These are mobile kitchen-friendly recipes with simple ingredients and quick, easy prep. We sourced these fine recipes from the Vanlife Cookbook, the internet, added in a few of our own and given credit whenever possible.


BREAKFAST


EGGS IN A NEST   

Bread (2 pieces)
Eggs
Butter

Tear or cut a 1 1/2" hole out of the center of each piece of bread. Butter bread lightly on both sides. Place each slice of bread next to each other  on a heated skillet. Crack eggs, one at a time, into the hole of the bread. Cook on medium heat about 3 minutes. Flip the egg/bread and cook on the other side until the eggs have set. Slide onto a plate and serve.

GoWesty.com   |   The Grant Family


SIMPLY GOOD BREAKFAST

Black coffee
Hard-boiled eggs with salt and pepper
Toast with jam
Fresh fruit

Tamara and Chris at Nomads With a Van describe an easy, smart (and yummy) morning menu: "We hard boil the eggs so we don’t have to be too obsessive about ice in the cooler. For the toast, we fry up the bread in the frying pan with some butter (like when you’re making a grilled cheese). And coffee is made by French press, so all we need is boiling water. Simple, filling, and tasty."

nomadswithavan.com   |   Tamara & Chris


COLOMBIAN EGGS

4 eggs
1 small tomato
1 garlic clove
Salt and Pepper Olive oil
Bread

Slice tomatoes in 1⁄4” slices and the garlic into thin slices. We like medium sized tomatoes (Roma size) with lots of flavor. Heat up olive oil in pan and put tomatoes in, about 2 minutes on each side until tomatoes are soft. Add the garlic, allowing some pieces of garlic to lay on the tomatoes and others to lay directly on the pan. After another 2 minutes, before the garlic starts to burn, break the eggs into the pan, one egg in each 1⁄4 of the pan. Cover with lid and let cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Serve with bread.

SprinterVanDiaries.com   |   Nikki


BREAKFAST POTATOES

2 potatoes
Butter
Salt, Pepper
Ketchup

Slice potato in half length wise. Then again cut each half into thin, half moon shapes – maybe 1/8”-1/4” thick slices. Melt butter in pan. Add potatoes, mixing frequently so they don’t burn. Depending on your pan size and how much contact with the pan each potato has, cook until the potatoes are golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Add salt, pepper ketchup.

TIP: You can also break eggs onto the potatoes and scramble the eggs directly with the fried potatoes.

SprinterVanDiaries.com   |   Nikki


PANCAKES!

1 1⁄2 cups flour
1 1⁄4 cup milk or thin yogurt 2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp oil (olive oil is fine)
1 egg
Sugar

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Pour in the milk or yogurt, egg and oil; mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the pan, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot with syrup, butter, sugar, fruit–really anything!

SprinterVanDiaries.com   |   Nikki


EGGY QUESADILLA

Egg
Tortilla
Cheese
Avocado
Salsa
Leftover meat (optional)

Crack an egg in the pan. Immediately throw a tortilla on top. Squish the egg with the tortilla so the yolk breaks. As it cooks, the egg and tortilla will adhere together. When egg is cooked, flip it over. Add cheese, avocado, leftover meat from dinner, salsa, etc. Fold your tortilla in half. Eat it. No mess in pan!!

MaliMish.com   |   Mali Mish Airstream


BREAKFAST BURRITO

Eggs (enough to feed everyone)
Cubed ham, chicken or bacon bits
Diced onion, peppers, mushrooms etc.
Your favorite cheese (grated)
Your favorite salsa or hot sauce (variety is nice!)
Flour tortillas

Scramble eggs. Stir in with the eggs (or everyone adds their own). Top with cheese and salsa or hot sauce. Fold it all in a big tortilla. Easy for the kids to eat, even walking around camp!

GoWesty.com   |   Ann & Dave


LUNCH


APPLE, HONEY & CHEESE SANDWICH

For 2 Sandwiches:

1 Apple (Honeycrisp, Fuji or a similar)
2 Tbsp Honey
Cheese chunks or slices (enough for 2 sandwiches) — our favorite cheeses for this: Oaxaca or Mozzerella
4 Slices of Bread (multi-grain or whole wheat)

Cut apple in two (half an apple per sandwich). Then, cut each half into thin slices. Spread honey on the insides of the bread. Layer the thin slices of apples on top of the honey-soaked bread. On top of that, add a layer of cheese.  Ready your mouth for a crisp, sweet, delicious treat. 

