April 13, 2022
Laundry day seems to be a day of back and forth distraction, so I have learned to use it as a meal prep day, especially since cooking in the RV makes it hot in here.
Today, amidst 4 loads of laundry, I am prepping sausage for a breakfast casserole tonight and stuffings for omelets, as well as beef for nachos and tacos for later in the week.
It’s a travel week, so the more I can prep in advance, the lower the likelihood we will eat out ( a killer for both budget and allergies!). I didn’t just start this practice as RVers, though, I have been doing this for years and it has been a huge help in getting things done while still leaving me free time.
Here’s a quick how to on my simple recipes using very few dishes and getting it all done faster than I can get laundry done! If have videos on our Patreon, so if you haven’t already, come join us at Barnes On the Move to see those and other behind the scenes moments.
SAUSAGE – BREAKFAST CASSEROLE AND OMELETS
For these dishes you’ll need:
- 1 lb sausage (we like Jimmy Dean’s Regular)
- 12 eggs
- tater tots
- shredded cheese
- shallow baking dish (mine is about 4×6)
- skillet (we love cast iron!)
- mixing bowl
- storage container
Start by browning the sausage, drain and set aside to cool. Keep about 1/3 in the container to save for later.
breakfast casserole Spray or grease the bottom of your baking dish (shallow helps the center egg cook without burning the edges or top). Line with tater tots, cover with a layer of sausage (about 2/3 of the pound). Whisk your eggs, milk and salt together to your taste and pour over tots and sausage. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the center is firm. Adjust temperature lower if the edges are cooking too fast. Remove from oven and add a layer of shredded cheese. Allow to melt before serving.
omelets using the other 6 eggs, whisk together 1-2 at a time. Get your skillet warm and be sure it is greased. Pour egg onto skillet and allow to slightly firm, then flip. On the cooked side up, add cheese, sausage and any veggies you’d like. When cheese is nearly melted, fold in half and move to plate.
BEEF – NACHOS AND TACOS
For these dishes you’ll need:
- 1 lb ground beef (the leaner, the better)
- taco seasoning (we use premade packets, no shame in premade–work smarter, not harder!)
- Tostitos scoops
- taco shells
- shredded cheese
- 1 can refried beans (optional)
- veggies and sauces to top
- baking dish
- measuring cup
Brown the full pound of beef, drain and return to pan. Mix your seasoning in and allow to simmer until meat has absorbed liquid. for additional flavor and to get more servings, mix in your refried beans and allow to simmer, or you can add later.
Place into storage container for when you are ready to serve.
nachos Layer your Scoops on a plate and add meat mixture to each chip (trust me, it’s worth the attention to detail). Add a layer of cheese and bake for a few minutes until hot. Add veggies and toppings and serve.
tacos If you didn’t add refried beans to the meat mixture, now would be a good time, or add as a separate layer to taco shells. We like the stand and stuff. Line them up on your baking sheet, layer your beans, meat and cheese, bake until hot and cheese melts. Add toppings and serve.
This multitasking is a helpful way to get more done, allowing me to just answer work calls as needed for a bit, then get back and focus when I am finished. I also like that it means less heat in the camper every night at dinner and only once or twice a week, making it easier to cool at bedtime. While we do have an outdoor kitchen, it only has a stove or our Blackstone, so I still have to come back in to bake things or put them away. This just seems easier for me, especially on clean up since I can reuse the several dishes and only clean up once.
Thanks for reading and spending some time with me. I’m gonna go grab the last load of laundry and get it put up, then get back to work for a late afternoon/evening shift.
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