All Around The Campfire

In order to free up space, I’ve promised myself that I won’t fill every available space in the motorhome with food. Less food = more room for beer and cute shoes!

I fully admit to being a food hoarder. I have four kids, and just because they are grown up and/or old enough to leave me in peace, they don’t camp with me. My brain tells me that I’m still feeding them, so I pack the motorhome with so much food. So. Much. That changes now. I’m allowing myself only the cabinet over the stove, the fridge, and the freezer for food storage. The plan is to have 3 or 4 days worth of non-perishables like pasta, canned veggies, pancake mix, a few snacks, etc, and then I will meal plan each trip, and take what is needed.


The tiny, tiny food cabinet (all the plastic food storage containers have been moved)

I’ve made a tentative menu for our next trip. On Friday nights it’s usually just myself and my daughter, so I’ve decided that leftovers from home will be a great easy meal. By the time I come home from work, pick up the RV, drive to the campsite, and set up, it will be 6:30, and the last thing I’m going to want to do is cook.

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Tentative menu for the next trip


One thing that really helps me is doing some prep at home. I’ve started packing my freezer with cooked taco meat, Italian sausage, and uncooked hamburger patties. If I’m cooking these things at home, I may as well cook extra for camping. My FoodSaver is my current BFF. Also, it’s great entertainment for my cats. They can’t figure out why it makes noise.

I’ve also made a list of things that we eat that are easy for camping. I tried to pick things with limited ingredients or ingredients that can be used in multiple meals. If I have shredded cheese for tacos, that can also be used on chili, in the dumplings for stew, sprinkled on a salad. (Kidding on that one. Salad is gross, and people shouldn’t eat weeds.) Unless it’s a special occasion trip, I’ll just pick from the list.

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Meal ideas with general ingredient list. Items in green will be precooked and frozen at home, and items in red will be diced and marinated at home

Breakfast is easy. Eggs, pancakes, bacon, yogurt, oatmeal…I always have those things on hand, so choices are simple. Lunch is leftovers, sandwiches, or cheese/meat and crackers.

This is just a general guide to keep me on track. Maybe some weekends we will want biscuits and gravy. Maybe we will want stuff for the pie irons. Maybe we will spend an entire weekend having Bloody Mary breakfasts. Actually, I think a combination of all of those might make the perfect weekend, right?

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