intrepidor.com   |   Richele & Tor


ALPINE PICNIC

Baguette with Jam or Marmalade
Crackers (rice crackers, Triscuits) 
Cheese (Parano, pepper jack, mozzerella)
Meat (summer sausage, Iberian ham, turkey)
Carrots
Nuts (cashews, almonds) 
Granola
Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots)
Apple slices
Grapes  
Cherries

One of our favorite, all-time ways to eat is hauling out a rotating mixture of thse staples. Great during or after hikes, for relaxing next to rivers or lakes, noshing at picnic tables or reclining on blankets under trees. And needless to say, every bit as tasty when eaten indoors.

intrepidor.com   |   Richele & Tor


AVOCADO SPREAD

2 ripe avocados
2 tsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
1/2 Lemon
Salt and Pepper
Bread

Scoop out ripe avocados into a bowl. You want them to be very ripe and soft in order to easily mash them up. Add the olive oil to the avocado. We like it more on the creamy side but you can mash it up as much as you like. Finely chop the garlic clove and add it in, mix well. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Spread on bread and enjoy!

SprinterVanDiaries.com   |   Nikki


GRILLED PBBJ

2 slices of bread
Peanut butter
1 banana
Jelly or jam of choice
1 tbsp butter

Assemble peanut butter and jelly sandwich like a boss (aka: don't skimp). Slice up a banana inside. Slather outside of sandwich with butter and grill in a skillet until golden brown and the inside is soft and gooey.

TIP: Eat with a towel for a napkin. Make sure you have some baby wipes on hand for facial cleanup.

IG: @greta_bishop   |   Greta Righter


HUMMUS AMONG US

1 tin chickpeas, drained
1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2-3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Lime juice to taste
Salt
Parsley and/or coriander, optional Water to loosen the mix

Mash all the ingredients together until you achieve your desired consistency. Play around with the quantities a little to achieve the consistency and taste you’re looking for. Dip carrots, celery, pretzels, crackers or use as a sandwich filler.

Christine


TADZIKI

3 cups Greek yogurt (or any unsweetened yogurt)
1 lemon (about 3 tbsp lemon juice)  
1 garlic clove
1 large cucumber
Fresh Dill
Salt
Optional: Replace cucumber with a carrot.

Peel and either shred or dice the cucumber. Mix together with yogurt and minced garlic. Add lemon, salt and dill to taste. Mix well and ready to serve!

TIP: Another variation is to replace the cucumber with a carrot. Peel and shred the carrot. In a pan, sauté the shredded carrot until soft and aromatic. Mix with yogurt and follow same directions as above.

Enjoy with flatbread, crackers, pretzels, veggies. Healthy, filling and fresh.

SprinterVanDiaries.com   |   Nikki


GUACAMOLE

Avocado
Lemon or Lime Onion
Tomato
Cilantro (if available) Garlic Powder
Black Pepper

Mash avocado. Chop 1⁄2 of an onion, 1 tomato, and cilantro (to taste). Juice a lemon or lime. Combine all ingredients together. Enjoy with chips, spread on a sandwich, in your burrito, etc.!

nomadizens.com   |   Nomadizens


DINNER


ANNIE'S CON VEGGIES

1 Box Annie's Shells & Cheese Organic Pasta
1/4 Cup Milk (per box instructions)
1/2 Tbsp Smart Balance or Butter (optional)
Handful of Green Beans — washed, cut in quarters — AND / OR —
1 Small Head of Broccoli — chopped into bite-sized pieces
Tomatoes (Roma or Grape) — cut in chunks / bite-sized pieces

Make Annie's shells and cheese per directions on the box. Once pasta is cooked and sauce added, stir in the veggies and enjoy! Funny how just a few veggies liven everything up.

intrepidor.com   |   Richele & Tor


KIELBASA WITH POTATOES & PEPPERS

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (16 ounce) package smoked kielbasa sausage, diced
6 medium red potatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Place kielbasa and potatoes in the saucepan. Cover, and cook 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.

Mix red bell pepper and yellow bell pepper into the saucepan, and continue cooking 5 minutes, until peppers are just tender.


COCONUT STIR FRY

2 cans of coconut milk
Vegetables (we like broccoli, peas, garbanzo beans, cauliflower, spinach)
Rice
Curry powder
Red Pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper

Cook rice according to directions. Meanwhile chop veggies to desired size. In a pan or skillet sauté the veggies for a 3- 5 minutes until warm. Add coconut milk and spices and simmer for 10 minutes until veggies are soft.

Once the veggies are done and rice finished - pour the veggies over rice. Voila! Great way to use up veggies. Delicious. Fresh. Healthy.

svlaurel.com |   Susan Darby


TACO IN A BAG    

Browned & seasoned ground meat --OR-- refried beans
Individual serving size bags of your favorite corn chips (Fritos!)
Shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Sour cream
Salsa or hot sauce
Other (chopped onion, jalapenos etc.)

