Last Updated 6 July 2024

Ultimate Guide to Quick, Easy & Delicious Campervan Food Ideas

by Jacob Rose

Discover the ultimate guide to quick, easy, cheap & delicious campervan food ideas for your next trip.

Hey there, fellow road tripper! Let's chat about campervan food ideas, shall we? It's all about striking that perfect balance between nutrition and convenience. You don't want to be stuck with just instant noodles, right? But at the same time, whipping up a five-course meal in your compact kitchen might not be the most practical idea.

That's where versatile ingredients come into play. Think mince - easy to cook, mix with anything, and voila! A classic dish is ready. And let's not forget about seasoning. A little sprinkle here and there can transform even the simplest of meals.

But hey, cooking on the road isn't just about survival. It's also about having fun and getting creative with your instructions. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to explore the exciting world of campervan cuisine!

 

Quick and Easy Campervan Breakfast Ideas

 

Pancakes and Oats: Your New Go-ToAmerican style breakfast pancakes

Pancakes and oats aren't just a breakfast option; they're the breakfast option. You might be thinking, "But I'm in a campervan! How am I going to whip up pancakes?" Well, don't flip out just yet. Thanks to pre-made mixes, you can have great breakfast pancakes faster than you can say 'flapjack'. Just add water, stir it and let your pan do the rest.

And if you're more of an oatmeal person? No worries. Overnight oats are here to save your morning. Soak your oats in milk or yoghurt overnight and wake up to a ready-made breakfast that's as tasty as it is healthy.

Recommended: BBC Good Food Easy Pancake Recipe

 

Protein-Rich Foods: The Egg-ceptional Breakfast

Eggs are like the superheroes of the breakfast world - versatile, protein-rich and always there when you need them. Whether scrambled eggs on toast or a hearty breakfast quesadilla loaded with cheese, they're quick to cook and packed full of energy for those long drives.

And if eggs aren't your thing? Yoghurt's got your back. It's high in protein, easy to store in your campervan fridge, and can be jazzed up with anything from fresh fruit to granola for an easy meal idea that doesn't skimp on flavour.

Recommended: BBC Good Food Perfect Scramble EggsCheese Quesadilla Recipe

 

Fresh Fruits: Nature’s Candy

Starting your day with fresh fruits isn’t just healthy – it’s downright delicious! Berries over yoghurt or bananas sliced into oatmeal add that natural sweetness we all crave (without any added sugar). Plus, they’re packed with vitamins that will energise you throughout the day.

Fruit salads also make for a refreshing change from the usual cooked fare – think juicy oranges, crisp apples and succulent peaches. And the best part? No cooking is required!

 

Hot Beverages: The Perfect Wake-Up Call

What’s breakfast without a hot beverage to kick-start your day? Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or more of a tea person, there’s nothing quite like sipping on your favourite drink as you watch the sunrise from your campervan.

And don’t worry about needing fancy equipment – all you need is a simple camping stove, and you’ve got yourself a mobile café! So go ahead, brew up some magic and make those early mornings something to look forward to.

So there you have it - quick, easy meal ideas that make campervan living feel like home. Remember, just because you're on wheels doesn't mean you can't enjoy great breakfasts!

Recommended: Moka Pot, Kettle, Mugs, sugar & milk!

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Lunch on the Go: Versatile Campervan Recipes

 

Wrap It UpSimple Tacos

Let's taco 'bout wraps and sandwiches, shall we? These are your ultimate road warriors for lunchtime. They're like the Swiss army knives of campervan food ideas - versatile, compact, and always reliable.

  • You can stuff them with anything you fancy - from leftover BBQ chicken to that half-eaten block of cheddar cheese lounging in your cooler.

  • They're portable, meaning you can munch on them while driving or during a scenic pitstop.

  • Plus, they don't need any utensils. Less washing up equals more time exploring.

Just pack some sturdy bread or tortillas that won't get squished at the bottom of your bag!

Recommended: BBC Good Food Easy Taco Recipe

 

Salad DaysThe Nikki Delventhal Carrot Chopping Technique

Have you ever heard of a salad that gets better with age? Well, buckle up because I'm about to blow your lettuce-loving minds!

