Are you planning a camping trip this summer and looking for some new meal inspiration? Hotdogs and s’mores are good standbys, but with a little planning and preparation, I think we can elevate our camping recipes. Speaking from experience, it will make your life exponentially easier to do some prep in your home kitchen before setting off on your excursion. It’s easier to cut veggies or marinate meat in the comfort of your kitchen than try to accomplish those things on a wobbly table while fending off bugs and falling pine needles!
Eating well in the great outdoors isn’t too hard! Grab your trusty cast iron skillet and let’s get going!
My favorite camping recipes and tips
Mix up a batch (or two) of these Protein Pancakes and store the prepped batter in a squeeze bottle. Keep batter in your cooler until morning and you’re ready to cook fresh pancakes over the campfire. The extra protein will keep you fueled for whatever adventures the day brings.
Tip: To make the squeeze bottle spill proof, cover the mouth of the container with plastic wrap then screw on squeeze cap. Remove before use.
Mix all your dry ingredients beforehand and store in labeled ziplock bag. Add eggs and milk when you’re ready to bake. Pour batter into pre-heated cast iron skillet and cook over open fire.
Tip: Make two batches of the dry mix before your trip. Reuse the ziplock bags to store any cooled leftovers for breakfast.
Veggie and Sausage Skewers
Cut up 1” pieces of cooked sausage and skewer with mixed veggies - bell pepper, onion, zucchini. Keep in air-tight container or ziplock bag for an easy grilled dinner.
Corn on the Cob
The best part of corn on the cob and camping? You can grill it (husks on!) directly over the fire or you can cook corn directly in the embers. The husks will insulate the corn as it steams/cooks and is easily removed after cooking.
Prepare a batch of oats before hand and reheat over the fire. Treat yourself and top your oats with s’mores! Pop a few chocolate chips and mini marshmallows into the mix and stir until nice and melty. Crumble graham crackers over top to finish off.
Tip: Instead of cooking oats before your trip, you could finish off your coffee and reuse the mug to make Quick Cooking Rolled Oats. Pour boiling water over top oats and allow to soften before mixing in toppings.
Prep these easy protein bites before your trip. They don’t need to be refrigerated and this makes them a great option to stick in your backpack as you hike into camp. Sweet and savory with a boost of Vanilla Protein- these little bites will keep your energy up all day.
This Quinoa Grain salad with corn, lima beans, fresh cilantro and lime would be perfect to prep before your trip. Store in a ziplock bag and eat by itself or topped with some fresh grilled chicken or steak from the fire.
Mix Masa, salt, and water into dough before your trip. You could cook these in a pan over the fire or directly on the grate. Within a few minutes you'll have fresh tortillas for your meal!
Tip: Use a tortilla press to flatten balls of masa into round tortillas. This is the perfect job to occupy little helpers in your outdoor kitchen.
Toss a bag of our Gluten Free Muesli in your bag and you’ll always have a snack. You can nibble on muesli straight from the bag or soak in milk or water in the morning for a super easy filling and hearty breakfast while soaking up the beautiful views.
Tip: Pack a few of our Muesli Cups into your backpack and reuse the container for your next meal or as a place to collect pretty rocks and plants you find along the trail.
For a warm dessert, mix berries in pan and top with butter, oat, almond flour mixture. Cover with foil and cook over the campfire until bubbly and delicious.
Tip: This recipe would work with any fruit so use whatever’s in season. Maybe you picked up some peaches from a stand along the drive or you foraged for some fresh berries during the day - either would be perfect!
As you can see, camping recipes can be elevated and made easy with a little preparation and planning. Eating well in the outdoors isn't so hard after all! Do you have any favorite camping recipe tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments!