Written by: Jeanette Espinosa
02/05/2010 11:20 AM
Campground cooking doesn’t need to look or taste like mush. Gone are the days of sloppy porridge and half cooked instant noodles. Here’s a day’s worth of taste bud bliss. With some simple prep, and final touches at your campsite, you’ll go from hunger to satisfaction in under 20 minutes.
Breakfast of Camping Champions
Before you leave: Combine the rolled oat, raisins, almonds and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir to combine completely. Store in a container or storage bag. Chop strawberries and store in a separate container or bag.
At the campsite: When you’re ready for breakfast, place the oatmeal mix in a bowl. Slice the banana and add to the oatmeal mix along with the strawberries (raspberries or blueberries), peanut butter, and salt. Stir in 1 cup boiling water or fat free milk. Remember to stir occasionally. Let this sit for 1 to 2 minutes or until the oatmeal thickens. Depending on how you like your oatmeal, use less or more water.
Lunch in the Outdoors
Hummus Cucumber & Tomato Pita
Before you leave: Dice tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and cilantro. Store in separate containers or storage bags.
At the campsite: Heat the pita bread halves on the grill. Mix the hummus, salt and pepper. Then, mix the lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil, and lemon for your vegetable medley. Once the pita is nice and warm, spoon some of the hummus into the bottom of the pita, then add a layer of the vegetable mix. Continue alternating between the two until you’re at the top of the pita and enjoy!
Dinner under the Stars
Grilled Lemon Basil Tilapia
Before you leave: Combine all ingredients except for the tilapia fillets in a container or storage bag, creating your marinade. Stir thoroughly to ensure that all ingredients are mixed well. Add tilapia fillets. Seal and refrigerate or freeze (depending on how the time until you’re ready to cook).
At the campsite: Prepare the grill and pour marinade into a saucepan. Bring marinade to a low boil and remove from the heat so that it does not overcook. Grill the tilapia for about 3 minutes per side over a high heat or until cooked to your liking. Serve with a few heads boiled broccoli. Don’t forget to drizzle the marinade over the fish and broccoli for a finishing touch!
*May be served with a salad (sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, chopped lettuce). Top with marinade for extra flavor!
Dessert for the Well Deserved
Grilled Bananas & Honey
Before you leave: Nothing, trust us it’s really easy!
At the campsite: Cut each banana into bite size pieces, typically about ½ inch each. Arrange the pieces of banana in the middle of the sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle honey over the banana slices - use as much as you want! Then, sprinkle cinnamon over that, mmm.... Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil to keep your delicious concoction from leaking. Then grill for 5 minutes.
All recipes feed four hungry souls
Bon appetite happy campers and RVers!
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