  • Salads made with long-lasting veggies like carrots or bell peppers survive and thrive in a campervan environment.

  • They're crunchy, refreshing and full of nutrients – just what our bodies crave after hours on the road.

Here's a quick recipe idea:

  1. Dice some carrots, bell peppers and cucumbers.

  2. Toss them in olive oil and lemon juice.

  3. Sprinkle some salt and pepper.

Boom! A simple yet satisfying salad ready for lunch.

Recommended: Everyday Salad Recipe

Not Really Recommended: The Bag Salad :)

 

Can Do Attitude

Canned goods are like gold in the campervan world. Quick soups or stews whipped up from canned ingredients are lifesavers when hunger strikes at noon.

  • Canned beans make for an excellent protein-packed chilli.

  • Canned corn adds sweetness to any vegetable soup.

  • And let's not forget canned tuna – it’s perfect for a quick pasta salad or sandwich filling.

So, next time you’re grocery shopping before a trip, hit up that canned food aisle. Your future lunch-self will thank you.

 

Hydrate or Die-drate

Okay, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but hydration is key, especially during midday meals.

  • Water helps with digestion and keeps us feeling full.

  • It also prevents the dreaded afternoon energy slump.

So chug that H2O like it's going out of style! And hey, why not add some flavour to your water? A slice of lemon or cucumber can make all the difference.

Remember: A hydrated camper is a happy camper!

 

Dinner Delights: One-Pot Campervan MealsKeep the clean up under control with one-pot dishes

 

Simple Yet Scrumptious

One-pot campervan meals are the unsung heroes of camping food. They bring a level of simplicity to campervan cooking that is truly unmatched, making them an ideal choice for any adventurous spirit who still wants a delicious meal without the fuss.

  • The beauty of one-pot meals lies in their minimal cleanup. No need to juggle multiple pots and pans in the confined space of your campervan kitchen. Just cook, serve, eat, and wash up one pot – it's as easy as pie, or should we say stew?

  • One-pot meals also save time and energy. Instead of monitoring several dishes on different burners, you can focus on exploring the great outdoors while your perfect meal simmers away.

Recommended: 84 One Pot Recipes from the BBC

 

Variety is the Spice of Life

Incorporating a variety of proteins, grains, and vegetables into your dinners not only ensures balanced nutrition but also keeps your taste buds entertained.

  • Proteins like chicken breast, tofu or canned beans can be added to any dish for an extra punch.

  • Grains such as rice or pasta provide essential carbs for energy. Here's a tip: try ramen noodles in your next soup or stew – they're light to carry and quick to cook!

  • Vegetables add colour, texture and vitamins to your meals. Root vegetables like potatoes and carrots hold up well during long cooking times.

 

Flavourful Feasts

Spices are the secret weapon in every campervan dish arsenal. They enhance flavours without adding bulk to supplies.

  • A pinch of smoked paprika can transform a simple tomato soup into a smoky delight.

  • Oregano pairs perfectly with pasta dishes like spaghetti bolognese.

  • Cumin adds warmth and depth to chilli recipes.

Remember that spices don’t have to be limited to savoury dishes - a sprinkle of cinnamon can elevate your morning oatmeal to new heights.

 

Slow and Steady

Slow-cooked recipes are the epitome of set-it-and-forget-it cooking. They can simmer away while you're out exploring, and you'll come back to a great meal ready to serve.

  • Stews and soups are classic slow-cooked campervan meals. Just toss in your ingredients, set the heat low, and let time do its magic.

  • Oven-baked dishes like sausage rolls or lasagna also work well if your campervan has an oven. Prepare them in the morning, pop them in the oven before heading out, and return to a warm, hearty dinner.

Remember that slow cooking requires an adequate fuel supply. Always check your gas levels before starting a long cook!

Recommended: Campfire Beef Stew Recipe

So there you have it, folks - one-pot campervan meals are not just easy camping meals but also offer variety, flavour and convenience. Whether you're whipping up a quick pasta dish or slow-cooking a hearty stew, these tips should help make every campervan meal an adventure in itself!

