Last summer, when we went on our annual two week camping trip to Colorado, I really tried to document our Camping Menus.
We are always so hungry at camp from hiking and being outside, so the food is one of our favorite parts!
This first picture is a standard lunch meal for us: a little canned vegetarian chili with grilled summer sausage, crackers, brie and cheddar cheese and a generous spot of Dijon mustard.
We usually cook hot breakfasts and dinners, and then we eat sandwiches or other cold, picnic items for lunch.
Here are a few of our favorite camp meals!
Breakfast: Bagels, Eggs and Sausage Links
Bagels travel better than bread, as they don’t tend to squish in the box quite as much. Plus of course, sausage and eggs are a staple camp breakfast!
Dinner: Pasta Carbonara and Grilled Asparagus.
This creamy pasta with bacon is so yummy and it’s easy to throw together. I think all veggies taste better grilled, especially if your griddle is already all salty and greasy from cooking bacon. A little grime on your griddle is just part of camp life. Add a little red wine and breadsticks and this one feels like a fancy camp dinner!
Recipe for Pasta Carbonara
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
8 slices thin bacon, cooked and crumbled into small pieces
1 pound fettuccine
Boil water for pasta and cook al dente. (a couple minutes shy of being done)
Drain pasta and then put it back in the pot, return pot to stove on low heat.
Add butter, stir until the butter is melted and pasta is all coated with butter.
Beat egg and cream together in a small bowl or glass with a fork.
Pour cream and egg mixture over the pasta and stir until it thoroughly coats the pasta.
Season with coarsely ground pepper.
Breakfast: Homemade Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
We mix our dry ingredients at home in a ziplock bag instead of buying pancake mix, which makes our camp pancakes so much yummier!
Recipe for Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter
chopped nuts (optional)
Scoop 1/4 cup batter into skillet or onto griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip. Cook one more minute. Serve.
Makes about 20 pancakes.
You can add anything you like to this batter…blueberries, chocolate chips, cut up strawberries
Dinner: Spaghetti, Salad, and Baguettes Bread with Brie
Buy a pound of pasta and a jar of your favorite sauce. Grab a little Parmesan to throw on your arugula (which keeps well if fresh) and spaghetti. Bonus: bread with cheese.
Breakfast: Eggs and Bacon with Potatoes
Again, this is pretty standard fare. But later in the week when your bread is gone, your potatoes are still good in the camp box. Chop them small and fry them up. So good.
Dinner: Cheddar Potato Soup and S’mores, Of Course!
The big bag of potatoes you used just a couple of this morning gets peeled and sliced completely for this very flavorful and hearty soup which includes in the recipe a full-bodied beer. If you buy six bottles, you still have plenty left to drink with your soup.
Finish with S’mores which we actually eat almost every night while camping!
Recipe for Tomato and Cheddar Potato Soup with Beer
Loosely adapted from Crescent Dragonwagon’s Soup and Bread
2 cups dark beer
6 large potatoes
1 quart chicken stock
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
½ cup butter
1 large onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
Tobasco sauce to taste, optional
½ teaspoon dry mustard
12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring potatoes to a boil in the stock and beer. Add the bay leaves, basil and oregano.
In a cast iron skillet, melt butter. Saute onion 10 minutes. Add celery, garlic and carrot. Cook 10 more minutes.
Add tomatoes and sauces. Cook until most of the liquid evaporates.
Make a paste with the flour and then gradually stir in the milk.
Add mustard and tobasco (if using).
Stir tomato mixture into the soup pot and add the cheese.
Allow the soup to heat back up after the cheese is added before serving.
Breakfast: Yogurt, Granola and Blueberries
After a few mornings of eggs and meat, you need a healthy breakfast! This one is my favorite.
Recipe for Original Chino House Granola (which is also a great camp snack!)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sesame seeds (sometimes I substitute half the sesame seeds for flax seeds)
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup broken pecans
2 cups dried fruit (I use a combination of cranberries, blueberries, cherries and mango pieces cut into thin strips.)
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup blackstrap molasses
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup canola oil
Mix all ingredients except fruit in large bowl. Spread granola on a parchment lined half sheet pan. Granola should not be more than one inch thick. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes. Toss in the fruit and cook about 5 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in air-tight container. Enjoy!
Camp Dinner: Pasta with Shrimp, Butter and Lots of Parmesan and Lemon.
This is not even a recipe. If you put butter, garlic, lemon in a skillet with shrimp, you could pour it over freshly cut grass and it would taste good. Seriously.
Camp Breakfast: Oatmeal
We’re getting lazy here. It’s the end of the week. We didn’t even take a picture. Oatmeal with a little honey, cinnamon and nuts goes great with a Colorado morning though, especially if someone brings it to you while you are still in your sleeping bag.
Camp Dinner: No Cook Burritos
We might have heat up the beans for these and warmed the extra large tortillas on the griddle, but other than that we used salsa, cheese, tomatoes, avocados and raw onions for a Make-Your-Own-Burrito dinner.
Camp Dinner: Steak with Mushrooms, Leeks and Zucchini Compote
Taido marinates flank steak in a combination of fresh ginger, sesame oil, olive oil and soy sauce. Grilled and sliced, it is probably the kids’ favorite dinner. We had these veggies on the side cooked in the skillet with butter and oil.
We carry nuts and trail mixes of all kinds on our hikes. Plus carrots and popcorn (popped at home and carried in an old extra large Animal Cracker bin).
I really love snacks, so I throw lots of extras in the cart when we shop for camping!
What are your favorite camp meals and snacks?
Are you so much hungrier when you go camping?
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