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Camping is IN-TENTS!! - Aicacia Young

Camping is IN-TENTS!! - Aicacia Young
March 26, 2013 -  Aicacia Young    

I don’t know about you, but springtime always makes me want to travel! I have no doubt that you all have some amazing trips planned, and I’m here to help. Whether you’re headed to Hueco, Red Rocks, HP 40, or RRG, you’re bound to want to do some camping – at least I always do! If you plan on camping, you might be tempted to just pack shelf-stable foods and graze your way through the trip. However, you can definitely prepare healthy meals on a camping trip. I’ve put together a short list of recipes and meal ideas for all different kinds of campers. The biggest issue when planning meals on a camping trip is the question of a cooler: to bring or not to bring? Some people hate lugging coolers around while other wouldn’t leave home without one, so I’ve compiled recipes for both groups.


With a Cooler:

Meat Lovers

  1. Fresh salmon fillet with lemon and a baked sweet potato
  2. Frozen fajita chicken with couscous and parmesan
  3. Spinach and bell pepper omelet with frozen turkey sausage
  4. Smoked salmon


  1. Canned black eyed peas with couscous, fresh Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and baked sweet potato
  2. Roasted beet and fresh grapefruit spinach salad with sunflower seeds, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette
  3. Greek yogurt with frozen fruit, fresh apple chunks, chia seeds, and granola
  4. Carrots and hummus
  5. English muffins or rice cakes with cream cheese, fresh fruit, and sunflower seeds


Without a Cooler:

Meat Lovers

  1. Canned tuna with instant macaroni and cheese
  2. Vienna sausages or canned chicken with couscous
  3. Beef jerky


  1. Canned black eyed peas with couscous, avocado, and baked sweet potato
  2. Lentils with couscous, roasted beets, and baked sweet potato
  3. Instant oatmeal with dried fruit/apple slices, chia seeds, and honey
  4. Instant grits with parmesan cheese and a side of fresh fruit
  5. Apples and peanut butter
  6. Trail mix with coconut flakes, assorted nuts and seeds, cacao nibs, and dried fruit

Foods that don’t require refrigeration:

  1. Fresh fruit: bananas, apples, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mangos, pineapples, kiwi, pears, peaches, plums, nectarines, and avocadoes
  2. Fresh vegetables: cucumber, eggplant, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and onions
  3. Canned foods
  4. Dried fruit and vegetables
  5. Dry cereal
  6. Energy bars
  7. Granola bars
  8. Nuts and seeds
  9. Jerky
  10. Jelly/jams
  11. Honey
  12. Nut butters: peanut butter, almond butter, nutella
  13. Oil-based salad dressing
  14. Salted butter
  15. Bread, bagels, English muffins
  16. Instant rice
  17. Couscous
  18. Instant oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat
  19. Instant macaroni and cheese
  20. Fruit and vegetable juices
  21. Canned or bottled beer
  22. Boxed wine
  23. Liquor

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