40 Healthy + Delicious Camping Foods
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40 Healthy + Delicious Camping Foods

It’s summertime y’all. You know what that means? It’s time to stuff your cooler with the prep items and essentials needed for the best healthy campfire-cooked foods around. From breakfast to desserts, gourmet camping meals can be cooked and served just outside your tent flap with only a few basic cooking tools. So round up your favorite spatula, a Dutch oven and a few camping skewers, because this list is exactly what you need to maintain your eating style in the wilderness.

Foil Packets

1. Sweet Potatoes and Chicken Sausage in Chipotle Sauce: The fiesta dishware here is just a perk, but it’s the splash of cilantro and savory sausage that really get the flavor party going in this foil packet. (via Neighbor Food)

2.  Banana S’mores: Trade in the campfire classic for this healthier — and dare we say, tastier — version. It’s a versatile dessert you can modify with your own favorite toppings. We recommend trying fresh fruit, peanut butter or even oats. Doing away with the graham cracker crust gives these s’mores an extra dose of ooey-gooey goodness. (via Tablespoon)

3. Grilled Tofu and Veggies: This one’s for the vegans among us: You’ll have a tasty main dish with this vibrant meal that is sure to please your taste buds. (via Beyond Rice and Tofu)

4. Campfire Popcorn: It’s just like the cowboys used to make — well, sort of. You can pre-season your packets with spices and other ingredients. Think: garlic powder and parmesan or cayenne pepper to kick it up a notch. (via Kitchen Concoctions)

5. Grilled Veggies in Balsamic: Balsamic vinegar and smoked paprika? Just pack a bottle of red wine and call it a day. And if you don’t have a grill basket, don’t worry! Just seal these in a loose foil packet for fire roasting. (via Family Fresh Cooking)

6. Lemon Herb Steak Foil Packets: Too hungry to dig the paper plates out of the car? Foil packets are super handy because they double as plates. As soon as it’s cool enough to touch, you can dig in. (via Sandy Toes and Popsicles)

7. Foil Roasted Onions: You have lots of options when it comes to grilling onions. You can put them on a griddle for caramelization, or you can add a dash of oil and your favorite seasonings to a foil packet. (via Cook the Story)

8. Roasted Cabbage With Warm Walnut Dressing: The warm walnut dressing makes this low-calorie favorite especially tasty. Serve it alongside brats and roasted potatoes for the ultimate camping feast. (via The Tolerant Vegan)

9. Roasted Beets: For those of you who’ve never roasted a beet before, think of it kind of like a baked potato. The end result is much redder and juicier, and will stain those happy faces bright pink if you aren’t careful. (via Food.com)

10. Chicken and Potatoes: This is a match made in campfire heaven. With all the bacon and creamy flavors and textures, the green onions add an extra dash of freshness to this delish dish. (via Pillsbury)

11. Campfire Blueberry Orange Muffins: You almost have to have the whole family involved with this just because it’s so different. Plus, you need someone to eat the inside of the oranges first. (via Apron Strings)

12. Apple Pie Packets: These packets of joy are just as good as apple pie, but way better for you. Not to mention, much easier. For a healthier version of this delicious treat, swap the butter and sugar for maple syrup or throw in some oats for extra goodness. (via The Country Cook)

On the Grill

13. Whole-Wheat Pancakes: This homemade dry mix stores for two weeks, which means you can make it well in advance and just add the wet ingredients when you’re ready to eat. (via Eat to Thrive)

14. Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes: Can’t get enough breakfast? Try these lemon-buttermilk pancakes to give you the jump start you need for your next big adventure. (via Savory Style)

15. Dutch Oven Mountain Breakfast: A hot breakfast is never out of the question, even when it comes to camping. This family-style meal can also be altered with a low-fat protein like chicken sausage. (via 50 Campfires)

16. Tuscan Sausage and Bean Stew: This filling main course will have the whole party salivating long before it’s ready. Pair it with some grilled bread and you’re good to go. (via Pillsbury)

