RV Life Part I – Casares Spring Break 2015

Our RV!!

Our RV!! Getting ready to load up!

We just returned from a glorious week aboard our 26 ft rented RV and I wanted to share some pictures from our trip!  We started at the central coast in Montana De Oro, then headed down to Carpenteria and finally to Newport Beach.  The first part will be mostly what I ate on the road.  I tried to keep my meals simple and as healthy and clean as possible.  I didn’t plan a strict daily meal plan, but I did purchase some basic items and have a vague idea of what we’d eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We made three stops during the week, so we were in each location for 2 nights.  I knew we’d meet up with friends/family for meals and some point and that we’d be eating along the way a few times, so I “planned” four dinners, breakfast every morning and 4 lunches.

Here’s some pictures of breakfast.  I had a few repeat mornings, but this is a good representation of what I ate.

Breakfast the first morning.  Turkey bacon, banana with almond butter, a hard boiled egg and coffee.

Breakfast the first morning. Turkey bacon, banana with almond butter, a hard boiled egg and coffee.

Breakfast of greek yogurt, granola and berries.

Breakfast of greek yogurt, granola and berries.

2 slices Ezekial bread, egg whites and avocado with a splash of siracha.

2 slices Ezekial bread, egg whites and avocado with a splash of siracha.

Oatmeal with bananas, almond butter and almond milk.

Oatmeal with bananas, almond butter and almond milk.

Coffee and a cup of Suja mighty greens were part of every morning as well.  For lunch we went out more than we ate in the RV.  We only made sandwiches a few times and had leftovers one day.  My favorite lunch spot was at Industrial Eats in Buellton, CA on our way to Carpenteria.

The girls got cheese pizza which had the sweetest whole tomatoes!

The girls got cheese pizza which had the sweetest whole tomatoes!

Eric and I got the n’duja, fontina, kale, pistachio pizza.  It was amazing!

Eric and I split the n’duja, fontina, kale, pistachio pizza. It was amazing!

We also got a few beers and the beet, hummus and spicy chickpea salad, but we ate it so quick I forgot to snap a picture!

Dinners were cooked on the campsite grill every night. True and seasoned RV’ers bring their own grills – we weren’t that sophisticated and I kind of loved it.  Granted, a little 3 burner or mini grill would have made dinner cook a lot quicker, but it was so relaxing waiting for dinner that I didn’t mind at all. A lot of foil was used each night – this was our most utilized kitchen item for sure!

Grilled grass fed burgers and grilled brussels sprouts in the packet.

Grilled grass fed burgers and grilled brussels sprouts in the packet.

Chicken kebabs with peppers, onions and mushrooms. Rice pilaf and spinach salad were brought over by friends.

Chicken kebabs with peppers, onions and mushrooms. Rice pilaf and spinach salad were brought over by friends.

Turkey burgers with sweet potatoes and corn on the cob.

Turkey burgers with sweet potatoes and corn on the cob.

Grilled chicken breast, zucchini and yellow potatoes.

Grilled chicken breast, zucchini and yellow potatoes. (I ate more chicken than this :))

While we were in Newport beach we ate one night at my sister-in-law’s house and took Uber our second night to Fashion Island for dinner and some Pink berry.  You can only eat so many s’mores!

Overall, eating in the RV was easy.  We had a pretty big refrigerator, lots of cabinet space and always enough outdoor space to relax and let the kids play while we prepped. We snacked on veggies/hummus, apples, trail mix, and chips. I wanted to eat like I eat at home since that’s when I feel the best and I feel like I accomplished that.  The daily beer(s) is another story…

I highly recommend an RV excursion with your kids before they get too big.  I can’t imagine sharing the same space with teens – our littles were the perfect size. We all had a really good trip and it’s one that will surely be a once in a lifetime.

Part II will just be pics of the kids and how we spent our days on the road!

-Blake

 

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