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what are your top camping meals?

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Rockingrobin69 Mon 18-May-15 20:54:28

were going camping on wednesday.....with a gas stove, wok etc...

what are your easiest and tastiest meals made whilst camping?

PrincessGeorge Mon 18-May-15 21:25:28

Obviously bacon baps for breakfast! Dinner is usually a 'treat' meal, so steak, potatoes baked in the fire in foil and a bagged salad.everything tastes better cooked outside!

NightOwl17 Mon 18-May-15 21:41:08

If the weather is good we go for BBQ's as much as possible but otherwise I tend to stick to easy one pot type things like chilli, spag bol, stew, curry etc then you can use the other ring on your cooker to do some rice or pasta.
I'll usually make a couple of different things & take them with us for the first couple of days. One will be fresh & I'll freeze the other so that it can defrost overnight for the 2nd day.

Hope that helps smile

YDdraigGoch Mon 18-May-15 21:43:24

Tuna kedgeree. Spaghetti Bol. Anything "one pot" really (and bangers and mash obvs)

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Mon 18-May-15 23:25:22

Barbecue with salad/corn on the cob/bread or couscous.
Simple curry (use a jar of paste) with rice.
Chilli (cooked at home) with bread.
Pub

Going to try a sausage and lentil thing this weekend. Basic idea is to cook the sausages in a big frying pan, then fry off some chopped onion, add garlic, dried herbs, tin of chopped tomatoes, ready cooked lentils. Will serve with crusty bread and maybe a salad. I'll let you know how it goes next week!

I generally avoid pasta as I find it takes forever to boil the water.

For breakfasts we've got bacon butties, cereal, chocolate brioche/croissants, single serve pots of porridge (just add hot water). Haven't tried this yet but I also like the idea of breakfast burritos (bacon, onion and mushrooms all fried together then add beaten egg and scramble - pile it all into wraps to eat - I might add a touch of chilli too)

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Mon 18-May-15 23:26:10

Ready cooked chicken can be a lifesaver too.

profpoopsnagle Tue 19-May-15 07:23:10

Orzo (rice like pasta) can be added into dishes like a tomato sauce to give a few carbs- takes about 5 mins to 'swell'.

Tins are also good- tinned ham, pots, veg.

I tend to serve raw veg- carrot sticks, pepper, sugar snap peas etc to save cooking them.

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Tue 19-May-15 08:58:48

Ooh orzo is a good idea prof Got some languishing in my cupboard.

Along the same lines actually, if you really want pasta then that little soup pasta (macaroni or tiny pasta shells) cooks in about half the time of big pasta. And is very spoonable as well.

Blu Tue 19-May-15 09:30:41

For lunch or snack or light supper:
'Quesadillas'. Buy a pack of wraps (I use the Seeded ones for extra nutrition but any will do). (wraps are easy to keep for a few days, sealed in a cooler)

Spread wrap with a little pasta sauce, or tomato burger relish, or anything you like, lay slices of cheese on top - the Lidl packs of Emmenthal slices are cheap, ready sliced and ideal, or a sprinkling of Lidl grated mozzarella) but whatever you like, add anything else you like, ham, serrano ham, mushrooms from one of the Lidl anti-pasti jars.

Either fold over (if you have spread half the wrap) or put another on top, then either toast in a frying pan or lay on the BBQ or on the grill over your fire until lightly toasted both sides. Very quick. And if you are careful about how you spread it you can get away without having to wash the frying pan.

You can do a sweet version with nutella . peanut butter / banana slices.

DurhamDurham Tue 19-May-15 10:53:55

Cook sausages, bacon, halved tomatoes and mushrooms in a frying pan, when they are almost cooked crack a few eggs on top (when I say a few we use all six in the box ) and service as soon as the eggs are cooked. Its lovely, warming and v v tasty.

lavendersun Tue 19-May-15 11:06:36

Our favourite ever camping meal is chicken and dolcelatte risotto. I cut the chicken up at home and freeze it, chop the onions, grate the parmesan and cut off a piece of dolcelatte - all in separate bags. It is a lovely first night dinner - stirring for a while with a glass of wine and just being pleased to be camping again. We usually have spinach at home but I can't be bothered with that when camping so we just have a few dressed salad leaves ... and Gu for dessert - always on night one.

Red wine - check, Risotto - check - Gu - check. It is like a little camping ritual!

