One of everyone’s favorite pastimes, eating, does not take a back seat while you are out trekking and camping. There are certain foods that are ideal to bring with you that won’t weigh you down too much, will keep you full through being active, are easy to cook, and that are delicious. As long as you have a cooler and a pot or skillet, you’re ready to go.
- Make your own gorp – This is one of my favorites because you can totally customize it. Get some assorted nuts, raisins, dried fruit, granola, chocolate, and mix it up for a personalized trail mix with the nutrients to keep you going.
- Granola/ power bars – These can really pack a punch when you’re in need of energy on the go. Make them homemade granola bars – it’s easier than it sounds – or bring pre-packaged.
- Fruit salad – Cut up some of your favorite fruits for an easy snack. Or leave whole to bring on the go.
- Three bean salad – A healthy, filling bean salad will taste great as you are spending a lot of energy. All you need to do for this is combine cannellini beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and add some extras – I like red onion, parsley, and a bit of celery. Top with your favorite dressing (oil and lemon won’t spoil) and you’re good to go.
- Guacamole – Make it right at your campsite by mashing up avocado, adding a bit of tomato, red onion, cumin, salt and pepper. My favorite snack!
- Omelets – Cracking some eggs, cut up a few veggies, and you’ll have a nice, easy meal that will fill you up and start your day off right. You could even prepare the omelets before you depart and keep them stored in a freezer bag – just dump it into the skillet for a few minutes and you’re done!
- Breakfast hash – cut up onions, potatoes (or sweet potatoes), spinach, broccoli, or any veggies you have on hand. Then top off the mixture with a few sunny side up eggs.
- Yogurt with fruit and granola
- Muffins – bake a tray of muffins the day before you go! You can’t go wrong with blueberry, pumpkin, banana nut or corn muffins. Eat as is or warm it up and put on butter – my personal favorite!
- Peanut butter and banana sandwich – Get your day off to a protein filled and yummy start
Lunch or Dinner
For any or all of the below, corn and potatoes can be wrapped in tinfoil and placed closer to the fire. These are the perfect sides to your meal.
- Fish – Fish of any kind is perfect and very low maintenance. It can be brought pre-marinated, or just throw into the skillet, squirt some oil and lemon on top and viola!
- Sausage and peppers – Simply cut up some peppers and onions, then throw these into your skillet with the sausages. Easy!
- Marinated steak – Work up a marinade before you leave and keep it in a freezer bag until you’re ready to put it on the fire. It will soak up a nice smokey flavor.
- Chicken and veggies – Cook up some chicken cutlets on a bed of veggies – you can use carrots, broccoli, green beans, peppers, or whatever you have. Flavor with olive oil, salt and pepper, or marinate the chicken before arriving for a personalized kick of flavor.
- Pasta – Pasta is perfect to cook and just throw on some pesto or tomato sauce. To take it to the next level, you could cook vegetables like onion, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, etc. in another skillet and then combine.
- Burgers and hot dogs – The American classic!
- Make your own hero buffet – Bring an assortment of cold cuts, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and create the sandwich of your dreams. Pro tip: warm it over the fire for a grilled cheese or toastie!
- Eggplant and zucchini packet – Cut up eggplant, zucchini, and onion and place into tinfoil. Add herbs like cilantro, parsley or rosemary, and top with dressing for some additional flavor. Throw in some tofu for a great vegetarian option, or cook up meat on the side and then combine. These vegetables tend to cook pretty quickly over the fire, saving you time to just relax.
- Chili – This is a meal to warm your soul while out there! Use a couple cans of kidney beans, ground beef (or turkey for a healthier option), diced tomatoes, onion, and tomato sauce. Add some seasoning and let it stew! Add some grated cheese and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt for a healthier option) on top once it’s done and enjoy.
- Kebabs – Again, kebabs are completely customizable. You can use any meat you’d like – beef, chicken, lamb, and roast with peppers, onions, zucchini, pineapple, whatever you fancy. Nice and easy with very little clean up.
Remember that just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome meal. Bonus points that this is all very healthy! There’s no fast food out where you’ll be, so you’re free to enjoy cooking for yourself.