5 Easy healthy camping food ideas

five easy healthy food ideas
Going camping doesn’t mean you throw away healthy eating

So you have packed the tent, mattresses, chairs, stove and all the other stuff and trying to figure out what food to take.

Going camping doesn’t mean you throw away your healthy lifestyle and eat processed foods!

To help we have put together five easy camping food ideas that are healthy and delicious.

If you have a Dutch Oven we have an article on Classic Dutch Oven recipes for camping.

Nachos

Who doesn’t love nachos and they are quick and easy. Just three ingredients, corn chips, salsa, cheese (can add cooked mince with chopped up veggies).

Just fill the pan with the ingredients, place cheese on top, cover with a lid or foil. Wait a few minutes for the cheese to melt and you have a delicious meal. 

Ingredients; Corn chips, salsa, cheese, mince 

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Who doesn’t love Nachos

Sausages and Veggies

Going camping should include cooking bangers (sausages). They’re great for the family, easy and kids love them!  Suggest serving them with cooked vegies or serve up an easy salad

Ingredients; Sausages, onion, tomato sauce, carrots, potatoes, brochilli or salad

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Cooking sausages is easy, fun and tasty

Spaghetti Bolognese

Can’t go wrong with “spag bol”. With just a few simple ingredients cooked together, the family will rush over and start eating. 

Ingredients mince, onion, garlic, 400g canned chopped tomatoes, salt mixed herbs, grated carrot, celery, rashes of bacon and spaghetti pasta

Baked Sweet Potato

Packed with nutritional value, sweet potatoes make for an easy camping meal. Wrapped in foil with some butter, placed in the campfire for 20 mins the sweet potato should be ready to eat. Placing sour cream, cooked ham, and cheese you will have a delicious meal.

Ingredients; Sweet potatoes, butter, sour cream, cooked ham, cheese

5 Easy healthy camping food ideas

Campfire Hamburger

The patties can be made at home, packed in containers, and taken away camping.  

Prepare all your ingredients before you begin. It is important to use mince from a cut of meat that has a little fat.

This will not only add flavor, but it also ensures a tender burger by preventing the patties from drying out during cooking.

However, mince that is too fatty will expel the excess fat during cooking, causing the patties to shrink and toughen considerably. Topside is the recommended mince for making beef burgers as it contains the right amount of fat.

Breadcrumbs are not usually included in the traditional burger patty mixture, but their addition to this recipe helps to give the cooked patties a lighter, more tender texture.

The egg acts as a binding ingredient so that the patties can be easily shaped. It also helps them hold together when cooked.

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Camp cooking is fun and can be the social aspect of camping

Place the patties on a hot plate or pan, once sealed on each side keep turning each minute to retain moisture. Whilst cooking the patties prepare the hamburger buns, toasting them on the fire or bbq.

The next step is to fry up some onions and prepare some cheese and sliced tomatoes. Once patties are cooked to your liking then assemble all the components. Serve with a basic salad to add more health.

Ingredients; Beef mince (like topside), salt and pepper, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, cheddar cheese, olive oil, hamburger buns and your favorite sauce.

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Flamin meats – 5 Easy healthy camping food ideas

Final Thoughts

Going camping does not mean you have to sacrifice your health by eating not such great food. Nor does eating healthy food need to be complicated and create extra work and effort. Just need to do some basic planning. We also find taking basic ingredients that are repeatable. Such as salt and pepper, potatoes, onions, etc.

We hope found our article on five easy food ideas, we would love to hear from you on the best camping recipe ideas.

Safety Tips

Camping often means a lack of refrigeration, so make sure you go armed with a cool box and ice packs if you’re taking perishables.

Cooked food shouldn’t be above fridge temperature for longer than 90 minutes, and when you’re reheating anything, make sure it’s piping hot the whole way through. Check out our post on the best esky/cooler icebox cool to keep your food cool.

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