Healthy RV Cooking Instant Pot Recipe | Camper Van Life S1:E38


this week find out what it’s like to
cook in a campervan, prepare healthy meals and Kait shares one of her instant
pot recipes we get questions all the time about
Kate’s cooking where we put everything how we’re able to store food in such a
small frigerator and that sort of thing so we figured we’d show you guys what
that is like preparing meals and just living out of the van for a day so a
slice of van life cooking at a cooking addition dun dun I can’t make sure some
recipes in Joe may make coffee again they’re not done well it’s not a
campervan life see the video our campervan see our video series isn’t
complete wait okay if you guys if you guys want to see
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basis we’ve really changed the way we eat and
it’s a lot easier I think to make healthy meals and plan healthy meals
when we’re cooking at home people are surprised to learn that we only eat out
two to three times a month most of those meals eaten now are
because we have family and friend visiting we have business meetings to go
to otherwise we cook all of our meals at
home in case you’re wondering we had steamed purple sweet potatoes and
almonds for a brunch what are we having for dinner and we had cantaloupe what
else did we have brunch brunch is one of those things where we just sort of make
stuff that’s in the van and put it together and snack our way through the
morning Oh in sardines sardines let’s not forget about our put aside what are
we having yeah we could do salmon over quinoa stew or short thing along those
lines that sounds good well well film it so whatever we end up making you guys we
get to see later people ask us about food storage in the van how often do we
go to the grocery store and can we actually cook like with fresh food in
the van which yes we can one of the things I looked into before we moved
into van life was what vegetables and fruits actually have to be stored in the
fridge because we have such a small fridge and it turns out and if you guys
haven’t looked into this you should search on the internet for food storage
for fresh produce because there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t need to be
refrigerated so we end up keeping a lot of stuff on the counter lots of garlic
not a Chinese Italian household unless there’s a lot of garlic
we’ve got avocados a lot of citrus Kabuto squash
I love the wintertime because you can keep a lot of hearty vegetables out we
also have a spaghetti squash in here when I lived in a dormitory in college
my dorm fridge was bigger than this and the fridge we have in here is 3.1 cubic
feet starting at the top we’ve got our freezer it’s currently packed with
salmon and we get these individually packaged fillets the salmon from Costco
because when they come in little packages like this it’s really easy to
fit it into little nooks and crannies in the fridge and maximize the storage
space in here two dozen eggs on top five pounds of carrots right now more salmon
avocado we have six romaine hearts three packages of tofu we have organic miso
more eggs and I think there’s about twelve packs of edamame in this fridge
yes scattered throughout in the door in the door Joe’s got his beer we have flax
seed hemp hearts Thai curry seasoning some Italian flat-leaf parsley right now
so the fridge is very well packed defrosted for dinner if we plan properly
we can easily get away with only going grocery shopping once a week but I
happen to love grocery shopping so we probably go a lot more frequently than
most people would I do need to clean the instant pot still dirty from brunch
earlier everything in the van is about shuffling
limited counter space things have to shuffle just like Joe and I shuffle this
stuff all shuffles to so the instant pot in a given day could be here over there
on a seat on the bed or over on the dining table and as far as cooking
gadgets go the instant pot is it I really don’t cook with anything else I
do have a second pot but I cook almost exclusively with the instant pot now I
only have one pot to clean makes for easy cleanup and with limited counter
space it’s nice to just have one pot to move around and now that we don’t use
the gas stove anymore it’s extra counter space which I know I’ve really
appreciated in you too yeah because before you would have to move
everything off the stove to make your coffee and now you can make your coffee
anywhere you just have to have a place to plug in your kettle speaking of
making coffee once you’re done cleaning your pot I’m
gonna make myself some coffee would you like some tea okay small skillet big skillet nonstick all
stainless steel I mean I had it all and now I just cook out of the instant pot
we make really healthy meals I think don’t you
absolutely Oh another thing I didn’t mention is all
of Leo’s meals get cooked in the instant pot – so yeah on average not only are we
cooking two to three meals in the instant pot for us but where else
they’re cooking for Lia remember the couple we met in Oregon they also make
home-cooked meals for their dog yes they were concerned about you know
transitioning to van life and how they were gonna manage that and I said
instant pies it’s the way to go you can make so many great meals for your pets
immune stand pot – there’s so many good recipes online another thing to consider
one pot to wash one pot to dry one pot to store in one pot to store
yes although I did see they have a ceramic coated pot now to that oh I’m
very excited about this dinner you’re gonna make tonight I love your quinoa
