  • (Optional) 1 pinch cayenne pepper
How It's Done
  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse beans with 1 cup water until a chunky puree forms. If you don't have a blender, you can use a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon to smash the beans.
  2. Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a pot on medium-high heat, then saute onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes, or until onions are translucent and fragrant.
  3. Pour bean mixture into your pot, followed by the chili powder, salt, cilantro, lime juice, and cayenne.
  4. Allow soup to simmer just until it is hot and bubbly. If you aren't serving your soup right away, you can add a splash of hot water if it starts to get too dry.
  5. Salt to taste and serve as desired.

4. Yogurt Parfaits

Playing the part of dessert or breakfast, yogurt parfaits are a great sweet treat. For extra protein and thickness, we recommend using Greek vanilla yogurt.

Borrowed from our friends at Food Network.

Grocery List

  • 3 cups vanilla nonfat yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen strawberries in juice
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries, raspberries or blueberries
  • 1 cup good quality granola
How It's Done
  1. Combine defrosted strawberries and juice with fresh berries.
  2. Layer 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt into the bottom each of 4 tall glasses.
  3. Finally, alternate layers of fruit and granola with yogurt until glasses are filled to the top.
  4. Serve parfaits immediately to keep granola crunchy.

5. Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry is one of the easiest healthy RV meals. Simply saute and steam your ingredients, serve with rice, and you have a hot, hearty meal! This recipe is so simple that you can easily substitute beef, pork, or tofu for chicken. You can also add any of your favorite veggies for extra nutrients.

Borrowed from our friends at Budget Bytes.

Grocery List

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce (store-bought sauce can be found in the Asian food aisle or make your own)
  • 8 ounce can pineapple tidbits in juice
  • 1 pound broccoli crown (or use frozen broccoli)
  • Cooked white, jasmine, or brown rice, for serving
  • (Optional) Sliced green onions, for serving
How It's Done
  1. Begin cooking rice according to directions on package.
  2. Prepare the steamed broccoli by cutting the broccoli crown into florets. Add one inch of water to a large pot. Place a steaming basket in the pot, then add the broccoli crowns in the basket and cover. Cook over medium high heat until the water to come up to a boil, then steam the broccoli until it is bright green and tender (about 5 minutes). Remove the broccoli from the heat and set aside until ready to serve.
  3. Dice the chicken into 1-inch pieces. Season with a pinch of salt. Heat one tablespoon of cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and stir until the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned on the outside.
  4. Drain the can of pineapple, then add the pineapple to the skillet along with the sweet chili sauce. Stir and heat the sauce and pineapple through (about 2 minutes).
  5. To serve, place about 1 cup rice in each bowl, add 1/4 of the sweet chili chicken mixture, and 1/3 of the broccoli.

Now that you're equipped with these healthy RV meals, it's time to get out and crush those New Year's Resolutions. Bon appetit! If you love these recipes as much as we do, share them on social media with your friends!

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