Living in an RV doesn’t mean you have to live off fast food or canned soup. Here are several great recipes you can make in almost any RV kitchen. All of them are cheap and require relatively little prep work.

01. Egg and Potato Bowl

This recipe is easy to make and gluten-free. It requires a dozen tater tots, two to three eggs, and diced onion. You can add cheese, sour cream, and salsa to taste. These amounts create enough for one person.

First, cook the tater tots. You can do this in the oven, an air fryer or shallow fry in a little oil in a wok. While that’s being cooked, scramble the eggs, adding the onions and cheese if you have it.

Combine the scrambled eggs with the tater tots in a bowl while it is still hot. Then add the remaining cheese. Top with sour cream and salsa if desired.

02. Old Fashioned Graham Cracker Pudding

This dessert is a classic, but it is easy for someone to make while living in an RV. It requires vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, milk or almond milk (if you’re lactose intolerant) and graham crackers. If you use canned condensed milk, you’ll need to water it down.

However, you aren’t going to put the pudding you’ve mixed in the fridge just yet.

First, prepare the pudding. Layer the whole graham crackers in a baking dish. Add a layer of vanilla pudding on top of the graham crackers.

Next, put on a new layer of graham crackers. Cover with a layer of chocolate pudding. You can add another layer of pudding if you have it followed by more graham crackers or top with a layer of crushed graham crackers. Then refrigerate it until it is set.

This dessert will serve six to eight people.

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03. Prison Pasta

If you’re in prison, you may receive a dollar a day for your work. You can’t buy much in the prison commissary, but you can buy packets of ramen noodles. This is why ramen noodle is called prison pasta. You can make prison pasta by cooking a package of ramen noodles with two cups of tomato juice. You can cook it for two minutes in the microwave or on a stovetop.

Or prepare it in the water you’re boiling on the grill but add tomato sauce (or those ketchup packets you’ve saved). This gives it a similar flavor to spaghetti. You can top with cheese or the seasoning of your choice. This makes enough for one person.

It is also a good recipe to add any leftover meat or vegetables too, though adding that to the noodles while it cooks will add to the cooking time.

04. Chicken Potato Hash

Chicken potato hash is a convenient way to have a chicken and potato dinner made inside the RV. The recipe requires four chicken breast thighs cut up into one-inch pieces, two eggs, and a quarter chopped onion or similar amount of dried onion flakes.

You’ll need either half a bag of frozen hash browns or ten diced baby potatoes microwaved for three minutes to soften them. You can add almost any leftover vegetables you have, too, as long as it isn’t salad greens.

Brown the chicken and add the onion. Add the potatoes to the mix until they’re crispy. Add any other vegetables. Mix and move to plates to cool. Fry the eggs over easy or sunny-side up. Cover the chicken with the fried egg. Now serve the whole meal.

This recipe is a healthy meal for two.

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05. Fry Sauce

Fry sauce is a way to liven up your French fries. It is made by mixing a quarter cup of ketchup, a quarter cup of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and onion and garlic added to taste. You can add hot sauce, too. Mix, chill, then use as a fried food dip or spread on burgers.

Note that because it has mayo in it, it cannot be left at room temperature very long.

06. Buffalo Chicken Dip

This dip can be used to make you want to use up your fresh vegetables or be used as a sandwich spread. This recipe requires eight ounces of soft cream cheese, cooked chicken (can be leftovers or canned chicken or even turkey), half a cup of buffalo wing sauce, add blue cheese salad dressing.

Mix all the ingredients. You can serve it cold or heat it in the microwave for a minute. You can use this as a chip dip or veggie dip.

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07. Mediterranean Chicken Pasta

Mediterranean chicken pasta is another fast, easy recipe for using up roast chicken. You’ll need a handful of pasta per person, cooked chicken (equal to one chicken breast per person) or chicken stock, cooking oil, chopped peppers, chopped artichoke hearts, and tomatoes. Add feta cheese if desired.

Cook the pasta al dente. Set that aside while you make the rest of the dish. Sautee the vegetables, add artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and chicken. Stir and cook. Add spices to taste. Add chicken stock, then let it boil until the sauce has the desired thickness.

Drain the pasta. Add the chicken and vegetable mix to the pasta. Add cheese as desired. The leftovers can last up to three days in the fridge.

This meal will serve two or more people.


We’ve shared a number of recipes that you can easily make in an RV with leftovers and other items you’re likely to have in the kitchen already.

We’ve tried to provide preparation instructions and recommendations to accommodate dietary restrictions.