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25 Easy Campervan Meals For Your Next Road Trip

There’s nothing like the great outdoors. The sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and a delicious meal cooking over the open flame. But, it’s easy to face a meal rut when you’re out on the road and need something filling to keep going. Munching on the same things can get boring, and you never know when the sweet or savory cravings will hit you. 

That’s where having some easy-to-prepare and yummy meal ideas will save the day for you. If you’re lucky enough to have a campervan, these meals will make your trips more enjoyable and less tiring. So, fire up that stove, and let’s get cooking!

Insiders Tips: You will find that some of these recipes require an oven to bake your food, but if you don’t have an oven or dutch oven for outdoor cooking, a great option is an Omnia oven over a propane stove

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What Are Some Easy-to-Prepare Meal Ideas for Your Campervan Trips?

You can make lots of great meals in a campervan, but some are definitely better than others. When it comes to filling and tasty campervan meals, these come out on top: 

  • Curry
  • Lentil soup
  • Overnight oats
  • Zucchini Boats Filled with Your Favorite Veggies and Protein
  • One-Pan Pesto Chicken Penne

Looking for more ideas for eating on the road whether you’re in an RV, Skoolie, or Campervan? Keep on reading!

Breakfast Meals For Road Trips

Omelette Eggs, Hot Sauce, and Sausage

  • Beat eggs in a bowl and season them with salt and pepper.
  • Heat up a frying pan with a bit of olive oil, butter, or bacon grease.
  • Pour in the egg mixture and cook until it’s almost set but still runny on top.
  • Add your favorite veggies and cheese on top and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another few minutes until the cheese is melted.

A popular road trip breakfast is an omelet with hot sauce and sausage, which can be cooked in a frying pan, on a griddle over campfire coals, or even in a dutch-oven if you’re in for a relaxing breakfast.

Omelets are great because you can use leftover veggies from the night before or add some of your favorite fresh veggies for a new flavor.

The ingredients are simple: eggs, cheese, and any other toppings you’d like to include.

Sausage Rolls

  • Cook up your favorite breakfast meat with some veggies.
  • Pre-made biscuit or crescent rolls cut into strips or rolled flat
  • Add a spoonful or two of the cooked meat and veggies with a sprinkle cheese on top. Fold the dough over making a mini sandwich.
  • Cook in the oven following the biscuit directions until golden brown.

A great breakfast dish for a road trip is sausage rolls. Sausage rolls are a traditional dish in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. These can be made with either pre-made pastry or homemade and are fast and easy to make while on the go. The ingredients are simple!

They’re so popular that it’s easy to forget how wonderful they are: A buttery puff pastry baked to golden perfection lends a light flakiness and crunch to go with the hearty meat filling made of eggs, sausage, onions, and spices.

Eggs and Toast-Simple and Easy Camper van Meals

  • Your favorite bread lightly toasted in skillet.
  • Cook eggs any way you like, we prefer ours a bit runny.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Optional: Avocado, pickled pepperoncini, hot sauce, or slice of ham.

The simple breakfast of eggs and toast is always a winner on the road. Not only are eggs and toast quick it requires little clean-up so you can get on the road sooner.

We love to spice it up with a good hot sauce and some avocado. By far one of our favorite campervan recipes.

Overnight Oats- Favorite Easy Campervan Meal for Breakfast

  • Combine milk and old-fashioned oats in a 1:1 ratio, 1 cup oats to 1 cup milk. For rolled oats add additional liquid.
  • Let sit overnight or at least 6 hours in fridge or cooler.
  • Top with fruit, honey, chia seeds, nuts or whatever sounds good to you.

When it comes to campervan cooking sometimes it’s best to skip the whole cooking part.

Overnight oats are a breakfast staple for many people. It is easy to make, and you can prepare it the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is take it out of the fridge, put it in a bowl, and enjoy.

Overnight oats are great because you can use any kind of milk or non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy). People enjoy the ease of overnight oats because they can make it the night before and not have to worry about making breakfast in the morning.

We love topping our overnight oats with some fresh fruit, chia seeds, and nuts, but you can top it with whatever you like.

Egg Sandwiches 

  • Cook up your eggs just how you like ’em and grill meat.
  • Pick your favorite bread, biscuit, or english muffin.
  • Add eggs, meat, cheese, and veggies for the perfect breakfast sandwich.

Egg sandwiches are a delicious and easy-to-prepare meal that can be enjoyed on the go. You need a pan, some eggs, your meat of choice, cheese, and your favorite bread. 

You can enjoy a delicious and satisfying egg sandwich anytime, anywhere, with just a few simple ingredients. We like to wrap a couple extra up in tin-foil for a mid afternoon snack.