stews with salmon on top it’s gonna be delicious and cleanup is all done you
know what that means time Mineola or ten jello or whatever you call that thing
I dunno it’s tasty oh and that’s you know people ask us what we eat for
snacks like where do you put all your snacks and my answer is well we don’t
really eat snacks but if you consider fruit snacks we have plenty of room for
fruit we have almonds and peanuts when we run out of wine we might get some
pistachios macadamia nuts well that’s about it we recently got this electric
kettle and I have to say it’s my new favorite coffee gadget because not only
can I set the temperature of the water on here but it frees me from having to
move everything off of the stove so before Kate would have to get out of the
kitchen I would have to clear everything off the stove make my coffee and then
it all back I no longer have to do that which is really nice set it at 175 one of the reasons I really liked the
electric kettle is with the stovetop kettle
whenever Kate would begin filming I’d have to turn the kettle off wait till
she was ready turn it back on and to get that just at the right point was almost
impossible when I was being filmed here I can just set it and forget it and
it’ll hold the temperature for me Leo still passed out uh-huh he’s kind of
following the shade as it moves across the grass look at that perfect Cheers
all right I’m going back to relaxing yeah what do you think two servings my
favorite downsizing moment when we moved into van life was I got rid of our
full-size can opener and dug out this old camping can opener it takes up very
little room and it works really well what kind of seasoning do you feel like
I tell you oh absolutely you’re putting an Italian
seasoning you have to put in garlic that’s the rule one person needs garlic
in the band another person has to eat right like it’s one of the golden rules
available coffee six minutes turn the keep warm function
off all right actually I’m going to drop that down to five minutes
cleanup time so are you gonna put the salmon on top in five minutes and then
yeah so the plan is I’m going to cook the quinoa first once that’s done I’ll
release the pressure put the salmon on top could get another few minutes and
then we’ll have dinner great I’m excited are you going to share in this video the
way we eat now but I think it’s also changed since the first time we talked
about it and I don’t know I just I guess people are really interested in the way
we eat because so many people have reached out to us and said that they’ve
been inspired especially by you and all the way that you’ve lost and the way
that we’ve been eating and I think people are just really curious to learn
more so that they can take some tippets that maybe they can apply to their life
and eat healthier plan better healthier meals and stay healthy
yeah so let me put my knife away the key to Van life well there are many keys to
van life but especially the one to drive it yes drive it the learning to shuffle
maximize space putting things away every time you’re done with it
where it’s supposed to go yes all right keeps you here at gurgling
oh it smells good already you know what do you up to buddy
he’s shuffling – yes from one end of the van to the other I’m still impressed
that he was able to get himself under the driving area and pass out yesterday
he was there for a couple good hours sleeping every inch of floor space in
this van belongs to Leo so how do we eat now well let’s go back a little ways
when we first got into van we were plant-based meeting all the foods we ate
were only derived from plants very little to no processed foods and things
like that since then we’ve taken that a bit
further and we’ve started to add in things like sardines we will do chicken
liver organic pasture-raised so we’re trying to be very conscious of what
we’re eating how much we’re eating we like to measure out things so if we’re
gonna have almonds rather than just grabbing an arbitrary handful we take
that handful put it in a measuring cup and we know how many servings were
having I think that was the big turning point for me measuring and weighing all
of our food and I know at first it sounds like it can be very tedious which
it is I also kept track of everything I was eating the number of calories I was
having and after a while I didn’t have to measure anymore because I kind of
already knew what a portion size look like I’ve lost going on 40 pounds now so
I feel much better I’m enjoying the way we’re eating it’s much easier for me now
to have a big bowl of quinoa or kale or you know any of the other unmentionable
things that I used to call people crazy for eating before but now one of those
people and I enjoy it being more conscious of what it is that’s going
from your plate to your mouth I think that was the big thing for me
the one thing you can control is what happens from here to here smells so get in here Cheers
this is amazing I’ve already dug through most of my salmon you know eating like
this I have no problem eating healthy if I was cooking for myself it’d probably
be a different story but I love these creations that you come up with and it’s
simple it’s simple and it was really easy and fast right leo
it was like their salmon in their world whoops oh oh he wants a piece do you
want a piece of salmon bud gentle oh gentle you almost lost a
finger I know good boy we’re gonna get back to our
meal guys thank you so much for watching now the real work begins thank you guys so much for watching if
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100 thoughts on “Healthy RV Cooking Instant Pot Recipe | Camper Van Life S1:E38”

