There’s something about cooking on a campfire or grill and eating in the outdoors that makes food taste better. However if you’re camping for more than a couple of days it’s a good idea to have a few meal varieties just to keep your taste buds on their toes while you’re camping and hiking!
Investing in a cooler is great for keeping a few essentials like cheese, vegetables and meats fresh for a day or two and this can really expand your meal menu. Whenever we go away, especially for a longer trip there are a few essentials that I always have with me. They may seem unnecessary but trust me then can really elevate a meal which makes a huge difference when you’re eating off the stove for six weeks! Carry them in smaller plastic containers and you’ll minimize any accidents;
– Italian Herbs
– Spray oil – coconut / canola
– Garlic – lasts a surprisingly long time in a small Ziploc bag
So let’s look at some of our quick, easy and delicious dinner time ideas.
1. Obviously you have the classic hot dog, take your condiments in small containers- such as those used for carry-on luggage- fry off a few onions and you’ve got a classic camping dinner.
2. We love the curry’s from Trader Joe’s. They come in boxes easy to tuck away in a backpack and are not only light but delicious. They cook in no time and require nothing more than a pan and some water. With three different flavors to choose from this is a sure way to add some flavor to your menu.
3. One of the most versatile ingredients whilst camping is a sausage. They last well in the cooler and can be added to pretty much anything. We love using it at breakfast with eggs or at dinner time in pasta. Add a little cream or milk, garlic, spinach, salt and pepper and you’ve got comfort food on the go!
4. Rice can be heavy to transport and takes a little longer to cook, which isn’t ideal especially when you are being gas conscious. However Trader Joes does a great mushroom risotto that requires nothing more than water. It’s cheap, small and really quick to make. You can use it as a side dish or devour it by itself. Either way this is a great go to.
5. For breakfast one of our favorite treats is apple French toast. You’ll be the envy of all the other campers but this recipe is surprisingly easy. All you need are a few apples, sugar, bread, milk, eggs and butter. Cut up your apples and put them in a pan with the sugar on the stove and let them soften. Whilst this is happening whisk together the eggs and milk, heat up your butter and dip the bread slices into your mixture. Pop into the pan into golden brown and then top with the delicious apples. This will keep you going all morning and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
6. Our go to breakfast is a variety of homemade porridge. You can prepare these at home before you leave and they are a god-sent when you are on the road or trail. They all start with the same basic ingredients- oats, sugar, chia seeds. The you can add your preferred flavor combinations. We use; coconut flakes and dried cranberries, chopped almonds and freeze dried mangoes, dried pineapple and coconut. Then all you have to do is add a cup of boiling water, wait for two minutes and you have a delicious, nutritious and stupidly quick breakfast ready for you.
For a more comprehensive guide to the foods we will be posting our recipe pages soon and we’ll show you exactly what to do. In the meantime, go get prepped and enjoy some camping food!
Rich & Steph