Lunch Ideas For Campervan Cooking, RVing and Travel

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

  • Pick your favorite tomato soup and season to taste with pepper.
  • Butter your skillet and butter your slices of bread.
  • Place your favorite cheese inside and grill to perfection.
  • Optional: Add thinly sliced tomato, ham, or onions for the deluxe grilled cheese.

When it comes to van life meals, the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup is the perfect comfort food for a cozy campervan meal. The best thing about this dish is that you can cook it in the van without sacrificing its flavor or quality. 

For the grilled cheese, use your van’s stovetop to grill thick slices of bread until they are golden brown and crusty. Then add your favorite cheese to the slices and serve with the hot soup. 

This easy meal will please any hungry camper, and it can be easily customized to suit your taste. So next time you’re planning a long road trip, add grilled cheese and tomato soup to your menu.

Gourmet Mac’ N’ Cheese

  • Cook the Mac’ N’ Cheese per directions but don’t add the cheese flavoring yet.
  • Saute veggies and garlic or whatever else sounds good to you.
  • Once veggies are fished stir in noodles and season with salt pepper and cheese sauce per your taste. Add additional milk or water if needed.

When we set out to bring you our favorite camper van meals it was a tough choice between gourmet Ramen and Gourmet Mac.

Gourmet Mac’ N’ Cheese takes that boring Kraft box and makes it next level with some simple additions.

We add garlic, red peppers, frozen peas, tomato and even tuna fish. But the options are endless and a perfect way to use up some of those camping leftovers.

You’ll have a hot and cheesy meal that’s perfect for a camping trip in just a few minutes. 

Rice, Beans, and Salsa (Cheap and Easy Campervan Meal)

  • Cook up your favorite rice or pilaf
  • Add drained canned beans of your choice.
  • Season to taste with salt/pepper, lemon juice, and a dash of hot sauce or your favorite salsa.

If you’re looking for a nutritious, cheap, and easy-to-make campervan dish, look no further than rice and beans. This classic combination is not only packed with protein and fiber, but it’s also incredibly versatile. 

You can make it with white or brown rice, black or pinto beans, and any number of spices and seasonings. You can cook it in one pot on your camp stove or instant pot, making clean-up a breeze. 

All you need is rice, beans, salsa, and spices of your choice. If you practically live on the road and snacking on junk food is not an option, rice and beans are a go-to dish. 

Dinner Campervan Recipes

Quinoa Stir-Fry (Make Vegetarian or Add Steak)

  • Prepar Quinao per directions.
  • Stir fry veggies, meat, and season to taste or add your favorite stir fry sauce.
  • Plate quinao and spoon stir fry mix on top. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for a hassle-free meal to prepare in your campervan, quinoa stir-fry is one good option. Quinoa is super healthy and rich with vitamins and protein to fuel you for the day.

Quinoa takes on the flavors you give it so the choice is yours. Try simple salt and pepper with lemon juice or go big with your favorite stir fry sauce.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Pre-made frozen meatballs or substitute
  • Favorite pasta sauce, add additional veggies if you like
  • Simmer meatballs, veggies, and pasta sauce till done
  • Cook pasta per directions
  • Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish you can easily make in the campervan. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive, making it an excellent option for budget-minded travelers. 

Plus, you can quickly adapt this dish to accommodate different dietary needs. For example, vegans can omit meatballs or substitute them with a plant-based alternative. 

You can of course cook spaghetti on your van stovetop or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, in a dutch oven. Either way, this hearty dish will hit the spot after a long day of exploring and traveling. 

Chili Con Carne

  • Saute onions and garlic then add ground beef or substitute
  • Stir in can of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of beans(rinsed & drained) and 1 tblsp chili powder
  • Simmer for 30 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  • Optional: A splash of wine or a dark beer, green chillies
  • Serve with grated cheese, cilantro or green onions, and a dab of sour cream

Chili con carne is the perfect meal for a night in your campervan. Not only is it hearty and filling, but it’s also easy to make. 

Plus, chili is the perfect dish for using up any leftover ingredients you might have lying around. To make chili con carne in your van, simply sauté some onions and garlic, then add in your ground beef or turkey. 

Spaghetti Bolognese

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  • Brown meat with diced onions and garlic
  • Add favorite tomato sauce and leftover veggies like carrots or mushrooms
  • Simmer for 20 minutes and serve over pasta

This classic dish is always a winner, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves Italian food. The finger-licking Bolognese delight is made with a simple tomato and meat sauce, then served over spaghetti noodles.

 While spaghetti Bolognese traditionally contains beef, you can also make it with ground turkey or your favorite meat substitute.

Campervan cooking doesn’t get easier than this making it a great option for busy travelers. Perfect for those cold winter nights and is great as a leftover.