Henbur1702 Tue 19-May-15 11:40:00

Probably a bit late for you sorry but id recommend the Cobb BBQ there's nothing you can't cook on them thanks to all the different pans (it all packs together like Russian dolls so is compact) it is lidded so you can cook in all weathers! For very quick easy Id recommend Annie Bells recipes I think you can get done on line

SooticaTheWitchesCat Tue 19-May-15 11:58:31

Kebabs over the open fire smile

EmmalinaC Tue 19-May-15 13:28:28

Jambalaya is our camping favourite.

But we've made lots of meals from this book.

WyrdByrd Tue 19-May-15 14:11:32

If you don't mind tins, the best camping meal I've ever had was courtesy of our friend's wife - 2 tins of stewed steak in gravy, 2 tins of baby new potatoes and 1 each of baby carrots and peas (all drained). Heated together in a huge pan and served with thickly buttered, fresh, crusty bread. That served four adults - including my gannet of a DH!

lavendersun Tue 19-May-15 14:25:31

I can't eat tinned meat Wyrd, tried the M & S ones one year, reminded me of dog food - probably my issue.

I always have a look online - good food, etc., and print off a two or three of things before I go, taking the shelf staple things for them with me and buying whatever meat, fish or vegetables I need locally when I am away.

middlethird Tue 19-May-15 14:46:53

BBQ? Burgers/Sausages - buns, salad.

Stove: Noodles, the really cheap ones from Asda/Tesco and chicken on the BBQ or ready cooked chicken. Sweetcorn optional.
Stew, already cooked and re-heated.
New potatoes can go with anything, so can pasta really, or rice... boil in the bag rice is sometimes easier, less hassle with packing/buying and storing etc.
Oven? (we have a camping cooker with an over) seriously, if you have a fridge - the world is your oyster.

I have to admit, camping as a teenager - bernard matthews turkey drummers (fried) sandwich,pot noodles with white bread to dip and meetballs in onion gravy (not all at once) were the BEST! <boak>

middlethird Tue 19-May-15 14:48:43

wyrdbyrd my 'camping mouth' just watered!!! YUM

IceBeing Tue 19-May-15 15:28:13

we don't intend to take fire of any form...any idea of meals for us?

Tobeemoree Tue 19-May-15 15:32:37

Any kind of cooker at all? Slow cooker, halogen? Or a gas stove?

Dotty342kids Tue 19-May-15 15:37:04

Couscous based things are always good. Heaps of couscous with some (bought from supermarket) roasted peppers chopped up and stirred through, along with tin of chickpeas and some grilled / barbecued halloumi or chopped feta on top. Any kind of sauce drizzled over (sweet chilli or similar)

Omelettes are easy to do in a frying pan on your stove. With baked beans - height of sophistication and the kids love it smile

I generally take a vast amount of pre made spag bol and what doesn't get eaten the first night gets a tin of chilli beans and some chilli powder added to it for the next night.

I second the idea of doing fajita / spicy chicken wraps, with lots of salad and accompaniments

Rockingrobin69 Tue 19-May-15 16:07:17

all sound so delicious and tasty....our two problems are that it is hard to refridgerate anything, and i am on a low carb diet....

Im thinking bbq meat and bags of salad and then dc can have the carbs!

Loving the idea of kebabs, nachos, cous cous and fahitas!

Anyone got any tips on how to keep things cool for more than two days so as to avoid shopping whilst there?

So far we take some ice packs and leave fridge items under the car

littlesupersparks Tue 19-May-15 18:01:00

Quick cook pasta and microwave bags of rice - the rice just needs a quick dunk in boiling water.

We have enjoyed tinned chilli con carne and tinned chicken curry.

toffeeboffin Tue 19-May-15 18:55:00

Chicken pasta pesto:

Add linguine to pan of boiling water. Cook for ten mins.

Meanwhile, fry an onion and a red pepper till soft. Add diced chicken. Cook till not pink. Add a jar of pesto, mix to heat. Drain pasta, mix with chicken/veg/pesto. Sprinkle with grated cheddar/ and or parmesan. Serve with lots of red wine! Really, really good cold the day after as a pasta salad.

Blu Tue 19-May-15 19:03:44

IceBeing: you can buy a simple single ring stove for less than the price of 4 takeway coffees!
You won't regret it.

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