  1. We're the Russos says:

    What’s your favorite cooking gadget? We love our Instant Pot:

  2. Paul A. Jackson says:

    we look forward to your IP cook book! When we cook Q we do it for 1 minute, you did it for 5???? I know you had beans or something else as well as Onion and Carrot in, is that why the 5 minutes? You left me hanging!

  3. Shelley Pitchford says:

    Looking forward to your cookbook, Cait! Does Leo eat after you eat?

  4. Dannytheman Mac says:

    Hi guys! Nice to see you eating great and looking good. I lost 70 pounds, too. Now under 200.
    Of course I took it the other way. Steak, pork, bacon, eggs and low carbs. No pasta, bread or ice cream. Still drinking Maxwell House. 48 years of Maxwell House. 😀😂 still love seeing you on my big screen. Love sent !

  5. Kathryn Cleveland says:

    What's the difference between the Instant Pot and a rice cooker?

  6. Teri N says:

    Great video-very informative. Thank you!

  7. Brenda Murdock says:

    Great video! I hope you do more cooking with your instant pot video. I just started using my instant pot, after having it a year sitting on the shelf. Yes It scares me. Also your diet you eat does it have a name? Like low carb, clean eating? Something we can follow? Love your videos! Now to watch more of them.😃

  8. Kaiten Saw says:

    all these electric cookwares, I'm assuming only when you are plug in? Can you do it in the BLM for 2 the whole week without plug in? I like the all electric idea as well but unless I have loads of batteries and solar, it not gonna happen.. 2 Thumbs up!!

  9. Mountain Modern Life says:

    Shuffle shuffle Shuffle, life in a tiny space :). Katie and I are trying to use our instant pot more, thanks for the video!!

  10. Janclair Lance says:

    how do you eat sardines

  11. Larry Gosselin says:

    Love the videos! That old can opener is known as a P-38. I got a few while I was in Army basic training in 1974. I have carried one on my key chain for the last 44 years. I use it for opening cans and a whole lot more. It's been a very handy tool!

  12. Kim Nowell says:

    Hi Joe and Kait. Sounds look good receipes. I would like to try what you just made if you have that receipe noted somewhere. I enjoy the instant pot also, learning to use it more. Had a question, How do you "heat up" in it? Keep enjoying your adventures.

  13. G-KP says:

    what do you do when all the campsites are closed? sorry, im new here

  14. Anne-Marie Demers says:

    Just found out about your videos. Very interesting topics. Could you share some of your dog recipes?

  15. Debra Mandryk says:

    Kait – do you always use the little silver trivet in the bottom of your IP? I've noticed some things burn a bit inthe bottom but haven't been using the trivet. When do you use it?

  16. [email protected] jesus1 says:

    Why not hang a fruit basket for fruit, it will give you more counter space. 🤗

  17. [email protected] jesus1 says:

    You both are the sweetest couple. I really like your videos. I'm a fan!

  18. Working to Relax says:

    So I just can’t understand why you would not want any slides in your next rv. You might not have to shuffle things as much and have a little more room to move around. Not dissing the down sizing life but just wondering.

  19. Lone Star Travelers says:

    Alright talked me right into trying your recipe, why because we eat healthy too.. Enjoyed the video so much… Happy Trails!