Sloppy Joes

  • Brown meat with diced onions and garlic
  • Add favorite tomato sauce to the consistency you prefer
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Serve on buns with a side salad

Sloppy joes are a classic American sandwich, and they make a perfect meal for camping in a campervan. Sloppy Joes are easy to prepare, and they’re hearty and filling – perfect for a long day of hiking or exploring. 

Fried Salmon With Pan Roasted Vegetables

  • Grill salmon or pan fry in skillet with butter until lightly blackened
  • Saute veggies in olive oil and season to taste
  • Serve over rice or quinoa

Campervan meals don’t have to be boring or lack quality.

Grilled salmon is another superb option for a healthy, hearty meal while camping. You can easily prepare it in your campervan on the cooktop or on a portable grill or campfire. 

To add some extra flavor, try marinating the salmon in a homemade citrus marinade or BBQ sauce. Roasted vegetables are a perfect side and easily sauteed on the stove.

Serve the grilled salmon and roasted vegetables with rice or quinoa for a complete meal.

Gourmet Ramen – Well Sort of

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  • Prepare toppings: leftover veggies, tofu, meats, peppers, or spinach are all great
  • Stir fry toppings and cook ramen noodles in separate dish
  • Once noodles are done stir fry with toppings in hot pan for just a minute or two seasoning with ramen packet to taste
  • Serve with a soft boiled egg

Campervan cooking would not be complete without “upgraded” ramen. The options here are endless.

All your leftover veggies and meats can prepare a delicious meal. We’ve even tried Phad Thai versions with chopped peanuts and peanut butter.

You can use the ramen packet to season to taste or use other sauces you already have. Time to get creative.

Spaghetti Squash With Marinara Sauce

Spaghetti squash with marinara sauce is a tasty and easy-to-prepare campervan dish. First, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. 

Next, place the squash halves cut side down in an instant pot for 30-40 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Once the squash is cooked, use a fork to scrape out the flesh into strands. Finally, top with your favorite marinara sauce and enjoy. 

One of our favorite campervan recipes we use with our Instant Pot Duo.

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant parmesan is a classic Italian dish that is perfect for campers. Not only is it delicious, but it is also relatively easy to prepare. The first step is to slice the eggplant into thin slices. Next, lightly dust the slices with flour or bread crumbs and pan-fry them in olive oil until they are golden brown. 

Once the eggplant slices are cooked, you can begin assembling the dish. Start by spreading a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom of your baking dish. Then, add a layer of eggplant slices, followed by a layer of mozzarella cheese. Repeat these steps until you reach the top of the dish. 

Finally, bake the eggplant parmesan in your campervan oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. 

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf is an excellent campervan dish for a few reasons. Here are some of them:

  • It’s relatively easy to prepare. You can mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl and then shape the meatloaf into patties, ensuring there’s minimal clean-up required.
  • Turkey meatloaf is very versatile. You can add whatever seasonings you like or even experiment with different types of ground meat. 
  • This dish is very filling and satisfying, perfect for a long day of hiking or exploring. 
  • Turkey meatloaf reheats well, so you can make a big batch and enjoy leftovers for days.  

If you want a delicious and easy-to-prepare campervan meal, look no further than turkey meatloaf. 

Insider Tip: As mentioned above, you can use an Omnia oven, a propane stove, or a dutch oven if you don’t have an oven in your van.

Zucchini Boats Filled with Your Favorite Veggies and Protein

 This dish is simple to make and can be adapted to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Preheat your oven, slice zucchini in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and fill the boats with your favorite veggies or protein. 

The combination of diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, and ground beef is ideal, but you can really use any combination of ingredients that you like. Once the boats are filled, just bake in the oven until the zucchini is tender and the filling is hot and bubbly. 

This dish is not only delicious, but it’s also an easy way to get your veggies in while you’re on the road. So next time you’re feeling cramped in your campervan, whip up a batch of these zucchini boats and enjoy a healthy and delicious meal.

Salads (Yep, Salad is a Whole Meal)

A salad is the perfect option if you’re looking for a light but filling meal to enjoy in your campervan or RV. Salads include a variety of ingredients, so you can easily find something to suit your taste. Since salads are easy to prepare and require no cooking, they’re ideal when you’re on the road. 

To make a salad in your campervan, simply chop up your chosen ingredients and mix them in a bowl. If you want to add extra protein or healthy fats, consider adding some cooked chicken, fish, or tofu. 

For a bit of sweetness, add some fruit or diced vegetables. And for a bit of crunch, add some nuts or seeds. Then simply dress your salad with your favorite dressing and enjoy. 

Mexican Rice Bowl (Can Even be a Breakfast Option)

What exactly is a Mexi-bowl, you may be thinking? The best way I can describe it is that it’s a burrito bowl with multiple layers. It has all of the ingredients found in a burrito but without the tortilla. With fresh veggies and a homemade seasoning blend, what’s not to love about this recipe?

