This topic has been coming up a lot, so here we go. There are lots of ways to camp…tent, RV, cabin, with a “kitchen” of some sort, over an open fire, or some combination in between.
I am a big supporter of pre-making foods or making mixes in baggies to go. Measure out all your dry ingredients into a ziplock and write the instructions on the outside. Add the wet ingredients when your ready to cook and you eliminate the number of ingredients you have to take and the time it would take to measure everything out. Works great for pancakes, 90 second bread, biscuits….
Don’t forget all your favorite seasonings and condiments or your fats… butter, heavy cream and so on….
Don’t forget your DRINKS, staying hydrated in the heat and even more so with exertion is very important. Don’t ruin your adventure by dealing with dehydration or electrolyte imbalances.
- Protein bars
- Fathead bagels – premade and ready to use for sandwiches or by themselves with cream cheese.
- You can also make muffins ahead of time.
- Chia pudding – make ahead and take with you in mason jars or plastic containers
- Eggs and meats like bacon, sausage, spam, ham or even leftover steak from dinner the night before. I also like to add whatever veggies I have, peppers, onions, spinach to my eggs and of course cheese. Eggs can be cooked on a griddle over the fire or on a grill, they can be made in a regular frying pan or you can even make ziplock omelettes(put all your ingredients in a ziploc, smush it around and throw it in a pot of boiling water) The meats can be pre-cooked at home and heated up in tin foil over the fire or on the grill. (Hint – if you are going to be making scrambled eggs…put shelled eggs in a water bottle or other plastic container to keep from worrying about broken eggs.)
- If you have access to a microwave (cabin or RV) you can even make 90 second bread.
- Bulletproof coffee, use a shaker cup (carefully, hot liquids tend to “explode” in a sealed container, or a battery operated blender or frother.
- Protein shakes, using the same methods as above.
- Pancakes or waffles can be premade and reheated, or make your batter and cook on a griddle on the grill.
- French Toast – Premake the “bread” and then fry it up at the campsite
- If you are in an RV or cabin, you can do baked pancakes or biscuits and gravy, if not you can premake these items and heat them on a grill or campfire.
Breakfast and dinner are our big meals when we are out camping, no time to stop the adventures in the middle of the day.
- The easiest camp lunches are going to be sandwiches. Premade bagles, rolls or loaf breads work best for this.
- I like to take an assortment of deli meats, cheeses, vegetable and condiments. You can put them on the sandwiches, roll everything up inside the meat and cheese or use a Mission Carb Balance Tortilla (or your favorite low carbs/keto wrap) These work great when we go 4 wheeling.
- Take premade “potato” salad, cole slaw or broccoli salad with you for a side
- Veggies and dips
- Nuts & seeds (pumpkin and sunflower are my favorites)
- Meats and grillable vegetable are the go-to for us. (Hint-you can pre-marinade your meats and freeze so they last in the cooler longer)
- Chicken, steaks, and pork chops work great on the grill or rack on an open fire.
- Fish and shrimp cook easily on tin foil over the same grill or fire. We have even done crab legs steamed in tin foil.
- Of course there are burgers (premake and freeze them), hot dogs, brats, and sausages.
- We have taken batches of pulled pork with us and reheated over the fire, this is good for lunch too.
- Shish kebobs are a great way to get meat and veggies together and everything is better on a stick. (make sure to soak your skewers if they are wooden)
- The best vegetables on the grill(in my opinion) are onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, bok choy, asparagus, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. Some people also like tomatoes or jalapenos, and for your carb eating friends or family members you can throw potatoes or corn in there too.
- Zucchini skins are also amazing on the grill, just like potato skins but easier and better.
- Make and take a couple batches of cookies
- Chia pudding
- Cakes or cupcakes, even mug cakes if you have a microwave.
- No bake cheesecake travels really well
- Make or buy sugar free marshmallows and make s’mores with Lily’s chocolate, and peanut butter cookies.
Snack Ideas – For travel too
- Nuts and seeds – pre-portioned to control carbs and calories
- Cheese sticks or string cheese
- Meat sticks or jerky
- Protein bars
- Veggies and dip
- Whisps or Moon Cheese
- Pork rinds