Easy Camping Food Recipes

Easy camping food recipes are a must for many outdoor enthusiasts. You don't want to waste too much time cooking when you've got all the fun of hiking, fishing and rock climbing waiting to be enjoyed. Fortunately, several recipes are available that make for lightweight packing and rapid preparation while still providing the necessary nutrients to allow you to fully enjoy your camping experience. Plan a menu of the meals you would like to eat and the ingredients necessary to make them. This way you'll have everything needed and cut down on the chance of forgetting something.


Oatmeal is a nutritious way to start your day and can be made very easily. All that's needed to prepare this traditional breakfast food is milk or water, the sweetener of your choice, a pan and packets of oatmeal. Look for high-fiber oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon, organic ingredients or just plain oats.


Omelet in a Bag

This recipe is almost as easy as boiling water. The omelet in a bag requires a resealable freezer bag, eggs, milk, boiling water and whatever ingredients you want in your omelet, such as seasonings, cheese, ham or bacon. After bringing the water to a boil, crack two eggs and add them to the bag along with a dash of milk. Seal the bag and squeeze or shake it until the yolks and whites are thoroughly mixed. Carefully open the bag and add diced deli meat, vegetables and grated cheese. Reseal the bag (after pushing out most of the excess air) and shake it until the contents are well mixed. Then leave it in a pot of boiling water for 12 minutes. When the eggs have solidified, remove the bag from the water and pour into a tortilla for a quick omelet breakfast.


Rice is camping food choice that requires very little preparation and can be enhanced by adding flavoring products, ranging from raisins to hot sauce. All that's needed to cook rice at a campsite is a pot, some oil or butter and a heat source. Try topping off rice with some cheese or onions to provide more texture and flavor.


Even pizza can be made along the hiking trail. Pack an assortment of pita bread, a small can of pizza sauce and whatever toppings you want on your pizza. Bring a frying pan with a lid and add a drop of water as you heat it up. Prepare your pita bread as you like it and place it onto the frying pan. The water inside will keep the bread from becoming too hard. The lid will have the effect of creating steam that keeps your toppings moist.


"America's Camping Book," by Paul Caldwell, recommends an easy camping recipe that provides a meal you might find at an elegant restaurant. If you're camping near a water supply that's a natural habitat for crayfish, catch these crustaceans with bare hands, a trap or even a baited hook. Cooking crayfish is as easy as bringing a pot to a boil and dropping in the critters. Boil until the crayfish turn red.


Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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