Easy Thanksgiving Meals to Make in Your RV

Many people live in RVs, while some people are traveling around in an RV for the holidays. Below are a few easy meals you can make for Thanksgiving in your RV. Before heading to the store, take stock of what kind of appliances you and your RV are working with.

How do you do Thanksgiving on an RV?

Easy Thanksgiving Meals to Make in Your RV
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If you are planning on doing Thanksgiving in your RV, congrats. That sounds like a great way to spend the day. There are a few ways to make the most of your holiday without making it a stressful occasion. Depending on what kind of equipment your RV has, there are plenty of options for making a meal. Check out some of the recipes on Trekkn for ideas.

If you are on an RV campsite and have access to a grill, cooking a turkey breast won’t take long at all. You can marinate the turkey for a few hours, which cuts down on cook time. The Indian-Spiced Turkey Breast recipe marinates the meat for a few hours and only requires about 20 minutes on the grill.

Another good option is a slow cooker or Crock-Pot. The Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy recipe doesn’t require much fuss and gives you two essential items in one: turkey and gravy! You can cook the turkey for eight hours on low, and it will be ready for you whenever dinner is ready.

If you aren’t into cooking at all, don’t forget stores like The Honey Baked Ham Company offer fully-cooked meats like ham and turkey. You can heat it before dinner and use your time to watch football.

Potatoes are an important part of Thanksgiving in an RV

Depending on your equipment, you can make all of your sides without the oven. Potatoes in the microwave, green bean casserole in the Crock-Pot, and sweet potato casserole in the Instant Pot make a solid meal.

Mashed potatoes don’t require a lot of time these days. Many brands offer seasoned potatoes in a microwaveable container, like Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes. These don’t need time in the oven or in the kitchen, which cut down on prep for you. Plus, you can dress the mashed potatoes up once the dish is ready. Add some extra butter or seasoning to spice up the dish.

If you aren’t using the Crock-Pot for your turkey, use it for sides! You can make stuffing in it or even make a corn casserole. Green bean casserole is an easy side dish in the Crock-Pot, but don’t overlook macaroni and cheese. If you have an instant pot, making potatoes or a sweet potato casserole is easy. Don’t forget some dinner rolls and butter!

Don’t forget dessert! Cheesecake can be made in a variety of ways without an oven

Doing dessert ahead of time can save you some work on Thanksgiving day. One dessert you can cook in a variety of ways is a cheesecake. One good one is Instant Pot New York Cheesecake #17. You can make this in an oven if that’s more your style. There are also no-bake cheesecake recipes that simply sit in the fridge to take shape. You can add flavors and toppings to make it more exciting. Cherry sauce, Oreos, or just plain chocolate can add a lot to a plain cheesecake.

Another easy dessert is Instant Pot Candied Pecans. This can be made ahead of time and used with your sweet potato casserole and even vanilla ice cream! Dessert is an easy item to make the day before so you can enjoy yourself after dinner is over.

If these ideas don’t work and you are going to be on a populated campground, check on your neighbors! Many campgrounds and RV parks will offer a potluck meal for people staying in the area. Check with the front office to see if this might be possible. You might make some new friends and get to try some new Thanksgiving recipes at the same time. Happy Thanksgiving!

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