After a fun day of play at the RV park or campground, everyone in your family is ready for a hot meal. Simplify dinner prep and cleanup with one-pot meals that include simple ingredients and can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your crowd. Try one or more of the following five one-pot options as you prepare a satisfying meal for your entire family this fall.
Serve this protein-packed vegetarian hash for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s easy to prepare and goes great with whole-grain toast and fruit.
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 summer squash or zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch half moons
- 1 small onion, sliced into 1/4-inch half moons
- 3 mini sweet peppers or 1 bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 (15 ounces) can chickpeas, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Heat the oil in your campfire skillet or camp stove on medium-high heat until hot. Saute the sliced vegetables until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the drained chickpeas and spices. Cook until the veggies and chickpeas are browned in spots and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
Beef (or Turkey) Tacos
Ask your kids to help prepare this tasty recipe. It’s simple and fun to make and also easy to scale and customize based on your family’s appetites and taste preferences.
- 1 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 (15 ounces) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 8 corn or flour tortillas
- 2– 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 8 ounces Mexican shredded cheese
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 jar salsa
- 8-16 ounces sour cream
- 1 bunch cilantro
- Non-stick spray
Cover the skillet with non-stick spray and heat over a medium fire. Add meat, seasoning and beans, cook until the meat is no longer pink, and drain the liquid. Place tortillas on top of the meat until they’re soft, about 1 minute. Remove the tortillas, add a few scoops of the meat mixture to each and top with remaining ingredients.
Prepare this hearty soup over the campfire or in a slow cooker, and serve it with crusty bread and fruit. It’s the perfect addition to your fall RV adventure.
- 3 cups cooked chicken, diced
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 zucchini, cut into half-inch slices
- 4 carrots, cut into half-inch slices
- 2 stalks celery, cut into half-inch slices
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon each salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and garlic powder
- 1 bay leaf
Combine all ingredients. Simmer in a Dutch oven over low-medium heat until the veggies are tender, about an hour, or cook in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours. Remove bay leaf and serve. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cheesy Asparagus Orzo
Scale this warm and filling dish to serve two or a dozen. Add spinach for an extra nutritional punch.
- 1/2 pound asparagus, discard ends and chop remainder into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup orzo
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, dried basil, garlic powder, salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese (parmesan, asiago or any blend)
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
Combine asparagus, water, orzo, oil, and spices in a pot. Bring to a low boil and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the orzo is tender. Reduce heat and add cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Stir until the cheese has melted. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
No Bake Apple Cobbler
Finish your meal with a quick and easy dessert. If you want, modify this vegan recipe by substituting pears for the apples.
- 2-3 apples, sliced 1/4 inch thin
- 1 tablespoon oil or butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons bourbon or vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granola
Preheat a cast iron skillet over a campfire or camp stove. Add apple slices and cook until they soften and release some liquid into the pan. Add spices, bourbon or vanilla and brown sugar. Mix until the liquid starts to thicken, remove from the heat and sprinkle with granola.
One-pot meals simplify RV cooking as you enjoy the great outdoors this fall. Each of these five recipes also tastes delicious and is easy to customize or prepare in advance and reheat. For some additional cooking inspiration, be sure to check out our five foil pack recipes!