Summer’s just about here, so grab the camping gear and #getoutside! Whether you plan on camping, glamping or just gathering around for a bonfire party in your backyard, you’ll want to make your outing ah-mazing by preparing some delicious food. Instead of stressing about having to cook outside, jump on the make-ahead food bandwagon for easy and delicious eats for your next adventure. Whether you’re looking for dinner, sides or decadent brunch recipes, the 11 make-ahead camping recipes below will be ready when you need them, leaving you with plenty of time for socializing and prepping the ultimate s’mores station.
1. Make-Ahead Lentil Chili: There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of chili to eat while gathering around the campfire. This meat-free version is made with sweet potatoes and two kinds of beans. Leave out the dairy toppings to make this a vegan-friendly dish. (via Today’s Parent)
2. Make-Ahead Peach Breakfast Bake: Have skillet, will travel. Sear fresh peaches ahead of time and pour on the batter, then freeze it, pan and all. It travels easily and heats right up in the same cast-iron pan when placed on the open fire. (via Betty Crocker)
3. Salads to Go: This salad hack is genius! If you miss your greens when sleeping in the rough, this one’s for you. To keep the lettuce from wilting, save the dressing until you’re ready to eat — everyone will dig getting to choose their own. Pro tip: Tuck a fork in the lid, so no one has to go hunting for utensils. (via The Chic Site)
4. Creamy Baked Mashed Potatoes: Made-from-scratch potatoes when you’re camping? No, thank you! Make these mashed ‘taters ahead of time and then heat them up over the fire. They’ll be just as creamy, tasty and outrageously yummy reheated. (via Chew Out Loud)
5. Lemon Chicken and Potatoes in Foil: Foil pack dinners are boss, and this one is the boss-est of them all. Individual chicken breasts are cooked on their own little mound of baby red potatoes that’s been seasoned with Dijon mustard, lemon and herbs. Each person gets their own little packet of chickeny-lemony goodness, and there are no plates to wash! (via Damn Delicious)
6. Camping Mac ‘n’ Cheese: You don’t think of macaroni and cheese as a camping meal, but why the heck not? This one can be made ahead and stored in tin pie plates in a cooler until cookout time. The extra layer of shredded cheese that you lay on right before you seal it gives it the fresh-off-the-stove cheesy goodness we all love. (via Lauren’s Latest)
7. Make-Ahead Yogurt Parfaits: There’s nothing like yogurt, granola and fresh fruit for breakfast. These mason-jar parfaits will keep for up to three or four days in the cooler. Try a layer of jam or preserves if fresh fruit isn’t in season. Pro tip: Layering the fruit between the yogurt and granola will keep the cereal from getting soggy. (via Savory Pantry Blog)
8. Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken (Freezer Meal): Freezer meals are perfect for camping, and this one is doubly good. First, the chicken is a dump-and-go recipe. It can be made days ahead in the slow cooker and then frozen. Toss it in the cooler to gradually thaw before cookout time. Then heat up a couple of tortillas and break out the taco fixings (prepped and stored in Tupperware containers). (via Six Sister’s Stuff )
9. Breakfast Burritos Campfire Style: Oh yes, you *can* have a cooked breakfast when you’re camping. Just scramble some eggs with a bit of taco seasoning, add hash browns and cooked cubed ham, then garnish with green chilis, cilantro and cheese. Wrap ’em tightly in foil and they’ll keep until you need ’em. (via Taste and Tell)
10. Campfire French Toast: You may not think of French toast when you think of camping food, but this French toast hack really works. Take a conventional loaf of bread and double wrap it in parchment paper, then tinfoil. The bottom of the loaf will crisp up nicely if you trim off the crust in prep. (via This Li’l Piglet)
11. Make-Ahead Breakfast Quesadillas: Camping food can be healthy food! This quesadilla is packed with protein, thanks to the beans and cheese. Plus, the spinach is a sneaky way to get your greens. These puppies are perfect for campfire cooking: They keep in the freezer and thaw quickly as needed. (via Well Plated)
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