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5 Healthy Meal Ideas For Your Next Camping Trip

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Camping is a great opportunity to take a break from your daily routine. Some campers want to stay outside, explore the wild and learn hunting and fishing. Meanwhile, others prefer to stay put, enjoy their camping gear, such as sleeping bags, pop-up tents, and camping chairs, or just cook meals in a campfire or stove.

If you’re looking for quick recipes that you may consider for your next camping trip, here’s a list of healthy meal ideas to make your camping even better, especially if you’re more inclined to cooking: 

  1. Apple Sausage Sandwich (Breakfast Style)

Muffins with sausages and a fried egg are a staple meal for breakfast, but they can also turn into quick snacks or dinner. The good thing about preparing this sandwich is that you really don’t need a culinary arts degree to do it. Basically, you just need to put sausages and a fried egg between two pieces of muffins.

To make it healthier, grab some muffins then add sliced apples and a piece of breakfast sausage as filling. Then, add cheese and creamy mayo to your crisp and sauteed spinach. This meal has enough calories, calcium, fat, protein, and zinc to kick-start your camping day. 

  1. Dutch Oven-Baked Vegetables

Pot makers may have invented Dutch ovens—the portable thick-walled pots and a fitting lid—with outdoor cooking in their minds. You can prepare baked vegetables, pork stew with sweet potatoes, and other dishes with these ovens. If you want to know more about must-have camping cooking gear like Dutch ovens, you may go to online kitchenware blogs such as Kitchen Thinker to find some recommendations on kitchen tools and appliances.

For Dutch oven-baked vegetables, you’ll need sliced veggies, such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, turnip, parsnip, brussels sprouts, garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme sprigs, and herb oil.

You may start with peeling the veggies. Cut the leaves of thyme and rosemary before chopping them loosely. Next, mince the garlic before combining it with herb oil, rosemary, and thyme. Gently put the vegetables in the Dutch oven, then add the spices after some minutes. In a medium fire, cook the dish for about an hour, then serve it while hot. The Dutch oven-baked vegetables have the fiber, vitamins, and minerals believed to help with colon cleansing to balance meat-based meals during camping.

  1. Banana Bread Pancakes 

Do you experience cramps when you walk for hours during your camping trip? To help prevent muscle stiffness during camping, you might want to try healthy meals like banana potato fingers, banana bread pancakes, and other potassium-rich dishes.

Suppose you prefer to prepare banana bread pancakes. With that, you’ll need to bring eggs, baking powder, sugar, flour, salt, milk, vegetable oil, and of course—bananas. Start with combining the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the mixture. Mash your bananas in a separate bowl.

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Then, combine milk, vegetable oil, and eggs into the mix to make a batter. Put an oiled pan on medium heat. Once the pan is hot, pour the batter onto it. Wait until the pancakes turn golden brown on each side before serving them. With these healthy pancakes, you may prevent cramps while enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal. 

  1. Cast Iron Frittata 

Your cravings for your favorite healthy dishes are satiable even during camping. For instance, you want a frittata for your snack. You’ll need some eggs, salt and pepper, shredded cheese, herbs, and chopped vegetables to satisfy this craving.

You can start preparing your frittata by whisking the eggs and herbs in and adding water to a medium-sized bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. In a preheated cast iron pan, sauté the chopped vegetables. Stir them frequently. Then, pour the mixture onto the pan. Lift the cooked portions to let the uncooked parts of the egg spread. For about 10 minutes, let the dish simmer until the bottom and top of the mixture is all set. Afterward, sprinkle cheese all over the dish. Let it melt until your frittata puffs up. Loosen, then, the edges of the frittata. Lastly, cut it into wedges before you serve it. Enjoy!

  1. Campfire Grilled Fish Tacos

Grilling fish caught during camping is a fantastic campfire experience, but turning it into nutritious fish tacos is absolutely phenomenal. For you to experience the best tacos and camping in general, you would want to prepare minced garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil, lime, and fish. You’ll need a small outdoor grill to cook the fish.

In a zip lock bag, combine all the ingredients except for the fish. Shake the mixture for about 10 minutes before you add in your sliced and diced fish. Allow the fish to marinate for about four hours. You may store the bag in a cooler while marinating. After that, thaw the fish in a separate bowl of a newly prepared marinade for about 30 minutes before grilling them. 

For the slaw, you’ll need a cup of rice vinegar, a bunch of chopped cilantro, a pinch of sugar, a cup of julienne-sliced carrots, and a cup of shredded cabbage. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, and cilantro. You can then add in the cabbage and carrots. In a bowl, mix the fish and the slaw. Then, heat the taco shells as instructed on the package. Put your desired mix of fish and slaw in the taco shells. Voila! You can now enjoy your protein-rich campfire grilled fish tacos.

Ideal Meal To Make Your Camping Even Better 

Camping is a delightful outdoor activity that can put your mind at ease while exploring your surroundings. Here, you’ll discover more about nature. At the same time, you can enjoy your lives in privacy as you learn new life skills, such as hunting, fishing, tool-making, and cooking. While many campers prefer cooking canned goods as they’re prepared in less time, it’s still advisable that you cook healthy meals that provide the necessary nutrition to your body. With the different nutritious recipes in this article, you can now plan for your next camping trip without worrying about what meal to prepare and eat during your camping.

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