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Deciding what to cook for dinner while RVing has always been tough for me. Every time I went searching on Pinterest for a recipe they either made enough to feed an army, needed special equipment or the main ingredient was meat.
Obviously this was frustrating when it was just the two of us, we are vegetarians and I don’t own a crockpot, instant pot or sous vide (whatever that is).
If you are looking for simple RV dinner ideas, that don’t use a ton of dishes, are perfect for two, and are healthy, you’ll love my 7 favorite go-to meals. Chocked full of vegetables these dinner ideas are perfect if you are a vegetarian, vegan or just looking for some meatless Monday inspiration.
All of these recipes I make frequently and are much appreciated by my husband. Fortunately, some give us leftovers so we can enjoy the deliciousness for two meals and I don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner tomorrow!
Mexican Bean Salad
By far, if I ask my husband what he wants for dinner and it’s summertime (or even if it’s not) he asks for this Mexican Bean Salad from All Recipes. If you aren’t into beans don’t make this salad. It’s full of lots of healthy plant-based protein and vegetables.
It’s actually a vegan recipe since there are no animal products in it!
Now I tend to use about half the red onion the recipe calls for since I like it for flavor but not so much I end up with onion breath… yuck. It’s best if you make it a little bit ahead of time too so the flavors all meld together. Just a couple of hours is enough but the night before works great too.
The standard recipe will do a dinner and a lunch for my husband and me if we are having this as our main meal. It’s easy to scale up too for a crowd or leave as is for a side.
One-Pot Vegetarian Enchiladas
This is a recipe I only recently discovered but this One-Pot Vegetarian Enchiladas recipe, from Cook with Manali, was quickly added to my go-to meal list. This is a true one-pot recipe and you don’t need to keep taking things in and out of the pan. A deep pan is best to use for this but a dutch oven works well too.
Feel free to add in extra veggies, we tend to with most meals but with sweet potato, corn, red pepper, and beans it really doesn’t need it. You can make your own enchilada sauce (which makes it a not-one pot meal) or you can be lazy like me and just buy it at the store.
If you’re vegan you should just be able to leave the cheese off the top and sprinkle some nooch on instead. But check your enchilada sauce ingredients, I don’t actually know the ingredients are for enchilada sauce since I’ve never made it myself.
BBQ “Pulled” Sweet Potato Sandwiches
Prior to becoming a vegetarian, I loved me a good pulled pork sandwich, since then I struggled to find something similar that didn’t involve me special ordering in jackfruit. This BBQ “Pulled” Sweet Potato recipe, from Yup It’s Vegan, just uses grated sweet potato, hence quotation marks around pulled.
The most time-consuming part of this recipe is grating the sweet potato. After that, it’s a breeze. We actually made a huge batch of this at a family campout and cooked it in a big tin foil pan on the bbq. And guess what it’s vegan too!
15 Minute Sesame Ginger Noodles
I make this Sesame Ginger Noodles recipe, from Choosing Chia, all the time! Whether we are in the RV or not. I call it my kitchen sink stir fry because I basically take all the leftover veggies in the fridge and throw them in. It calls for 3 cups of baby bok choy but I just make it 3 cups of vegetables. They can even be frozen ones!
I also increase the soy sauce to 4 tbsp since we like things saucy around here. You can adjust the amount of chillies to your personal taste and what type you have. We usually have garlic chilli paste and you don’t need much, 2 tsp of that stuff will knock your socks off.
You can also add some sort of protein if you like or leave it as is. I like adding dry fried tofu. Again this recipe is vegan.
Vegan Hawaiian Burgers
Of all the recipes this one is the most complex and will create a few dishes but the end result is SO worth it. These Vegan Hawaiian Burgers, from Connoisseurus Veg, are a sweet potato and red kidney bean burger and one of my favorite veggie burger options.
If your RV or travel trailer has an oven then you can just bake your sweet potatoes but if you don’t, you still have a few options. Option 1 wrap in tin foil and bake in the fire/bbq. Option 2 bake in your toaster oven (if you have one). Option 3 grate your sweet potato and fry it to cook.
The recipe also technically uses a food processor but I’ve never actually owned a food processor. I just finely dice my onions and then use a potato masher to combine everything. Actually I make my husband do the mashing.
These burgers can be grilled but make sure the oil your grill beforehand so they don’t stick.
Cold Sesame Noodle Salad
This Cold Sesame Noodle Salad, from Bon Appetit, is a great make-ahead salad and while it doesn’t take a lot of dishes or ingredients I do find chopping all the veggies a little time-consuming. But totally worth it! And also vegan!
Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls
Last but not least is the Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl, from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, combining two of our favorites into a one-pot meal that’s ready in about 30 minutes!
Just make sure you use vegetable broth to keep it vegetarian and my vegan friends you’ll have to swap the cheese for nooch or other vegan cheese.
Don’t forget to top it off with avocado or guac, because they bring everything up a couple of notches!
You may have noticed we have a love of sweet potatoes and Mexican-ish food. But what’s not to love when you have such a great mix of dinner ideas that are easy to make!