Winter can be a great time to get out and explore in your campervan or motorhome. At this time of year, there is a beautiful chance to see nature at its finest! It’s also often a lot quieter on busy tourist routes, as people choose to enjoy many of the hikes and trails during the warmer spring and summer months. With so much to do around Blue Ridge Basecamp, you won’t be left bored… but you might get hungry after a full day of sightseeing and activities! So, what can you eat during the colder winter months? You could of course heat some pre-made meals, but there are plenty of fresh comfort foods that can be easily made in your campervan or motorhome.
Blue ridge breakfast scramble
A staple of the motorhome is this one-pan meal that serves up a hot meal in a hurry. While we like to have this for breakfast, a hearty egg (or tofu!) scramble is great at any time of the day.
The first step is of course scrambling your eggs (it’s quicker to skip doing this in a bowl, and just crack the eggs straight into the pan!). Alternatively, swap the egg for crumbled tofu and add some spices (we enjoy turmeric or chili powder). To make the perfect Blue Ridge Breakfast Scramble, we recommend adding some extra goodness with your choice of veggies and meat (like bacon, or a meat-free alternative). Sauté your chosen additions and add these to the scramble.
Looking to eat on the move? You could always wrap your scramble into a tortilla and add some cheese, black beans, salsa, and sour cream to make a delicious breakfast burrito! Whatever you choose, this scramble is sure to go down a treat during your winter adventures in your campervan or motorhome.
North Carolina Nachos
Ok, you might be thinking “Nachos?! Aren’t they a movie theater snack?” Well, yes. But nachos can also be a delicious, hearty meal. The key to transforming nachos from snack to full-blown comfort meal is by topping your chips with a protein source and veggies. After a day of hiking, we recommend the following:
- Tortilla chips
- Protein of your choice: this could be tofu, ground beef, or chicken
- Taco seasoning
- Chopped mushrooms (and olives if that’s up your street)
- Beans (you could choose one type or a mix)
- Salsa (mild, medium, or spicy – your choice!)
- Sour cream (the squeezable kind is great for campervan refrigerators!)
- Optional: guacamole
First, sauté your protein and mushrooms together with the taco seasoning and your choice of beans. While this is cooking, you can pop your chosen chops in a bowl and top with the cooked mixture. Pop on your additional toppings: lettuce, cheese, olives, salsa, guac, and sour cream. This is definitely a meal to look forward to during your winter adventures!
One-Pot Winter Stir Fry
When you’re on the move in your motorhome, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hearty meal with minimal dishes to wash. A perfect one-pot wonder is the humble, yet versatile winter stir-fry! Not only does staple comfort food mean less washing up, but it also means minimal food prep meaning you have more time to enjoy the trails surrounding Blue Ridge Basecamp.
We’d recommend purchasing a bag of fresh pre-chopped stir-fry veggies (like peppers, sugar snap peas, carrots, and mushrooms) and quickly throwing them into a hot pan. Choose your protein, whether that be chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu, and stir around the pan with your veggies. Next, add in your stir-fry sauce. There are plenty of pre-made options to choose from, or you could make your own!
Finally, for a hearty winter warmer, serve your stir-fry over some rice or noodles. We’d recommend buying a pre-cooked mix to save on prep time, as well as washing up!
Snow Snack Like S’mores
We couldn’t leave this sweet treat off the list! A staple of any camping trip, we believe s’mores are to be enjoyed year-round in front of a campfire with your loved ones. A simple and fun treat to finish off any meal, all you need are graham crackers, chocolate, and plenty of marshmallows.
Simply toast some marshmallows over your barbecue, griddle, or campfire and sandwich the gooey goodness along with some milk chocolate between two graham crackers. What better way to round off your day at Blue Ridge than with a firm favorite across many generations?!