11 creative camping food ideas and recipes that will make you forget you’re roughin’ it


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There are plenty of things you must sacrifice on a camping trip, like air-conditioning, TV and good old-fashioned toilets. But delicious food? Never! These 11 recipes prove you can still eat well while out in the wilderness.


Onion bombs

Cut a peeled onion in half, and separate the pieces into matching pairs. Squish turkey sausage in between two matching pieces. The Eating In Neverland blog suggests mixing the sausage with garlic, some ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper. Wrap each onion bomb in one layer of regular foil and one in heavy-duty foil, and twist the ends. Throw them in the fire and cook for about 10 minutes on each side.


Bag o ‘teddies

Need a sweet snack that isn’t too unhealthy? Top bear-shaped graham cookies with yogurt and fresh berries, like strawberries, mandarin orange pieces, blueberries or banana.


Campfire ‘stir-fry’

A whole meal in an aluminum foil pouch! Before heading out on your camping trip, chop up some chicken sausage, potatoes, peppers and zucchini. Seal them in a foil pouch and cook over the fire for an easy, healthy dinner.


Celery & peanut butter

A protein-packed peanut-butter snack without the mess! Just fill about one-third of an empty peanut butter (or other food) container with peanut butter and add some celery sticks.


Egg-stuffed baked potatoes

Pack some baked potatoes, shredded cheese, bacon bits and eggs for your big trip. When you’re ready for a hearty breakfast out in the wilderness, slice off a side of each potato lengthwise, and scoop out most of the insides except for a thin layer of potato. Fill each with cheese, bacon bits and an egg, and cook over the campfire for a satisfying, hot breakfast.


Skinny broccoli salad - Creative camping food

Honestly, this skinny broccoli salad from SkinnyMom.com is good for just about any summer occasion, but it’s also an excellent, nutritious side to accompany a protein on a camping trip.


Mushroom, sun-dried tomato & mozzarella dip

There’s no reason campers shouldn’t enjoy appetizers before their meal. You’ll need a cast-iron skillet, olive oil, cremini mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), fresh mozzarella, dry sherry, fresh rosemary, red chili flakes, salt, pepper and a baguette.


Banana boats

The thick peel of bananas makes for a perfect way to seal ingredients together. For this banana boat recipe from Bay Area Bites, you’ll need to slit the banana lengthwise, stuff them with your choice of toppings — e.g., dark chocolate and butterscotch chips — and cook over the campfire. Yum.


Homemade fruit roll-ups

Fruit roll-ups are ideal for camping: no mess, easy to eat on the go and nutritious — if you make them yourself. Use this recipe from Homestead & Survival to make this kids’ favorite with any fruit you crave and no preservatives or artificial ingredients.


Trail mix energy bites

Tired of eating the same old trail mix? Try these trail mix bites from Gimme Some Oven. Use nuts of your choosing, any kind of nut butter and any kind of dried fruit or chocolate. Make them the day before your trip so you have them on the next day’s hike.


Campfire orange cakes

So you have a serious sweet tooth — or maybe someone has a birthday during your upcoming camping trip. Try these campfire orange cakes for a sweet treat after hiking all day. Mix instant cake mix in a bowl and fill carved-out oranges a little past halfway with the cake mix. Place the orange tops back on, wrap with aluminum foil and cook in the campfire coals for about 20 minutes