Camping is one of our favorite activities. Sitting by a fire with friends and family, sharing meals together, and cozying up in a tent are our favorite ways to make memories! But after a few years of camping, you start to get tired of the same old recipes and dehydrated camp food. We wanted to introduce you to our favorite camp eats that are easy and won’t leave you with an upset stomach!
Here is a list for you of meal ideas with healthy choices included to make your camping trip go smoothly!
Instant Oatmeal + Coffee
Instant Oatmeal is easy to pack, and cook anywhere! Add toppings such as dried or fresh fruit, coconut, chia seeds, nut butter of your choice, honey, or whatever you want! Don’t forget to pack some coffee, you will be thanking yourself after a long night in a tent. Instant coffee is normally the best way to go. Quick and easy to store, we survive off this stuff, and we LOVE Alpine Start Coffee! It’s super good coffee simply made in one pour. Here is our recipe for a successful morning meal!
- Prior to your trip, pack the oats and the toppings you want into an airtight container
- GO CAMPING
- Wake up and boil enough water for your coffee and oatmeal (about 12 oz)
- Pour the oats and toppings into a bowl, then pour about ⅓ a cup of hot water in (or until perfect consistency)
- Use the rest of your boiling water for a cup of instant coffee
Eggs and Veggie Scramble
Filled with the nutrients you need to fuel your body for adventure! Just simply pick your favorite veggies, pack some eggs and you got your next meal!
- Before you leave, chop up your favorite veggies (bell peppers, onion, garlic, broccoli, tomato, spinach, etc). Also, our favorite option is to pack an avocado and knife to add some good flavor!
- Pack your unpasteurized eggs! It’s easiest to figure out the number of eggs you need and then cut the container you bought the eggs in to fit only the number of eggs you are bringing! Secure the carton with a rubber band, and you are ready to go!
- Note: Buying your eggs unpasteurized allows you to not have to worry about refrigerating your eggs!)
- Option to add in meat such as precooked and cut sausage, bacon, or turkey
LUNCH + Snacks
This is a great option that will warm your body up midday! Pack your favorite fresh or canned soup & stick it on the stove to heat up – simple as that!
Mix and Match Lunch
Let’s be honest. When lunch rolls around the corner, you are normally on an adventure or in the car. So we love to mix and match our snacks to create a lunch based on whatever is sounding good! Here are our favorite combos:
Lunch/ Snack Options:
- Apple and Peanut Butter. Nothing else needs to be said.
- Protein Bar (Our favorites are GoMacro, RX and Perfect Bar)
- Pre-cut veggies (bell pepper, carrots, celery) and hummus
- Trail Mix (The Trek Mix from Trader Joes is an all-time favorite)
- Dark Chocolate Almonds. You can’t go wrong here!
- Dried Seaweed. Sounds crazy but trust us, when you crave those salty foods you will thank us.
- Granola. The best is always homemade!
- Beef Jerky. Try out Epic Beef Jerky or if you want to change it up, try Patagonia’s buffalo jerky
- Dried Fruit (mango, bananas, coconut, apricots, berries, etc.)
- Protein Powder drink
- Edamame. It is packed with protein and a perfect pick me up snack
- Fresh fruit that has a peel around it (apple, orange, banana)
Red Bean Chili
Try out this 6 ingredient recipe! Easy to make at the sight and a perfect meal for those cold evenings!
- 1 white onion (pre-cut it)
- 3 sweet potato (pre-cut it)
- 2 cups of vegetable stock
- 2 cups of water
- 1 jar of salsa – 16 oz (chunky kind is the best)
- 16 oz of black beans
Trader Joe’s Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage + a Side of Your Choice
This pre-cooked sausage goes with anything! Slice it up into a stir fry with your leftover veggies, or add to some scrambled eggs to make breakfast for dinner!
Our Favorite Options:
- Sausage, potatoes, and bell peppers on the skillet with a dose of seasoning
- Sausage, cauliflower rice, mushrooms, and broccoli
- Sausage, mushrooms, pasta (we recommend trying Banza pasta made from chickpeas), and tomato sauce
Don’t forget dessert! Our traditional camping dessert is banana boats! These are great for large groups because they’re simple and have endless options for everyone.
- Cut off a piece of foil (about 12 inches)
- Leave the banana in the peel and make a deep cut (lengthwise) – Make sure NOT to fully cut through the banana
- Place the banana on the foil
- Stuff the banana with your favorites (dark chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, graham crackers, granola, etc)
- Wrap the foil over the banana so it covers the whole thing (opening on top)
- Place in campfire coals for 8-12 minutes
- Remove carefully (with tongs/knife)
- Open and ENJOY