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Cooking in a Caravan

We’ve met many of our holidaymakers over the years and heard a lot about the yummy cooking in a caravan meals they like to make. So we’ve decided to pass down some of them to you in this blog. Not just to show you how easy it can be to eat well on holiday, but also how simple and good value it can be!

Here you go…

Something tasty… spaghetti bolognese

Tasty doesn’t have to mean complicated. Here at Haven we’re a firm believer in simple and delicious family meals that don’t take hours to perfect.

That’s why spaghetti bolognaise is an absolute must on any caravan holiday menu. You can cook it in two pans and the most basic version has only 6 ingredients – mince beef, chopped tomatoes, two onions, garlic, two carrots and some mixed herbs.

You can watch our version here!

Something healthy…a salad sandwich

Most people tend to eat more junk food on holiday than they would at home. So come lunchtime, you may find yourselves craving more vegetables than pizza so try andyou can find a balance between treating yourself and staying healthy.

One way to do this is to have a healthy lunch. A tuna salad sandwich on wholemeal bread gives you omega-3, fibre, slow-release energy and protein. What’s more it’s a nutritious meal that won’t leave you still feeling hungry.

Eat healthy snacks like carrots and hummus throughout the day and then treat yourself to something sweet after tea! In fact, we’ve written a whole blog about how to snack healthily on holiday.

Try your caravan cooking in 2018!

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Something quick… hotdogs

If you’d rather spend the first day of your holiday exploring the park than cooking, try hotdogs.

They’re cheap, easy and most importantly, a very quick meal. What’s more, you’ll be able to buy all the ingredients at your on-park shop.

To feed a family of four all you’ll need is:

• One tin of hotdogs
• 8 finger rolls
• 1 onion
• Ketchup/mustard (or both)

Simply boil the hot dog sausages in a pan until they’re hot all the way through, fry the onion in some oil and serve in a bread roll with ketchup. Trust us, they’re so simple and tasty that your family will be soon asking for more!

Something filling…porridge

Food is fuel and if you’re spending all day in the great outdoors, you’ll need a hearty breakfast that will keep you going until lunchtime.

At Haven we recommend starting the day with a bowl of porridge. It’s warm, tasty and nutritious and contains slow-release energy to give you lasting energy all morning.

For four portions of porridge, all you’ll need is 4 mugs of porridge oats, 10 mugs of milk and some jam, syrup or sugar to drizzle it with. Boil the milk and oats in a pan and then simmer for 5 minutes – serve when it looks like its thickened.

Make it extra tasty with a spoonful of syrup on top and a glass of orange juice or piece of fruit on the side. Or finish it off with a hot slice of wholemeal toast and jam.

Have you tried any of these cooking in a caravan ideas? Do you think you have a recipe others will just love? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Yanni

    “As some southerners call it- tomato ketchup”…. that’s what it says on the bottle! lol I know us southerners are a weird and wonderful bunch, but that’s what it’s called! lol Cheeky mare! 😉 Looked lovely though! My favourite is sweet chilli chicken and veg stir fry!! It takes minutes and its SO tasty! 😀 xx

    • Haha just you wait Yanni I’ll be talking like you in no time!
      Ahh sound delicious! Can you email us the recipe please and we can include in our next episode and BBC Children in Need Cook Book 🙂

      • Yanni

        “Right you are my love” (strong Somerset accent!)

        I’ll email that one over to you 🙂

  • Chrissi Whitmore

    Love the sound of the cookbook. Two of our favourites are Turkey Mozzarella and Spaghetti Bolognese a la Moss ( named after a friend )

  • amanda taylor

    I usually make meatballs and spaghetti its so quick and simple and the kids love it takes a about 15 mins from,start to finish and its really cheap and filling too

    • Your right Amanda, you can’t go wrong with a hearty Italian meal! 🙂

      • amanda taylor

        I know and i tell you what if you take your slow cooker with u like i do nothing easier that bbq pulled pork burgers put it on in the morning and forget about it then all u need is some bbq seasoning sauce and some bread cakes and voila an easy cheap meal for all the family also

  • Chrissi Whitmore

    Oops, that should be Tagliatelle a la Moss

  • Jo

    Favourite recipe. Quick to make, healthy and very welcoming after a blustery walk on the beach. Best made 2 or 3 hours before eating. Reheats best in the saucepan.

