Easy Camping Dinners

Tips for Easy Camping Dinners | Sydney Berry and Stephani Bloomquist Rowing a Boat in Sibley State Park on Lake Andrew

Incredible things can happen when you head out into the wilderness and off the grid for a few days. It’s a perfect time to reset, recharge and start a new beginning.

This weekend we did just that. My husband and I and two of our best friends set out for Sibley State Park to go camping, relax and start the end of our summer off right. We had an amazing hike—though we got lost a few times—checked out the beach and went row boating on Lake Andrew. We were enjoying the rowing so much that we even broke out into a canon of “Row, row, row your boat.” It was bliss. When we returned the boat to the rental office we found out that we had been rowing the boat backward the entire time! But it didn’t matter because we still got a great workout and had a blast.

Tips for Easy Camping Dinners | Alex Skjong and Eric D. Johnson rowing a boat on Lake Andrew in Sibley State Park

Other than our row boating and hiking excursions, my favorite part was preparing easy camping dinners over an open fire. We brought only a few tools and still made fantastic camp food. I wanted to share our menu with you so you can see how easy it really is to have stellar food even in the wilderness!

Better-Than-Average Camping Breakfasts

Scrambled eggs, Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk, donuts (a camping tradition!), apples, bacon, cereal, peanut butter protein balls, orange juice

The Best Camping Lunch

Walking Tacos with taco-seasoned ground beef and/or vegetarian black beans, plus fixings like lettuce, guacamole, salsa, cheese, sour cream, black olives, and whatever else your heart desires

Easy Camping Dinners

Chili Dogs or vegetarian chili beans and Fritos, grapes
Hamburger foil packs with lettuce, ketchup, mustard and pickles
Potato, pepper, onion and garlic foil packs

Snacks for Camping

Baby carrots
Water – We were so glad we brought water because the water near our camp was not safe for drinking!

Essential Tools
Cast Iron Skillet – You can cook everything in your Cast Iron Skillet! It’s magic. Never use soap on cast pans! Be sure to bring a small bottle of dish soap and a good scrubber for other dishes. This camping trip made me want to use my cast iron skillet to cook eeeevvveeerrryyyttthhhiiinnnggg.

Grill Spatula – Make sure it has a long handle (like this heavy duty spatula) so you can stay at a safe distance from the flames. It does everything from flipping burgers or foil packs to scrambling eggs.

Coffee Maker – We use a vintage camping coffee maker that sits over the flames similar to this Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator. Ours takes super long to boil, but it becomes an exciting event when the coffee’s finally ready!

Pot holder, cloth napkin or dish towels – You need to be able to remove that scalding hot cast iron pan around! Our cloth napkins doubled as wash cloths and dish towels because we kept them fairly clean.

Plastic table cloth(s) – Camping is dirty and a disposable plastic table cover is just a nice way to stay a little more civilized while you’re in the wilderness. Plus, then you can see what critters walked through your camp because they’ll leave tiny footprints (it was raccoons for us!)

For washing dishes: We brought a Plastic Drink Tub with Handles, which works well if you need to carry your dirty dishes to a water spigot, a sponge, and a small bottle of dish soap. If you need to scrub your cast iron skillet really well, let it soak while you wash the other dishes, then use your metal spatula to get the gunk off.

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