Take an individual bag of chips and smash (without opening bag). Open bag and add the ingredients. Hold the bag closed and shake. Eat out of the bag!

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CRANBERRY KALE TURKEY BURGERS

1 shallot
1 1⁄2 pound ground turkey breast
1/2 cup packed chopped kale
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Form burgers into 6 uniform patties. Grill burgers over medium high heat, cooking 8 minutes on each side until firm and cooked through. Add whole wheat buns and enjoy!

IG: @wanderingwesty  |  Courtney


COCONUT RAMEN VEGGIE SOUP

Shin Ramen Spicy Instant Noodles
Powdered (or canned) coconut milk
Red Pepper
Yellow Pepper
Broccoli
Green Onions

Chop all veggies to desired size, bite-size is recommended. In a pan or skillet, sauté veggies using olive oil. Meanwhile, split the required liquid for the Ramen between water and coconut milk. Add spice pack once done if desired. Combine into a delicious, easy soup.

IG: @alpinweiss   |   Andrew Sullivan


CHICKEN N' RICE  

1 - 8 oz. package seasoned rice
1 or 2 - 5 oz. can chicken
Tapico hot sauce (optional)

Cook rice according to package directions. Open can of chicken, drain, mix in with rice. Top with hot sauce. Enjoy! 

GoWesty.com   |   Tom & Liz Patterson


THANKSGIVING DINNER   

1 box "Stove Top" stuffing
1 box instant mashed potatoes
1 or 2  canned turkey or chicken
1  jar of your favorite gravy
1 can of cranberry sauce (optional)

Prepare potatoes and or stuffing and set aside. Heat gravy and turkey in a pan (stay close & stir!).  Serve stuffing and/or potatoes and top with turkey-gravy and you're ready to eat! Serve cranberry sauce on the side. 

GoWesty.com   |    Ann & Dave


FALL PEAR SALAD

Bag of spinach
1/4 of a chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or sunflower seeds or whatever nuts you have hanging around)
2 pears (any kind will do, green apples work too in a pinch)
Blue cheese (as much as desired!)  
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together and toss with balsamic, olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with grilled chicken or pork chops if you're looking to bulk it up-enjoy!

IG: @mcmahonkelly  |  Kelly


CORN & CILANTRO SALAD

5 ears fresh corn
1 lb. plum tomatoes (depending on
your taste and availability)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Red wine vinegar

Place corn into a pot of salt water and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool. If
possible, I like to dip the corn into cold water but not necessary. Using a knife, roughly cut the corn kernels off
the cob into a large bowl. Add tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Mix well. Add olive oil (about ¼ cup), Red wine
vinegar (about ½ table spoon), salt and pepper to taste! Done.

TIP: Add jalapeños, lemon, red pepper to the mix!

SprinterVanDiaries.com  |  Nikki


 SWEET STUFF


FRUITS & PINENUTS

Strawberries
Blueberries
Oranges (Clementines or Mandarins)  
Pinenuts
Honey

Cut up all the fruits (bitesized pieces if they aren't naturally that way). 

Lightly brown the pinenuts in in a pan on the stove (no oil). Keep a close eye on them, they burn easily.

Toss together with a drizzle of honey and shovel it in your face. (Because you'll want to.) You're welcome!

intrepidor.com   |   Richele & Tor


NUTELLA HOT CHOCOLATE

Water
Hot chocolate mix
Nutella

Boil water. Stir in hot chocolate powder as your normally would. Get a heaping spoonful of Nutella and stir it in to
your hot chocolate, make sure you do this while the water is still nice and hot so it melts in.

TIP: This is ridiculously simple, but I promise it is the richest, tastiest hot chocolate ever and it will lift your spirits
on a rainy day in the van!

silasthesprinter.blogspot.com   |   Silas the Sprinter


ORANGE CAKE’D

Oranges (one per person)
Cake mix
Water

Cut top off orange. Scoop out orange innards with spoon or other tool. In a bowl, mix cake mix + water (& egg, oil, etc.)
Scoop cake batter into empty orange skin until 3/4 full of batter. Fill a pot with 1/2 - 1" of water. Place oranges full of cake mix into the pot. Place pot on stove, turn stove on to medium. Cover and let steam 8ish minutes. Check on them, when cake batter is cooked, remove and eat - the orange flavor will infuse through the cake and you get to eat it right out of the orange!

IG: @shiplamreddy  |  Shilpa Reddy