17. Arroz Con Pollo: Chicken and rice loaded with peppers and peas? This would be perfect after a long day of swimming. (via Betty Crocker)

18. Easy Beef Stew: You’re already caught up in an adventure, and this one-pot meal will leave you with more time to explore. (via Chow)

19. Grilled Mushrooms: Technically, mushrooms could just go in a foil packet with some butter and we’d call it a day, but these delicate beauties deserve some serious attention. (via Kitchen Frau)

20. Grilled Corn Summer Salad: The splash of pomegranate vinegar and honey make this a zesty summer dish. Did we mention it’s also vegan? (via The Flaming Vegan)

21. Grilled Mexican Egg Bowls: Personal bowls of eggs? Well, sure, it’s like our own mini frittata. We’ll take three, please. (via Valley Natural Foods)

22. Campfire French Toast: Campfire french toast? We’re all in! (via This Lil Piglet)

23. Seared Peaches and Pecans: You don’t need to worry about ice cream to pair with this sweet treat. The grill enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit. (via The Pioneer Woman)

24. Grilled Vegetable Platter: Marinate these in advance so you only have to add a plastic bag or tupperware to your cooler. You can line your grill with foil or use a throwaway foil pan with holes punched in it. Camping is all about improvising. (via Hubba Hubba Smokehouse)

25. Sriracha-Grilled Tofu: Prep work is needed for this dish before you hit the campsite, but it’s worth it to have a healthy Sriracha sauce to coat your tofu with. (via Bon Appétit)

26. Beef Nagimaki With Broccolini and Rice: This dish is so impressive it could become a weekday staple too. For the gourmet who can’t leave the fanciness at home, this dish is just for you. (via Self)

27. Portobello Mushroom Burger With Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese: The tang of goat cheese with the sweetness of a bell pepper will make you beg for seconds. (via Grilling Addiction)

On a Stick

28. Beef and Vegetable Kebabs: A simple beef and veggie skewer will make any campfire meal a real winner. Pair with bread or just a side salad for a hearty and healthy feast. (via McCormick)

29. Lightning Lamb Kebabs: Kick it up a notch with these lamb skewers stacked with peppers and onions. (via Paleo Non Paleo)

30. Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs: If you’re already a tofu fan, then you know how versatile it is. This teriyaki recipe is perfect for camp fare. (via Taste.com)

31. Jerk Paneer Kebabs With Pineapple-Mango Salsa: The salsa makes this festive dish a bit more challenging for a camping trip, but the sweet and spicy mixture is great for a midday luncheon. Make the salsa ahead of time and substitute your favorite protein for paneer for a heartier dish. (via Food to Glow)

32. Mediterranean Pork Kebabs: Eat straight off the kebab or have them over salad instead. Either way, this skewer will make a game-winning addition to any meal. (via Booths)

33. Gingery Chicken Satay Kebabs: Pineapple, red onion and peppers are the perfect accompaniment to this spiced kebab. (via Apple a Day)

34. Stuffed Pepper Kebabs: If you are not a fan of pork, use chicken sausage to stuff these peppers… and yourself. (via The Cooking Mom)

35. Caprese Skewers: No cooking required! These treats will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed. (via Once Upon a Cutting Board)

36.  Grilled Brussels Sprouts With Spicy Ranch: If you haven’t learned to love your Brussels, this quick recipe will make you a believer. (via She Knows)

Make-Ahead Eats

37. Morning Glory Muffins: Need a quick bite while you break down camp? These are just the thing. (via Wanna Come With?)

38. Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies: In our mind, cookies are an anytime affair. But these are particularly good if you let them warm up over the fire. (via Busy But Healthy)

39. Breakfast in a Jar: If you have space in the cooler, this breakfast would be great for your first day out. (via All About Food)

40. Trail Mix Granola Bars: These remind us a bit of crunchy Kashi bars, only much better. They are obviously the perfect trail food. (via Busy But Healthy)

Do you have other ideas for healthy, camping-friendly treats, meals and desserts? Share your best recipes in the comments!