 

Vegetarian Varieties: Hearty Plant-Based Options

 

Protein-Packed AlternativesLentil & Brown Rice - perfect for vegetarians

Who needs beef or chicken when you've got tofu, lentils, and chickpeas? These protein-rich food items are a great option for campervan meals. Tofu can be marinated and grilled, stir-fried with zucchini and peppers, or crumbled into soups made with a robust vegetable stock. Lentils make for hearty curries - just add some curry powder, tomatoes, onions, and a side dish of brown rice. Chickpeas? Roast them for a crunchy snack, or mash them up for some homemade hummus - the choice is yours!

Just imagine it now: You're parked by a serene lake, grilling up some tofu skewers on your portable stove while the sun sets in the background. Who said campervan dining had to be boring?

 

Nutrient-Dense Plants Galore

Aim to include diverse plant-based nutrients in your meals. This means loading up on veggies like potatoes (great as a side dish), spring onions (perfect for adding flavour to any dish), and tomatoes (excellent in pasta sauces). And let's not forget fruits! They can be used in breakfast dishes like oats or enjoyed as they are for an easy snack.

  1. Oats topped with fresh fruit for breakfast

  2. Baked potatoes as a side dish

  3. Tomato sauce pasta

  4. Fresh fruit snacks

Remember to mix it up so you're getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from different sources.

 

Nuts about Nuts (and Seeds!)

Nuts and seeds aren't just good for snacking — they're also fantastic ingredients that can bring extra flavour and texture to your meals. For instance, you could garnish your curries with some toasted sesame seeds or sprinkle chopped almonds over your morning oats. The possibilities are endless!

  • Toasted sesame seeds on curry

  • Chopped almonds on oats

  • Sunflower seeds in salads

And if you're feeling a bit nutty, why not try making your own trail mix? It's the ultimate campervan snack!

 

Dairy-Free Delights

Lastly, don't be afraid to experiment with dairy-free alternatives like almond milk or vegan cheese. They can easily replace regular milk and cheese in most recipes without compromising on taste or texture.

  1. Almond milk in oatmeal

  2. Vegan cheese on pizzas or sandwiches

  3. Coconut milk in curries

So there you have it! With these plant-based ingredients and ideas at your disposal, who needs meat? So next time you hit the road in your campervan, remember: You don't have to compromise on flavour just because you're living the van life. Happy cooking (and eating)!

 

Seafood Specials: Tasty Campervan Dishes

 

Shellfish Shindig

Who said you can't enjoy a seafood feast on the road? Don't clam up; let's dive into safe storage practices for seafood while travelling.

  • Keep your fishy friends cold! Store them in a cooler with ice packs to maintain freshness.

  • Always separate raw and cooked seafood to avoid cross-contamination.

  • Got leftover cooked seafood from last night's grill party? No problemo! Just make sure to refrigerate it within two hours.

Now, onto some quick-cook options. Shrimp and scallops are top of the list here. They're like the Usain Bolt of the sea - fast and tasty!

  • BBQ shrimp skewers are an easy option. Marinate them in barbecue sauce, thread onto skewers and grill. Voila!

  • Scallops can be quickly seared in a pan with some garlic and butter. Serve 'em up with pasta dishes or fried rice.

Recommended: Grilled Shrimp Skewers

 

Canned Cuisine

The next stop on our culinary journey is canned seafood territory. Tuna or salmon are your best pals here.

  • Jazz up your ramen by adding canned tuna or salmon.

  • Fancy a salad? Mix canned fish with fresh veggies, toss in some pesto for extra flavour and you've got yourself a meal!

  • Taco Tuesday? Fill those tortilla boats with canned fish, add toppings of choice (think avocado, salsa) and enjoy!

 

Veggie VenturesFish Tacos, high in protein and fun finger food for the younger camper

Last but not least, pairing seafood with fresh vegetables creates balanced dishes that would impress even Gordon Ramsay!

  • Grilled fish tacos served with coleslaw made from shredded cabbage and carrots.

  • Barbecued sausages wrapped in lettuce leaves instead of buns for a low-carb alternative.

  • A classic pasta dish featuring grilled shrimp tossed in pesto sauce served over zoodles (zucchini noodles).

So, there you have it, folks! Your guide to creating seafood specials in your campervan. Just remember, the world is your oyster...or shrimp...or scallop. Happy cooking!

