July 20, 2017 EmeraldStaffing

Simple Camping Meals for Your Next Adventure!

Hot dogs roasting on an open fire… mosquitoes nipping at your feet… ahh yes, it’s camping season! One of the toughest parts of camping is the planning that’s involved: scouting out a location, packing up your gear, and most importantly, the food! I’ve collected some of my favorite meals for camping that are easy to prepare, and will leave you free to relax and enjoy your time getting away from it all — plus your camping crew will be super grateful for your mad cooking skills. Let’s dig in!

Cowboy Casserole

This dish is the ultimate one pot meal to feed a small crowd. It has 5 delicious b’s: beans, bacon, beef, barbeque sauce, and biscuits! If you want to make a vegetarian friendly version, I’d recommend getting some tempeh or tofu and marinating it in BBQ sauce before cooking. Either way, it’s a delicious and filling meal to try out.

What you need:
• Large skillet or dutch oven
• ½ pound bacon
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 2 cans baked beans with pork
• ⅓ cup BBQ sauce
• 1 package biscuit dough

Grilled Barbeque Chicken and Veggies

Foil packet meals are the easiest, no-mess solution to making a hearty and delicious camping meal. Might I suggest this grilled barbeque chicken and veggies recipe? You can use practically any veggies in your fridge, but this combo in the recipe is a winner. This meal is simple, healthy, and delicious. You can even be super savvy and prep the ingredients before leaving, with everything packed in the cooler. Ready, set, go!

What you need:
• Outdoor cooking stove or campfire with cooking grate
• Aluminum foil sheets
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (use your favorite)
• 1 zucchini, sliced into thin rounds
• 1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips
• 8 asparagus spears
• salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
• extra virgin olive oil

Roasted Apples

So simple, yet so delicious! Roasted apples are an easy treat for your whole camping group to enjoy. Core and slice your apples, then transfer them into foil to keep the apple shape. Sprinkle on sugar and cinnamon to your liking, and then add about one tablespoon of butter per apple. Let your apples sit on hot coals for 5-10 minutes, until softened. Let them cool off a bit and then dig in!

What you need:
• Apples
• Cinnamon
• Sugar
• Butter
• Foil

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Behold, the final evolution in camping desserts: the Peanut Butter Cup S’more. Peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate combination, and when you pair it with a freshly roasted s’more, it’s pure heaven! If you have stones lining your fire pit, lay out the graham crackers with the peanut butter cups on top, and let them warm up a bit while you toast your s’more, then assemble and enjoy!

What you need:
• Graham Crackers
• Marshmallows
• Peanut butter cups (I like Trader Joes’ dark chocolate variety)
• Roasting sticks, or some scavenged tree branches!

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