For those who want to go camping and still eat good meals, here is my easy camp food tip. Double up on your meals the week prior to your camp trip!
Eating healthy food while camping
When we go camping, I use my “time off” to cook, and to cook well. On a camp trip I have more time than I would at home, because I am out of my usual routine. That means I can spend the time necessary to cook a good meal. I use this time to experiment and use what I have to come up with good meals. Sometimes, that exact thing you forgot forces you to come up with another alternative that may taste even better than the original item would have! This is how I discovered that steak warmed in whiskey with shredded cheese and milk, plus wild mushrooms added at the end, make one of our favourite dishes to date!
Duplicate what you eat at home
Still, I would like to enjoy the trip as much as possible and not spend the entirety cooking and doing dishes. That’s why I double up on my meals the week before we go and have already “made-ahead” staples to cook with.
Repurpose food for good camping meals
The work before we left, I made three staple meat dinners that would lend well to have extra of for our trip.
While I made chicken one night, I doubled and cooked another whole chicken. I did the same for our evening dinner of instant pot roast beef, and another night when we had steak. Each night we made dinner for ourselves as we usually would, and then I stored the additional meat in a sealed container in the fridge. With a pieces of extra streak, an entire extra roast and whole chicken, we were set up for the best camp food trip!
Shredding meat for sandwiches
The day before we left, I added the roast beef and steak pieces to our Cuisinart Food Processor. I love this machine! This gave me loads of extra meat primarily for sandwiches, but also for any night we may not want to cook dinner.
Camping food ideas
With my now already-ready cooked meat, I can use them in various dishes and quick sandwiches. For example
- shredded chicken with potato hash browns
- minced steak on a sandwich with swish chard leaves and gouda cheese
- roast beef minced into garlic onion rice noodles
- chicken and pesto with rice noodles
- steak and soft cooked eggs
- chicken and pesto on sourdough bread slices
- steak in a whiskey/cheese white sauce with garlic and shiitake mushrooms
- roast beef minced with potato hash browns
- roast beef minced with seasoned rice
Once I get started, I just can’t stop. Each meal is a decadent experience where I test new combinations of things I may normally be too much of a hurry to spend time on.
Watch me cooking our Make Ahead Camp Meals
Good food books for inspirations
The books I am about the recommend aren’t necessarily camping books. I found that regularly flipping through food books and gaining cooking inspiration has widened my cooking imagination to the point where I am more willing to take risks.
Right now, the books that are inspiring me are:
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