  20. sumo burger says:

    I'm glad she lets you have 1 beer in the fridge

  21. Jack Frost says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaand subscribed

  22. ksgmi9898 says:

    How did you tie down your Berkey water station?

  23. kimonogatos says:

    Plants are good, but they also make me sick, thanks to a diseased GI tract. So do many grains. Eating healthy is sometimes contextual.

  24. joyofnails says:

    Saw you guys on Channel 3 NEWS this morning here in Phoenix!!!!
    So exciting seeing you guys on TV now too! Love your Videos…. but Love this Instant Pot Video👍🏽😊

  25. Sandra Beaulac says:

    Found this book in the library and to be interesting for a first time RVer. 'The Survival Food Handbook": Provisioning at the Supermarket for Your Boat, Camper, Vacation Cabin, and Home Emergencies

  26. Carol Dunham says:

    What is the tiered pot behind you?

  27. Donna Johansen says:

    No dessert?

  28. Dana Michigan says:

    I received an Instant Pot for a combo birthday/Christmas pressie (my bday is Oct 30). I've only cooked with it twice! I def going to get it out and make this!

  29. Sue Moore says:

    Kait have you always had the 3 qt instant pot, or did you switch from a 6qt when you downsized the rig? If so, would you do it again? I currently have the 6 qt but am considering one for the van….and thinking 3 qt since it's just me. what do you think?

  30. shelia french says:

    I love ❤️ my instant pot, don’t know how I ever lived without it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  31. Clint C says:

    Be careful.

  32. ka1133 says:

    Interesting … I am certainly going to have to make some positive changes in my eating habits as I continue my journey to better health.  I had to look up what Quinoa even was!! The first recipe I found was Quinoa, cinnamon, honey, brown sugar and bananas. Heck … that sounds pretty good to me.  I'll be looking at it some more and looking up some recipes to see how I can actually use it.

  33. Humility Before Honor Smk says:

    I'm wondering how you get electric? Solar panels? Battery? How much power can you use at once?

  34. John Pabelloren says:

    I would suggest cabbage topped with thin sliced beef over rice. I saw it in a korean show once. It was actually amazing since the beef would cook, dripping to the cabbage and the rice. Though i realize you guys eat alot of healthy stuff.

  35. B L says:

    Great video!  Have you read Dr. Michael Greger's excellent book, "How Not to Die"?  Check it out.  Sounds like you're following many of his plant based principles.  He has a great website as well:  nutrition I'm considering getting an instant pot for my van as well.  🙂

  36. wincrasher2007 says:

    The IP greatly adds to simplicity which is so necessary for happy vanlife

  37. Luana-Lee Cano says:

    That can opener is from WWII. GI food came in cans

  38. Brenda Hone says:

    I have to Thank you so much for showing the Instant Pot and Berkey. We bought our instant pot before we bought our Travel Trailer. Love the instant pot, I am hooked. Pinterest has great recipes for it. My favorite however is the Chicken Marsala and ribs.
    Enjoy watching you both. Enjoy your adventures. We have to wait…..we still keep getting snow storms here in MN. GRRR

  39. Charlie the Tuna says:

    One of the best things about watching your old videos is Leo. 🙂 I did not even think about it until there he was. I miss him also.

  40. Amy Harmon says:

    New to your channel and I’m loving it!! Could you do more videos on meals you cook?

  41. Laura Kramer - Chowjunkie says:

    I received my Instant Pot yesterday. I can't wait to start cooking!

  42. Laura Kramer - Chowjunkie says:

    Do you not eat red meat, pork and chicken? I can't eat half of what you have in your fridge due to anaphylactic allergies.

  43. Laura Kramer - Chowjunkie says:

    You do eat yummy snacks

  44. Laura Kramer - Chowjunkie says:

    OMG I love the look you gave, wiping off your knife and asking Jon if he was going to share how you both eat?

  45. Chanda Harkins says:

    Love the garlic rule!

  46. Yang says:

    Just curious, in all your cooking videos. I never see you add any salt..Do you just cook that way or it is not filmed?

