Staying healthy and loaded with enough energy to endure hiking kilometre after kilometre across tough terrain – all while keeping your tastebuds tantalised – can seem like a daunting idea when it comes to prepping for a camping trip. But it really can be so much fun and doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes a little bit of planning along with being creative and resourceful with ingredients when you cook.
On our trip to Norway we spent five consecutive nights campsite hopping and waking up in the great outdoors so it was important to choose meals that were easy as well as tasty and filling. We made a rough plan before we headed out, but chose ingredients and meals that would allow us to be playful with local ingredients along the way where possible. So, here are 7 dishes that kept our stomachs and our adventures fully stoked!
Whether breakfasting on lazy mornings beside the fjord or prepping for the next leg of the hike on ice-cold mornings up in the mountains, this is a firm favourite to kick start the day. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and when energy loading for those calorie burning hikes, it becomes even more important. Not only is porridge is so easy to make on the camping stove but it’s also very versatile. Make it with water to cut down on the load of milk when out on a hike and keep your tastebuds happy by adding raisins, cinnamon, a squeeze of honey and some sliced banana. Try mixing up the toppings and adding some tinned mango, pineapple and peaches on mornings in the campsite.
It’s our number one dish to cook on busy weeknights at home… and it turns out it is easy to cook on the camping stove too and full of all the right energy the night before the next hike. Have it with bread or rice… if you need to carb load for a big hike go with rice, but if you want to keep it simple just add some locally bought fresh bread on the side. If you like to spice up your shakshuka, be sure to take a little bit of ground salt, pepper and maybe even some chilli flakes with you from home to add a little more flavour.
Spinach & Chorizo Pesto Pasta
Like porridge, pesto and pasta is another firm favourite again because it is so simple, full of carbs to fuel those hikes and easy to adapt. Meaning you can have it on multiple nights to be resourceful with ingredients, but also you can adapt it with additional ingredients to ensure you keep those tastebuds tantalised. Buy the spinach locally, but you can easily take the chorizo, wholemeal pasta and jar of pesto on a pre-trip supermarket shop.
Boiled Egg Sandwiches
Whether hiking or driving to the next destination, when you’re journeying on the next leg of your adventure, getting out the camping stove and cooking up a meal isn’t always convenient. So this one is prepped usually in the morning or the night before. Meaning you can just whip out your eggs, crack them on a nearby hard surface and sandwich them between a couple of slices of wholemeal bread. Apparently it’s a thing in Norway, so you’ll be getting your protein fix along with getting in touch with the local culture.
Ravioli in Chopped Tomato Sauce – Mountain Top Special!
After 6 hours hiking and setting up the tent in cold and windy conditions, it’s important to have something tasty and quick to cook to look forward to. From switching the stove on to getting it in your mouth, this will take no more than 20 minutes all-in; an ideal evening meal to cook on the mountain top. Not only that, but it’s filling, full of flavour and will help replace all those calories burned during the climb. As this is fresh pasta, I’d recommend buying locally, then remove from the packaging and transfer straight into a zip lock bag (to save space in your pack). After cooking up the pasta, heat up some chopped tomatoes in a second pot then stir together. Then get out your camp dishes and enjoy dinner with some serious views!
This is more of a luxury one, best enjoyed lakeside in the campsite where you can properly treat yourself to additional ingredients like an onion, mushrooms and peppers along with the fresh mince without worrying about the space they’ll take up in your pack. Enjoy on those dreamy evenings relaxing after a few days of hiking. And if you made a big portion, don’t worry! Keep the leftovers in a zip lock bag heat it up the next day for an easy dinner.
OTHER HELPFUL TIPS & IDEAS
Be resourceful! Set a base of dried ingredients such as a big packet of wholemeal pasta and work with those to create variations of the same dishes.
All that jazz! Why not take a few chia seeds, or some of your favourite superfood powder in a zip lock bag. Add it to your porridge for extra flavour and super energy powers.
More ideas! Check out Fresh Off The Grid which is a blog dedicated to recipes for the great outdoors. It’s a great source of inspiration for meals on the road.
Do you love being healthy and creative with the camp stove?
I’d love to hear what you like cooking up!
Or if you have any questions, please feel free to ask… i might know the answer, i might not, but i’ll try to point you in the right direction.
Stay wild adventurers!
with love, L x
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