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8 Easy Camping Meals for Families

You can’t take everything with you when you go camping, but you can bring along your favorite recipes! A few twists on your favorite foods will let you keep enjoying delicious meals on the go. Try tweaking old recipes to prepare them over an open fire, or invent something new. Your family is sure to love these camping-style meals!

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Recipes for a Camping Family

These recipes all involve just a few ingredients and a few minutes of cook time. While cooking equipment such as a Dutch oven will help you with several of these meals, others just require an open flame. What will be your next camping staple meal?

  1. Breakfast sandwich
  2. Mint lemonade
  3. Toasted cinnamon rolls
  4. Mac and cheese
  5. Skillet bread
  6. Caramelized grilled onions
  7. Banana boats
  8. Pineapple upside down cake

1) Breakfast Sandwich

Why go to McDonald’s when you can make your own egg and sausage sandwich? For this recipe, simply put a fried egg, sausage patty, and cheese in an English muffin, wrap in tinfoil, and set on a grill over the campfire until it’s nice and hot. For the adventurous camper, add peppers or onions to your sandwich. View the full recipe here.

Pro Tip: You can easily convert these camping recipes into a vegan or gluten-free meal by choosing your ingredients carefully. Don’t give up your dietary needs for a camping trip!

2) Mint Lemonade

Your hiking trips will leave you craving refreshment and electrolytes. Give yourself both with a refreshing glass of mint lemonade! This blend of lemon juice, sugar, and mint leaves is easy to make and provides a cold drink after a long day of hiking. View the full recipe here.

3) Toasted Cinnamon Rolls

Theoretically, you could bake cinnamon rolls the conventional way in a Dutch oven, but why limit yourself to that? Try roasting them like marshmallows over the campfire. This hot, gooey snack is perfect as breakfast or dessert! View the full recipe here.

4) Mac and Cheese

This is more of a make-ahead recipe, but the outcome is worth the additional effort. Make a full batch of macaroni and cheese ahead of time and wrap it up in tinfoil bowls. On your camping trip, simply let the bowls sit on a grill over a fire for about 10 minutes. Enjoy your hot mac and cheese dinner! View the full recipe here.

5) Skillet Bread

Ever tried baking bread in a skillet? With this recipe, you can make a fresh loaf of bread in your cast-iron pan on a camping trip! Don’t worry about kneading the dough, either. View the full recipe here.

6) Caramelized Grilled Onions

The only supplies you’ll need for this recipe is a grill, an open flame, and some aluminum foil. Season your onions to taste and grill to your heart’s content! View the full recipe here.

7) Banana Boats

Imagine a taco consisting of a sliced banana, marshmallows, and chocolate chips, all wrapped in tinfoil and cooked to perfection in hot coals. That’s the perfect camping recipe! This dessert is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. View the full recipe here.

8) Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This recipe also requires a little preparation before you leave on your trip, but it’s sure to please. Wrap up cubed pineapple, pound cake, butter, brown sugar, and a few more ingredients in tinfoil and set in hot coals to cook to perfection. Open the top for the last few minutes to brown the top a tiny bit. Enjoy freshly baked cake on your trip! View the full recipe here.

Memorable Camping Meals

A camping trip doesn’t have to restrict your family from eating tasty, easy-to-prepare foods that everyone likes. With a little experimentation, you can discover new ways to cook that mesh perfectly with the great outdoors and your family’s preferences!

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