    Makes 4-6 portions.
    For a vegetarian version;
    Finely dice 1 large onion and 3 cloves of garlic, in a large saucepan fry off til soft in a good glug of olive oil. Add 1 large finely diced carrot, 1 large finely diced potato (skin on), continue frying for 2-3 minutes, add a standard mug of orange lentils, 1 veg stock pot/cube, 1 1/2 pints boiling water, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil then simmer for 20-25 minutes until lentils are soft and ‘mushy’. Top up water as required during cooking-depending on your preferred consistency. Great with crusty bread/garlic bread.

    For a meat version;
    Add 3 rashers of finely diced smoked bacon at the initial fry stage and use chicken stock instead.

    • Jo this sounds wonderful and as Madi (our social media manager) is a vegetarian she appreciates this recipe! 🙂

    • Hello Jo 🙂

      We’d love to include your recipe in the cook-book! We are adding a little picture and about me section on the chef, as well as a picture of the meal if you have one – would you be able to email this to

      Thanks so much!

  • Paul

    I fail to see why cooking in a caravan should be any different from cooking anywhere else. Surely any of your favourite recipes will work wherever you are. Am I missing something?

    • Yanni

      This is mainly for the active families, or people on the move all the time. Simple ideas, quick to do. Leaving more time for having fun- without being on junk food all of the holiday 🙂

    • You’ve both hit the nail right on the head!
      We are wanting recipes that fit in the style of a caravan holiday but we also want to show how our caravan kitchens are just like a home from home 🙂
      We’d love to know some of your favourite recipes Paul!

  • Paul

    I don’t eat junk food at home so there’s no reason why I should eat junk food when I’m on holiday. The only thing I might miss on holiday is my slow cooker so I shall be taking it with me. If you want to leave more time for fun you’ll need that and be creative, it’s not just for casseroles.

    • We completely agree Paul and that’s why we’d love to hear everyone’s ideas! Also as a Yorkshire girl I love a meal out of slow cooker so if you would like to send your recipe and tips, please do! 🙂

  • Paul

    OK. I’m sticking to my view that anything you cook at home you can can cook in a caravan. In that case my favourite recipes are somewhat pointless, because they can be found in any recipe book and they don’t need to be in a caravan recipe book.(In fact I could easily cook any recipe in an open field without the luxury of a caravan). I mentioned the qualities of a slow cooker on holiday so here is a simple and cheap idea.

    Pulled Pork..
    Cooked overnight and good for sandwiches when you are out for the day.

    Buy a hand of pork in any supermarket. A cheap cut of meat, usually around £2.99. Cook overnight in a slow cooker for around 8 hours. The fat and gristle will simply melt away at the the low temperature. Pull apart with two forks in the morning and stuff in rolls or in a sandwich. Fantastic lunch for four people.

  • Paul

    Roast chicken in a Slow Cooker.

    Defrost your chicken thoroughly. Roll in a few frying pan for a few minutes just to give it a bit of colour. Put in your slow cooker sometime between 8am and 10am. Go out for the day and come home to a roast chicken anytime between 4pm and 6pm, time is not that important.

  • Paul

    These are not caravan specific recipes which makes me wonder exactly what it is you are after. You say you want to produce a caravan cookbook, why?

    • Hello Paul! Thankyou so much for taking the time to give us your recipes – we’ll be sure to try them out!
      We want it to be a handy little book full of ideas that some holiday makers may have thought couldn’t be cooked in a caravan kitchen 🙂

  • Jo

    Without wishing to upset other commentors, I personally, I tend to cook the lentil recipe specifically in the caravan as it uses just 1 saucepan and minimal equipment. Also, I feel it’s less expense than an oven casserole or slow cooking as it is cooked and ready to eat in half hour. Important to me when considering the cost of lpg gas bottles and caravan site electric fees. Another factor is no prolonged condensation from overnight cooking in a closed up caravan.

