Easy Camping Recipes

Make your camping trips delicious with these Easy Camping Recipes that are simple and satisfying!

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Kananaskis

Well summer here is officially over.  The kids are back to school this week, the sun has changed and it already has that crispness of fall in the air.  But we’re not sad.  We love fall, the routine and the weather.  All of it.

And just because it’s fall doesn’t mean that the fun of summer has to end.  In fact, we plan on camping right into October.  It’s actually the perfect time to camp, because the campgrounds are empty and quiet, and the air in the mountains smells ah-mazing this time of year!

Maybe you camp into the fall & winter too?  I draw the line at winter camping.  You won’t ever catch me in a tent in one of our winters.  No. Way.  Anyway, I wanted to share with you some of our fun and food from our last camping trip…I hope you enjoy it.  🙂

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On our last camping trip we headed out to beautiful Kananaskis country.  This gorgeous mountain park is an hour and half from our home, and it is one of the nicest places to camp.  The air smells like trees and sunshine.  The only noises you hear are the wind, the trees and ravens in the sky.  Kananaskis is truly breathtaking!  Buuuuut, there are bears.  Yep.   Bears.  And we sleep in a tent.  #crazy

Another great thing about camping here?  There is no cell service.  None.  No texts.  No e-mails.  No checking the phone for anything.  Which is very liberating (and very awful all at the same time!).  But I do still take a lot of pictures with my phone and post them to Instagram later.  I just really love to do this.  It’s kind of like journaling for me.

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I mean how can you not want to take pictures of everything?!  Just look at that sky.  Glorious and so worth the no cell service, the outhouses, the cheeky birds and the lack of sleep.  No really, it is.  🙂

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And the lakes.  Oh my the lakes.  They’re turquoise.  And cold.  SO so so cold.  But how pretty!  We like to spend a lot of our time at the lakes…we pack lunches and eat on the beach, skip rocks and just soak all this beauty in.

And what is it about kids and not feeling the cold?!  They would have been right in there if I’d have packed their swimsuits…next time I guess!  #toocoldforme!  We spent hours at this spot.

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In fact, we made the most delicious lunch right at this spot.  Who can beat eating that yumminess with all that beauty in the background?

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We always try to make sure we eat really well on our camping trips!  So I’m going to share with you some of what we munched on on this recent trip.

Easy Camping Recipes: Orange Ginger Chicken, Chopped Mexican Corn and Bean Salad, Campfire Potatoes, Campfire Roasted Ham

Starting with this yummy lunch…

Mexican Bean & Corn Salad {A Pretty Life}

This is a really simple lunch we whipped up in about 15 minutes with just a cutting board, a can opener and a knife.  I like to bring all my veggies pre-washed too, so you don’t have to worry about doing that while camping.

Here’s the easiest recipe ever:
Chopped Mexican Bean & Corn Salad

1 can of sweet kernel corn, 1 can of black beans, 1 red bell pepper chopped, 3 green onions chopped, 1 handful of cilantro chopped, 2 avocados chopped, 2 large tomatoes chopped, the juice from 2 limes, salt & pepper to taste.  You can even add cheese if you like.

Serve with tortilla chips.  Yum.

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Did I mention we eat like kings while camping?!  🙂  For dinner one night we had Orange Ginger Chicken.

Orange Ginger Chicken {A Pretty Life}

Camping food doesn’t have to be unhealthy or boring!  I actually think camp-cooking is the easiest, because most of the dishes are one-pot meals, and you can’t beat that!  This Orange Ginger Chicken dish was prepped at home, and we just brought it marinading & ready to go in a zip lock bag!  Major deliciousness!

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Orange Ginger Chicken

Ingredients

The Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sweet rice wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp minced gingeroot
  • orange zest

Stir Fry

  • 4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 2 carrots chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 2 celery sticks chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 1 can pineapple chunks including the juice

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a saucepan, and cook on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prep the chicken and the vegetables, and put them into a ziplock bag or some other container. (I like to use ziplock bags so you can just throw the bag out after, without having to worry about cleaning up after raw chicken.)
  3. Once the marinade has cooled, add it to the chicken/veggie mix. Combine. Refrigerate until you are ready to cook it. To transfer it for camping, just make sure to keep it in a cooler with ice.
  4. Cook over the fire in a skillet (or if you are at home, just cook it on the stove in a frying pan)

Recipe Notes

Serve over rice, which you can also cook over the fire!

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And for dinner the next night we had a ham dinner.  Ham & potatoes.  For reals.

Campfire Ham {A Pretty Life}

We cooked a spiral ham over the fire!  Oh yes we did!

Campfire Ham
I just placed it in a tin container, added a bit of water to the pan, and covered it with tin foil.  It took about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to heat through.  It was so easy to make, and was so delicious.  And we had leftovers which were great for lunch the next day!

Campfire Potatoes {A Pretty Life}

We served the ham with campfire potatoes.  So easy.

Campfire Roasted Potatoes
1 lb of potatoes cut into bite sized chunks, 1 onion chopped, 2-3 tbsp butter, salt & pepper to taste.  Just wrap them up in tin foil and place it on the grill over the fire.  They take about 20 – 30 minutes to cook.

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But the best part of camping are the nights.

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There is just nothing like having a campfire in the great outdoors.  S’mores, stargazing and spending good, quality time with your family.  I love this part SO much!  We even managed to sneak in some craft time while we were there and assembled this cute lantern from Kiwi Crate that came in our monthly craft box.  The kids loved putting this lantern together and hanging it in our campsite!  So fun!

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Actually, our Kiwi Crate for July was perfect for camping, so we brought the whole thing with us!  Our 3 year old especially loved this little scavenger hunt.  It was so easy and fun for him to scour our campsite for treasures!

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We have the best time camping…it can be hard with little ones, but the experience is really worth all the effort!  We’re making memories with our kids and we just can’t beat that!  Crossing our fingers that our fall weather cooperates so we can continue our fun for a few more weeks!

Have an inspired day!
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For even more easy camping recipes, see my other post here.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Easy & Delicious Camping Recipes September 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM […] For even more easy camping recipes, see my other post here. […]
  • Reply Ali September 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM Wow! That place is beautiful! I absolutely LOVE camping. So many people that I know are anti-camping (I know, crazy right?). I love that you are making so many great camping memories with your family, that's so special. Yummy food too!! Gourmet!
  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane September 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM WOW! Those recipes look delicious and that sky and the mountains in the background makes me want to pack up and head north camping! We didn't camp at all this summer and I missed it!
  • Reply Barb September 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM I totally love this post... :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna September 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM I had fun with this one too! :)
  • Reply Lori September 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM Are you kidding me right now...that is what you eat out there? I'm moving into YOUR tent!
    • Reply Jo-Anna September 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM Hahaha! Move on in! Camping together would be SO fun! :)
  • Reply Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box September 12, 2013 at 1:29 AM It looks like you had an absolutely amazing time! I love going camping too, but we never eat quite as well as you guys seem to :) I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-9/
  • Reply 15 Easy & Delicious Camping Recipes - A Pretty Life In The Suburbs June 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM […] Campfire Baked Ham:  Yes!  You can bake a ham over the fire!  And the leftovers are great for breakfast and ham sandwiches for lunch. - - […]
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