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4/4/13 11:18 A

We always make hobo stews too. If you use fish, however you should use it on one of the first days you are camping. I bake or boil potatoes prior to camping and keep them in the fridge, as they are easier to use for hobo stews or breakfasts in the mornings. I'm also into cutting all my veggies and bagging them prior to camping. The burrito idea is great, because they can be wrapped in foil and warmed up easily over a campfire.

Instead of marshmallows and smores, baked apples in foil with cinnamon and a small amount of sugar or Splenda is great, especially if it is a little cool outside.

Also, I make salads like rice and veggies to take along. I use good low-cal oil/vinegar salad dressings in them instead of mayo so they last longer.

Hard boil eggs for breakfast. Add a bowl of granola with yogurt. No cooking!

Have fun!

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
4/4/13 10:52 A

Ground chicken or ground turkey burgers spiced up will be better then a hamburger with all the fixins. Grilled zucchini. Chicken and or shrimp kebabs with all the veggies. Chili made from ground beef. I can't think of anything else right now, but there are so many healthy yummy foods. I don't want to think any harder and have food on the brain.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
4/4/13 10:40 A

I also like to pre-make burritos and other single serving items, wrap in tin foil, and freeze them before we go. Pop those puppies in the cooler and they will help keep your other food cold for a couple of days before you put them over the fire.
Frozen soup and chili is good, too.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
4/4/13 8:46 A

on tin foil put a piece of chicken, bell peppers, onions, squash, potatos and any other vege you may like, season to taste then fold up the foil and cook on the grill. You have your whole meal in one easy cleanup package.

4/3/13 10:03 P

I have purchased peanut flour. That's a good portable option. I'm still trying to find out about pre-cracking my eggs and how long they will stay good in a cooler.
Lots of wonderful ideas! Thanks spark friends.

ZIGFISH Posts: 1,459
4/3/13 4:35 P

Look into PB2 Chocolate. It is a peanut butter substitute that you mix with water. It is around 45 calories for 2 tbsp with 4g protein and 1g fat. It is filling alone or on crackers or bread.

We often do oatmeal, eggplant, fruits and I start the day with a protein drink when I camp.

Have fun!

MARTYJOE Posts: 428
4/3/13 4:30 P

camping burns all kinds of calories. Going to get water,hiking,chopping wood,walking to the restroom.

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4/3/13 3:30 P

For eggs, you can pre-crack eggs and store them in a water bottle in the cooler. So much easier that trying not to squish regular eggs. I also bring oatmeal to have for breakfast and sometimes add in chopped fruit like apples.
It is much easier to do your food prep at home so it's not as messy (or germy) while you're camping. Pre-cut chicken breasts and marinate in a tupperware or use a foodsaver if you have one. I like to make soup to bring for colder camping trips or pre-cook pasta so it is easier to reheat.
I second the idea to make hobo packs. You can also use a disposable aluminum pan to reinforce the foil for larger portions of food . Wrap potatoes in foil and place them in the coals to make baked potatoes.

Edited by: CLRWILLIAMS25 at: 4/3/2013 (15:32)
ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/3/13 3:25 P

A friend of mine has perfected "Meals in a bag" for camping. Take gallon ziplock bags (for family size, smaller if single portions) and do things like

*Omelets pre-mixed with lots of veggies, put the uncooked mix into a bag in the cooler. No broken eggs to deal with. For breakfast you just pour the bag contents into the pan. Viola: omelets!
*Put a bag of chili or veggie soup to heat over the fire.
*Pre-cut roasting veggies to put in aluminum foil
*Pancake mix
*Pre-cooked pasta and sauce to reheat over the fire
*Pre-cut a veggie bag with carrots, broccoli, snap peas, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes (whatever you love) for easy snacking during the day.

Pretty much any food you make at home on the stove you can take with you in bags ready to be put in a pot or griddle. Best part, no messy prep at the site, no messy clean-up after. Toss the empty bags back in the cooler and they take up no space, add no weight, and can be easily washed and rinsed back home.

Edited by: ELENGIL at: 4/3/2013 (15:26)
4/3/13 2:48 P

Awesome! I am so happy I posted the question, some really great ideas. I've never even heard of chicken brats-will definitely be checking those out!! Sounds like a food dehydrator may become my best friend for a few days before each trip.
I am also thinking hard boiled (cooked) eggs may be the way to go for breakfast and can be added to lunches. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: NEW-PAMELA-BERG at: 4/3/2013 (14:50)
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4/3/13 2:14 P

I go camping a lot!
Get those chicken sausage brats for dinner, like the Al Fresco brand. They are only like 140 calories and they are delicious! Much healthier than Johnsonville anything. Good for cooking over the campfire and you don't feel deprived.

