Depending on how long you are going camping for you may need to cook a meal or two. It is best to pre-plan your camping meals so you are only taking what you need. Excess food can go off and just adds extra bulk that you don’t need to take with you. Camping food doesn’t have to be boring and just meat and three veg. Be creative!
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Staple camping food
- Dried pasta
- All-purpose flour
- Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and milo
There are endless ways to use staples, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Pizza bases, pancakes, bread and biscuits can be made with staples.
Breakfast camping food
- Toast (with spreads, baked beans or bacon and eggs, scrambled eggs or poached eggs)
Let’s face it, bacon and eggs are kind of a camping must have, but it gets pretty old having them every day. Use your staples to make pancakes, chuck in a can of baked beans for a filling and nutritious breakfast to kick-start your day.
- Vege sticks (celery, carrots, cucumber etc)
- Fruit (apples, pears etc)
- Tinned fish
- Crackers and cheese
- Rice crackers
- Muesli bars
Soft fruits such as bananas and kiwifruit don’t travel well so best avoided. Melons, apples, pears, berries, grapes etc travel and keep much better. Try to choose vegetables that taste great raw too, versatile is best when camping. You don’t have the luxury of popping to the nearest shop ‘coz you don’t feel like mince on toast again.
Lunch camping food
- Pita bread and bagels pack better and stay fresh longer than bread
- Rice crackers, whole wheat crackers, flavoured crackers
- Rice cakes and corn cakes
- Salads (quinoa, rice, fruit, pasta etc)
Lunch doesn’t have to be just sandwiches, be creative and make the most of the ingredients you have.
- Raw veggies thrown together can make a great salad.
- Boil up some pasta, add some bacon, aioli (garlic mayo), parmesan and salt and pepper. Voila! A yummy salad.
- Cut up and boil some potatoes, add some chopped boiled eggs, bacon, aioli, spring onion and salt and pepper. Voila! Potato salad that can be eaten cold or warm.
- Feta, cherry tomatoes, cracked pepper and pesto thrown together are delish (also delish on crackers or bagels)
Salads can be made with anything your wee heart desires, they can be added to meat and veg or whole meals on their own. You don’t have to be extravagant.
- Peanut butter, marmite, jame
- Cream cheese
- Vegetable pâté
You are only limited to your imagination with things to put on crackers, bagels, bread, pita bread etc
Dinner camping food
- You can buy boil in bag pre-made dinners from most supermarkets (the Kaweka Food Co. make amazing meals that taste homemade. I’m not an affiliate for these, just enjoy the yumminess)
- Good ole meat and three veg
- Making an easy pizza base – put 225g of self-raising flour in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 5-7 tablespoons of water until it has the consistency of a soft dough. Roll it onto a floured surface and make it as thick or thin as you like. Cook until brown in a pan drizzled with oil, then add toppings and cook again until any cheese has melted or the base becomes golden at the edges. Be creative with toppings.
- Soup, boil your ingredients then mash until the right consistency. Kumara (sweet potato), bacon and a spoonful of curry powder make a tasty soup.
- Pasta is so versatile. You can add a jar of pasta sauce and sausages or garlic, butter and parmesan or even bacon and aioli.
- Stuffed Potato – Wash and peel potatoes before slicing strips into the top. In these strips add salt, cheese, sour cream, spring onions or anything else you wish. Wrap in tin foil and place them among the coals at the base of your fire to cook for around 30 minutes.
- Burgers are easy to make, just cook your meat and add whatever ingredients to your bun
- Hotdogs are another easy meal, boil the sausage and add come cheese and sauces to the bun and you got yourself a tasty ‘dog.
- Kebabs – add some meat, veg and anything else you have to make a yummy treat that’s also fun to eat. Chicken, lamb, capsicum, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and garlic skewered on a stick or long fork and cooked over an open fire or grill with a salad is a great dinner alternative.
One pot meals are great while camping. Fewer dishes are always good.
- Roast marshmallows over the fire
- Scroggin – a mixture of nuts, raisins and chocolate chunks
- Banana Boats (bananas stuffed with goodies, wrapped in foil, and cooked over the fire) are easy and tasty.
- Strawberries dipped in chocolate or icing sugar
You can’t go anywhere without treats. That’s a big camping no-no.
So there you go, some food ideas for yo’ camp. What is your camping go-to food?
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