Eating good food shouldn’t be an afterthought when you’re camping. In fact, with the right planning and tools, you can take your camping experience to the next level by enjoying fantastic meals in the great outdoors.
Here are some meals that you can easily prepare for your next camping trip.
Loaded with flavour and completely filling, a hearty chickpea curry is a camping favourite that will not only taste great, but will fuel you for your next day’s adventures. With your gas camping stove, you’ll have no problem whipping up this warm and satisfying meal.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp tandoori masala spice mix
½ tbsp garlic powder
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chickpeas
2 cups white rice
Fire up the stove and boil water for the rice. Cook rice according to the instructions on the packet.
Set flame to medium. Heat olive oil until it ripples and then add the onion, salt and spice mix. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic powder and tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the chickpeas and cook on medium flame for 3 minutes, or until the liquid reduces and thickens. Serve the chickpea curry over rice and enjoy!
A happy hour classic, nachos are a tasty treat that’s perfect for ending a long day of adventuring. It’s a camping staple that doesn’t need any culinary genius to pull off. All you really need is a camp oven where you can layer up the cheese and toppings.
1 bag tortilla chips
1 can black beans, drained
1 can black olives, sliced (optional)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
For the toppings:
Green onion, chopped
Layer the tortilla chips, cheese, beans and olives in the camp oven. Do this by spreading a layer of chips at the bottom, then top with a third of the cheese and a couple of spoonfuls of the beans and olives. Repeat the layering a couple more times, or until you have run out of ingredients.
Put a lid on the camp oven and place it near, but not directly on, the fire. Put 1 or 2 coals under the camp oven and 4 or 5 coals on the lid. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes. At this point, the cheese should be melted.
Once the cheese has melted, remove the camp oven from the fire pit and add your selected toppings. Serve and enjoy!
Simple camping pad thai
Savour the bold flavours of pad thai with this delicious and simple variation that’s perfect for sharing by the campfire. In under an hour, you can fill your tummy with this delicious meal!
1 cup rice noodles
1 cup large shallots, thinly sliced
2 cups shelled and deveined shrimp (you can also use tofu)
¼ cup fresh lime juice and a couple of lime wedges
¼ cup + 1 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp Asian fish sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 Thai bird chiles, thinly sliced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
4 scallions, thinly sliced
Roasted peanuts, coriander and bean sprouts for serving
For the sauce: mix the fish sauce, brown sugar, chilis and lime juice together. You can have this prepped ahead of time.
Boil enough water to cover the noodles. Once boiling, pour water over the noodles and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add 3 tbsp oil to a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic for 3 minutes.
Remove excess moisture from the noodles and add to the pan. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp (or tofu) and cook until heated through.
Add fish sauce and scallions until mixture is coated.
Remove from the pan and add the roasted peanuts, coriander and bean sprouts. Serve with lime wedges and enjoy!