7 Easy Camping Meals That Outdoor Experts Swear By - Panergy
Baked beans, hot dogs, and the occasional handful of trail mix. Even if you’re just getting ready for your very first camping trip, you probably already know the food is notoriously boring and not all that tasty. But gathering around the fire for a meal is part of the fun. So why not give your camping food an upgrade? Here’s some culinary inspiration from 7 longtime camping enthusiasts and outdoor pros.
“I’ve been camping since I was 8 years old, and I’ve tried every trick of the trade in terms of eating while camping. Your best bet is sausage and pepper [or any veggie] packs. Before leaving, I chop up precooked sausage, raw bell peppers, and onions, and add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and seasonings. Then I wrap the mixture in a double layer of foil and place it in the cooler. (It’ll stay fresh for two days, so it’s perfect for a weekend getaway trip.)”When it’s time to eat, I slide the foil packs over the fire and let them cook until the peppers and onions are soft. No plates necessary—just use a fork to eat out of the foil.”-Emily Torres, lifestyle blogger
“I’m a mad camper, and I love a good hearty breakfast. But when I’m trying to get out and about, making a big feast can end up taking half the morning. My quick breakfast burritos are a big favorite of mine to start the day. They’re made with fresh tomatoes, canned black beans, eggs, avocado, chorizo, and cheese, and they can be cooked on a campfire or single gas burner.”For evening meals, I’m usually starving. Although cooking on the campfire is nice when you’ve got time, sometimes I just want something I can whip up quickly on the gas stove. That’s when I’ll make a one-pot meal. My one-pot nachos are made with tortilla chips, canned kidney beans, grated cheese, and diced onion and peppers, and they’re ready in less than 15 minutes.”-Joey Holmes, founder of Cool of the Wild.
“I’ve cooked on canoeing trips, camping trips, backpacking trips, and sailing trips. But one of the things I love the most is my easy French toast. I premeasure powdered eggs in a quart-size baggie and bring some slices of sprouted cinnamon raisin bread. Then, I rehydrate the eggs with water and add some cinnamon-sugar that I also premeasure. (I write the amount of water I need on the baggie, so I don’t forget.) I soak the bread right in the quart-size baggie, so there’s less mess and less trash. I pan-fry the bread slices in coconut oil, which I get from Trader Joe’s in individual-sized packets. I bring little travel shampoo bottles filled with jelly and really good maple syrup, and voila: French toast.”It’s the best breakfast—especially when you have time to sit and enjoy it. It’s great for anytime during your camping trip. But if you’re backpacking, it’s a bit heavy, so I’d have it on the first morning or whenever you have a layover day.”-Amanda Pennington, outdoor enthusiast.
“Without a doubt, quesadillas are quick, tasty, and all-around perfect because you can eat them with your hands. You can cook them in a frying pan with a gas stove. I fill the quesadillas with meatless chicken strips (like MorningStar soy strips or Quorn mushroom-based strips) instead of real chicken to reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning if the weather is hot. I add guacamole that I make at home and pack up in a sealed container, along with some parboiled rice and shredded cheese.”Making them is easy: I pan-fry the ‘chicken’ strips to warm them up and set them aside. Then I put the tortilla in the pan, cover half with cheese, and add the chicken, rice, and guacamole. When the cheese starts melting, I fold the tortilla in half and flip it so the other side gets crispy. That’s it!”-Steve Silberberg, owner and head guide at Fitpacking Fat Loss Backpacking Adventures