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What to cook in your CampEasy van

Cooking in a camper van can be a challenge, but it also can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your entire trip. Figure out what you’re going to cook on your road trip!

 
You’ve purchased your flights, you’ve reserved your Camp Easy rental, and you’ve plotted out your route. Congratulations! Now all you need to figure out what you’re going to cook on your road trip!  
Riding in a CampEasy camper
Cooking in a camper van can be a challenge, but it also can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your entire trip. Being able to cook inside your van will allow you a lot of freedom as you travel about the country. It will also save you a ton of money. So if you are looking for some suggestions on what to cook in your Camp Easy van, then we’ve got a few ideas to help you get started.  
CampEasy cooking

Make Use of the Pantry at CAMP EASY headquarters 

First things first, before you leave CAMP EASY there is a shelf (just as you leave the door) that is filled with staple ingredients left behind by other campers. Pantry items like cooking oil, pasta, coffee, tea, salt, condiments, instant soup, garbage bags, dish soap. Don’t be shy (like we were) - pick up anything you think might be useful! Buying a new bottle of olive oil will cost you $10 and you’ll only need a little bit of it. So be sure to take advantage of this shelf before you depart. You can save yourself a lot of money.  
CampEasy pantry

Make a Meal Plan 

After seeing what’s available on the Camp Easy pantry shelf, you should start formulating a meal plan. Storage in the camper vans is limited and you won’t have room for a bunch of “just-in-case” items, so come up with a plan for what you want to eat. It doesn’t have to be exact (you will have places to resupply along the way), but a little bit of preparation goes a long way.  
 
Keep breakfast and lunches simple:​ We usually wanted to get up and going in the morning, so we opted for relatively quick no-cook breakfasts. Skyr & granola and instant oatmeal packets were common breakfasts. We had a similar keep-it-simple strategy for lunch as well, which allowed us to keep exploring without disrupting the tempo of the day. Hummus, tuna salad, and bread were common lunches. The main goal of these meals was to reduce prep & clean up time.  
 
Enjoy the Dinner Experience​: In the evenings, we stayed at an established campground (as per Icelandic law). This means we had access to hot water dishwashing stations every night. So if we ever wanted to make a slightly more elaborate meal, we would do it for dinner. It is a lot easier to make something special when you know you have access to a nice big sink with lots of hot running water. (The vans do come with a small kitchen sink, but they do not have hot running water.)  
Campeasy cooking

Visit a Bonus 

There are lots of different places to pick up groceries in Iceland, but the one we visited the most was Bonus. They have a good selection of items and very reasonable prices. If you were looking for a one-stop place to do your grocery shopping for your trip, we would highly recommend going to Bonus.  
 
* Be sure to bring a jacket. The produce, meats, and dairy sections are in refrigerated rooms, so if you are looking at ingredients and prices, it can get chilly quick!  

Minimize Trash 

A lot of your groceries will come in plastic wrapping or cardboard boxes. Once you get everything out to your van, we suggest removing any unnecessary packaging and throwing it away immediately (in the trash can in front of the store). There is limited space in the van for trash and you don’t want to be carrying it around with you. This is the easiest time to discard it.  
Camper cooking

Recipe Inspiration 

While we kept out breakfasts and lunches relatively simple, we did come up with a few interesting dinner ideas.  
 
Breakfast:  
 
● Skyr & Granola 
● Instant Oatmeal Packets 
● Pastries & Jam 
● Scrambled Eggs 
 
Lunch:  
 
● Store-bought tuna salads or hummus with bread
● Instant Soups 
● Hot dogs 

 

Dinners:  

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes and Store-made Pesto
 
Ingredients:
Chicken (thighs or breast)
Pasta (dry or fresh)
Cherry tomatoes
Pesto (store-bought)
Cheese
Oil, salt & pepper 
 
Cook chicken with a little bit of oil in a skillet, then chop and set aside. Boil pasta according to the package directions, then drain if needed. Add tomatoes and pesto, chicken, and top with cheese. 
 
 
Indian Simmer Sauce Curry Chicken with Naan 
 
Ingredients:
Chicken (thighs or breast)
Onion
Bell pepper
Jar of curry simmer sauce
Naan, rice, or bread
Oil, salt & pepper 
 
Chop an onion and bell pepper, then saute in some oil in a skillet. Once it starts to soften, add chicken pieces and cook. Once the chicken has nearly cooked through, add a jar of store-bought curry or tikka masala sauce and simmer until the chicken is done. Serve with rice or store-bought naan. 
Recipe
 
Salmon, Potatoes, and Spinach
 
Bonus sells packages of par-boiled potatoes, which you will need for this recipe. Alternatively, you can boil potatoes on the side using your Camp Easy saucepot. 
 
Ingredients:
Par-boiled potatoes
Onion
Garlic
Fresh Spinach
Salmon filets
Oil, salt & pepper 
 
In one skillet, cook chopped onion and par-boiled potatoes in some oil, until the potatoes are soft. Add minced garlic towards the end. Once the garlic is fragrant, reduce the heat and stir in fresh spinach until it wilts. 
 
Meanwhile, cook the salmon in a second skillet. Over medium, warm some oil or butter. Place the salmon skin-side down and cook until crispy. Once the salmon is nearly cooked (about 6 minutes), flip and cook 1-2 minutes more. 
Salmon recipe
 
Hot Dog Pasta Carbonara
 
Ingredients:
Hot dogs
Pasta (dry or fresh)
Eggs 
Cheese
Oil, salt & pepper 
 
In a cup, beat 1 egg per person until smooth. Grate a tablespoon of cheese per person into the egg and set aside. Chop hotdogs (1 per person) into bite-sized pieces, then cook in a bit of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once they begin to brown, remove and set aside. Cook the pasta in the skillet according to the package directions. Once cooked through, drain nearly all the water off, but do save about ¼ cup to help make the sauce. Slowly add the egg & cheese mixture to the pasta, stirring so it blends with the pasta water to make a sauce. If needed, cook over a very gentle heat so a smooth sauce forms - but do not overcook or you will end up with scrambled eggs! Toss with the hot dogs, additional cheese, and ground pepper.