One thing I do is dehydrate a bunch of vegetables before I go. This way they don't take up space in the cooler. I bring chicken bouillon cubes. And then you can heat up a pot of water and throw veggies and broth in and make a soup that is a good filler before your dinner.

I like to make a bunch of tuna salad before going. In a tupperware put in a few packets/cans and light mayo and relish and chopped celery (or whatever you like to make tuna salad with), then you will have ready-to-go tuna salad in the cooler for sandwiches with no mess.

Of course, peanut butter and honey is also great to bring for a quick snack or sandwich with whole wheat bread of course.

carrot and celery sticks. Cut a bunch up and put them in a ziplock baggie to munch on.

Make your own potato salad with light mayonnaise and mustard, etc. Much better than store bought.

I would still eat burgers a couple nights probably. I would just use very lean ground beef and whole wheat buns. Lean ground beef is actually pretty healthy (I'm talking 93% lean, 7% fat).

Make some hard boiled eggs to bring, that can be eaten in the morning for breakfast or made into egg salad sandwiches.

I like to bring instant oatmeal packets for breakfast, nice and filling and even the flavored ones wont kill your calorie budget.

Sirloin Steak! Is pretty diet-friendly. get a couple and have a nice steak dinner over the BBQ!

Edited by: -CORAL- at: 4/3/2013 (14:16)
SHERYLDS Posts: 17,505
4/3/13 1:59 P

I'm not a vegetarian but one of the best cookouts I went to had
grilled: eggplant, tomatoes, red bell peppers, portabello mushroom, fennel, corn, roasted chickpeas, and baked potatoes.
For dessert baked sweet potatoes, grilled pineapple, and grilled ripe plaintain. They used olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. I vaguely remember cheese. And they had an assortment of whole grain rolls, pumpernickel bread, and whole wheat pitas. Very little to worry about food refrigeration...and nothing was left at the end.

it was amazing.

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 4/3/2013 (14:01)
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4/3/13 1:26 P

I second the veggies and aluminum foil -- you can make veggies packs on the fire for roasted/steamed veggies to add to whatever protein you have planned. Have fun!

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4/3/13 1:25 P

If you're camping over an open fire, try hobo dinners! They're endlessly versatile, and easy to cook. Everything's in a wrapped tinfoil packet. ;) Pretty simple. Add lots of veggies (root veggies are best, but you can also add corn and beans), a protein (like steak, pork, or chicken) season, add some butter, stick in the coals for around 15 minutes or until done.

4/3/13 1:23 P

Awesome, thanks for the great ideas. I think pre-planning and prep will make it easier

NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
4/3/13 1:15 P

Bring the veggies and aluminum foil

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4/3/13 1:11 P

Backpacking burns a lot more calories because you're carrying 30ish pounds up and down hills for 10-12 miles a day so that calculation tends to be more of how many calories can I fit into a pound of weight (ie not particularly applicable here).

Granola bars like Lara/Cliff bars are good too (also in the category of things I didn't think of earlier) along with canned/pouched tuna. Most hard cheeses will last a while outside the fridge so mac and cheese is a good thing too.

4/3/13 12:56 P

Car, tent camping. Minimal space, open fire cooking (camp stove available), no electric.
Are freeze dried foods healthy? Do they have a lot of preservatives?

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4/3/13 12:51 P

What do you mean by camping? Car with a tent pitched near by? Hiking into a campground carrying everything? Will you have access to electricity?

Depending on what's available, kabobs are good and can be done in a variety of different ways, turkey burgers, chicken sausage, chicken, etc. For breakfast, hard-boiled eggs last a week, oatmeal is always yummy, and the pre-cooked bacon lasts a while too.

I generally backpack so my best food ideas generally lean towards the freeze-dried/dried.

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4/3/13 12:49 P

What sort of cooking facilities do you have access to?

Roasted vegetables or kebabs of any kind are both great on open fires or grills. Preslice everything, season it, and cook it up! Anything on a stick.

Sparkpeople even has a blog about this with a lot of suggestions! You could make these ahead of time, bag 'em, and have it ready to cook!

4/3/13 12:44 P

Hello all, I am looking for suggestions for quick and easy meals that are healthy for camping trips (5-9 days at a time). Old me would bring burgers and brats for dinners, maybe one night with chicken. Old me would minimize veggies and pack lots of fake eggs and tortillas and bacon for breakfast.
I've been able to find healthier options on tortillas and switched to Canadian bacon from traditional. Will prob still use egg beaters just because I really don't like opening a cooler to find cracked eggs.
Really need to find some quick and easy dinner options (not insta-meals).
Any input is greatly appreciated.
Thanks! emoticon

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