Camping Essentials: 10 Affordable, Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

Make the most of summer – go camping! Here is an all-Canadian round-up of 10 affordable recipes for your next camping trip, carefully curated from some of my favourite Canuck Food Bloggers. Here’s to eating well in the great outdoors! Happy camping!

10 Affordable, Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip

Has everyone been enjoying the summer-like weather? I sure have! I have been out on a few hiking trips, long walks with my dog and enjoying the sunshine in my backyard. Also, lots of BBQ!  Summer is short so let’s make the best of it, shall we? This mini series of camping essentials features a list of my top 10 favourite Canadian recipes for your next camping trip, my ultimate campfire treat and a post (coming soon) featuring my must-haves for a weekend in the woods!

One of my favourite summer activities is to load-up the car and hit the highway and head for some good ‘ol fashioned exploration in a Provincial Park. My Husband and I are lucky to have a large group of friends who enjoy this just as much as us, so we try to get away as a big group for a few weekends together every year. Over May Long, we headed East to Minaki, Ontario for an 8 hour hiking trip and some lake front relaxation. After an interesting ordeal of preparing dinner over May Long that consisted of a cold pizza oven, smoked pickled asparagus (don’t try that at home, friends!) and a few too many beers, I vowed to keep things a bit more simple for my future camping meals. So, what’s on the menu for our upcoming weekend in Hecla Island, Manitoba? Get ready for some major camping trip recipe inspiration!

10 Affordable, Easy Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip
Recipes listed from left to right

Row 1 – Recipe # 1 – Grilled Baby Potatoes with Rosemary – A Virtual Vegan
These simple yet flavourful baby potatoes will be a hit at dinner time. Can be made on an open fire (coals and embers, not flames!) or a small portable grill.

Row 1 – Recipe #2 – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – Peppers and Pennies
Make these the night before you hit the highway and you will be so happy you did! Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack and even better first thing in the morning, these affordable banana based muffins are just amazing with a steaming mug of campfire coffee.

Row 1 – Recipe #3 – Almond Flax Granola – River City Cookery
Planning on hitting a trail or two on your next camping trip? Plan ahead and make a double batch of this delicious and ultra Canadian Almond Flax Granola that boasts the flavours of Maple Syrup and affordability of canola oil and oats!

Row 2 – Recipe #1 – Greek Barley Salad – River City Cookery
Break-out the Coleman stove to cook your barley! This is a fuss free salad that keeps well in a cooler if you somehow manage to not have any leftovers.

Row 2 – Recipe #2 – Easy Chicken Fajitas in Foil Packets- Flavour & Savour
This make ahead meal can easily be grilled on the camp fire. It’s a great dish that is kid friendly and full of my favourite vegetable: Bell Peppers!

Row 3 – Recipe #1 – Mason Jar Peach Crisp – Flavour & Savour
Just because you are camping, doesn’t mean you are restricted to s’mores for dessert! Serve these guys for a more sophisticated camping dessert.

Row 3 – Recipe #2 – Lentil + Tuna Salad Sandwich – Peppers & Pennies
One of my most popular recipes on the blog makes for an ideal camping lunch. Tins of tuna pack well and everything else can be thrown into the cooler for a quick assemble in the mid-day sun. Packed with protein, this sandwich will definitely get you through your afternoon of trails and exploration.

Row 4 – Recipe #1 – Northern Camp Casserole – The Rustic Wife
Alana from The Rustic Wife knows how camp! This filling meal was develop specifically for the Coleman Stove and must be served on enamel camp-ware for the most authentic camping trip experience.

Row 4 – Recipe #2 – Pull-Apart Pizza Bread – Chews and Brews
How delicious does this sound for a midnight snack around the campfire? This fuss-free pizza bread is sure to make your camp mates smile.

Row 4 – Recipe #3 – Shrimp and Corn Foil Packets – Chews and Brews
There is a reason I feature two foil packet dinners on this round-up! They are simple and make for easy clean-up! This shrimp pack boasts southern flavours that would taste for good after a long day in the hot sun.

Let me know how you guys liked my camping trip round-up and please be sure to share the love with the recipe developers! Have a great recipe to add to the discussion? Let me know in the comments below what dish I am missing out on!

Be sure to check back soon for my second installment of Camping Essentials, where I share with you my top camping treat, Affordable Tipsy Campfire Nachos featuring Canadian Cheese. Happy camping!



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