The best thing is that you may personalize these bowls to your liking. This recipe only takes 20 minutes to make, so you’ll be able to enjoy it quickly! They’re also a great way to use up any leftovers you might have in your fridge.

Personally, I am a big fan of chicken (breast or thigh meat works great here), but you can also use pork or beef.

I like to use seasonings, black beans, rice, protein, and veggies (onions, bell peppers, mushrooms). For toppings, Shredded Mexican blend cheese, sour cream, chopped cilantro, and sliced jalapenos are all delicious topping choices.

Our favorite way to make a Mexican rice bowl is with our instant pot, but you can also use one of those packets of instant rice if you don’t have any cooked rice on hand.

One-Pan Pesto Chicken Penne

One-pan pesto chicken penne is the perfect dish for campers. It makes a great meal when combined with salad, but it can also be a nice side dish to have at lunch or dinner.

This Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta comes together in about 25 minutes, is super creamy, and uses just a few simple ingredients. 😉

The first step is to put a pan on your stove and add some olive oil. Combine the chicken, garlic, salt, and pepper, cooking until the chicken is browned. Then, mix in the heavy cream, parmesan, and pesto, stirring until evenly combined. Next, bring to a boil and cook until the sauce has reduced about five to seven minutes. Toss in the pasta and cherry tomatoes, stirring until evenly coated. Remove from heat.

To serve, sprinkle parmesan cheese and basil on top!

Curry- Our Favorite Easy Campervan Meal

Curry is a great meal to make in a campervan or RV because it’s sooo easy. You can either buy a premade jar of curry; our favorite is Maya Kaimal brand, or you can make your own curry with curry paste and powder and some coconut milk. We

like to make our curry with lots of veggies. We usually make a big batch of rice, then add our homemade or jarred curry to it. We’ll eat it with some naan bread or chapati (Indian flatbread) and a side of raita, which is a yogurt sauce that helps cut the heat from the curry.

We always have a jar of curry in our cupboard for those nights when we just don’t feel like cooking but want something warm and tasty to eat. We love this recipe because it’s so easy and cheap to make.

Lentil Soups (Great Vegetarian Food Option)

Lentil soups are an affordable option for vegetarians living on the road. Lentils are packed with protein and fiber, taste good hot or cold, and can be eaten as a meal on their own or used as a side dish.

The great thing about keeping some lentils on hand is that they are versatile and really can be prepared in a variety of ways. You can keep it simple or get creative with your lentil soups.

The following is a list of some ingredients we like to throw into our lentil soup recipes.

Onions, clove garlic, carrots, stalks of celery, diced tomatoes, and collard greens or kale.

Butter Chicken

Yep, can you tell we like Indian food! Butter chicken is one of the most popular Indian dishes in Western countries, and for good reason. I

t’s super easy to make and tastes delicious. We like to make butter chicken in a larger batch so that we can have leftovers for the next day.

Our go-to for butter chicken is typically the jarred sauce to keep things easy. If you’re feeling adventurous, of course, there are LOTS and LOTS of ways to prepare this without the jarred sauce.

The best thing about butter chicken is how well it pairs with rice! We usually make a big batch of basmati rice to go along with our butter chicken.

Egg Fried Rice

As you can see, a lot of our recipes include rice. A good way to use up the leftover rice is to make egg-fried rice. Fried Rice can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. It is a great way to use up leftover vegetables too.

Some of our favorite things to throw in our rice are leftover meat from the night before, vegetables such as peas, carrots, peppers, corn kernels, and broccoli florets.

Don’t forget to add some soy sauce, sesame oil, and a little bit of salt and pepper.

Food and Various Things We Always Have In Our Camper Van For Home Cooking Away From Home

  • Salsa
  • Jar of Curry
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beans of all sorts
  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Pasta
  • Oil
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Can of tuna
  • can of crush tomatos
  • Tortillas
  • Box of Pad Thai like this

Get Out and Explore While You Eat Well

So, now you know the importance of stocking up your campervan with suitable ingredients before heading out on your trip. Planning ahead and having easy-to-make meals with you will save you money and time while on the road.

Plus, it’s always nice to have a home-cooked meal after a long day of driving. So, next time you’re headed out on a road trip, be sure to stock up your campervan with all the necessary ingredients.

Hope you enjoyed our compervan food ideas, Bon Appetit!

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Written by Jill Wheeler

Hi there! I’m Jill, a full-time travel blogger and passionate adventurer. I left the 9-to-5 grind to embrace the nomadic travel lifestyle and have never looked back. I love immersing myself in diverse cultures, and through my stories, photos, and tips, I hope to inspire others to embark on their own adventures. When I’m not exploring the world, you’ll find me skiing, mountain biking, or tasting the culture of breathtaking locations.

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