Camping is a relaxing, fun and socializing activity. Though we think everyone should at least try camping once in their lives, we also accept that it comes with its own challenges. One of these challenges is food. Given the nature of camping, complicated kitchen recipes don’t work well in a campsite. You don’t have access to many of your kitchen tools and you have limited space. So, if you are planning to go camping in the near future, we have prepared these 10 easy but delicious camping recipes for you.
1. Scrambled Eggs
- Salt and pepper
- Butter (1 small knob for every 2 eggs)
The default food of many breakfasts. Simple, easy, and fast, yet delicious if done right. First off, use a sauce pan with higher sides. Crack the eggs straight into the pan and add butter at the start. Put the pan over a heat source and start stirring. Once it starts to thicken up, take it off the heat for 20-30 seconds and keep stirring for 10-15 seconds. This prevents it from overcooking. Repeat this 3-4 times until your eggs gets a fluffy, creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
- 16 oz tortilla chips
- 8 oz chili beans
- 4 oz grated cheese of your choice
- Enchilada sauce
- 4 oz tomatoes and some greens
A great camping treat, nachos are tasty and easy to make. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and roll up the edges, so the ingredients stay in. Put the chips first, then the beans, sauce and cheese respectively. Cover up the foil and put it on your grill or campfire. Wait around 10 minutes until the cheese melts. Cut some greens and tomatoes into small pieces and add on top of the cooked nachos. Enjoy!
3. Breakfast Sandwich
- 4 English muffins
- 4 eggs
- 4 cheddar cheese slices
- 4 sausage patties
Breakfast sandwiches are the closest you can get to a perfect camping breakfast. First, cut the muffins horizontally, spread butter on the inner surfaces and crisp them up on the heated pan or grill. Set them aside and cook the sausage patties according to the instructions on the packet. Each side usually takes about 3-5 minutes. After that, prepare the eggs like we explained in number 1. Then just simply stuff the muffins with patties, eggs and cheddar cheese.
4. Lentil Pasta with Veggies
- 12 oz red lentil pasta
- 1/2 cup grated cheese
- 3 1/2 water
- 3 cloves minced or sliced garlic
- Cherry tomatoes
- Vegetables of choice, chopped
- Salt and pepper
If you are looking for an easy, delicious lunch for camping that you can prepare in just one pot, lentil pastas are your thing. They are packed with protein, and you don’t have to deal with cooking meat! The quickest way of preparing this dish is to combine all of the ingredients minus the cheese in a large pot and stir until it starts boiling. After it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Check the pasta, if it’s cooked and absorbed all the water, then you are good to go. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and season with salt and pepper.
5. Chicken Kebabs
- 3 chicken breasts, cubed
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 3 red bell peppers
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- Hot sauce (optional)
Chicken kebabs are one of the easiest and most fun ways of cooking raw protein. Take a zip-lock plastic bag and put the chicken breast cubes in, and add the sauces. Massage the chicken for 4-5 minutes and let it marinate for at least a couple of hours. If you don’t want to wait, you can skip this process. After that, chop the red bell peppers into small pieces (roughly to the same size of the chicken cubes) and skewer the chicken cubes, cherry tomatoes and pepper pieces on to the skewers. Cook them on grill or over the campfire for about 10 minutes.
6. Hot Dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- 8 hot dog sausages
- Barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno, sliced to rings
Like almost every dish, home-made (or in this case, camp-made) hot dogs taste way better than the fast food hot dogs. Kids love them too! Start by crisping the inside surfaces of the hot dog buns on a grill or a pan. Then, cook the sausages according to the instructions on the packet, usually for 3-4 minutes for each side. Then, put the sausages into the buns, place jalapeno rings on top and put as much barbecue sauce as you like.
7. Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich
- 8 slices bread
- 8 tablespoons peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons jam or jelly of your choice
Perhaps the easiest recipe on this list, peanut butter jelly sandwiches can save you when you don’t want to bother with anything more complicated. Spread the peanut butter and the jam/jelly evenly to 4 slices, and close them up with the remaining 4. Then, butter one side of each sandwich and crisp them on a grill or a pan for 3-5 minutes until it is golden brown. Repeat this on the other sides and serve.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup milk powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg
- Cooking spray, butter or vegetable oil
- Frozen blueberries (optional)
Pancakes are great if you want some sweets for the breakfast. Some planning ahead can save you a lot of time and effort in this one. Measure the dry ingredients beforehand at home and put them in a zip-lock bag. When you want to make pancakes, simply crack the egg and add it to your dry ingredients in the bag with water. Lock the bag again and mix them all up until it is consistent. Use cooking spray on your pan/grill or coat it with some butter or vegetable oil. Snip off the corner of your zip-lock bag and pour some of the pancake batter to form a small disc. Cook each side until they are golden brown. If you want, you can bring some frozen blueberries and put them in your pancakes while they are cooking. This makes about 8-12 pancakes depending on your pancake size.
9. Camping Salad
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1 1/2 red cabbage
- 2 cup lettuce
- Lemon juice and olive oil
There is an unlimited number of ways you can prepare a salad, and it just comes down to what you like. Above is our favorite, easy-to-find ingredients for camping salads. Slice onions, cabbage and lettuce into small pieces and cut the tomatoes into halves. Add corn kernels, some olive oil and lemon juice and just mix them all together.
10. Campfire Cones
- 4 waffle cones
- 1 cup chocolate chips of choice
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup diced fruit of choice
- 1/2 cup caramel bits
A very close relative of the extremely popular camping dessert s’more, campfires cones are simple and absolutely delicious. Just divide the ingredients to 4, load each cone with equal amounts of chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and fruits. Wrap the cones in tinfoil and place them in campfire coals for 4-5 minutes until everything melts a little.
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