  47. SixSixteen Sevens says:

    Smile Joe.

  48. Tech Teacher says:

    I do not live in an RV but I do use my instant pot. I've owned it for 3 years. Quality construction and easy clean up. Nothing sticks to the stainless steel inner pot and it still works like new! It is my go to kitchen appliance. Once ever other week I use the oven for baked chicken wings. Your quinoa stew looks awesome! Great job!

  49. Danny D. says:

    have you ever had bacon?

  50. Dawn Gowan says:

    What do you use organic miso for?

  51. MrDadAce says:

    I see you really like your coffee, 🙂 and I've never seen someone brew their coffee like you do. Do you alway s drink the same coffee? or do you try different one's

  52. ranjith r says:


  53. Tiny Metal Tube says:

    15:28 The outlet you have next to the dinette is bothering me. It looks like a unique way to save space, having the outlets in each other's space… But there's TONS of space all around the outlets themselves, so the space didn't need to be saved. I don't mean to complain much, that's just weird.

    Any chance we can get more videos about the instant pot? How's the power usage? Mine says 700W but I know it's not gonna be running at the same power level all the time…

  54. Christ is coming soon says:

    In following quite a few camper folk, two questions need answers. Why is everyone always speaking of beer and why does no one speak of God?
    My thought would be that there are so many good drinks, especially healthy ones, that can be talked about.
    On the second, and more imporant point, my question is, "How can you live and travel without God, His protection and love to fill your hearts?" Maybe it's all so easy for you that you desire to live it up and you think that you don't need Jesus and God's protection. I live and work in the hardest parts of the world and would not want to take even one step without my Lord and Savior who guides, protects and blesses me. Yes, I'd love a beautiful camper, but even if I had nothing, I'd be the happiest man, as I have the Lord and His love in my heart. May you know that life and joy. Bless you as you seek the Savior and study His Word, the Bible. My prayer right now is for you.

  55. imfittted says:

    All anyone needs to cook is an instant pot and it wouldn't hurt to shuffle an airfryer in there as well to get the roasted veggies in.

  56. Jesse Aragon says:

    Love Leo.

  57. Random Acts of Video says:

    Green Bay Packers blanket? NICE!!

  58. Stingrayshark says:

    Joe is lucky to eat all the yummy meals you make!

  59. Kristiina GypsySoul says:

    Just started watching your channel! You guys are adorable together! It really doesn't look like a show, I find that refreshing. I'm 50, and happily single with my dog Hank. Lol I think I've given up on finding the perfect mate! Ha! Looking forward to more videos.
    Take care, from Ottawa, Canada!
    Tiina 😊

  60. Nancy Fahey says:

    Yes, I started my food list with this video. Might even get that instapot.

  61. Cheryl Patterson says:

    I just bought an instant pot yesterday. I heard that the pressure cooker keeps the nutrients in the food better. I appreciate showing making healthy meals and how you use your instant pot.

  62. LIVING GOD says:

    Is it stainless steel inside for instant pot?
    What is that brand name?
    How is your review still on for that instant pot?

  63. Mary pie says:

    First time viewer and already enjoying watching you guys.

  64. Nancy Lagoyda says:

    Just got an instant pot and I am loving your recipes!

  65. TheMadisonerin says:

    so I was wondering how much of your solar the instantpot draws. I will watch until the end and see if you address this.

  66. artsynova says:

    I was hoping I could see how to use the Instant pot but you didn't show how!!!

  67. H Y says:

    I cook like 3 times a day and I work 🙂 Can't really eat outside, I somehow don't like the taste of the food that I eat outside 🙂

  68. susan orrell says:

    Hey! What size instant pot do you use? I have a 6 quart and wonder if it will be too large when we get our van one day ( as soon as possible). I know a lot of people use the 3 quart size, but I don’t know if that’s big enough for us!

  69. Margie Callahan says:

    You guys are way cute!

  70. Liz Young says:

    New to your videos and enjoyed this so much ! Thank you both😄

  71. Joy Z says:

    Very interested in a instant pot.

  72. Debra Fry says:

    What do you use when off grid?

