A Simple, Delicious Weekend Camping Menu

Camping menu

A weekend camping trip is the perfect family bonding experience and a great way to get everyone back together after a long separation without the distractions of friends, gadgets and the little stresses of everyday life. It’s no wonder that in a recent survey, 35% of fathers listed camping as one of their favorite hobbies.

The key to a smooth, fun, hassle-free camping trip is to plan your meals and prepare in advance as much as you can so you can enjoy yourself once you get to your destination. Without your fridge, stove and all your kitchen tools, cooking while camping can either be a trial (skip the fondue) or a bore (ramen noodles, anyone?).

Here is a complete camping menu for two days of fantastic meals that can be largely prepped before you leave. All you need is a large cooler, a portable gas grill with a burner included, a large frying pan and a spatula and you’ll be whipping up gourmet camping meals to satisfy the whole family. Just don’t forget the s’mores!

DAY 1

Breakfast: Egg and Bacon Burritos with Fruit Salad

 camping breakfast - bacon

 Start off the trip with a hearty breakfast. You probably got in late last night after a pit stop for dinner on the road, so welcome the new day in nature with a yummy breakfast burrito and bowl of fresh fruit.

Ingredients:

  • -Flour tortillas
  • -Bacon
  • -Eggs
  • -Sliced tomatoes
  • -Sliced cheese
  • -Salt and pepper
  • -Fresh fruit (Chop it up before you leave and pack in an airtight container in your cooler.)

 

  1. Lay out your tortillas on the plates you’ll eat from.
  2. Fry up your bacon along with sliced tomatoes in the pan over low heat and place on the tortillas when cooked.
  3. Crack your eggs directly into the same frying pan and scramble in the pan with the spatula. Add a bit of salt and pepper while they cook.
  4. Layer the scrambled eggs on top of the bacon, place the cheese slices on top, wrap and serve with a side of fresh fruit.

 

Camping menu

 Lunch: Ham Sandwiches

camping lunch - ham sandwiches

 Ingredients:

  • -Pre-packaged sliced ham and cheese
  • -Sliced cucumbers
  • -Cherry tomatoes
  • -Sliced bread
  • -Mayonnaise
  • -Apples

 

You can’t go wrong with ham and cheese sandwiches when camping, but make it a little more exciting by throwing in some sliced cucumber, a handful of cherry tomatoes and maybe a pickle spear or two, along with some apples for dessert. Prepare these when you make breakfast so you can take a packed lunch on your adventure for the day.

Dinner: Tuna Steaks and Grilled Zucchini

 camping dinner - tuna steak

 Ingredients:

  • -Tuna medallions
  • -2 zucchinis, sliced into spears
  • -Mashed potatoes (pre-prepared, either homemade or store bought, and packed in an airtight container)
  • -Olive oil
  • -Salt and pepper

 

This sounds like an ambitious meal for camping, but it’s actually really simple if you have the right ingredients. Take the sliced zucchini spears and rub some olive oil over them, then sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on the open grill until they turn golden brown and a little crispy. While they’re cooking, heat up the frying pan over a high heat with a splash of olive oil and sear the tuna medallions on each side for a minute or so. When cooked, place them on the plate with the zucchini spears and then spoon the pre-prepared mashed potatoes into the frying pan to warm up before serving.

 

DAY 2

Breakfast: Cereal

camping breakfast - cereal

Give yourself a break from the grill for breakfast and serve up every child’s favorite: a variety pack of mini cereal boxes with some long-life milk. There’s something for everyone!

Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • -Leftovers from dinner
  • -Sliced bread
  • -Avocado
  • -Tomatoes
  • -Potato chips

 

Fry up some extra tuna medallions the night before and pack them in the cooler overnight. In the morning, slice them thinly, then place them between two slices of bread with a dollop of mayo, some sliced avocado, tomatoes and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Serve with potato chips for a delicious lunch break.

 

Dinner: Chicken Skewers

camping dinner - kabobs 

Ingredients

  • -Chicken breasts
  • -Bell peppers
  • -Red onions
  • -Small red potatoes

 

These are easy to prepare before you leave. Simply chop up some chicken breasts, red onions and bell peppers into chunks, stack them onto wooden skewers, season with some salt and pepper, wrap in foil and pack in the cooler. When you’re ready to cook, just pop them on the grill. While they’re cooking, rub the potatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap them in foil and use your campsite fire to roast them until they’re soft inside with a crispy exterior. If you have any avocado and tomato left over from lunch, put together a small salad to go alongside the chicken skewers and potatoes.

Hearty, healthy meals are a surefire way to turn your camping trip into a memorable vacation. The easiest part is dessert—roasting marshmallows over an open fire is the stuff both s’mores and memories are made of!

About the Author: 

Corivas Military Living bloggerAbout the Author:
Jennifer Tuohy writes on family, lifestyle and home DIY topics for Home Depot, from her home in Charleston, South Carolina. Camping as a hobby ranked high on the list in a survey conducted by Home Depot earlier this year. You can also research grills and grilling accessories here.

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