Campfire Cooking at Breakfast Time: Morning Meal Ideas When Traveling in an RV or Camper

There are many options for cooking meals inside your RV/camper. The storage space in your RV will be the deciding factor on how many cooking appliances you take along with you on the trip, and will determine how adventurous a cook you can be.

Breakfast is a very important meal for your family and will help set them up for a day of fun activities. Aim to keep breakfast high in fiber and protein to keep your family satisfied longer. Here are a few tools and tips to making sure you get breakfast on the road, right.

Cooking appliances you may want to have for long trips:

  • The oven that comes with the RV. Unless it’s blistering hot outside and you don’t want to heat up your indoor space, do consider using the oven. It opens up a wider variety of meals options for prepare for your family.
  • Stove-top or propane cook stove
  • Refrigerator: make sure it’s working. You’ll need to keep your milk, yogurt, fruit and meats cold
  • Microwave: great for defrosting things quickly or for quick micromeals.
  • Griddle: an electric griddle can be used when preparing large breakfasts for many people. Many models have specific temperatures for cooking a variety of foods from pancakes to eggs to grilled sandwiches. They are easy to clean and store.
  • Waffle Maker: a small electric appliance for making Belgian-style waffles is useful. All you need to make is a bowl of batter.
  • Electric skillet: these come in a variety of styles and sizes. Many are in the 10-12 inch range with a cover to reduce splatters. Almost anything you can do in a traditional skillet can be done in an electric one. The temperature is controlled on the unit and is also easy to clean and store.
  • Toaster
  • Toaster Oven: if heating up the conventional oven doesn’t seem like a reasonable option, consider investing in a toaster oven for your RV. Having one would eliminate the need for a separate toaster, and most models can do anything a conventional oven can, even bake, just in a much smaller space.
  • Blender: helpful to make smoothies or fruit dips. Or bring with you a smaller hand blender, like the one Braun makes. They take up less room. Just make sure your bowls are deep enough when mixing or your curtains will be covered.
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Simple breakfast options

  • Cold cereal
  • Yogurt with fruit or granola
  • Hot oatmeal: instant, on the stove top or made in a crock pot the night before
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Muffins purchased and brought along or baked fresh before the trip
  • Pre-packaged cinnamon rolls in the toaster oven
  • Breakfast bars or toaster pastries
  • Hard boiled eggs with toast: hard boil eggs before the trip and store in air tight containers in the refrigerator
  • Scrambled eggs in the microwave: simply mix and season eggs as you would to scramble them in a skillet and cook them uncovered in the microwave on high 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir and check until they are cooked to your family’s taste.

Hearty breakfast options

  • Pancakes on the griddle or in a skillet. Always bring with you your favourite recipes on a card or photocopied in a file.
  • French toast also on the griddle or skillet
  • Waffles in a waffle iron
  • Quiche cooked in a toaster oven
  • Breakfast casseroles: search recipes to find ones with your families favorite ingredients. Most are egg based, some similar to french toast style of cooking with many optional ingredients. These casseroles are assembled the night before and stored covered in the refrigerator and baked in the morning. These would be recipes for either the RV oven or toaster oven.
  • Breakfast burritos or sandwiches: serve your favorite egg and meat combinations in either tortilla shells or in pre-packaged biscuits baked in a toaster oven
  • Breakfast hash: in an electric skillet or on a propane cookstove, saute off potatoes meat and vegetables, top it off with cheese and your favorite style of egg (poached, scrambled, fried, etc.)
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To keep your meals high in protein, integrate meat, eggs or nuts into your recipe. For a fiber-filled meal, opt for wholegrain breads. Standard grocery store shelves are now stocked with wholegrain bread, tortillas, bagels, english muffins, rolls, and hamburger and hot dog buns.

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