Road trips are becoming all the rage this year; everyone craves wide, open spaces and plenty of nature. Social distancing will be much more important this year when it comes to travel.
What better way to social distance than in an RV, whether you own one or rent one. No hotels to worry about, no restaurants or public restrooms either!
Something we are all hearing over and over in 2021 is that RV travel is soaring. Personally, I have stayed in an RV for a vacation, and social distancing is A LOT easier when you can bring along your own kitchen, bedroom … and bathroom!
If you are new to RV-ing due to the state of travel these days, or even if you’ve been RV-ing for years, being able to create great meals during your travels makes for an even more special trip.
Along with the little kitchen in your RV you will also have access to a grill at your campsite. Between the two you’ll be able to create gourmet meals while camping!
There is no reason to live on hamburgers and hot dogs while you travel around in your RV! Good food, family time and the open road make for a great family vacation.
Put Another Shrimp on the Barbie!
An important piece of equipment for your RV cooking is a cast iron skillet. A good, heavy cast iron skillet. You’ll need this item for great cooking on the grill at your campsite.
A perfect meal on the grill while camping is shrimp. Shrimp cooks quickly and can made with so many different ingredients. This recipe can be made directly on the grill grates or in your heavy duty cast iron skillet.
The Campground Gourmet has a great selection of things you can make during your travels so be sure to check out her site!
One of my favorites is for Asian Shrimp Skewers.
RV Shrimp Recipe: Asian Shrimp Skewers
The thing I love about this recipe is that you can use it with other things too. You can also make the marinade at home and bring a good supply of it with you so you don’t have to cart along all the ingredients.
When you make a good portion of the marinade at home before leaving on your trip, you can use it with shrimp, chicken, beef and on vegetables for a quick stir fry in your cast iron skillet or simple marinated grilled vegetables. Its a multi-purpose marinade!
- 2 pounds raw shrimp, shells removed and deveined
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 orange, juiced and 1 teaspoon of zest reserved
- ¼ cup water
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
- 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped, green tops only
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
- 6-8 wooden skewers
In a small bowl mix the soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, water, garlic, ginger, orange juice and green onions together.
Remove ¼ cup of the sauce and place in a small bowl covered and in the refrigerator, this will be your basting sauce while the shrimp cooks.
Place cleaned shrimp in a large zip top bag, pour marinade over shrimp, close the bag and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to marinate.
Use metal or wooden skewers, if using wooden skewers soak in water for at least 30 minutes.
Place 8 to 10 shrimp onto each skewer.
Heat your gas grill to medium high heat, preheat for 15 minutes, clean and oil the grill grates.
If using charcoal, fill one charcoal chimney full of charcoal and light it, once the charcoal is covered in a light grey ash pour it out in the center of your barbecue.
Place the grill over the hot coals and allow to heat for 15 minutes, brush and oil the grill grate.
Remove the shrimp from the marinade and thread on the soaked skewers.
Remove the reserves marinade from the refrigerator and add the orange zest to it, stir well.
Cook shrimp 1 ½ to 2 minutes, turn over and baste with the marinade.
Cook the other side for another 1 ½ to 2 minutes shrimp will be pink, opaque, and firm.
Just before removing from the grill baste both sides with the marinade.
Remove from grill, place on a platter and garnish with some fresh chopped green onions, serve right away.
Can also be made using chicken, beef and vegetables. If using for grilled or stir-fry vegetables, marinate vegetables for approx. 1 hour before cooking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1236mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g
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How to Choose the RV that’s right for you and your family
In 2019, 88% of all new RVs sold were travel trailers. Smaller models can be towed by mid-size vehicles, including the family car, minivan, SUV or pickup truck equipped with a hitch.
- Does it have enough room for your family to sleep? Many RV’s now have bunk beds and over cab sleeping areas, pull out couches and tables that turn into sleeping spaces.
- Don’t leave out the family pet. Is the RV large enough to bring along Fido too?
- Does it have room for all of your favorite foods in the fridge, freezer & cabinets? Bringing & preparing your own food can help to save money and eat healthier
- Do you want slide outs? These provide extra space once parked. Activate the slide out(s) and create more space in the living area or bedroom.
- Storage – Inside & underneath that can hold all of your favorite games & toys, sports equipment, outdoor table & chairs, grill, cooler, etc.
- Does it have an awning to provide relief from the sun and protection from the rain?
- Do you plan to go off the grid or tailgate? Choose an RV with a built in generator that can power all of your electronics if you’re not connected to a power source. Great for camping in some primitive campgrounds and it will run the AC if it gets too hot outside!
If you are new to RV-ing, visit GoRVing.com for tips and tricks and outstanding, road-tested recipes that are easy to make in your RV kitchen.