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View Poll Results: How closely is your road food to your normal menu?
Nearly the same menu as at home 20 23.53%
Minor changes for RV cooking method & storage 59 69.41%
Major changes because of road challenges 5 5.88%
We eat out all the time anyway so it's all good 1 1.18%
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:45 PM   #15
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To answer your question, yes. I eat the same on the road as I do at home.

I'm a fresh food, cold food eater. LOTS of green leafy vegetables (all kinds for salads) and whatever fruit. Love the bigger kitchen counter in Ten Forward. I do eat animal protein... my decision isn't based on anything other than what I like to eat.

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Old 12-13-2015, 08:51 PM   #16
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And what does Jim Norman eat? ( first in line ).
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:22 PM   #17
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What is your pizza oven?

Originally Posted by Ian G. View Post
We actually eat better and "fancier" when camping. We have more time to prepare, no limitations for cooking because we bring a great gas stove, BBQ, and often even a pizza oven. Really there are not limitations or restriction when camping, you have heat with a stove, BBQ or campfire, a fridge or cooler, time and endless possibilities. I know we eat gourmet when camping.

You need to expand your poll to include this aspect, that is why I didn't vote.
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Old 12-13-2015, 09:32 PM   #18
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Does your camp food resemble your normal home fare?

For us camping food is very different than at home. Like Ian, we have more time, and our generally higher level of activity means we can absorb a few more calories. Typically we like to grill meat & veggies over charcoal in the evening, and chop & sauté the leftovers into a breakfast burrito in the mornings. Lunch depends on the agenda for the day. Lots of fresh fruit all day long.

Our main cooking tools are a MiniWeber grill and an ancient Coleman stove. We never have hook-ups so no microwave or appliances. We do all our cooking outside.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:01 PM   #19
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Hi Bill and Laura,
Interesting question, judging by the amount of responce you are getting.
Camping, we eat much the same healthy food as home. We have a three burner cooktop in the trailer, with a seldom used Coleman stovetop oven in tow. Usually I'll have several pots cooking at a time. No microwave in the trailer, but an electric 'hotpot' boils water for tea or coffee in minutes. No outdoor grill.
I like to eat healthy and I do most of the cooking. Camp style cooking is simpler than at home, due to very little storage space in the trailer. It's fun, though!

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Old 12-13-2015, 10:44 PM   #20
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We eat good healthy food at home, and when camping too. If anything, we too actually eat better when camping. At home my wife does the vast majority of the cooking, but when camping we share roles, and I likely do more than her then.

We love cooking while camping, there is so much good food to eat. We don't use, or want, a microwave ourselves. Firstly, we find no need for one, and secondly, could not use one most of the time when camping as we are off the grid. As well, we do the majority of our cooking outside, either on a portable stove, the BBQ, or often on (or in) the campfire. We almost always eat and do dishes outside too.

Most people we camp with eat really good food too. We often will sit together and share food. Just another thing great about camping.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:25 AM   #21
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This thread has become very helpful to understand the equipment that is favored by others as well as menu items. We've been reading the food topic seeing interesting recipes as well as use of equipment that we didn't even know existed. I'm extremely thankful for your participation as well as the information provided and will watch intently as others continue to respond.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:10 AM   #22
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I built-in a smallish microwave in otherwise pretty useless space in the Scamp and we use it when we have hookups. I do like cooking over an actual fire (like a real man) and have my cast iron for that. You can do a lot with a skillet and Dutch oven.

Our last trip out (October) we dry camped. One evening I wanted to start dinner and had planned fajitas but had not marinated the meat. Instead I sliced the steak thin and put it and some potatoes and onions in a double foil packet with some spices and olive oil. I put the packet on a trivet in the Dutch Oven and put the whole thing in the fire ring piling coals all around. My daughter thought it was great and delicious. She asked why don't we do this at home? Hmmm, to easy (lazy) to throw stuff in the microwave I guess.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:37 AM   #23
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I've been on the Paleolithic way-of-eating for many years now and when I had a trailer with a galley I was able to maintain that diet while on the road. It's not so easy when eating in restaurants with all the processed food, sugars, and starch in the average diet. But having my own fridge and kitchen allowed me to eat the same types of food and meals I usually eat at home. It was actually one of the reasons I got the trailer to begin with.

I carried a microwave in the trailer for a couple years and never used it once so I finally got rid of it. I cook everything on the stove top, or a grill.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:41 AM   #24
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I have Celiac's and our daughter has a wheat allergy, so we cook almost all of our meals while travelling and camping, because it makes it easier for me. We have a fabulous Coleman grill, with a single burner and a place to change out the grill for a griddle, so it gets used for EVERYTHING. I've cooked everything from pizza (premade gluten free crusts from Udi's) to jambalaya, to Salmon, to ribs and of course the burgers, steaks and other bbq foods. We tend to eat light for lunch, lots of egg based breakfasts along with gluten free pancakes, hash, oatmeal, etc. I LOVE to cook outside. Our meals are actually probably more gourmet, because I have the time to do so. I enjoy the process.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:14 AM   #25
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The Casita 17sd has such a small amount of storage that the first thing that got yanked was the microwave. We just couldn't see wasting a whole cabinet to hold something we could only use with a genny. We take a coleman 2 burner propane stove and a small BBQ with us and a 10lb bottle. The BBQ also serves as our oven (even make cinnamon buns in the morning). In a pinch on a rainy day, we do break into a can of baked beans and cook them inside. We eat pretty well on the road, with the wife planning the menu. I try to eat healthy after my heart attack a few years back , but that darn fat tastes so good. We have amassed quite a few recipes that work well with what we have and the are tasty and fairly healthy. Some of those recipes make it into our home as well.

We seldom have hook ups where we camp and only have a 1000 watt genny for emergencies. I look at all of our friends with their big rigs firing up their gennys to cook the simplest meals. I do miss the hibachi that we used in the Ventura as it cooked the steaks with more flavor but the cheap ass $20 bbq does a pretty good job.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #26
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As we follow the sun, we try to take advantage of fresh produce and local fare. That includes local vineyards and breweries.
We did not get a micro in our Casita. Not needed.
We fulltime and pack:
Small crockpot
Foreman grill
Propane o-grill
Coffee maker
Hot pot
Rarely cook inside trailer.
Biggest change in our eating has been that we try and have our big meal midday.
Life's short -- eat dessert first!
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:11 AM   #27
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Glenn Bagio, Your menu looks a lot like mine including adult beverages. I got a travel Trailer and not a tent to maintain my living and comfort standards. About 85% of my menu selections come off the charcoal that is camping...nice looking ribs!!!

Happy camping!
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:36 AM   #28
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Cathi we do not use the MW because they.

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You don't use the microwave but the question is whether your wife does.

A microwave can be used to steam food in silicone steamers or other microwave dishes including sweet potatoes, noodles, greens, squashes, rice, all kinds of vegetables and other foods. Plus any dishes that just need reheating. No mess, no clean up, fast, easy and the healthiest you can eat. If you do not do that at home, then likely you will not do it camping.

If people eat unhealthy food at home, they will likely eat unhealthy food camping. Some do take camping as an opportunity to eat unhealthy food deliberately! Their time away from worrying about it.
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