    • You’re just like me Jo, love cooking, hate the washing up! Thank-you again for your top tips we’ll let you know how we get on 🙂

  • Cate

    When I’m on holiday I want meals for the family that create minimal washing up but still taste good and are filling. I think this is the point of the cook book, just ideas for people. Caravans don’t have loads of space to cook or store loads of ingredients either so simple receipes are the best here. I like the sound of the lentil receipe so will be giving that a try…at home rather than in a caravan for now!

  • I don’t blame you Cate, let us know what it was like! 🙂

  • Karen

    My recipe is to pick up the phone and dial up “Papa Johns Pizza” super delicious pizza on site and delivered hot and yummy to your caravan after a funday out, and as the cook in the family a day of for me. bliss and no washing up, and back to the diet tomorrow. 🙂

    No seriously I’ll send a recipe too cant decide what.

  • Michelle Evans

    I don’t like to spend much time cooking whilst on holiday especially in great British summers ha so I like to cook simple filling meals for my four year old, and also that will keep for a few days. our favs are Spaghetti carbonara…sauté onion and bacon, cook the spaghetti and drain, add it all together and add some naughty cream ad mix through chives or spring onion. our lunchtime favourite is carrot and coriander soup. Thinly chop carrots and add to a pan of water with a few chicken stock cubes or vegetable cover the carrots enough but don’t add to much water or it will be too thin. Just before serving add coriander and blitz with the hand blender you remembered to bring this time, alternatively you can mast it, serve with yummy crusty bread. (just off to pack my blender as we are arriving on Monday at Devon Cliffs Yay!)

    • Hello Michelle 🙂

      They both sound right up my street – Carrot and Coriander is my go to meal in the Autumn so I’ll be trying your recipe!

  • jamie

    Fried egg sandwhich with choice of fillings..

    Recently I experimented and have found a new exciting way to redeem the classic ‘egg sandwhich’ concept!

    Take a slice of bread
    Cut the bread on the inside right the way around so your left with the crust as a whole and intact
    Put a little oil in the frying pan and heat
    Plave the bread crust in the pan
    Crack an egg in the center of the crust and it will act as a barrier and will not escape
    When the egg is half cooked place any filling you wish to have on top of the egg.. I.e ham, bacon, cheese.
    Place the bread cut out on top
    Flip the whole thing over being careful not to let anything escape and let the other side cook.
    Remove from the pan and enjoy hot with sauce of your choice.
    If you timed it right your egg will still be runny! 😛

    • Yanni

      That sounds incredible!!….. *drooooool*

    • Morning Jamie 🙂

      Haha we love a good experiment! This sounds like incredible, you are definitely giving Jamie Oliver a run for his money!
      Thanks for the tip!

    • Hello Jamie 🙂

      We’d love to include your recipe in the cook-book! We are adding a little picture and about me section on the chef – would you be able to email this to

      Thanks so much!

  • jamie

    Its easy and yummy and only requires a frying pan! Haha :p

  • kirsty

    Our favourite recipe for caravan holidays ( and at home) is mixed seafood marinara. Easy peasy . 2 pans minimal mess . While spagetti boils saute 2 chopped onions or spring onion . You can throw in some diced mushrooms and peppers if desired . Pour in passata sauce with a tin of chopped tomatoes .cook til warm and start seasoning . I like to season with rosemary garlic oregano and basil . Then put in the mixed seafood . Mussels prawns and squid rings. Cook for further 5-10 mins on low heat . If its a little too on the fishy side for some people you can add a chicken stock cube ( knorrs ) is best . Know to take away the fishyness for people with a less adventurous palate . Then drain spagetti and scoop with ladel onto your pasta . Yummy. Nothing beats a good seafood dinner by the sea .

    • As a massive Seafood Fan, Naomi is very excited to try this one out! Thank-you for sharing 🙂

      • kirsty


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  • victoria

    where can we buy a copy of the book ?