Camping can be a lot of fun. But, meal planning can pose some issues, especially when you don’t want to take the time. If you have a large group of kids to keep feeding you’re going to need things that are simple and quick. But, you want to eat healthily and packed with protein to keep you full longer. Planning some things ahead will help you stay organized and enjoy the trip as much as the rest of them.
Eggs in a Bottle
Trying to take eggs on the trails can be a mess. Instead, beat them up and put them into a clean water bottle. This will keep that gooey mess contained. You can use just about any sealable container. Another little trick is to do this in sections and mark on the container how many eggs it has in it. For example, a 2-liter bottle could hold enough eggs to make more than one meal. So, put them in one meal at a time and mark. Eggs are a great camping food and can be made up in a bunch of different dishes.
Chop up the Veggies
Meal planning will help you to know what veggies you’ll need. And, then have them all prepared and seasoned right at home. If they are going to be grilled in foil packs, then put the oil and seasons on them and into a sealable travel container. Often campers and campsites don’t have a lot of room for prepping. This will make mealtime go faster as well and it will be so good. If you are thinking omelets one morning, cut up the veggies and sausage and put into another sealed container.
Make and Take
Cooking at home can be simpler and help you to enjoy your time away more. So, make meals at home and freeze them to take with you. Hearty soups, lasagna and, these meals can be easily warmed up at camp and be so good after a long day. And, if they are frozen in a zipper bag, it’s simply putting the soup in the boiling water, right in the bag and cook. This will make less dishes as well!! Cheesy potatoes are chili are a great one for this method as well.
You can also do this with eggs, putting everything in a ziplock bag, not freeze it but keep it cold. When ready dip it into boiling water to have it come out nice and cooked without messing up another pan. Because, after all, nobody wants to waste their time washing dishes and cooking when on an adventure.
As you can see, most of the food hacks is simply planning. Plan each meal out and stick to the plan. Try to find things that compliment each other, maybe things like smoked sausage in omelets and the same sausage with Kraut for an evening meal. This will help eliminate the need of hauling a bunch of food and not using it up. And, of course, don’t forget your cast iron pie maker and all the fun foods you can make up in that. Get creative and remember to have fun.