If you follow me on Instagram (ps I love you all!), you may remember me disappearing on a four-day camping trip near Moab, Utah. It was glorious for oh so many reasons, including: lack of internet (yes, it’s good for me to unplug sometimes, even if I don’t want to), good company, cozy campfires every night, slot canyons, sunshine and mountain trails. Oh, and did I mention amazing food?!
I want to share with you how easy and simple it can be to pack delicious meals for your next outdoor adventure. Bring a small cooler, and pack the bottom with some dry ice – Why dry ice? It’s relatively inexpensive and it sumblimes (That’s a science word for “evaporates” – so you won’t end up with a swimming pool in your cooler (Not that I speak from experience or anything….). Plus, dry ice is awesome. Just be sure to keep plenty of padding between the ice and your veggies – otherwise they will freeze….
Five Easy Meals to take Camping this Summer
1. Oatmeal (And don’t forget the instant coffee, please). You can buy premade packets of quick-cooking oats in a variety of flavors, or you can buy plain oats, and add in your own favorite toppings. Oatmeal for breakfast = boil water, pour and stir. Voila! Breakfast. We topped our oats with trailmix and dried blueberries. Now that’s called winning at breakfast.
2. Sushi – Why not eat gourmet food on shower-less day #4 in the dessert? Prepare your favorite sushi rolls at home, but don’t slice them. Wrap each roll in seran wrap and then eat them like burritos along the trail. Sushiritos? Bring a little bottle of shoyu and you’re a true trailside gourmand.
3. Spring Rolls – Same as sushi rolls. Prep ahead of time and you can add any veggies you’d like. And if you whip up some dipping sauce (really more like pouring sauce on the trail) they become extra delicious. Need suggestions? Check out my Spring Roll Recipe.
4. Fajitas – Pre slice 1 onion, 1-2 jalapenos and 2-3 red bell peppers. Place onions and peppers in a ziplock baggie, and fill the second baggie with some drained and rinsed beans of choice with the jalapenos. Pack in a wee bit of oil, a spice mix of choice (taco seasoning, or cajun mix). Cook in cast iron or stainless over the campfire and serve piping hot on toasty tortillas with peach salsa. Serves 2-4, depending on the amount of hiking you’ve been up to.
5. Wraps – These are ideal because you can use up ingredients that you’ve already purchased for the above recipes. Pack in the tortillas, salsa and your favorite hummus. Pre-chop veggies at home – peppers, carrots, celery, cabbage and cilantro. And then make the wraps as you go along. They are a great light, yet filling lunch.
6. BONUS Snacks – Chop up any leftover veggies from your recipe prep and put in baggies. Dip in hummus or salsa for a bonus snack on the road. With those and some fruit, you’re set! Be sure to send me photos of your creations.
Soundtrack: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. Willie Nelson.