What is the simplest easiest meal you cook while camping? Often we have time and we do have extravegant meals, but what is the simplest meal that uses the least tools/pots/spices/etc.
I find myself doing chicken and rice often on a Friday.
-Lipton Bag-o-rice. 1 pot, 1 spoon, 2 cups of water and the contents of the package. 1 tbs of butter is optional. If my nephew or sister asks, it is Pilaf. If my niece asks then it is Herb & Butter. It is one or the other but if they know it is the what they don’t like then they won’t eat it. If they don’t know what it is then it is always the best rice ever ::)
-Chicken. Breast, thigh, or leg I just start up my propane grill and cook it until it is done. I have done it over the fire but I don’t always have a fire on Friday nights. Sometimes I will marinade the chicken at home or I will just bring some BBQ sauce….or just eat it grilled. The only tools I need is a grate for the fire or the grill, and BBQ tongs.
As I type this out it seems like a lot but it really seems easy to me with little clean up. What are your simple meals?
Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer. Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.
Since we are often Fri evening/night arrivals after a full day of work & school, we might eat cold cut sandwiches & snacks in the truck while en route. If not, hot roast beef sandwiches are easy at camp. We put a can of gravy & some sliced roast beef simmering outside on the Coleman stove or inside on a burner in the trailer while we set up. Once set up, put it on a roll, & it’s a quick dinner.
I hate to admit it, but we’ve also done frozen pizza in the oven while setting up, also. No one has to keep an eye on it while it’s cooking & it’s very easy for a Fri night.
Cold sandwiches (using either store-bought deli turkey, our favorite homemade roast beef, or leftover grilled cheese), are the hands-down favorite with our family, but the runner-ups depend on the season.
Summertime, the favorite is pita pizzas – pita rounds, tomato sauce (fresh or canned, whatever you prefer) and whatever toppings you prefer (grated cheese, pepperoni, peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc).
When it’s cooler, we enjoy the canned soups that we usually don’t eat at home; specifically creamy chowders and creamy potato soups (Everyone enjoys my homemade soup EXCEPT for those that are cream-based – there’s a time and place for everything I guess – I’m still learning!).
For veggies, we cut up celery and carrots at home, and provide a choice of dressings.
Macaroni and shrimp salad is a summer favorite of ours. I also made up 6 Naan bread pizzas (like BirdLand, make ahead is great) and put 4 of them in the freezer. We like homemade soups and a camping favorite of ours, "kidney bean stew", which is a sweet and spicy type of chili with peppers and onions, ground beef, and – of course – kidney beans!
Any grilled meat. Baked potato in microwave, or on grill(I usually cut in half and wrap in foil with a bit of butter-of on grill to speed things up). salad or quick frozen veggie like peas.
Or I make a double batch of whatever during the week and save a meals worth aside for the trip.
Meatloaf-premade and sliced, ready to reheat by the slice. Idahoan mashed potatoes in a pouch, they only need hot water added to them. and salad- cut bag, dump onto plate.
Lunch is often cold sandwiches and soup. Or maybe leftovers reheated from day before.
Our new staple that my wife has been making is peppers, onions, potatos and kielbasa in a foil pack. She’ll cut half a bell pepper, half an onion, half a can of drained sliced potatoes and a foot long kielbasa with a tablespoon of butter wrapped in foil and put over on a grate over a fire, flip when starts to leak out a little and than another 15 minutes and its done. open up and eat out of the foil. Easy to make, easy clean up and you dont really have to watch it. By the time you are done seeting up, they are done.