My campervan recipes: simple yet yummy road meals

Posted on 08/07/2018 by John Morley


Who said camping food had to be dull? Ditch the spaghetti hoops, fry-ups and pot noodles, and try out one of these simple but delicious one-pot campervan recipes, and enjoy some fine dining!!

Sausage casserole (serves 2)

  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot, diced,
  • 1 Stalk celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 sausages
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • Teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fry the veg and garlic in the olive oil until the onions are cooked. Add the sausages and cook for a further few minutes. Pour in the kidney beans, tomatoes and thyme and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Season and serve.

Or turn it into a vegetarian campervan recipe

Don't feel like eating meat today or prefer a vegetarian recipe? Simply replace the sausages with vegetarian Bratwurst, for instance from Vegetarian Butcher or GoodBite. The rest of this campervan recipe will stay the same.

 

Chicken Nachos (serves 2)

  • 100g Nachos
  • 100g cheddar cheese
  • 200g lettuce
  • Small jar of salsa sauce
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil

Fry chicken in vegetable oil. When cooked, add salsa to heat. Pour mixture over nachos. Add lettuce and sprinkle with cheese.

Chilli Con Carne (serves 2)

  • 1/2 sachet of Chilli-Con-Carne seasoning mix (always check ingredients needed for your chosen brand of seasoning mix)
  • 200g lean minced beef
  • 1 medium onions, chopped
  • 75ml cold water
  • 200g can of  diced tomatoes
  • 200g can of kidney beans, drained

Brown the mince and onions and drain off excess. Mix the sachet with water, and add to meat, along with the kidney beans and tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add to rice, pasta or nachos!

Cooking hack: turn it into Chilli Sin Carne

Making this recipe vegetarian is easy... Just add some textured vegetable protein (TVP) instead of the minced beef. Let the TVP simmer in the diced tomatoes/water + seasoning mixture before adding the kidney beans. For an even fuller flavour replace the water with another can of diced tomatoes. Let it simmer (without the beans) for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the liquid and let the TVP soak up some of the liquid. Is it too watery? Simply add some regular flour or chickpea flour.

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Linguine and spicy shrimps (serves 2)

  • 200g Linguine 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250g shrimps
  • ¼ tea spoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch of watercress, thick stems removed and torn
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 
  • Salt, for seasoning

Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and reserve some of the water. Fry shrimps in oil with the garlic, red pepper and a dash of salt for 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally. Reduce to a medium heat, add the pasta, watercress, lemon zest and 100ml of reserved pasta water and toss occasionally for 1-2 minutes and serve.

Turning it into vegetarian linguine

Simply leave out the shrimps and add 1 onion and 3 to 5 cloves of garlic for extra flavour. Stir-fry the onion when you finished cooking the linguine pasta. As soon as the onions & garlic start to brown, take the pan off the camping stove and add the pasta. Finish off with some good olive oil. Add a fresh side-salad if you want a vitamin boost.

Fajitas (serves 2)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, into strips
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • Fajita seasoning sachet
  • Salsa, guacamole, or whatever condiments takes your fancy
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Fry the chicken in the oil with the garlic and add seasoning. After the chicken begins to cook, add the onion and pepper. Once cooked, season and serve.

How to make vegetarian fajitas

Replace the chicken in the campervan recipe above with vegetarian chicken. There are several options available nowadays in the UK and Europe. The rest of the recipe will stay the same,

Spanish omelette (serves 2)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200g small potatoes, peeled and sliced small
  • 150g onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 3 large eggs

Fry the potatoes and onions with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once cooked, allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Mix eggs in a bowl with salt and pepper. Scoop out the potatoes and onion and put into the mix with the eggs, keeping the oil in the pan.

Heat the pan and add mixture, leaving to cook undisturbed on a low heat. Leave until the edges have set, and the middle is beginning to (around 10 minutes). Using a plate, flip the tortilla over, and cook on the other side for a further 3 minutes.

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