Cooking Essentials in an RV

We often get the question, “How do you cook in an RV?” The answer to that is simple, a pressure cooker. You make just about anything in a pressure cooker. The most popular brand is the Instapot. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to cooking in a pressure cooker but the results are amazing and most importantly, delicious!

When we moved into the RV we made the decision to completely change our eating habits. Our entire life was about to change for the better, so why not transfer that to the way we eat as well. Now instead of eating out every other day we cook 90% of our meals at home in the RV.

Our diet is more focused around protein and staying away from processed foods as much possible. There is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to our diets, but we have seen positive results already!

For breakfast Gerrit has a cup of coffee with a splash of milk, instead of creamer. He uses an Areopress to make it and has loved it! I have a cup of sugar free hot chocolate, which I love as well. Then we have two eggs with either sausage, ham, or bacon and some fruit. If we’re feeling lazy or not in the mood for a large breakfast, then we have some yogert and a bowl of Special K cereal.

Lunch is the hardest meal for us to plan and it’s usually our most unhealthy meal of the day, unless there are leftovers from dinner the night before. Typically we’ll have a deli sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce and tomatoes. I spread avocado on mine, while Gerrit prefers mayo. We have also done a lot of salads for lunch as well. I like to mix up my own dressings, but you really can’t go wrong with Italian or a bit of ranch. I have also been experimenting with different kinds of wraps and we have really taken a liking to them! We do not have leftovers very often, which I actually prefer because then food is less likely to be wasted.

Dinner is my favorite meal of the day and also my favorite to prepare. Pintrest has been a huge help when it comes to finding new dishes that I can use the pressure cooker for. Some of our favorites are:

Spaghetti Squash

Smoky Sweet Potato Chili

Sloppy Joes 

Honey Garlic Grilled Pork Chops

Chicken Tacos

Orange Chicken

You actually do not NEED a pressure cooker for any of these dishes, but I just tweak the instructions a little to save myself a lot of time. Crock pot receipts are the easiest to adjust into pressure cooker dishes instead. Feel free to follow me on Pintrest for all of the recipes we like to make! You can also keep an eye on our Instagram stories for live tutorials of dishes I am making that day.

However, I think one of the best pieces of advice I could give you if you are wanting to start eating healthier is to simply adjust your ingredients. Spaghetti Squash is a great example of that. Instead of noodles use the squash, instead of using a can of Prego sauce make your own, and swap ground beef with ground turkey.

I thought that desserts were going to be our biggest struggle to eating healthy. Both Gerrit and I have a major sweet tooth. Some ways I have found to combat those cravings it to eat more fruit and these muffins.


They are SO good. The chocolate chips are the worst thing in there for you but you can use dark chocolate or add a smaller amount to make them healthier.

Before we moved into the RV cooking was not fun for me at all. It was much easier to pick something up on the way home from work than think about cooking. But now, I love cooking in the RV. It’s fun to look for new receipts that are not only super tasty but give us more energy and make us feel great!

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