Camping’s basically an endless excuse for hot dogs roasted over the fire, big pots of spaghetti and s’mores, right? A few days of eating that way is fun, but on longer camping trips we start to crave fresh and healthy meals pretty quickly. While cooking becomes a bit more tricky on the road, there’s no reason why you can’t make delicious meals with fresh ingredients at the campground. We’ve rounded up five recipes for healthier meals on the go.
Tofu and Mushroom Stir-Fry by Bon Appetit
Stir-fry is a quick and easy dinner that will leave you more time for exploring. This vegetarian dish uses tofu, which has a longer fridge life than meat. Broccoli and bell peppers are excellent additions to this dish if you want to include more vegetables.
Tip: Cook the rice at home and pack it in a tupperware or bring instant rice to save water and cooking time.
Breakfast Tostadas with Creamy Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce by Gathered Nutrition
What’s more fun than breakfast for dinner? These hearty tostadas make a great pre-hike breakfast but their savory nature also helps spice up your dinner routine. Let your crockpot do the work while you’re out exploring and come back to an easy-to-prep dinner at the end of the day.
Tip: Make the sauce at home to cut down on prep time. If you don’t want to bring your crockpot camping, either pre-cook the chicken at home or do it quickly on the stovetop over higher heat than the recipe calls for.
Soba Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce by Choosing Chia
This cold noodle dish is a lifesaver on hot summer nights when you’d rather not spend all your time over the stove. Soba noodles are made out of heart-healthy buckwheat, a protein-loaded grain. They also cook quickly, which is a major plus. Be sure to use the amount of water the package calls for to cook the noodles in so that the consistency comes out right.
Tip: Make the sauce at home to avoid the headache of cleaning peanut butter coated dishes at camp. The recipe suggests using pre-shredded vegetables, but whole vegetables that you prep at camp will stay fresher, longer.
Easy Chicken Fajitas by Clean Eating
These chicken fajitas couldn’t be simpler, but are still packed with flavor. Don’t skip out on making the optional guacamole recipe included in the article. You won’t regret it. These fajitas are best eaten in your camp chair underneath the stars.
Tip: If you’ve ever been to a Mexican restaurant and left smelling like charred onions, you know that fajitas and small spaces don’t mix well. This recipe is best made over a camp stove outside, or on a cast iron pan over the campfire to avoid your RV smelling like fajitas for the rest of the trip.
Spaghetti with No-Cook Puttanesca by Bon Appetit
This is another recipe that’s beauty lies in the minimal use of heat. A fresher take on traditional spaghetti and red sauce, you can sub your favorite alt-pasta in this dish to make it gluten free. Sometimes after a long day spent outdoors, nothing beats a bowl of pasta.
Tip: To quickly pit the olives, crush them with the side of your knife and pull the pits out.