Grivet's Go-To Car Camping Recipes
Sometimes, you need to unplug, get back to basics, and enjoy some rest and relaxation. When you're feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, car camping is the perfect way to recharge your batteries. There's nothing more relaxing than loading up your gear, hitting a wooded lot, a campsite, a beach, or any other plot of unspoiled nature, kicking back, and taking in all of the wonders that Mother Nature has to offer.
Tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, and firewood are some of the essential basics that you're going to want to pack along with you on your car camping excursion, but there's something else that's just as essential: Food. You just can't have a successful camping trip without good food.
There’s more to camping food than burgers and hot dogs. Here’s a look at some simple and tasty recipes to consider making on your next car camping adventure.
Egg and Potato Scramble
This hearty meal would be great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’ll need:
- Diced medium potatoes
- Beaten eggs
- Chopped onions and peppers
Melt the butter in a pan. Add the potatoes, peppers, and onions to the pan and allow them to cook until tender. Add more butter to the pan and mix in the beaten eggs. Cover the pan with a lid or tin foil and remove from heat once the eggs are fully cooked.
Granola, Yogurt, and Fresh Fruit
Another simple yet delicious and nutritious meal that's perfect for any time of the day when you're car camping is granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit. So easy! Fill a bowl with any yogurt you’d like (vanilla, banana, strawberry, blueberry, etc. – either traditional- or Greek-style). Next, mix in some a granola of your choice (something wholesome with nuts or even chocolate chunks would really up the flavor and increase the fun), and then add in some fresh fruit; blueberries and strawberries, raspberries – or all three. In minutes, you've got a tasty and healthy meal.
For lunch or dinner, give Greek-inspired Roll-Ups a whirl. All you need are some whole grain or spinach tortillas, feta cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, deli meat of your choice (low-fat turkey or chicken breast are great options), and some tzatziki or hummus. You could add some black or green olives, too. Spread the tzatziki or hummus over one side of the tortilla, add a few slices of deli meat, and then add in the veggies, cheese, and olives (if you’d like to include them). Once you have all of the fixings in place, roll up the tortilla and enjoy!
Tin Foil Hamburger and Potato Packets
For a flavorful and filling meal, give tin foil hamburger and potato packets a try. Mix a package of cream of mushroom or veggie soup into chop meat and form it into a burger patty. Peel and chop a handful of potatoes. Spray some tinfoil with cooking spray, place the burger and potatoes into the tin foil and top it off with some grated cheese. Close the tin foil into a packet and pop it onto a grill. Cook until the meat is done and the potatoes are tender, remove from heat, and enjoy!
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