Recipes for the Road | Retreat Caravans
September 17, 2018 POSTED BY Retreat Caravans

Caravanning Meals That are Under $20

Caravanning MealsWant to treat your family to a delicacy without the need to empty your wallet?

We have compiled recipes that are fit for a family of four, for just $20 or less! With less than 30 minutes preparation time, these cost-efficient meals add more miles with your luxury caravans to your itinerary and bring families closer too.

When you’re focused on saving money, adding the leftover flavours from your pantry is one way to go. This prevents wastage as well as adds a fresh taste every time. Moreover, $20 might seem paltry when you’re eating out, but when you’re cooking on your own, we can show you $20 is more than enough!

1.    Chicken Cheese Pasta

Chicken Cheese Pasta What you need:

  1. Pasta or Spaghetti- 3 Ounces
  2. Chicken- 2 Ounces
  3. Choice of Florets- 1 Cup Broccoli or Cauliflower
  4. Water- 6 Cups
  5. Salt- To Taste
  6. Pasta Sauce- 12 Ounces
  7. Cheese – Quarter Cup
  8. Vessels- Pot, Strainer and Bowl

How to Cook:

  1. Pour six cups of water into the saucepan.
  2. Boil it.
  3. Add Spaghetti or your preferred pasta.
  4. Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and put into the mixture. .
  5. Add your choice of florets.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Drain it using a strainer.
  8. Liquify your pasta paste.
  9. Toss in the cooked spaghetti and chicken into the sauce.
  10. Stir gently and add salt and flavours.
  11. Add shredded cheese and serve.

Cooking time: 15 Minutes

Total Cost: $7- $10

2.    Colourful Veggie and Avocado Salad

Colourful Veggie and Avocado Salad

What you need:

  1. One cup Lentils
  2. One cup diced carrot
  3. Two Australian Avocados
  4. Three to four pieces of shallot
  5. One sliced onion
  6. One cup sliced cucumber
  7. Half cup tomatoes
  8. 2 Tablespoons of mixed herbs
  9. Quarter cup of cheese
  10. Salt and Pepper- To Taste
  11. Dressing of Choice- As needed
  12. Bowl and Spoon

How to Cook:

  1. Wash the lentils and soak until soft.
  2. Add the vegetables and avocados.
  3. Garnish with herbs, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the dressing and refrigerate until cold.

Cooking time: 15 Minutes

Total Cost: $15

3.    Sausage Casserole

Sausage Casserole What you need:

  1. Eight to 10 sausages
  2. Two medium sized potato dices
  3. One  long carrot
  4. One quarter cup of rice
  5. One cup of sliced onion
  6. One cup of cheese
  7. Two cups of water
  8. 420 g of tomato puree
  9. Salt to taste
  10. One spoon of oil
  11. Mix of herbs- As needed
  12. Utensils- Oven and Casserole

How to Cook:

  1. Preheat your Oven to 1800
  2. Line your casserole with potato slices after brushing with oil.
  3. Layer with diced carrots.
  4. Line with onion slices above, after separating the layers of the onion.
  5. Add rice.
  6. Deck with sausages.
  7. Pour water and tomato puree.
  8. Cover and bake for 90 minutes.
  9. Open the casserole and cook again for 20 minutes.
  10. Add cheese and serve hot.

Cooking Time:  90 minutes

Total Cost: $9- $12

4.    Mushroom in Lentils Soup

What you need:

  1. 500g of mushrooms
  2. Half cup of lentils
  3. Five to six cloves crushed garlic and ginger
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. One sliced onion
  6. 5 cups vegetable stock
  7. One quarter cup of all purpose flour
  8. Fresh herbs such as mint, thyme, rosemary and so on
  9. Three spoons of oil
  10. One quarter cup of cream
  11. Utensils- Saucepan and Blender

How to Cook:

  1. Soak the lentils for 4-5 hours prior to cooking.
  2. Brush a saucepan with oil.
  3. Over medium heat, sauté the mushrooms for 5-6 minutes and remove from heat.
  4. Spray more oil in the pan and cook your ginger garlic paste with herbs for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the flour and coat the pan by stirring.
  6. Then put in the mushrooms, lentils and stock.
  7. Simmer the mixture above for 15 to 30 minutes.
  8. Using a blender stick, stir the soup well by adding the cream.
  9. Serve hot with toast.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $17

