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10 Easy And Cheap Camping Meals
One of the joys of camping is eating in the great outdoors, and with just a few basic essentials, your meals can be as adventurous as your travels.
What you need
Before you plan any meals, you will need to make sure you have what you need, and this includes cookware. The Lodge Round Griddle is perfect for almost anything and will be used at every mealtime, making it a worthwhile investment.
Once you are packed up and ready to go, do yourself a favor and plan ahead by doing some food prep in advance. Take pre-chopped vegetables, some of your favorite spices and ensure you have enough food storage containers. Don’t forget to bring your favorite sauces.
Now it's time to plan your meals. The one thing camping is sure to do is build an appetite. Being outdoors all day and enjoying activities such as swimming in the lakes, hiking and family sports can make for a ravenous family, so keep this in mind.
Everyone loves nachos, and they are so easy to prepare. Pour black beans, tomato salsa, onions and as much cheese as you like on top, wait for it to melt into a gooey plate of loveliness, and serve.
This is where your pre-chopped vegetables come in. Chop up some chicken, feed it onto a wooden skewer along with veggies like red or green peppers, onions and tomatoes, then cook, remembering to turn regularly. Serve with a sauce of your choice and some easy-cook rice.
Cooking shrimp is quick and easy when camping. Add the shrimp, butter and lemon to a foil packet lined with baking parchment and leave to cook to perfection on either your campfire or grill. The Black Charcoal Tabletop Grill is portable, easy to store and ideal for camping trips.
A cooked breakfast is a must on a camping trip, and what’s tastier than a sausage sandwich, either for breakfast or a tasty snack during the day? Simply cook the sausages, fry an egg or two, add your favorite sauce and sit back and savor it.
Mac and Cheese
This family favorite never fails to go down well and is quick and easy to prepare. Cook the pasta as you would at home, then add the grated cheese while it is still steaming to melt the cheese. You can add mustard and little water if you need it to be more saucy and some garlic powder for extra flavor. If you like a crunch, crumble some potato chips on top.
There is more to desserts than roasted marshmallows when camping - even though they are delicious! If you want to whip up a quick sweet treat, simply sauté some sliced apples in butter and brown sugar, sprinkle with granola and add some cream or yoghurt.
Corn is a great food choice for campers. For some reason, it tastes so much better when eaten in the open air! To make an authentic tasting street corn, simply saute the corn on the cob, then mix your favorite spices with some mayo and spread on the corn with some crumbled parmesan cheese and chopped cilantro.
With tacos, it’s all about the flavor. It’s simple to make your own marinade, and this can be prepared before you set off on your trip or while at your campsite. Using the juice and zest of two limes, mix with spices such as cumin, chili powder, leftover cilantro from the street corn and some garlic powder, then approximately an hour before cooking, add the chicken. Cook until blackened, or just the way you like it. It’s a good idea to take a meat thermometer with you and use this to check that your poultry is always cooked through.
Another camping favorite, hot dogs are a must for any trip. Simply cook your favorite sausages your way, saute some onions and peppers in a separate pan, and serve in a soft bun with relish.
Believe it or not, pizzas - or in this case, pizza pockets - are a great choice when camping, and you can even make your own dough! (Or use store-bought dough if you prefer). Shape into two equal squares, lay one piece on the base of your pan and top with mozzarella, tomato, olives and herbs, then place the second layer on top and cook until golden brown.
Nothing beats eating a delicious meal as you watch the sun go down.