7 Easy One-Pot Camper Vegan Meal Ideas

Moving into a van doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on variety in the kitchen.

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I currently use a two-burner propane stove to do all of my cooking, and I have found that I can cook most of the same meals that I could in an apartment. It did take a little bit of effort to learn a routine in such a small space, but once I got it down, cooking became a (mostly) smooth process. I can cook almost anything in my van, but I have found that I gravitate towards different types of recipes than I did an apartment. Living with limited space means that I want to use as few dishes as possible, so I do tend to stick to one pot recipes.

About My Kitchen

My kitchen is a simple set up, but comfortable. My counter has a sink and two-burner propane stove with covers that allow me to free up counter space when they are not in use. Below my kitchen counter, I have three drawers where I store my kitchen gear along with dry food goods and a 30 cubic inch refrigerator to store produce and perishable items. I am lucky to have running water, perishable food storage, and space to chop up produce with relative ease. My kitchen is not large and requires a bit of shuffling during meal preparation, but it is all I need to be happy.

Now, let's get cooking...

Here are some of my go-to meals:

1. Pancakes

Pancakes are a straightforward and easy option. Buy a box of pancake mix, follow the directions and bam! Pancakes. Use your favorite non-dairy milk and an egg substitute. Flax , eggs, applesauce, and bananas are all great egg replacers. I top my pancakes with peanut butter and maple syrup.

 

2. Oats

Overnight oats are super easy. Just combine equal parts rolled oats and equal parts non-dairy milk into a container and mix it up. Next, add your favorite flavors. Leave in the fridge overnight, and in the morning, you will have breakfast ready for you. I like to eat them cold, but you can also heat them if you prefer. Other mornings I prepare a bowl of steel cut oats on the stove and add what I want to them. Topping possibilities are endless, but I love chia seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, and fruit. Bananas and frozen berries are excellent choices.

 

3. Chickpea Mash

This is a quick, no-cook meal that I prepare several times a week. Prepare this how you see fit, but my recipe is as follows. You will need:
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tsp Old Bay
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp Veganaise
  • Fresh chopped dill to taste (optional)
  • Lime or a splash of pickle juice
  • Dill pickle chopped
  • ¬º cup red onion
Combine ingredients into a bowl and mash. Serve on a sandwich, in a wrap, or as a dip with rice crackers or tortilla chips.

4. Noodle Salads (Vermicelli Bowls)

When I am feeling lazy or it is too hot to do much cooking, this is a quick meal to prepare. I will throw what I have on hand, but my favorite combo is as follows:
  • 1/2 package Thai rice noodles or Vietnamese vermicelli noodles
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 1/2 block of fresh, extra firm tofu
  • Romaine lettuce chopped
  • Fresh herbs such as cilantro, basil, or mint
  • Peanuts chopped

Sauce

  • 3 Tbs sesame oil
  • 3 Tbs Tamari
  • 3 Tbs water
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 lime juiced
Follow the instructions on the noodle package. Chop up your desired fresh ingredients and add directly to the prepared noodles. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over the top.

5. Soups

Soups made with a base are a super easy, one pot meal. I love pho and ramen, so I hit up Asian supermarkets to get vegetarian soup bases. Saute up some onion and garlic, add your vegetables and allow them to cook until they start to soften. Then, cover with water and follow the instructions on the packaging. Do be careful with soup bases as they can be extremely high in sodium. I may use less than what the package recommends or discard some of the broth.

6. One Pot Pasta

Pasta is great but dirtying an extra pot just for some noodles is not. Make a one-pot pasta dish by sauteing up some onion and garlic. Next, add your vegetables and proteins of choice. Add your seasoning and pasta sauce to the pot. Lastly, add your noodles and cover with water. Allow cooking until the noodles are tender. The flavor will cook right into the noodles, and you will have a delicious meal.

7. Tacos

Tacos are a versatile and tasty meal on the road.
Tacos are another extremely versatile meal. Anything can go inside of a taco shell. Begin by choosing your protein or base of the taco. I typically use black beans and sauteed vegetables, but meat substitutes, jackfruit, potatoes or rice are only a few suggestions to get you started. While that is cooking, chop up your garnishes. I like red onion, jalapeno, avocado, and cilantro, but I use different things depending on what I have on hand. Top with salsa, hot sauce, sweet chili sauce, guac or any other dressing you prefer.

Conclusion

It's not hard to be vegan or cook great food on the road with only a propane stove. All it takes is some imagination and practice. This list is only the start of what is possible. I have adapted everything from cornbread to enchiladas to the stove top. Eating out is a fun part of traveling, but that can get expensive and unhealthy (even as a vegan). Cooking is an essential part of my life and was a big reason why I chose to move into a van. I wanted to bring my kitchen with me on my travels! I hope this list inspires you to travel and cook good food on the road. Bon Appetite! If you enjoyed "7 Easy One-Pot Camper Vegan Meal Ideas" check out more of our stories and helpful guides.