  73. Where's Wendy says:

    More beer, less edamame! Just sayin'…

  74. Clara Salaam says:


  75. buck rowley says:

    Andrew Zimmern found a $20,000.00 coffee pot in Oregon that was supposed to put 20 pounds per square inch on the regular coffee and make it taste very good like expensive coffee

  76. nancy c. says:

    Just curious…do you find that cooking odors hang around in the van, or do they disperse quickly? I love spicy, garlicky food – but would be worried that my van-to-be might smell like a deli all the time!

  77. Jennifer Wiley says:

    Omg I use that in my house got tired of can openers braking! It is truly the best can opener

  78. Laura Kramer - Chowjunkie says:

    My IP is used almost every day. I primarily use the non-stick vessel for it

  79. P Davis says:

    What kind of coffee and tea do both of you enjoy most.

  80. Good Ol' RVing says:

    Your camping can openers army name is called a "P38" back in the day in the late 70s and before the soldiers each had one to open thier "C" rations. Making me hungry now, I have to go find some food to throw into our instant pot. I should be watching my diet as well, I even did for a while. Now, I still try to stay away from processed foods but I don't really watch my portions. Safe Travels

  81. Nomadic Nanna says:

    I’m curious as to whether you’re concerned about any mold issues in your van using the Instant Pot and releasing all that steam.

  82. Lora Talbot says:

    Would have liked for you to say what you put in the quinoa stew and the quantity

  83. Christopher Paul says:

    You two are so kind.
    Kindness in my passion.
    DUKE and I will see you on the road soon.
    We leave full time on Wednesday….yikes!
    Love from TEXAS.

  84. TheLightHouseLady says:

    Love the instant pot

  85. ColleenKaralee Peltomaa says:

    Love Korean soups and stews and love my 3-qt Instant Pot and it does a great job poaching a small chicken or two cornish hens – just set the pressure to medium and the timer to "0" and natural release. Use the slow cook function to make ghee.

  86. ColleenKaralee Peltomaa says:

    Have you ever wanted a good food processor to compact the cutting and chopping ?

  87. ColleenKaralee Peltomaa says:

    Feasting once a day only (intermittent fasting) is also a very efficient and healthy van-life decision. I see some van-lifers actually gain weight and get health issues – maybe because they eat less healthy due to limited space.

  88. Jay Tee says:

    Well, it was pretty clear that Joe enjoyed his coffee.
    The question remains: Did Kait enjoy her tea? 😉

  89. judy hobday says:

    I bought a not insta pot, and after the fact read the revues. it got really poor revues. just used it for dinner. it was ok, but I know yours is and actual Insta Pot. I wish I had bought an Insta Pot in the first place. You give it such high marks on your videos. How long have you used yours? I know I am going to get one after the fake-ish one I got dies. which may be soon, given what revues say.

  90. judy hobday says:

    love your videos. I admire what you are doing.

  91. Penny Roe says:

    What about your bathroom

  92. simple rv cooking with melissa says:

    Oh and yes I do make some of our recipes for our dogs males to chicken and rice with chicken stock they love it. We have three huskies and two cats and my 12 year old daughter and a partridge in a pear tree lol.

  93. Sabrina Fife says:

    It called a p38 can open it's a army thing

  94. Carolyn Rose says:

    Wow you enjoy grocery shopping, gosh not many people I know myself included would put themselves in that category

  95. roberto abrams says:

    HOLY SHIT…a video I’ve never seen before 🤯! Leo was nicely cameo’d in this segment! Kait, that dish looked scrumptious kiddo 👍 (btw, that camping can opener is called a P-38 😉

  96. Teresa Finnerty says:

    I love my instant pots too.
    what is the water filter system that you use in that video? I have seen many videos but that is the first time I have seen Leo, the other videos have charlie in it.

  97. John Smith says:

    congrats on the weight loss….im vegan and when i cut out oil lost 20lbs

  98. Kevin Gravatt says:

    Awesome video, the INSTA POT is AMAZING! Keep those cooking adventures coming

  99. Karen Livingston says:

    5 min before any mention of instant pot

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