17 Easy Plan-Ahead Camping Recipes



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Camping doesn’t have to be beans from a can, though, there’s nothing wrong with that. Do a bit of meal prep and get ready for the best camping meals ever. We picked some items for easy breakfasts, satisfying dinners, fast snacks and quickie lunches. Some other helpful tips:

Bring a pitcher to make pancake mix in for easy pouring. You can even keep the powdered mix in it ahead of adding water if the lid is tight.

Make a fruit salad or pre-cut all your fruit (minus bananas) for easy distribution and toting.

If your family is a fan of scrambled eggs, crack your eggs and keep them in a sealed bottle to avoid the delicacy of protecting a carton.

Bring a tube of crescent rolls and have fun adding things to them. Chocolate chips? Yes. Canned ravioli? Try it.

Make campfire cones by stuffing chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, peanut butter and even chopped fruit like bananas inside a waffle cone. Wrap in foil and let it heat in the fire until everything is gooey and good.

cookie dough balls on a blue plate
Rainbow Fresh Rolls
s'more with a peanut butter cup on tin foil
squares of banana chocolate chip cake on a plate
tofu scramble with squash, tortilla and avocado slices
baking sheet of granola with nuts, seeds and coconut
cast iron frying pan with shakshuka, feta cheese and pita bread
bowl of hummus with bread and veggies to dip
homemade pop tarts with icing on a cooling rack
chicken quesadillas on a wooden cutting board with salsa on the side
plate of noodles with chicken and celery
baked beans with toast and an egg
Veggie burgers with all the toppings
broccoli and cheese patties in a lunch box with fruits and veggies
jars of parfait with cherries
pan of puttanesca with tomatoes and fresh herbs

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Who doesn't want to sneak a bite, or 12, of cookie dough? Whether you make this recipe and simply store it in a jar in the fridge for a sweet snack or roll it into dough balls to carry with you for little bites of energy, this grain-free, refined sugar–free, dairy-free recipe will give you that cookie dough experience without all the stuff your body doesn’t need. Plus, the kids will be thrilled to help. Get the recipe: Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Rainbow Fresh Rolls

Prep and pack everything you need so a quick assembly and roll-up is all you need to do at your campsite. Rice paper is easy to pack and hydrates in a bit of water on a plate. The fact that you're also going to buy a deli rotisserie chicken is making this one even easier, right? Get the recipe: Rainbow Fresh Rolls

Reese's S'mores

Facts and figures: if you didn't have a S'more, you didn't technically go camping. Ensure your status as Real Camper by whipping up a newfangled variation. This recipe instructs to use the toaster oven, but we know you know how to do it by the fire by skewing puffy marshmallows and giving them a toast in the flame. Yum. Get the recipe: Reese's S'mores

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Forget muffins and the wrapper waste, go for cake, pre-sliced and packed up to make those early, misty, camp-side mornings delicious and enjoyable. Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

Yellow Squash Turmeric Tofu Scramble

Tofu acts as a flavour sponge, so it needs a bunch of seasoning to really shine. In this recipe, cumin and turmeric add flavour, Dijon mustard adds a necessary “eggy” taste, and the almond milk–nutritional yeast mixture makes it more like a creamy, soft scramble. Get the recipe: Yellow Squash Turmeric Tofu Scramble

Olive Oil and Maple Granola

Don't delay, you need to make this. Perfect for camping, quick breakfasts or just eating by the handful, you'll be glad you packed this in a big Ziplock to top yogurt and fruit for an easy start to your day in nature. Get the recipe: Olive Oil and Maple Granola

Shakshuka

What’s not to love about eggs nestled in a savoury tomato sauce spiced with fiery harissa? The sauce in this shakshuka begs to be topped with tangy dollops of labneh and eaten with warm pita bread. It's a great recipe for cooking over the fire or in a camper for your summer trips. Get the recipe: Shakshuka

Simple Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

If you've got a kid who likes to graze, try packing a spread of homemade hummus along with veggies and bread to dunk. This version is infused with oregano and fresh lemon for flavour and a kick of brightness. Get the recipe: Simple Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Homemade Pop Tarts

Kids love making something that they’re used to pulling out of a package. Sugar cookie dough makes for a tasty pastry and you're in charge of filling c/o your fave jam. Get the recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts

Chicken Quesadillas

Some nights, you probably wish you didn’t have to stand over a stove, monitoring two skillets. Problem solved with these Chicken Quesadillas. It's like a grilled cheese sandwich, but with way more potential for great fillings. And even better potential for next-day lunchboxes. Get the recipe: Chicken Quesadillas

Sesame Ramen Salad With Chicken And Celery

These noodles are a fun way to make a store-bought rotisserie chicken exciting and new. Don’t be put off by what looks like a long list of ingredients—you likely already have all of these on hand, and they just need to be whisked together. Get the recipe: Sesame Ramen Salad With Chicken And Celery

Baked Beans With Bacon

Simpler than cracking a can? Not quite, but well worth the bit of extra legwork. Make these beans (canned, no soaking here!) ahead of time and heat on the campfire with toast and a fried egg. Breakfast of champions coming through. Get the recipe: Baked Beans With Bacon

Garlicky Cuban Pork

The instant pot does all of the work on this one. But you can go pick up squishy buns, because this pork is best served slider-style. For camping, make your pork ahead of time and bring everything you need for al fresco pork-in-a-bun. Get the recipe: Garlicky Cuban Pork

Flavourful Veggie-Packed Beef Burgers

Have your burger and lots of veggies, too! These beef burgers are full of flavour thanks to grated veg, are gluten- and dairy-free and help the whole family increase their veggie intake for the day. Pre-make your patties and pack everything you need for camping, like buns, condiments and pickles, of course. Get the recipe: Flavourful Veggie-Packed Beef Burgers

Broccoli And Cheese Patties

Got a kid who sneers at greens? Run these little broccoli and cheese patties by them. They're perfectly totable and plenty delicious. Get the recipe: Broccoli And Cheese Patties

Cherry Pie Chia Parfaits

Creamy chia pudding, jammy tart cherries, and a crunchy granola topping are great as a midday snack or an after-dinner treat. Get the recipe: Cherry Pie Chia Parfaits

One-Pan Orecchiette Puttanesca

The perfect make-ahead pasta, puttanesca only gets better with age. This recipe is a sweetened version of puttanesca minus the anchovies, plus chickpeas and spices. It’s quick and super-practical to make because the pasta actually cooks in the sauce. Try it, and you may not feel the need to boil pasta ever again. Get the recipe: One-Pan Orecchiette Puttanesca
Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Rainbow Fresh Rolls
Reese's S'mores
Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
Yellow Squash Turmeric Tofu Scramble
Olive Oil and Maple Granola
Shakshuka
Simple Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
Homemade Pop Tarts
Chicken Quesadillas
Sesame Ramen Salad With Chicken And Celery
Baked Beans With Bacon
Garlicky Cuban Pork
Flavourful Veggie-Packed Beef Burgers
Broccoli And Cheese Patties
Cherry Pie Chia Parfaits
One-Pan Orecchiette Puttanesca

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