Quick & Easy Van Life Meals
While van life is fun and exciting, it can be intimidating trying to cook for yourself when you don’t have the comfort of your home’s kitchen. Easy classics such as pasta are great when on the road but, it’s always fun to change things up. Whether meal planning for your first van trip or looking to change up your menu, here are some simple recipes to give a try in your Curious Camper this summer.
My personal favourite morning meal is overnight oats. They’re quick to make the night before and all set for you in the morning when you’re hungry and ready to start your day. Plus, there are endless flavours to choose!
What you need to make overnight oats:
½ part rolled oats
½ part milk (dairy free alternatives work too)
Sweetener – Maple Syrup is my go to but you can use sugar, honey or anything sweet
Any flavours and toppings you want!
Jar/container with a lid to store oats overnight
Here are some different things I add to get my favourite flavours:
Mashed or sliced banana, Vanilla extract*, Cinnamon, a Pinch of Salt, and Pecans
Vanilla extract*, Chia Seeds, Pinch of salt, and Blueberries
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Peanut butter, Cocoa powder, Chocolate Chips, a Pinch of Salt, and top with some fresh banana in the morning
Shredded Coconut, Chocolate Chips, Chia seeds, Pinch of salt, and Sliced Almonds
*Alternatively, you can also use vanilla flavoured milk.
A great van lunch that’s simple, yummy, and doesn’t require any cooking is chickpea salad! The recipe below is a great basic salad, and can be brought to the next level by adding any other veggies or protein you have around!
RAW CHICKPEA SALAD
What you’ll need:
Can of Chickpeas
2 cloves Garlic
3 tbsp. Olive Oil
3 tbsp. Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper
For the salad:
▪ Drain and Rinse the chickpeas.
▪ Mince the onion and garlic.
▪ Chop the peppers, avocado, tomatoes, and parsley into little pieces.
▪ Combine all these ingredients in large bowl.
For the dressing:
▪ In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice and olive oil.
Gently toss the dressing and salad together, season with some salt and pepper, and enjoy!
One-pot meals are great for keeping things simple on the road. The options for what you can make are endless! Some of my favourites include spicy Thai noodles, curries, and Chicken Fajitas (which I’ve included the recipe for below).
What you’ll need:
Chicken or an alternative protein such as tofu mince
What to do:
▪ Fry the chicken in a bit of olive oil. Once partially cooked add in the onions and peppers.
▪ Add your seasoning (premade fajita seasoning or smoked paprika both work great)
▪ Put it in a wrap with any toppings you want to add and voila!
While these are a great place to start, there are lots of ways to turn your kitchen favourites into van friendly meals. Comment below if you have any easy and fun recipes that you love for on the road!