Happy Campers: What is your favorite camping meal?


My family likes to celebrate Fall with a camping trip or two. We’re headed to the Sierras this weekend and I am so excited! As all campers know, abundant food makes for happy campers. So, the Bodies don’t mess around when it comes to camping food.

We’ll be gone five nights, splitting our time between Mammoth and Yosemite. I plan on bringing enough food for the first three days and then stocking up for the second half of the trip in Mammoth. That way, food packing doesn’t get out of control and we can keep it to one cooler. Also, we can save more room in the rig for down comforters, jackets and sleeping bags to keep us warm during the 35 degree nights.

When we camp, breakfast and lunch are pretty low key so we’re able to maximize the adventuring (and minimize the cooking cleanup that drives me insane). Typically, breakfast is oatmeal, fruit, coffee and milk (for the Bodenettes).

Coffee first

Coffee first

Lunch could be any combination of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, fruit, veggies, leftovers from dinner the night before and sliced turkey. And snacks! Oh, we (mostly me) could not live without snacks – fruit, nuts, rice cakes, turkey jerky, snack bars, protein bars, veggies, and on and on and on.

Once late afternoon rolls around, we start the fire and take our time cooking dinner… with wine and appetizers, of course. Dinner is the main culinary event. As I plan for food, I need to come up with a few new dinner ideas so we don’t have grilled chicken/fish and veggies five nights in a row… at which point Isaac would tell me to take a hike.

Happy Campers, please share your favorite camping meals!  


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    10/07/2014 at 5:14 pm

    Fajitas with flank steak…So easy to do, especially if you marinate the steak and slice it before you go.Freeze the meat and then let it defrost in time for your meal. Add a ton of veggies, whole wheat tortillas, black beans and guac and you’re good to go! Always a hit around the campfire in our family.

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      10/07/2014 at 8:21 pm

      That sounds awesome. I was thinking burritos one night, but might jazz it up a bit and do this instead. Thanks!

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    10/08/2014 at 2:07 pm

    Where do you get your turkey jerkey?

    I’m a camping cook novice, but here’s an easy meal that worked well: Pile seasoned ground beef or turkey, thinly sliced onions and potatoes (sweet or Yukons), and chopped carrots on a bed of cabbage leaves, and wrap the whole thing in a tin foil packet and place over the fire. Best served with lots of ketchup.

    Have fun this weekend!

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