Hey there! Happy Friday!
Brent and I are heading out of town later today for our annual camping trip with friends and I am SO excited. We have 20 people going, and it’s gearing up to be an EPIC weekend.
When it comes to camping, my only real grievance is food. Depending on how luxurious your camping style is (we’re tenting it this weekend), it can be really challenging to choose, transport, store, and prepare food. Especially if you’d prefer that food to not be loaded with preservatives, or if you’re interested in eating somewhat healthfully so you have enough energy to rise off your camping chair now and then.
To up the ante even further: not only am I interested in healthy camping food, I want it to be food that’s simple and quick to prepare.
In case anyone out there is in a similar boat, here are few ideas.
–Chicken sausage, roasted over the fire, instead of hot dogs/brats (I love these)
–Kabobs over the fire (marinated chicken or tofu with veggies)
If you’re pre-making the sandwiches, consider using a sturdier kind of bread like French bread or day-old bread from a sandwich shop so you don’t have to worry about them getting smashed
Another camping-friendly alternative is tortilla sandwich roll-ups
If you’re feeling fancy, these caprese campfire sandwiches look incredible
—Walking tacos (prepare the meat mixture in advance and pack it in a Ziplock bag)
–Foil packets, aka hobo dinners.
Pre-chop meat and veggies of choice (chicken, beef, sausage, peppers, potatoes, onions, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, etc.), place them in a double-layer of heavy duty foil, dot with butter and sprinkle with S&P, and then roast on hot coals.
—Pita pizzas (cooked over flame, not coals)
Canned tuna on crackers or pitas, melt cheese over them on the fire
Pan-cook and served with honey or maple syrup for breakfast
–Corn on the cob
–Fruit (sturdier ones like apples and oranges obviously do better, but I’m pre-washing/cutting strawberries, watermelon, and pineapple for this weekend and storing them in a big tupperware)
Premade salads like…
–Chicken salad with apples and grapes
I know people worry about refrigeration, especially if mayo is involved, but in other cultures, people keep their mayo in the cupboard, so maybe we’re overreacting?
—Lentil salad (I’m bringing a version of this one this weekend)
–Trail mix (or these trail mix cookies)
–Cubes of cheese and grapes on a toothpick or skewer
–Veggie straws! (my fav)
There are way too many nutritious, camping-friendly snack options to name. Just find this aisle in the grocery store:
Do you camp? What level of luxury do you prefer?
As long as I have access to some kind of bathroom facilities, I’m happy.
What would you add to this list?
Have a great weekend!!