17 Easy Make-Ahead Recipes You’ll Want to Bring Camping
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17 Easy Make-Ahead Recipes You’ll Want to Bring Camping

Sure, glamping is all the rage at the moment, but what ever happened to cracking open a can of beans and warming them on the open fire? If you’re wanting to rough it old school but still love a good camping hack, consider the convenience of make-ahead meals. You already have your camping trip DIYs ready, and your camping braids are seriously on fleek — now all that’s left is gathering all of your s’mores ingredients and packing up for lunch. Keep reading for 17 recipes that can easily be made ahead of time or prepped for easy cooking at the campsite.

1. BBQ Chicken Foil Packs: Foil packets are a great way to prepare dinner over a fire. For these BBQ chicken bundles, simply add cubed chicken breasts, your favorite BBQ sauce and pineapple. Refrigerate until you’re ready to cook and prepare for a luxe meal in the wilderness. (via Life in the Lofthouse)

2. Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad: When planning dishes to make prior to your camping trip, go for recipes that taste even better after a day of chilling. This sun-dried tomato pasta salad absorbs all of its flavors while in the fridge and will be that much more delicious once you’re roughing it. (via Pinch Me, I’m Eating)

3. Mason Jar Boozy Tropical Fruit Salad: Fruit salad is a simple dish to prep for easy campsite snacking. The only thing that could make it better is the addition of Limoncello and fresh mint. Even if you’re not camping in the vineyards of Italy, you’ll feel like it when you’re munching on this treat. (via Flavour and Savour)

4. Charred Scallion and Bacon Macaroni Salad: No matter your taste preferences, there’s a macaroni salad recipe for you. This one boasts nutty charred green onions, bacon and a slightly spicy and creamy dressing. Serve alongside a juicy burger for optimal enjoyment. (via Macheesmo)

5. Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers: What’s more comforting than chicken pot pie? If you tend to get homesick in the wilderness, prep these individual pies beforehand and take a little piece of home with you. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

6. Chuck Wagon Stew: Stew is one of the most convenient and camp-appropriate meals you can make. This one is full of veggies, potatoes and stew meat that will keep you full for all of your adventures in nature. (via The Unorthodox Epicure)

7. Jalapeño-Bacon Deviled Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are a great make-ahead breakfast for camping, but why not spice them up a bit? These jalapeño-bacon deviled eggs can double as a quick brunch with a kick or an evening campsite potluck side dish. No matter when you eat them, they’re a great way to keep your protein up for a day of hiking and fun. (via Ready to Yumble)

8. S’mores Oatmeal Cookies: You can’t go camping without s’mores, but they tend to be more than a little messy. Instead of fussing with skewers and sacks of marshmallows, make these cookies before you leave. You can have them whenever you want, not just when the fire’s going. (via The Whole Bite)

9. Halibut and Veggie Foil Packets: Camping trips often come with lots of fishing. If you were lucky enough to reel in your dinner, foil packet recipes like this one are essential. Just swap in whatever your catch of the day is and prep for the rest of your trip. (via Everyday Dishes)

10. Hot Ham and Swiss in Foil Packets: Just because it’s lunchtime doesn’t mean you have to rely on cold cuts and white bread. This cheesy sandwich can be assembled early and heated quickly by the flames for a meal that’ll warm you from the inside. (via Life With the Crust Cut Off)

11. Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes: Mashed potatoes usually require more equipment than you’ll have available at a campsite. Good thing there are recipes like this one that allow you to make the potatoes ahead of time and bring them with you. (via Six Sisters’ Stuff)

12. No-Bake Four-Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites: Healthy (and delicious) snacks are essential for an active camping experience. Package these energy bites in individual baggies so everyone has their own on-the-go treat. (via The Wholesome Dish)

13. Protein Lover’s Trail Mix: Hiking means lots of walking *and* the inevitable hungry bellies that come afterward. Bring a protein-filled trail mix customized to your liking to keep everyone climbing. Include your favorite beef jerky, beef sticks and nuts for major muscle recovery. (via The Big Man’s World)

14. Shrimp Boil Foil Packets: Shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes sound like one *epic* camping combo. The best thing about these make-ahead foil packets is that there’s zero cleanup, meaning more time for ghost stories and boxed wine. (via Damn Delicious)

15. The Ultimate Tailgating Breakfast Sandwiches: When you’re anxious to get out and enjoy your camping experience, the last thing you want is to sit around making a full cowboy breakfast. These sandwiches have everything you need (even hashbrowns!) to keep you going until lunch and to get you out of the tent quickly. (via I Wash… You Dry)

16. Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole: If a family-style casserole is more your breakfast speed then this easily prepped meal is for you. It’s complete with sausages, eggs and tater tots, so you’ll have everything you need to feed your whole squad. (via Plain Chicken)

17. Pull-Apart Cheesy Garlic Bread: An active camping schedule is enough to make anyone hungry. This cheesy garlic bread will be a welcome pre-dinner treat after you’ve spent the day exploring the great unknown. (via Today’s Parent)

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