Getting out in the woods for a camping trip is one of the simple pleasures in life, especially in this increasingly connected and hectic world. Just because you're in the woods doesn't mean you can't eat well.
If you're backpacking, then your dinners will consist of packaged, dehydrated meals. But if you're car camping, there's virtually no end to what kind of feast you can put together. All you need is a quality camping stove and a hot fire. Check out these five easy camping recipes for the next time you head into the woods.
If you love to camp, then an inexpensive grill top is your best friend. To prepare a simple and delicious meal, start with a nice cut of Black Angus steak, and marinate or season it before you leave home. Just rub it in, seal it in a plastic freezer bag and pack it on ice. Once you get those coals red hot, you can throw the steak on the grill and cook to your desired temperature. Add some corn on the cob and a potato wrapped in foil to the grill and you've got some nice side items to this camping meal.
It's always fun to catch your dinner, so if you're camping near a stream, be sure to take along some fishing gear for a delicious grilled trout meal. The chili-corn salsa of this grilled fish recipe is easy to prepare at home before you leave and travels well packed in some plastic ware in the cooler. Once you've caught your fish, you can either fillet it or grill it whole and pick out the bones as you eat. Cook it on your grill top, or just wrap the fish in foil with some butter and spices and toss it near the hot coals. Either method will give you a nice smoky flavor.
The key to enjoying your camping dinner experience is to not have to work too hard. Grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs are the perfect fit for the woods because you can make them at home before you leave and simply toss them on the grill when you set up camp.
Cut your chicken breast into bite-sized portions and season it with your choice of spices or marinade. Pick out your favorite veggies for the grill: squash, zucchini, onions and peppers are all good options. Cut them up and season with your chicken. Then, all you to have to do is skewer everything and pack it in your cooler. You can either grill them or wrap them in foil and cook over hot campfire coals.
Campers and vegetarians aren't mutually exclusive, so vegetarian chili is a perfect warmer upper for your non-meat eating compatriots. It's quick and easy to prepare, and all of the ingredients are either canned or frozen in bags. Bring cans of beans and diced tomatoes, along with a can opener, in your dry goods. Bags of frozen bell pepper stir fry and corn can be packed in your cooler. It's fine if they thaw, as long as they stay nice and cold. Mix your spices together at home to make it easy once you're in the woods. Then, simply add your ingredients in a large chili pot and set on your grill top. The campfire will take care of the rest.
For a spin on meatloaf, here's an idea for your next camping trip that actually uses an onion as the meatloaf pot. To make things easier, prepare your favorite meatloaf mixture at home before you leave and pack it in your cooler. For the cooking vessel, find some nice large, round onions and cut them in half. Carve out all but about three layers of several onions and pack the ground beef mixture into one half and then place the "lid" back on. Use the other parts of the onion for your meat mixture. Then wrap them in foil and toss them on the hot coals, making sure you turn them to cook it evenly, about 15 minutes per side.