Jen Haugen, RDN, LD, Down-to-Earth Dietitian
Are you about to go camping with your family? Menu planning is one of my favorite things to do as a dietitian, and I’m sharing my easy menus for camping that my family loves. These meals are delicious to eat, easy to prepare and fun to make.
(Plus well-balanced for healthy living too!)
Read on for a simple 3 day menu for camping weekend warriors (the type of camping we do as well). You will also want to be sure to grab my camping grocery list so you don’t forget a thing.
Kitchen Tools for Camping Check List
Whether you camp in a tent or a camper, you still need the right kitchen tools to make meals easy so cooking is not a chore. Below is my list for Essential Kitchen Tools for Camping: (Bolded words are links to my specific favorites)
Servingware: Reusable or Disposable Plates, Bowls, Drinkware, Silverware
Smooth Edge Can Opener (no sharp edges)
All-in-One Measuring Cup (for liquids and solids)
Colander for draining
Silicone Spatula/Scraper for mixing
Nylon or Metal Spatula for flipping foods
Cast Iron Skillet
Medium or Large Non-Stick Pan (depending on how many to cook for)
Saucepan with Lid
Serving Spoons/Slotted Spoon
Microwave Safe Plastic Cooking Container (if you have a microwave)
Pancake Shaker Bottle
Sharp Utility Knife
Cutting Mats or Cutting Board
Manual Food Processor (for quick chopping onions, making fresh guacamole/salsa without electricity)
Washing Tub (for washing dishes)
Sponge (abrasive is nice)
Dish Drying Rack
Resealable Plastic Bags
Storage Containers (plastic)
Electric Griddle (nice to have if have electricity)
If you have a camper, this can easily be left in the camper from trip to trip. If you are tent camping, pack these items in two large tubs to help you stay organized and things stay clean too.
Now that you have your kitchen stocked, it’s time to iron out the menu for camping.
How do you plan an easy menu for camping?
The easiest way to plan a camping menu is to sketch out your favorite recipes and then plug them in to mealtimes based on the number of days you will be camping.
Note which kitchen tools you will be bringing. (It’s not fun to need a can opener and then not have one!) And also note your electricity and water status.
Don’t forget cooking over the campfire! Make meals memorable by making foods that aren’t often served at home. Everyone can then look forward to their favorites!
Read on for an easy and healthy menu for camping you can use over and over again.
Easy Menu for Camping
For a three-day trip (typically arriving on Friday and departing on Sunday after brunch), here is a suggested tried-and-true meal plan:
Dinner Menu over the Campfire:
Hobo Packets with Beef, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions in Foil
Extra Potatoes in Foil (Cook and reserve for Day 3 Brunch)
Condiments: Ketchup, Salt and Pepper
Breakfast/Brunch Menu on the Griddle:
French Toast (Brioche bread is the best for this)
Blueberry Sauce (Use canned blueberry pie filling, heat up before serving)
Turkey Sausage Patties
Milk/100% Orange Juice
Condiments: Light Pancake Syrup
Afternoon Snack Menu:
Camping Charcuterie Tray (meat, cheese, crackers)
Dinner Menu made in the Cast Iron Skillet:
Taco Salad or Taco in a Bag made with Beef or Chicken
Guacamole with Chips
Condiments: French Dressing, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt
Breakfast Burritos on High Fiber Mini Tortillas with Eggs and Turkey Sausage
(Use up any leftover fixings from the taco meal)
Milk/100% Orange Juice
To make your shopping list, you can either build it from the recipes above based on your family’s likes/dislikes and quantities for how many are in your family, or you can click here for my grocery list for this menu for a family of four.
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