I am a great fan of crockpots so when I spotted a link on Facebook to an article about 'freezer crockpot meals,' I thought what a great idea for camping. This week I put together several: chicken noodle soup, French stew, honey parmesan pork roast, and beef stroganoff. Those will be great when we are stationary for a day or more, but many times we will be on the road for most of the day.
Sidebar: when we first started camping, I read about "stew in the sink.' You fix a meal in your slow cooker, put it in the sink, secure the lid with a bunge cord and plug it in while you're traveling. I tried it several times with good results. What I didn't realize was that, since I usually started it at home and we were only traveling short distances, it stayed warm and continued to cook--even though the outlets in the camper don't work while we're on the road. Ooops.
So for those days that we are traveling, I stocked the ingredients for several quick 'skillet meals. And marinated some chicken and pork chops to grill. Altogether, I have about 14 possible evening meals. For me, this eliminates thinking all day while we are sightseeing or headed to another destination about what I will come up with for supper--one of those decisions that drives me crazy. And, although we usually have simple breakfasts of cereal and fruit, I also froze some homemade whole wheat buttermilk waffles that can be heated in the toaster, and made two dozen Veggie Pancakes--much tastier than they sound. Yes, that is ice cream in the photo.
Now for clothes, which will be another challenge. The first couple of weeks will probably be cool and the next couple quite warm. With limited storage space, it will take some finesse.
Our first stop, Saturday and Sunday nights, will be a campground near St. James, MO. We plan to do some exploring on Sunday of sites along Route 66. If I can just get our state taxes filed and other chores around here done in the next three days, I will be ready to travel. And eat.