I have to admit my favorite part of camping is the food. I am a sucker for a roasted marshmallow and hot dog over the fire. I have come along way however. I used to spend days packing gourmet meals to take up camping, spend all day by the stove and barely have time relax at the end of a long day. I have come to terms that I can enjoy myself much more on vacations if I choose to simplify. This past month we have been on several different trips and I have found there are several meals that are quick and easy to prepare without much effort.
My absolute favorite trick is to crock pot (or grill) chicken before you leave on your trip. Just throw several pounds of chicken in a crock pot and season with some Montreal Steak Seasoning. Once it is cooked, shred the chicken and use it for different meals while on vacation. This past camping trip my family was on I used the cooked chicken for three different meals.
Meal one: Shredded chicken tacos–heat up 4-5 chicken breasts in a pan, add some bottled salsa and season with taco seasoning. Shred meat until tender and then serve in a tortilla with shredded cheese and garnishing.
Meal two: Place 4-5 chicken breasts into a pan and get warm. Pour over the chicken your favorite barbecue sauce and shred. Serve the bbq meat on buns. Serve with sliced watermelon, chips and baked beans and you have a quick and easy meal.
Meal three: Thaw several chicken breasts and cube into pieces. Add some chopped green onions and celery, mayonnaise and seasonings and you have a simple chicken salad sandwich that works great for dinner.
Voila! Three meals that require less than 10 minute prep time each, and you have dinner done no matter where your destination lies this summer. Below are some of my other favorite, quick-fix meals we take on every vacation we go on. You can save nearly 50% on your vacation food budget by eating from home instead of going out to eat. It’s a great way to save BIG money on your trips 😉
Breakfast is a meal where it helps to keep things simple. You don’t want to be cooking all day, so think simple and plan more elaborate meals for later in the day. Good ol’ cereal and milk is easy to pack and keeps dishes to a minimum.
*PB and J sandwiches