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Creating Delicious Meals and Snacks in a Small RV Camper Kitchen

Updated: Aug 21, 2022

Bowl with pasta, black olives, tomatoes, feta cheese on a table with fork
Healthy Pasta Salad for Summertime Meal

Since we started RVing five years ago, I’ve learned some things about being creative and cooking healthy meals in a small kitchen. The stove top is a no brainer but that oven…it doesn’t have the temperature control that a house oven does. No setting to 350° and walking away. The small ovens in a camper are either a microwave / convection combo or a propane oven where the controls are 1, 2, 3, etc. So, you must figure out what number comes closest to the temperature you need. You may have to crack the oven door to cool it down a little. But with a little trial and error you’ll find that you can still cook delicious meals without burning them.

For my camper, I can put a cutting board between the sink and the stove, so it’s clean, chop and right into the pan. Efficient with limited movement and space. Figuring out how your kitchen will work best for you is key to making those healthy meals happen with little to no mess.

So, by learning your equipment and how to use your space to the maximum extent possible, those healthy meals and snacks are unlimited.

A lot of people assume that living full-time in an RV/camper is like camping except you never go home after the weekend away.

Even though that may be true about some things, it’s not true about cooking. No, we don’t eat hotdogs and s’mores all the time.

While weekend cooking may include those hamburgers, hotdogs and s’mores and a few spices that you’ve packed up in your ice chest, living permanently in your RV means you need a lot more to create those healthy meals…spices, certain cooking utensils and pans.

RV camper small kitchen made of wood