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 even to 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 your next camping trip.
The best part. They are budget-friendly, and 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 hearty meal without going over budget.
What are some meal ideas for camping?
Are you looking for traditional quick and easy camping meal ideas like hot dogs, burgers, and s'mores, or do you want to flex your culinary skills?
Regardless of your palate, it is essential to stick to easy meals when it comes to meal planning for a family camping trip. An easy meal doesn't necessarily mean boring, and you will be surprised what you can make with a few ingredients in the great outdoors. The key is to plan.
Here are some meal ideas to get you started.
Easy camping meals for your next camping trip
We love quick and easy. The quicker, the better. So here are some camping recipes (Including an easy version of campfire pizza) that you can do in under 30 minutes.
Camping Food Hacks
The key to making things easy and pain-free is to keep things simple. There are a few camping hacks that I have learned along the way that has saved us so much time.
Eggs in a Bottle
If you plan on making scrambled eggs or omelets, plan by scrambling the eggs in advance and placing them in an empty water bottle. When you are ready, 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
This is the same concept as Eggs in a Bottle. Prepare your pancake batter in advance, and then pour into a hot skillet. Easy peasy.
Prepare and Freeze Meats
Prepping meals ahead of time is such a time saver. If you plan 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 a fantastic meal.
Campfire Foil Recipes
So let's start with the easy stuff. I love a good hack. Extra points if it is cheap. This is the most fantastic hack of all time. These are all easily prepped at home and make for easy cleanup.
Campfire Foil Recipes have to be my absolute favorite. Why? Well, because of the easy cleanup. You can make them ahead of time, and all you have to do is pop them on the grill or over the campfire, and Voila!!! You have a full meal. And no mess. I love me a good foil recipe. Here are some of our favorites.
Camping Breakfast Recipes
Did someone say breakfast in bed? I love starting my day with a hearty breakfast. Especially when camping. And these recipes are so good I can have these recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and 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, and 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. There are even some options for those that are looking for a hearty dinner.
Camping Recipes Dessert
Did someone say s'mores? I have a confession, and I do not love sweets. However, there is something about the yummy gooeyness of chocolate and marshmallows on a graham cracker that has me forgetting I'm not too fond of 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.
What is a good side dish for camping?
Camp Cooking Essentials
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 unnecessary to break the bank, and you can get away with the bare minimum; however, here are some items to consider.
Looking for a little inspo on where to go on your next camping adventure. Check out this list of the best camping destinations in the US.
What will you be cooking on your next trip camping?
Next time you go camping, don't let “I'm Hungry” or “What's for Dinner?” kill your camping vibe.
Camping can be so much fun, especially when you have great recipes like these to enjoy! Whether you are looking for something sweet or savory, we've got you covered. So grab your camping crew, get outdoors and start cooking up some fantastic meals over the campfire.
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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