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CAMPING FOOD YOU CAN EASILY PREPARE

It’s important to keep in mind that camping doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or taste for convenience. That’s why it’s important to consider well what you want to eat when camping. Cooking at your campsite is not necessarily a tedious task. It can be quick, easy and painless as long as you’re prepared. Delicious recipes can make a camping trip more memorable, so go the extra mile to prepare. Without further ado, here are some of the best camping food you can prepare.

BISCUITS AND GRAVY

This is a great breakfast meal. Waking up in the morning knowing that biscuits and gravy are waiting for you can be quite a treat. Pick up a can of pre-made biscuits from a nearby store. As for the gravy, you can scour the Web for any gravy recipe you want to make. Prepare it at home and heat it in the morning when it’s time to eat.

FRESH FRUIT AND YOGURT

This one is pretty obvious. Bring any fruit you want to eat, slice it up and add some yogurt or milk. You can also bring a box of cereals to mix with the fruits. The kids will love that.

OMELETTES AND TOAST

If you don’t know how to make an omelette, you have no business cooking. Prepare the omelette at home and pour the mix into a zip lock bag. Pretty nifty, huh? Bring a loaf of bread, too. During breakfast time, fire up the stove, boil a suitable size pot of water, drop the bag in and let it simmer for 12-13 minutes. Another way is to cook the omelette on your camping stove (I prefer this method). While you’re cooking the omelette, you can toast your bread and slather it with butter or jam.

BREAKFAST BURRITOS

Breakfast burritos are my personal favourite because it can be pre-made at home and frozen before use. Wrap them in aluminium foil and drop the burrito into the fire for an easy heating option. Another way is to fire up the compact stove, sauté your favourite fillings and wrap up the goodness. Whichever way you do it, it’s still going to be a breakfast treat.

HOT DOGS

Roasted hot dogs are one of the best easy-to-prepare lunch meal for camping. You just roast the hot dog on the grill, stove, or fire. Bring a dozen hot dog buns and add in a side of baked beans and chips and you’re good to go. Oh, and don’t forget the tomato sauce and mustard.

QUESADILLAS

Quesadillas are another great meal to prepare for your lunch. It’s effortless to make. Chop the veggies at home, place in Tupperware or zip lock bags, shred the cheese beforehand and make or buy any guacamole or salsa. Grill the quesadillas and you’re good to go.

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

You can use whichever veggies, meat or meat substitutes and cheeses you like. One option to make your typical grilled cheese is over your portable stove. The second option (which is more preferred) is to buy a loaf of bread and cut the bread into slices. Spread butter and your favourite mustard on all of the slices and then slip your toppings according to your taste. Wrap the sandwich in foil and cook in the fire or on the grill. Turn it frequently for 15-20 minutes.

PASTA AND SAUCE WITH SAUTEED MEAT

Pasta is awesome after a long day of hiking or climbing to replenish your energy. Cook the pasta and sauce at home. Saute the meat at the campsite, sprinkle with some fresh basil or parsley, top with Parmesan cheese and your dinner is served.

CAMPFIRE PIZZA LOG

Last but not the least is the pizza log. The best thing about this meal is you can cook it over the campfire. You can prepare it at home before you leave for your campsite. You can either use your dough or buy from the store. Add a half cup of tomato sauce, eight ounces of mozzarella and any toppings that you’d like to bite into while sitting beside the fire (sausage is a popular choice). Starting rolling the dough around the toppings and pinch the ends closed. Wrap in foil and freeze. Get the fire and coals nice and hot and turn it frequently for 25-30 minutes.

These meals are a sure-fire hit in camping trips, and if you haven’t noticed, most of them can be pre-made at home. So, it will be less of a hassle to cook when you’re already at the campsite. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!


 

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Madeleine Park
madel@dinga.com.au

Madeleine is a real green thumb and spends most of her time outdoors in her garden if she is not outdoors somewhere else.