It’s camping weather. The best time of year. However no matter how prepared I am the one question I can’t answer is “What is for dinner?”
Do you feel the same way? Please say you do. I mean the easy thing to do is try to find the closest restaurant and call it a night but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of camping out in nature, in the middle of the woods, with no google or cell phone service to even ask Siri “Where is the closest diner?”
With the help of a few fellow camping enthusiasts that know their food I put together some great recipes that you can keep in mind for you next camping trip.
The best part. They are budget-friendly. Because you know I love anything that is cheap and on a budget.
One of the things I gave up to travel is eating out. And while we still splurge here and there it is amazing how much you can save by just making your own food. And these recipes are proof that you can still have a great meal without going over budget.
Camping Food Hacks
The key to making things easy and pain free is to keep things simple. There are few camping hacks that I have learned along the way that have saved us so much time.
Eggs in a Bottle
If you are planning on making scrambled eggs or omelets plan ahead by scrambling the eggs in advance and placing them in an empty water bottle. When you are ready just pour the eggs into a hot skillet and you’re good to go. A lot easier than trying to crack and scramble eggs on the fly.
Make Ahead Pancakes
Same concept as Eggs in a Bottle. Prepare your pancake batter in advance and then just pour into a hot skillet. Easy peasy.
Prepare and Freeze Meats
Prepping meals ahead of time is such a time saver. If you are planning on grilling meats season them at home, then freeze them. In the morning pop them in the cooler. By the time you are ready to cook them they will have been defrosted. The last time we went to the Hudson Valley we seasoned up pork chops and by the time we finished setting up camp they were defrosted and ready to go. We threw them on the grill and had an amazing meal.
So let’s start out with the easy stuff. I love a good hack. Extra points if it is cheap. These are the greatest hack of all time. These are all easily prepped at home and make for easy clean up.
Camping Recipes Breakfast
Did someone say breakfast in bed? I personally can have any of these recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are all yummy and super easy to prepare.
Camping Recipes Lunch & Dinner
My most successful camping trips are the ones where we spend the entire day just grilling and eating. That is life. So whether you are a snacker or like an all out gourmet meal here are some of my fave recipes for lunch and dinner.
Camping Recipes Dessert
Did someone say s’mores? I have a confession. I do not love sweets. However there is something about yummy gooeyness of chocolate and marshmallows on a graham cracker that has me forgetting I hate sugar.
Poor In A Private Plane Tip:
Invest in nice tableware. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to rough it. We have a table cloth, set of plates, cutlery and even glassware that we take with us camping and we always set the table for all our meals.
For extra points pick up some fresh flowers during your morning hike for a centerpiece.
This little touch really makes a difference and almost makes you feel like your eating out an exclusive restaurant.
Are you hungry yet!!?? I know I am. But before you start shopping for your next camping trip don’t forget to pick up some gear. It is not necessary to break the bank. You can get away with the bare minimum however here are some items to keep in mind.
Next time you go camping don’t let “I’m Hungry” or “What’s for Dinner?” kill your camping vibe. If you’re looking for me I will be chowing down on some s’mores and grilled corn on the cob.
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