Camping, for us, involves lots of mealtimes. Whether toasting marshmallows or crafting elaborate camping stove recipes, eating is half the fun. However, it can be a challenge to find meals that are easy to make and fit for the whole family. We’re taking the guesswork out of the equation with our top easy camping meals for family.
Who doesn’t love a good pancake? To make these you can combine 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bag at home and add it to a bowl at camp. Add 1 cup of milk and 1 egg to the dry ingredients and whisk it all to combine (some small lumps are okay). Heat a skillet over your camp stove to medium low heat, add a teaspoon of butter to the skillet and coat the pan. Pour ⅓ cup of batter into the skillet, add in some banana slices and blueberries. Cook until the top begins to bubble and sides are set (about three minutes). Flip the pancake and cook the other side to golden. To serve, top with maple syrup, jam, butter or honey.
Pre-chop ⅓ cup of broccoli and 2 tablespoons of cheddar the night before, or even at home. If eating the first morning, pre-scramble the eggs and seal them in an air-tight container. Pop all the ingredients into a skillet, cook until the eggs are done, fold in half and enjoy.
Take 8 chopped hot dogs, 1 chopped onion, 8 ounces of chili and 3 tablespoons of barbecue sauce and mix in a bowl. Add the entire mixture to a skillet and grill over a camp stove until the onion is translucent and the hot dogs are heated through. Put them into the hot dog buns and serve!
Spread a tortilla with canned tomato sauce, top with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onions, peppers and slices of pepperoni. Fold in half and cook in a skillet in a bit of olive oil. Slice before serving. Easy peasy!
At home mix 1 ½ cups of peanut butter, ½ cup rice vinegar, ¼ cup soy sauce, juice of one lime, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon dried garlic and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper in a bowl. Bring along to camp-it is the perfect amount for one pound of pasta.
At camp boil water and cook the pasta according to directions on the package. In a skillet stir-fry broccoli. When the pasta and veggies are cooked, mix everything together with the sauce and serve.
Dessert is sweeter without cooking, don’t you think? In a gallon zip-top bag, rinse 3 cups blackberries and 3 cups raspberries and drain (but don’t dry). Sprinkle with ¼ cup of sugar and set aside for fifteen minutes. Slice the premade pound cake and arrange on a plate. Top with berries and a little premade whipped cream!