Our family really enjoys camping. Well, sort of. I’m not a huge “go sleep in an uncomfortable tent, hang out in the dirt, eat out of coolers, and pray the bathrooms are clean” kind of gal. I have always loved the premise of camping and wanted to do more of it. But it was always so much work especially with little ones. So I guess I should say, everyone in the family but me really enjoys camping. How was I going to change that? Why with this of course!!!
We were so blessed to purchase a 21 foot hybrid travel trailer in the end of April. We realized that we have a unique opportunity right now. Our kids are still small, we homeschool, and my husband is able to work remotely. With a trailer, we can travel around without all the inconvenience of camping. It is like camping for wimps or as some call it “glamping.” I know, I know. Doesn’t sound very Paleo but hey, to each his/her own.
All this to say, eating Paleo while camping really isn’t as hard as it sounds. Yes I have an awesome camper to cook in but most of what we did was cook outside on the camping stove anyway. Yes we had a fridge to keep the food but coolers work just fine. With summer here, I thought I would share the what and how-to’s of Paleo camping food.
First, cooking while on the road is easier while the right tools. Here are my must haves:
- Cast Iron Skillets. We take two to make cooking for our clan fast
- Sharp Knives. We take our favorite chefs knife and paring knife. I have forgotten these in the past and lamented it as I cut veggies with a plastic knife.
- Cutting board. Again, it is no fun to try to cut things up on a paper plate.
Next are your basics. Things that you need to do your cooking and things best done in advance.
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Milk
- Pre-cooked Bacon
- Chopped salad Greens
- Chopped Sausage and Ham
- Diced Veggies
- Pre-cooked Chicken
- Pre-made Hamburger patties
- Ground coffee beans
Thirdly, snacks. We have a few go to things that are easy to grab when the natives get hungry.
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Carrots, Celery, Peppers, Cucumbers (Peel and chop before you go)
- Dried Fruit
- Beef Jerky
- Lara Bars
- Fruit Leather
- Trail Mix
- Banana Muffins
- Rice Works Sweet Chili Chips
Now what you are all waiting for…the meal plan for a three day weekend. Don’t forget to check out my recipe site for more ideas. www.iCookFree.com
- Breakfasts – Fried eggs with sauted veggies and sausage. Almond Flour pancakes and bacon. Scrambled Eggs with ham.
- Lunchs – BLTA’s with a salad. Lettuce wrapped sandwiches (Egg salad or lunch meat). Hot Dogs with fruit.
- Dinners – Dad’s BBQ Chicken (precooked at home and warmed on grill), Hamburgers with grilled veggies and guacamole. Paleo Chili.
- Desserts – Paleo Carrot Cake Balls. Espresso Fudge Brownies. Homemade Almond Joy Bars.
I pray this helps you as you plan your next camping trip. Don’t let the fear of camping food keep you from your trip. You can eat clean and really well even when enjoying the outdoors.
Do you have any favorite camping meals or tricks that you would like to share? Please leave a comment as I am always looking for ways to streamline my process.