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Meal Ideas While Camping by Lucas Wiman

 

Are you going camping soon and worried about what you’re going to do for food? Just because you’re spending the night in the woods doesn’t mean you have to give up the comfort of good food and rely on snacks and junk food. I’ve asked some of the team what their favorite camp meals are and we are going to discuss those along with some of my favorites!

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Blake says

You can’t beat some good ole breakfast food. Some eggs and bacon on some toast. This is such an easy camp meal to prepare. Whip out the cooler and throw some bacon on a skillet over the fire. As the bacon is cooking you can cook the toast as well on the skillet or lay the bread out over the camp fire to toast. Once the bacon is finished leave the grease in the skillet and throw the eggs in to cook. They should just be able to cook from the grease and not even need to be put over the fire.

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Hung says

Hobo Dinner. This is a mixture of sausage, potatoes, cabbage, onion, pepper, tomatoes, and chicken. It’s all cooked together over the fire and a delicious meal that can be shared with friends. Basically you combine all ingredients into a pot and cover with foil and cook over the fire or stove for 2-25 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready if the chicken is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender.

Nathan says

Tofu scramble. The ingredients are tofu, onions, pepper, and tomatoes. Cut and sauté the veggies and seasonings such as garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Once soft break up tofu into skillet and mix everything together. Cook until the tofu is lightly brown. This is best served as a burrito or straight out of the skillet with siracha on top.

Anthony says

It’s hard to beat hot dogs for dinner. Throw some weenies on a stick over the fire and eat until your stomach is full. Also, peppers and onions for breakfast. Throw them in the skillet and back over the fire for some early morning goodness.

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Some of my personal favorites are a good grilled cheese and a chicken and potatoes bowl. When I make grilled cheeses I go heavy on the butter in the skillet and add cheddar and provolone cheese. I think adding two different types of cheese is key to a killer grilled cheese. A lot of the times I add bacon or turkey as well. These is so easy to cook over an open fire in a skillet. When it comes to a chicken and potato bowl. I cut up some uncooked chicken and dice a potato or two. I throw them all into the skillet together. I add olive oil to soak the food and some garlic and salt and pepper. Go heavy on the pepper. Stir over the fire and add shredded cheese periodically that will melt and brown the potatoes. Once the chicken is cooked the potatoes should be as well. You can eat straight off the skillet or use a bowl!

Don’t forget to bring the chips and salsa as a snack and tea and coffee for the morning and you’re set for however long your camping trip may be. Now obviously this is geared more towards car camping but some of these options are definitely possible while backpacking as well.

As always, leave a comment if you have any questions and you can find me on Instagram here!