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Camping is more than just heading to a campsite, extending an awning or pitching a tent. Camping is a holistic experience of nature: the smell of fresh hay, the sound of a stream, the rustle of wind in the canopy of trees, the tickle of blades of grass underfoot and, last but not least, eating in nature.
Our blog post is therefore all about camping food. Good meal planning is essential to replenish energy reserves and enjoy your stay in nature. And, between us, pastor's daughters: at the end of the day, everything ends up in the composting toilet. That's how the circle closes, ;) By the way: Everything you need to know about the quiet little toilet can be found in our composting toilet guide.
Planning and preparation of camping meals
Planning starts long before you turn the key in the ignition of your van and hit the road. Choose food that is light, durable and easy to prepare. Make a list of the foods you need, so you don't forget anything: from dry pasta to canned goods to fresh fruits and vegetables. The right amount of proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients will give you an extra dose of energy for all the activities you have planned during your camping trip. Consider individual dietary preferences such as vegetarian or vegan food when planning your trip. It is especially important to consider allergies and food intolerances.
Conjure up camping food over the campfire or grill
Classics such as stick bread and marshmallows awaken childhood memories and ensure a good mood in convivial company. Simple pan-fried dishes over an open flame or the grill not only fill you up, but are also super tasty. But how do you cook vegetables and meat perfectly on the grill grate? It is important to cut the vegetables into manageable pieces and wrap them in foil. Meat should be cooked slowly over the embers to develop delicate flavors. Want a little inspiration? Try Campfire Nachos or a camping vegetable pan!
Healthy and energy-rich meals for on the go
Camping food should not only be delicious, but also nutritious. Choose balanced meals that give you the energy you need. Go for snacks that are easy to carry, such as nuts, dried fruit and high-energy granola bars.
Of course, main meals should not be missing. We have collected for you some examples of the one or the other full-fledged camping meal:
- Quinoa vegetable salad: quinoa as a source of protein, colorful mixed vegetables, such as peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, and fresh herbs. Finish with a lemon vinaigrette.
- Lentil vegetable stew: lentils provide protein and fiber. Combine them with a variety of vegetables such as carrots, celery, and spinach in a flavorful broth.
- Fried tofu with rice: fry marinated tofu in a cast-iron skillet and serve with steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and snow peas. Serve with whole grain rice for carbohydrates.
- Vegan wrap rolls: Spread whole wheat tortillas with hummus, top with avocado, spinach, roasted vegetables and a few nuts. A filling snack on the go.
- Oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit: For a high-energy breakfast, boil oatmeal with water or milk and top with nuts, dried fruit and some honey.
- Grilled chicken with grilled vegetables: lean grilled chicken with colorful selection of grilled vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant and peppers.
These meals offer you a balanced combination of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are easy to prepare, provide a lot of energy and are just insanely delicious!
Camping cookware and equipment
The right equipment facilitates the relaxed preparation of your camping meal. Practical cooking utensils, such as foldable pots and pans, save space in the vehicle. Mobile stoves and camping grills allow you to prepare a variety of meals over an open flame. To keep delicate foods fresh and crisp, you'll need a cooler. Airtight containers help you protect dry snacks and ingredients from moisture and food pests.
Food preservation for camping
Poisoning from spoiled food is probably just about the last thing you want on a camping trip. Accordingly, it is important to store food properly on the road. Be sure to properly refrigerate perishable foods. Use electric coolers or at least boxes with cold packs to keep meat and dairy products fresh. Not only will you avoid nasty moments, but you'll also avoid throwing food away. Ideal companions are dry and canned foods, as they take up little space and have a long shelf life.
Vegetarian and vegan camping food
There are also countless camping food options for vegetarians and vegans. Vegan dishes such as grilled vegetables with quinoa or lentil burgers offer delicious variety. Tofu, legumes and nuts provide an extra dose of protein on the go. Mix up colorful fiber-rich salads and supplement snacks with seeds and dried fruits. This way, your meatless camping meal will be a treat that not only pleases your palate, but also meets all your nutritional needs in a plant-based way. Here are two easy-good recipe ideas for you:
As always and everywhere in life, when camping, "Besides all the delicious food, don't forget to drink!" So before and during your trip, remember to have enough water in your van or luggage. Isotonic drinks help compensate for sodium loss due to sweating on hot days. Drinks with fruit or vegetable slices of lemons, oranges, apples or cucumbers are particularly refreshing. And even if the little beer tastes particularly good on lukewarm nights under the starry sky: If you want to avoid a hangover the next morning, it's better to take it a little slower when the temperature is hot ;)
Tips for resource-saving and environmentally conscious camping food
Enjoyable camping food goes hand in hand with protecting nature. Avoid disposable packaging wherever possible and use reusable containers instead. Pay attention to correct waste separation and disposal. Avoid disposable plastic tableware and use alternatives such as aluminum or bamboo plates instead.
Camping food is more than just eating - it's part of the overall experience. With good planning and the right equipment, delicious meals can be prepared in the great outdoors, even far from the kitchen at home. With this in mind: Be creative, discover new recipes, let your soul dangle and your palate rejoice.