You don’t have to plan every single meal down to the last detail, but being prepared when it comes to feeding your family in a motorhome will make your life a lot easier on the road.
Motorhome and van kitchens are, of course, very small, and usually feature smaller than average pots and pans. If you can, prepare a few meals in advance to store in the fridge. Also consider taking one larger pan if you can fit it in so that you can heat up a quick and nutritious meal for the whole family in minutes.
However, don’t be too rigid in your meal planning – leave some wiggle room. When you’re out and about you’ll likely find fresh local produce you want to try. You also might want to book a meal out, or even just pick up some fish and chips. Consider taking a few bits such as your favourite salad ingredients, garlic bread or any other sides you love to accompany an impromptu dinner you pick up along the way.
You’ll likely have your own favourite family dishes. However, if you’re looking for quick meal inspiration, here are 7 easy recipe ideas for a family motorhome holiday that we used on our recent tour of the Scottish Highlands.
I’ve used this recipe since the kids were babies and it’s still one of my favourites for batch cooking. Make a load of it before you go. Put half in the freezer for when you get home and take the other half with you to heat up with pasta.
This was our first night meal and I was sooo glad I’d prepared it in advance, using a recipe from Cookie and Kate, when we rocked up at our first campsite at 5.30pm. Everyone was starving but within five minutes I’d heated up a healthy dinner for us all and the kids wolfed it down.
If you have room to store pizza bases, this is a good way to use leftovers in the fridge at the end of the week. Use some of the vegetable sauce above for the bases and top with whatever meat and veg needs eating up.
Anything you can make in a small frying pan is ideal in a motor home kitchen and Quesadillas are a quick and easy dinner or breakfast. We all enjoyed Peanut butter and banana quesadillas for breakfast one day during our trip.
A great tip I learned before we went away is to make pancake batter beforehand and take it with you in a bottle to store in the fridge for an easy breakfast, snack or dessert.
Ok, this is slightly less nutritious than the other ideas but it’s a regular staple at home after my friend recommended it and it went down a storm when we went away. Before you go, cook and shred a chicken. Mix with peas, sweetcorn and a jar of Lloyd Grossman chicken korma sauce for a super-easy non-spicy curry night for the kids. Alternatively you can make your own sauce from scratch (but we all need to take the easy way out sometimes).
Definitely not healthy or nutritious but it’s the ultimate indulgent treat and easy to whip up in a small space. I made these for lunch one day when we were staying next to the beach, which made a nice change to our usual picnic.
- What’s your favourite meal to batch cook or whip up in a small space? Let me know in the comments below.
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