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Healthy Easy Camping Meals

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The most difficult part of going camping is the packing. And the most difficult part of packing for the camping trip is meal planning. Below, you’ll find a meal-plan for a 3-Day camping trip, that is healthy and easy. It includes with tips on how to prepare your meals along with a few recipes. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and avoids added sugar.

3-Day Healthy Easy Camping Meal Plan

Dinner #1

  • Protein: Tri-Tip
  • Veggie: Guacamole, Snap Peas, Baby Carrots, Sliced Peppers
  • Carbs: Tortilla Chips

Dinner #2

  • Protein: Ground Turkey Sausage
  • Veggies: Snap Peas, Baby Carrots, Sliced Peppers
  • Carbs:Sweet Potato Fries

Dinner #3

  • Protein: Hot Dogs
  • Carbs: Baked Potatoes or Haystack Fries or see recipe below for roasted potato fries
  • Veggies: Snap Peas, Baby Carrots, Sliced Peppers

Breakfasts

  • Protein: Bacon/Sausage, and Eggs
  • Carbs: Gluten-Free Pancakes (Pamela’s Pancake Mix)
  • Fruit: Blueberries and Apples

Lunch and Snacks

  • PBJ
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Beef Jerky
  • Apples and Oranges
  • Blueberries
  • BBQ Chips
  • Homemade Granola

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Other

  • Coconut Oil: we pack this in a small tupperware-type container
  • Lime Juice or Lime Oil
  • Coffee: if you are using a french press, I recommend packing a press-worth (ours is about 8 tablespoons) in a snack-sized Ziploc so that you don’t have to measure it out every morning.
  • Popcorn
  • Coconut Milk, cocoa with monkfruit for hot-chocolate

Recipes

Easy Sausage Recipe

Our kids LOVE this sausage, so much so that I have to refrain from cooking it up too often. It’s crazy simple, too. Just cook up the turkey or pork in the skillet with the seasoning set below. I then put it in a freezer bag and freeze it. One pound feeds the four of us and makes for a great easy dinner. If we have leftovers, I’ll cook it up with eggs in the morning. With precooked meats, I’m not as concerned about something going bad. Of course, it can still happen, but I reduce the risk and concern when it’s all cooked up at home before camping.

  • Ground Turkey or Pork
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sage
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fennel (the best part)

Sweet Potato and Red Potato Fries

This is by far the fastest and easiest way to cook potatoes when camping. Cut sweet potatoes, red, or russet potatoes into 1/2 inch squares, put them in a large ziploc bag or bowel and coat them with a few tablespoons of avacado or olive oil. Spread them out on a foil-lined baking pan and roast them up at about 400 degrees in the oven for about 40-50 minutes. I usually cook them for 30 minutes, then take them out and give them a turn and cook them for another 10 to 20 minutes, keeping an eye on them to see when they look done. I then set them out too cool, put them in freezer bags, and put them in the freezer. When camping, no oil is needed; just dump the potatoes in the skillet and heat them up!

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Homemade Granola

I don’t buy granola because 95% of it has incredibly high sugar content, and it’s stupid expensive. It’s like granola makers take all this healthy stuff and drench it in added sugar. I’m a recovering sugar addict an get sugar-induced headaches, so I make my own granola. Plus, it’s super easy and pretty inexpensive.

Start with oats and any crushed nuts. I like to take roasted cashews and almonds and throw them in a food processor on pulse just to break them up. Add in any seeks like pumpkin or sesame seeds and put them all together in a bowl. Mix in some melted coconut oil, about 1/8th of a cup for each cup of rolled oats. Now, you can adjust your sugar level to your liking by adding maple syrup or honey. Mix it up, then spread it all out on a parchment-lined baking pan. Cook at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, giving it a stir at about 10 minutes in. Take it out and cool. Then you can mix in dried fruit like cranberries, and other items you don’t really want to bake, like shredded coconut to the granola.

Homemade Chocolate Sea Salt Bars

I love Kind Bar’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar. And I love that it only has 6 grams of sugar. A few years back, I found a copycat recipe at The Yummy Life. Friends and family are always asking for the recipe. They have a bit more sugar via the rice syrup than I can have this month, but they are still worth mentioning. You can get the recipes at The Yummy Life – Homemade Kind Bars.

Dairy Free, Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

This is a super-easy hot chocolate that’s really rich. Adjust the sweetener and cocoa powder to your liking. Tip: don’t forget to pack a whisk in with your camping gear. I’ve never remembered to bring one and it’s really difficult to keep the cocoa from clumping without one.

  • 1 Can of Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of MonkFruit
  • 3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
  • A Few Camp Cooking Tips

  • Get a small plastic container for all your cooking utensils, like spatula, knives, foil, etc.
  • Pack the blue shop towels. These go a lot further than normal paper towels and are great for cleaning up.
  • Freeze as much as you can to preserve things longer, and to save space in your cooler by not having to use so much ice.
  • We pack all our dry ingredients in a short rubbermaid container. If fact, we put most of our camping gear in stackable rubbermaid containers when we go car camping.
  • Use the slider type of Ziploc bags. This is a game-changer when your hands are cold and your groggy and you don’t want to get your hands oily and messy while cooking.

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