By Megan Darmody
A camping trip is one of the best ways to unwind and destress from the craziness of our daily lives. As a woman, you likely wear many hats, whether it’s mom, wife, business owner, employee or friend. When you immerse yourself in the wilderness and unplug from all devices, you can reset and return to your busy schedule and loved ones with a whole new perspective.
Depending on the length and location of your camping trip, as well as the size of your group, prepping for your trip can require some planning. Especially, when it comes to food, the most important element! While camping at your campground, you’ll likely have a fire pit or grill, but it can be helpful to bring one of your own.
You’ll need hearty meals to fuel your energy, particularly if you are hiking and exploring all day long. One pot camping meals are a simple and easy solution. Use the same pot or skillet to prep your ingredients, cook and clean up your meal. The visuals below include one pot camping meal ideas that everyone will enjoy. They’re broken up by breakfast, dinner and dessert to give you some inspiration when it comes time to plan your camp meals.
One Pot Camping meals:
For breakfast, 2 ingredient egg and banana pancakes are super simple and quick to make. They’re also gluten and dairy free! All you do is mush 2 ripe bananas and whisk 2 medium eggs together and fry in your pan with a little heated oil or butter.
Another camping favorite for lunch (or dinner) is toasty mac and cheese. Simply boil your water, add the pasta (brown rice, gluten free or regular depending on your preferences) and cook until tender. Add the cheese of your choice and any protein add-ins you like. As far as dessert, you can’t really wrong! Make a delicious s’mores dip in your cast-iron skillet or pot by layering graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow a few times.
These are easy classics that just about anyone can throw together. You don’t have to be a chef to eat delicious meals in the great outdoors. One pot meals will satisfy a big group and best of all, you can spend more time enjoying your trip or sharing stories over the campfire, and not dealing with clean-up.
If you don’t have much experience cooking outdoors, it can be challenging, if you don’t know where to begin! There are many helpful tips and tricks you can use while camp cooking to save you time and a headache. Particularly, if you are camping with a large group, you’ll want to ensure you have enough food, dishes, and wood, coals or lighter fluid depending on what you cook on.
Some tips for camp cooking are:
- Pre-chop and pre-measure your ingredients then pack them in labeled ziplock bags.
- Freeze meat before putting it in the cooler, so it lasts longer and helps keeps other food cold.
- Put whatever ingredients you can (such as oil or dressing) into squeeze bottles to save you utensils and time.
Similarly, there are helpful tips when it comes to using your grill while cooking:
- Apply oil to your grill to keep food from sticking to your camp grill.
- For steady heat with little smoke, cook directly on or right over the coals.
- Use a durable cast-iron pot or skillet for even cooking on your grill.
Utilizing some of these tips will help save you time when it comes time to start cooking. You can avoid any unnecessary stresses on the trip with a little preparation and knowledge. That’s the number one goal, right? View the full post from Wayfair on one pot camping meal ideas and enjoy!