With us heading out on our camping trip tomorrow, we are starting to prep our gear, clothes and food. We get to Glamp a little bit this time as we are able to drive right up to our camp site and sleep in our vehicle or tent. With that being said, we can also plan meals that are a little more fulfilling than Ramen & other backpacking meals. Check out our camping menu for our 4 day, 3 night adventure to the middle of nowhere.
- Camp Cakes – Just a more outdoorsy way to say Pancakes. This meal is super easy to make & doesn’t take up a lot of room. You can pre-mix the Pancake batter at home and store it in a zip-lock baggie inside your cooler. When it comes time to make the cakes, you simply pour out your desired amount into your skillet! You will need a stove for this meal, or a grate over an open fire to set your skillet on. We are fortunate enough that our friends, Dusty Desert Dogs, have a stove from Eureka! They have graciously offered to make Camp Cakes 2 out of the 4 mornings we are out.
- Breakfast Burritos – Another easy to make meal that you can prep at home before your trip. We prefer using the ingredients below: Flour Tortillas, Eggs, Fiesta blend cheese, Bar S franks & El Pato salsa for dipping. Scramble your eggs, then toss in some diced franks. Once cooked, you can scoop desired amounts of the mix into your tortillas & sprinkle on the cheese. Wrap in foil (I suggest double wrapping in heavy duty foil because the foil will start to unwrap while warming) & store in your cooler until you’re ready to cook them. You can toss them in your camp fire ring over the hot coals. They’re sure to heat up quickly & will be ready to eat in no time!
- Yogurt & Granola – This is such an easy one to prep at camp. We love Strawberry Yogurt and the granola clusters in Honey Bunches of Oats so this was a no brainer. Yogurt gives you a large dose of protein & many nuts and whole grains — all main components of most granolas — are high in protein. Pair the two together and you have a breakfast that’s sure to give you energy for hours while you’re out on the trails. You can also add fruit to this mix for a tasty treat!
- Oatmeal – One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, 4 grams of fiber, & 6 grams of protein. You can add almond butter to boost protein. This powerful combo will keep you away from that mid-morning visit back to camp for some snacks. We like the pre-packaged oatmeals the best as they cook quickly & water/oat measurements are easy to eyeball if you don’t have measuring cups on hand.
- Sandwiches all the way – Sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch time meal to make. They aren’t too heavy, but till pretty filling. Especially if they’re paired with chips, crackers or some type of fruit. We will be bringing meat & meat-matched for our sandwiches as well as peanut butter and jelly. Peanut Butter is packed in protein and will help keep us going until dinner time. We might even bring some bananas too for added potassium & carbs.
- Hot Dogs – This meal is probably on everyone’s menu or has been at one time or another. Nothing better than roasting some weenies over a campfire then slathering them with ketchup (we aren’t big mustard fans around here ;D) & throwing them into a toasted bun & digging in. You can also bring a can of chili to heat over the fire or your camp stove & throw it on top of your hot dog with some cheese for an even tastier meal!
- Quesadillas – Tortilla, Cheese & you’re done! Another meal you can prep at home, wrap in foil, keep in your cooler til needed, then heat over the coals of your fire. There is not really anything healthy or special about this meal, but it is easy to prep, store & heat up. Add some chicken in the quesadilla along with some salsa later on for a real kick.
- Mountain House Meals – We had our first Mountain House meal on our backpacking trip to Webber Creek. These freeze dried, easy prep “meals in a bag” are a fan favorite. After 3 days of adventuring I am certain I will not want to cook too much as I will be exhausted! This meal literally consists of four steps: boil water, pour into bag, let sit for instructed amount of time, EAT! How’s that for easy? These meals are hearty & definitely enough for my daughter and I to share one package that yields 2.5 servings. They are about $8 at Sportsman’s Warehouse.
And I have saved the absolute BEST for last. The beverage that will sustain the adults. COFFEE!!!!! We recently became ambassadors for Hikers Brew (a fabulous, environmentally friendly, coffee company from Wisconsin) & we are super thrilled to say it will be giving us the adventure fuel we need to power through our days!
What meals do you pack when you head out to camp? Feel free to leave us a comment below with your favorite camp drinks, meals & suggestions!