I’ll admit I’m a newb when it comes to camping. My least favorite part, by far, is the prep work involved. I’m one of those people that goes to the grocery store just about every day, so planning two or three days worth of meals for my entire family is kind of a chore.
Luckily, in our effort to make camping as easy as possible, we’ve come up with some relatively simple recipes. Because in addition to being pretty darn lazy, I’m also kind of a food snob. I like flavorful food. So these recipes, should you desire to use them, are designed to deliver maximum flavor with minimal effort.
Camping Recipe for Breakfast
My favorite camping recipe for breakfast is probably one you’re pretty familiar with: an omelet in a bag.
Here’s my recipe for an omelet in a bag.
- 2 eggs (per omelet)
- 1 green pepper
- 1 small red onion
- One half cup of cheese (we prefer a nice 4 cheese blend, but follow your preference)
- Salt and pepper
- Gallon size freezer bags
- Step 1: Before you leave for your camping trip, chop the green pepper and onion finely. You could even dice. (I prefer a dice.) Now, I cooked my green pepper and onion ahead of time, before we left, but if you prefer a bit more crunch in your omelet you could leave them raw.
- Step 2: Once you arrive at your campsite and you’re ready for breakfast, break 2 eggs into each gallon sized freezer bags. You can seal the bag and give it a good shake and roll to start breaking up the eggs. Then add the cheese, green pepper, onion, salt, and pepper.
- Step 3: Seal the bag and place in boiling water for 10 minutes (or until the omelet reaches the consistency you like—if you like drier omelets, add a minute or two.
The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change it up with different ingredients that you like.
Camping Recipe for Lunch
All right, breakfast is taken care of. Let’s move on to lunch. I like to keep lunch relatively simple, but still nice and hardy. If you’re camping and you’re taking the time to make lunch, it’s an important meal. (Keep in mind that this recipe could work for dinner, too.)
Okay, so, these are grilled cheese sandwiches with chicken. It sounds simple, but it’s good. And it fills you up in an important way during the middle of the day.
- Butter (room temperature)
- Shredded Rotisserie Chicken (available prepackaged at your local supermarket deli)
- Sliced white cheddar
- Sliced Gruyere
- Sliced Swiss cheese
- Step 1: Butter the bread. One side each piece, like you would for a grilled cheese sandwich. As you do this, get a campfire going and place a cast iron skillet over the grill.
- Step 2: Assemble each sandwich with a slice of each cheese type and a healthy amount of shredded chicken.
- Step 3: Place the assembled sandwich, butter side down, in the cast iron skillet. Cook for about five minutes, then flip and continue cooking for about five minutes (maybe less—keep an eye on it).
This little lunch is great paired with some simple potato chips or with a nice glass of wine.
Camping Recipe for Dinner
Okay, here’s what you do for dinner: steak and potatoes. The steak is pretty self explanatory. You salt and pepper the steak, then cook it (without overcooking it) over the grill. The potatoes are a little trickier. Here’s what we’ve decided to do: Potatoes in “hobo packs.
Essentially, these are potatoes that are cooked in a tin foil wrapping. It’s a great and effective way to cook potatoes over an open grill. We don’t want to give out the full recipe for this, since it’s adapted from the recipe by Cook’s Country (and they’re rightfully a little protective.)
But we can give you the basic idea. You start with some Yukon Gold potatoes, cut them into small wedged. Then, cover and cook in the microwave for between 5-10 minutes. Once the potatoes are just par cooked, add some seasonings and olive oil, then toss.
Then all you have to do is make your foil “baskets” for the potatoes and seal them tightly. When it’s time to eat, put these packs over the grill (or campfire) for anywhere between 10-20 minutes.
Once they’re done, you should have crispy, nicely cooked potatoes to eat. Just don’t forget the silverware.
Eating Good to Feel Good
These camping recipes are designed to help you recharge after or during a long day. After all, you need your energy. That’s true both mentally and physically. And if you’re doing a lot of hiking and you’re feeling a little low and lonely, a meal that reminds you of home could be just the ticket.