10 Easy Camping Meals

10 Easy Camping MealsYou’ve been floating in sunshine for the last 8 hours, clipping draws since 10 a.m., or maybe you’ve been hiking since sun-up. The first thing on your mind is eating a good meal, but the last thing on your mind is exerting a lot of energy to make that meal.

Eating a good dinner after a long day is important because your body needs the nourishment, but it’s also important because a tasty dinner will help keep your spirits. What you need is low hassle camp food. If you’re looking for some ideas for easy camping meals that require little effort, you’ve come to the right place.

  1. Bratwursts or hotdogs are campfire classics that are hard to beat. They are filling, they cook quickly, and if you’re roasting them over a fire, there’s virtually no clean up. Just grab a stick and a bag of buns, and there’s no dirty cookware or dishes to contend with after everything’s said and done.
  2. Sandwiches are easy enough to make at the campsite, and even the most modest cooler will keep the ingredients cool and safe to eat. Of course, another option is to make the sandwiches at home and pack them for ultimate ease at base camp.
  3. Foil packets are another easy and filling camp food. They also generate little to no dishes for clean up.
    1. Choose your favorite protein, seasonings, and vegetables. Think chicken and bok choy with General Tso sauce or beef chunks and potato slices with salt and pepper — the combinations are endless.
    2. Wrap all of the ingredients up in foil.
    3. Toss said foil ito the coals.
    4. Maybe move the packet around a little bit until everything is cooked. It’s that simple.
  4. Ramen noodles and chicken packets are the perfect choice for a hot meal that’s ready in 5 minutes. Dump the noodles, flavor packet, and a packet of pre-cooked chicken into a cup or bowl, pour on boiling water, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Jambalaya will prompt oohs, ahhs, and jealous eyes around the campfire, but it’s surprisingly simple if you do a little preparation. At home, cook some chicken breast and sausage, cut it into bite size pieces, and place in a storage container. At camp, toss some jambalaya mix into a pot with water, chicken, and sausage. Bring to a boil, let cool, and enjoy. The only downside to this dish is that it generates some cleanup. Do a quick rinse while the dishes are still warm, and clean thoroughly at home.
  6. Campfire chili is a hearty and easy camping recipe. Get a chili mix, add your choice of beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, corn, and turkey, chicken, or beef (cook meat at home and bring in a storage container). Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot and let slow cook on the fire. As with the jambalaya, this will generate some messy dishes.
  7. Quesadillas require a camp stove, but they’re easy to make, easy to clean up, and delicious. You will need a car camping stove and a skillet. Bring tortillas and cheese, then your choice of onions, peppers, cilantro, salsa, corn, etc. Cook some chicken or steak at home and bring in a storage container for some extra protein.
  8. Chicken wraps are quick and easy. Add spinach or lettuce to some pre-cooked chicken and a sauce of your choice, wrap and enjoy. Add some cheese if you’re feeling it.
  9. Baked potatoes are a breeze. Wrap a potato in foil. Put the potato in the fire. Eat the potato. Bring butter or cheese, or whatever your preferred toppings may be.
  10. Smorgasbord. Cooking? Cleaning? forget about it. Crackers, cheese, cold cuts, smoked sausage, jerky, nuts, fruit, bread, whatever. If you really want to take it easy after a long day – and cooking anything at all sounds like too much effort – keep it simple and avoid the cooking altogether.

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