One-Pot Meals for Winter

one-pot-meals-winter-camping-by- peupleloupOne of the best things about winter camping is that you don’t need to worry much about food going bad because of lack of refrigeration. If temperatures are cold when you’re camping, your food will stay cold without having to lug other extras with you to keep your food cold. For minimalist campers looking for the easiest fuel for their trips, winter camping is the best season, although you do have to take more gear to stay warm. Consider it a the seasonal gear trade-off.

Try these winter one-pot recipes for camping that will warm you up, take little time to prepare, and use ingredients that take advantage of natural cooling.

Noodles and Dumplings

1 package of egg noodles
1 can of gravy
1 can of biscuits
1 can cooked chicken
1 handful diced carrots
1 handful diced celery

Boil egg noodles in water until tender. Drain and add gravy, drained chicken, carrots, and celery and stir to combine. Top with biscuits and cook covered with coals for about 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are cooked through.

Frozen Cannonballs

1 package macaroni or other noodles
1 package frozen meatballs
1 can beef broth
1 handful chopped spinach
1 handful chopped onion
cheese for topping

Saute onions until translucent in pot then add meatballs and macaroni and broth. Boil until macaroni is cooked through. Stir in spinach and boil a few seconds until tender. Serve with cheese topping.

Camping Hash

1/2 pound ground beef
1 cup potatoes, pre-cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 T vegetable oil
1 handful chopped onion

Cook potatoes in vegetable oil until they start to brown, stirring often. Add in onion half way through cooking potatoes. Once cooked till brown, add in ground beef and cook until browned. The trick is to keep your cut potatoes in a tightly sealed bag with some water to keep them from turning while you’re hiking.

Each of these recipes takes almost no time at all so you can quickly heat some food up to fill your belly from a cold day of hiking after setting up camp. Do all the prep possible before setting out, like chopping up ingredients and grating cheese, so all you need to do is throw it in a pot and eat.

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