Just because your kitchen space decreased drastically in size, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you won’t be able to cook great tasting, nutritious meals any more. All you need to make everything work is a little creativity, meal planning and organization.
Our motorhome ‘Charlize’ had a tiny kitchenette, that consisted of 2 top and 2 bottom cupboards, a very limited counter top , 3 gas hobs and a sink. That doesn’t leave much room for food preparation.
When you think that everything kitchen related had to fit there as well, plus cleaning supplies and kitty food/litter stuff, storage was a huge challenge too.
First, let’s talk kitchen essentials. Check out our list of chosen items below.
- Pots & pans:
2 small-sized pots (and lids) + 1 frying pan + 1 square grilling pan (from the pictures, you can probably tell I could only use 2 pans at a time – 3 wouldn’t fit!)
2 plastic place mats
1 large salad bowl
6 silicone glasses + 4 plastic shakers
2 ceramic mugs
4 small plastic containers (‘Tupperware’)
2 plastic cutting boards
8 forks, knives and spoons + 8 tea spoons
2 sharper knives
Ladle, spatula, large serving spoon & wooden spoon
Seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, turmeric, ‘cajun’)
olive oil, vinegar, vegetable oil
fresh onions & garlic
- Kitty stuff:
3 boxes of cat food pouches/ 1 bag of cat dry food
1 bag of kitty litter
6 small food bowls
Now… Our diet consists mostly of protein and vegetables. We do eat carbs, but we try to avoid them or to eat only a small amount per day. We eat bread (a couple of slices a day), but rarely cook rice, pasta or potatoes. Most of our meals are composed of meat, fish or eggs and tasty greens.
Pedro’s biggest challenge is to resist ‘Nutella’ and all chocolate in general, if we’re honest – sorry, baby! We do have treats/carby food once in a while, but we do manage to behave most of the time. We also only drink water.
In the fridge, we usually kept enough protein and veggies needed for a weeks’ cooking, plus a few extras, like milk, cheese, butter, tomato paste, mayo, etc.
Electricity wasn’t always available for the fridge and it didn’t work properly with propane so, we turned off the power sometimes, especially in the mornings. Perishables were moved to the freezer part, that stayed cold for a long time, even without ‘juice’.
[We had solar panels, but the fridge would ‘drink’ a lot and completely drain our batteries. The kitchen was tiny, but the fridge was actually quite big.]
This meant we had to be smart about our food:
- Plan meals in advance and keep small amounts of perishable food at a time;
- Choose tasty and filling meals, that are simple to prepare and didn’t include too many ingredients;
- Prepare shopping lists and shop more frequently;
- Save time and energy/power when cooking your meals.
These are only suggestions based on our experience. In your case, your choices will depend on your own context – vehicle amenities, storage space available, diet needs, etc. To be honest with you, we made a lot of mistakes….
You plan, you try it out and you adjust.
Enjoy this gratuitous exploitation of cat cuteness, while eating:
Check our future blog posts for more information on this subject….
… there is still a lot to say about this!