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Desserts & Sweet Treats for Road Trips

 

Fruity Delights

Road trips are synonymous with indulgence, but who said you can't indulge healthily? Fruit-based desserts provide a refreshing and nutritious twist to the traditional road trip dessert scene.

  1. Bananas, apples, oranges or any other fruit that travels well can be used to whip up a quick and healthy dessert.

  2. You could prepare a fruit salad drizzled with honey or lemon juice for a tangy kick.

  3. Alternatively, pack some yoghurt and granola to make an impromptu parfait on the go.

Fruit doesn't have to be boring! With a little creativity, it can transform into an easy camping dessert that's both delicious and guilt-free.

 

Baked Goodies GaloreThe perfected Brownie Recipe?

Baking might not be feasible on the road - unless you've got an oven in your campervan (kudos if you do!). But there's no reason why you can't enjoy baked goods during your adventure.

  1. Homemade cookies or brownies are perfect sweet treats for road trips, but without a oven you may need to rely on bakeries.

  2. Alternatively, prepare them in advance and store them in air-tight containers.

  3. Choose recipes with ingredients like oats or nuts for added nutrition.

Remember, nothing screams 'road trip' quite like munching on chocolate chip cookies while cruising down the open road!

Recommended: Fudgy Brownies / Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Spread the Sweetness

Sweet spreads and dips aren't just versatile; they're downright delectable!

  1. Nutella spread on whole-grain bread is a classic choice.

  2. Honey is another great option - it pairs well with almost anything!

  3. Don’t forget about cream cheese frosting – it’s not just for cakes anymore!

These spreads are perfect for those moments when you need something sweet but don't want to fuss over preparation.

 

Campfire ClassicsThe all American classic - now available in Tesco!

No list of campervan food ideas would be complete without mentioning s'mores. They're the quintessential camping dessert, after all!

  1. All you need are digestive or graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars.

  2. Roast the marshmallow over the campfire until it's golden brown.

  3. Sandwich it between two biscuits with a piece of chocolate.

Voila! You've got yourself a gooey, melty treat that'll have everyone asking for s'more!

Recommended: Easy Smores

 

Ice Cream Dreams

Lastly, if there's room in your campervan for a cooler, why not bring along some ice cream? If you don’t have a dedicated freezer in your van, we’ve found that the very bottom of many models tends to freeze the contents - extending the life of ice cream to at least 24 hours. It's an absolute crowd-pleaser and can be enjoyed on its own or as a topping for other desserts.

Remember, road trips are about making memories - and what better way to do that than with delicious desserts? Whether you prefer healthy fruit options or decadent baked goods, there's no shortage of sweet treats to enjoy on the open road.

 

Wrapping Up the Foodie Road Trip

So, you've made it to the end of our culinary journey on wheels. We've dished up a smorgasbord of campervan grub that'll have your taste buds doing backflips! From breaky to dessert, we've got you covered like a baked bean on toast.

Now, it's time for you to hit the road and whip up these tasty treats in your own campervan kitchen. Don't forget to pack your sense of adventure along with your spatula - because cooking on the move is all about rollin' with the punches. So go ahead, put the pedal to the metal and let's get cookin'!

 

FAQS

 

What are some quick and easy breakfast ideas for campervan cooking?

From scrambled eggs in a mug to overnight oats or granola bars, there are plenty of simple yet delicious options for breakfast in a campervan.

 

Can I cook seafood in my campervan?

Absolutely! You can prepare fresh fish or shrimp on a portable grill or stovetop pan. Just remember to store your seafood properly to ensure freshness.

 

Are there vegetarian-friendly recipes suitable for campervan cooking?

Yes! There are many plant-based recipes that are perfect for campervan cooking, such as veggie stir-fries, chickpea salads, or stuffed bell peppers.

 

Do I need special equipment to cook in my campervan?

Not necessarily. A basic camping stove and some pots and pans should be enough for most meals. However, having items like a portable grill or slow cooker can expand your meal options.

 

How do I store food in my campervan?

You can use coolers for perishable items like meat and dairy products, and for non-perishable items like canned goods and pasta, plastic containers or sealable bags work great.

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