5.    Caesar Salad Wrap

 What you need:

  1. Four strips of ham
  2. Two Cups ground chicken
  3. One quarter cup of mayonnaise
  4. One clove of garlic
  5. Half teaspoon of mustard
  6. 30g parmesan cheese
  7. One Lettuce
  8. Four pieces of feta wrap
  9. Five spoons of oil
  10. Salt and pepper- As needed
  11. Utensils- Skillet, bowl and spoons

How to Cook:

  1. Fry the bacon in a skillet for 4 minutes then remove from heat.
  2. Cook the ground beef until soft.
  3. Mix the herbs, flavours, vegetables and sauces in a bowl.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Roll the salad in the feta wraps.
  6. Serve cold with a hot dip.

Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Total Cost: $18

6.    Thai Rice and Fish Bowl

What you need:

  1.  One and a half cups of rice
  2. 500g of fish fillet
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 200m ml coconut milk
  5. One cup of mushroom
  6. One spoon of fish sauce
  7. One onion finely chopped
  8. Salt and pepper- to taste
  9. Four spoons of oil
  10. Half cup diced carrot
  11. One spoon brown sugar
  12. Four green onions
  13. One cup of water
  14. One spoon of curry paste
  15. Four spoons of lime juice
  16. Herbs and leaves- As needed
  17. Vessels – Skillet, Spoons and Bowl

How to Cook:

  1. Heat a skillet and add oil.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in the skillet for 5 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. Cook the onion until golden brown. Add the carrots and the herbs.
  4. Pour the curry paste and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the coconut milk, then cook for 6 minutes.
  6. Simmer with fish fillet and mushrooms for 8 minutes.
  7. Add lime juice, sugar and fish sauce to the above then cook for 3 more minutes.
  8. Garnish with leaves and chilli on steamed rice.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $18 -$20

7.    Economy Burger

What you need:

  1. One diced onion
  2. Half cup yoghurt
  3. One teaspoon mustard powder
  4. One spoon of butter
  5. Two spoons of soy sauce
  6.  Two pounds of pre-cooked ground beef
  7. Two spoons of garlic ginger paste
  8. Salt and Pepper- To taste
  9. Herbs- as needed
  10. Toppings- Parsley, horseradish, Cilantro, Cucumber
  11. Four slices of cheese
  12. Utensils- Skillet, Masher and Grill

How to Cook:

  1. Melt butter in your skillet.
  2. Cook onions with ginger garlic paste for 7 minutes, then remove to a bowl.
  3. Add mustard powder, herbs, sauces and yoghurt to the bowl.
  4. Then put in the herbs and stir well until smooth.
  5. Add the beef and mash it evenly.
  6. Refrigerate for one to two hours.
  7. Ready your grill and make 4-6 patties.
  8. Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side and serve with chopped toppings in between bread.

Cooking Time:  15 minutes

Total Price: $20

8.    Tuna Sandwich

What you need:

  1. Sandwich Bread
  2. 500g of tuna fillet
  3. Mayonnaise
  4. Salt and Pepper
  5. Lime Juice
  6. Mustard
  7. Mustard sauce
  8. Sauce of choice
  9. Toppings- cilantro, onion, tomato, cucumber
  10. Vessels- Pan, plates and spoons

How to Cook:

  1. Make a paste out of tuna and cook it on low heat.
  2. Remove the paste, Then, make another paste using one one teaspoon of mayonnaise, salt, mustard, and lime juice.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Spread mustard sauce on your sandwich and fill it with tuna and toppings.
  5. Serve cold!

Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Total Price: $15- $17


From fresh to fast cooking, there are innovative ways to save on your food allowance, needing just $20. Doing so would prolong your caravanning holiday.

With fresh food and groceries, cooking a savoury meal is easy as well as a great fun activity for families. If your park permits, make a campfire outside your van when trying the above!



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