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Apr 3, 2010

Planning Camp Meals



What Food To Bring Camping

My goal is to eat well, drink well and while I don't expect to laze around the camp ground I'm not willing to skimp on my Camping In Style. I'm in my 40's and like GOURMET, Comfort and Style. The trick is how to camp without all the extra work. It's in the PLANING! you may have heard this before, don't stop reading yet.................Here's the formula


THE MORE YOU DO IN THE COMFORT OF HOME = THE LESS YOU WILL DO AT CAMP
  • Planning saves time, money and energy when you get to the campground
  • Sit down without distractions and a glass of red wine and plan your meals with some wiggle room
  • Plan to eat chicken ASAP
  • Have meals with only two courses
  • Precook gourmet meals that freeze well
  • At camp fix one side dish that is fresh
  • Plan meals with repeat ingredients
For example:

Greek yogurt =
W/ granola
Dry snack
Topping on quesadilla
Mixed with mashed potatoes

Honey =
Sweetener for everything
For pancakes instead of syrup
W/ yogurt above to give flavor

You get the picture................................................

EXAMPLE MENU FOR THREE DAY TRIP

  • FRI: Pre-assembled veggie & cheese quesadilla wrapped in foil, chips & salsa, carrot stick. This meal should be easy if your cutting it close with arriving at campsite. You will be busy and tiered after setting up camp
  • SAT: Breakfast Quiche (precooked) fruit & OJ. Lunch: Baguette, meat, cheese, grapes, Dinner: Steak & Garlic Pasta with fresh fruit
  • SUN: Breakfast: Yogurt & Berries with Granola. This is pack up day so I make it simple
  • OTHER: Bag of chips, wine, cocktail fixings, marshmallows, cookies, chocolate, small bottle of olive oil for cooking etc..., yogurt tubes, salt & pepper, jiffy pop popcorn, "Adel's" sausages(pre-cooked and easy eat for kids or extra snack, bag of mini carrots, can of "Annie's" mac and cheese. Oh yes and not to forget the two gallon water with spigot for drinking.
RECAP:

  • Organize & Prep as much as possible
  • Freeze your meat & pre-cooked dishes
  • Cook raw chicken before other choices as it doesn't keep well
  • Only have two courses per meal
  • Plan meals with repeat ingredients
  • Precooked favorites like lasagna or french toast freeze well
  • Make sure your food is organized into clear plastic bins SEE PACKING CAMP FOOD

SEE EASY GOURMET for recipes
Don't get me wrong if your camping without kids or can handle more then go for it. I expect as Adrienne gets older I will make more elaborate meals.








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