Car Camping Recipes for Road Tripping

You can find a shit ton of recipes and ideas for meals to make while camping online, however, I'd like to share with you some of the meals that I like to eat when traveling. Throughout the years, I’ve tried to keep things as simple and easy as possible, while not making meals that are bland or whack, as well as meals that are healthy enough to still sustain me after hiking all day long. This post provides some options for individuals that are car camping, as backpacking is an entirely different beast. With that said, simplicity, foods that can be easily stored in a cooler or not take up a ton of space, price, foods that are filling and nutritious, etc., all should be kept in mind, especially if you're going to be putting up a lot of hiking mileage. 

For starters, as great as it is to cook over a fire, I'd rather not spend time getting a fire set up and waiting for the embers to get hot enough to cook over. I'd rather just cook my meals with a camping stove. It's quicker and easier. Let me share with you the gear and supplies my wife and I use for cooking, eating, drinking, and storing our food:

I've had my Coleman stove for something like six years now. This bad boy is a little clunky, but is a solid purchase, especially considering the price. The MSR Quick Skillet and MSR Quick 2 System were items that we got over the summer, and both were so great to have-I'd highly recommend them, as they were really easy to store and pack up. We also got the Polar Bear cooler this summer, and, man, is that thing awesome. It's very comparable to soft shells that Yeti puts out, at a fraction of the price. The Duluth Pack Utensil Roll does a great job of keeping our spatula, tongs, knife, a sharpening steel, our VICBAY sets, a ladle, a can opener, a wine and bottle opener and anything else we want to bring with us; it's legit as hell and definitely worth the money. One item we need to get in the future is something for storing spices, as the lady and I usually cook with a decent amount of spices and bring a bunch with us. 

Now, let’s get to the meals:


Breakfast

For breakfast, oatmeal is my go to. It’s fast, it’s easy to make, it’s tasty, it’s nutritious, it’s pretty inexpensive, and it’s filling. You can probably find an endless amount of recipes for oatmeal online, but this has been a tried and true recipe for me. Let me preface this by saying, for the most part, I eyeball how much of everything I put into my oatmeal, as it was just trial and error of knowing how much I personally liked of everything, but I’ll try to give some measurements for you. Prop’s goes to my wife and my buddy, Jake, for helping to perfect this recipe over the years. Here’s what I got:

Oatmeal

Ingredients you'll need:

  1. Roughly a ½ cup of quick oats

  2. 1 tbsp of peanut butter

  3. A handful of dried fruits and nuts

    1. Since Wegmans is the shit, here’s what the wife and I primarily use. This bad boy has mango, dried cranberries, banana chips, almonds, coconut, yogurt raisins, dried cherries, and cashews in it. It’s the perfect mixture for oatmeal for me.

  4. About 1 tsp of cinnamon. I’d say I probably put a little bit more than that, but I think that’s a good starting point.

  5. About ½ tbsp of hemp seeds

  6. About ½ tbsp of chia seeds

  7. For sweetener, you can add honey to your oatmeal, and you can put as much or as little of that in it as you see fit.

  • Boil some water and add everything into a bowl.

  • Add as much boiling water as you like, stir it up, and enjoy!

If you’re unlike me and can’t eat the same shit over and over again, variety is much needed. The next easiest meal you can probably make goes to a tried and true meal…

 

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 Eggs, baby!

Ingredients you'll need:

  1. 2-4 slices of bacon
  2. Some eggs
  3. A few slices of bread
  • Fire up your stove

  • Cook a little bit of bacon and keep the grease in the pan.

  • Take the bacon out, set them aside, and then fry some eggs.

  • While the eggs are cooking, grab a few pieces of bread and start toasting those bitches over the flame of the other burner.

These are my two go-to breakfast meals, because they’re cheap, filling, delicious, and fast to make. In the morning, I’m trying to get ready and eat as quickly as possible, so I can get out on the trail as soon as I can. Primarily, the oatmeal recipe is the main meal that’s eaten for breakfast, with eggs, bacon, and toast being thrown into the mix here and there.


Lunch

For lunch, there’s only one thing that my wife and I eat, and that delicious meal is…

 

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PB&J

PB&J high fives are what's up

  • Grab two slices of bread, and spread peanut butter on both slices-this helps prevent the bread from getting soggy, my guy.

  • Put your jelly on there.

  • Sprinkle some hemp and chia seeds on.

  • Lastly, put some dried fruit and nuts in there.

If you don’t like PB&J’s, I’d argue that you’re also probably a commie, pinko that likes to see baby seals bludgeoned. PB&J is great, because, again, they’re filling, they’re cheap as hell, they’re delicious, they’re easy to put in a sandwich bag and take with you on a hike, and it's easy to store and travel with peanut butter and jelly. Along with our sandwiches, we typically also bring with us:

  • Oranges or maybe an apple

  • A ziplock snack bag of a different type of trail mix 

  • A cliff bar or two

Some of these get eaten while we’re relaxing and enjoying our PB&J’s, sometimes they’re eaten while we ascend a trail, or sometimes they’re eaten as we’re making our way back to camp. Either way, these are legit snacks to bring with you for a days worth of hiking.


Dinner

Neither my wife nor I are vegetarians or vegans, so we usually will have some kind of animal protein to go along with our dinner. However, since cooler space is at a premium, as well as not waiting food to spoil or go bad, we pretty much only stick to bacon and cooked sausage-something like this. All of our meals that we cook over the Coleman stove will have bacon in it, as we don’t bring butter or any other form of cooking grease. Again, since space is at a premium, bacon is perfect since it is amazingly delicious and provides more than enough cooking grease. We usually try to have a starch, vegetables, and small amount of animal protein in our dinners. Rice, quinoa, pasta, and potatoes are all pretty easy to travel with and store, and all are cheap. Bam, you got your grain/starch there. Additionally, all of our meals will have in them onion and garlic, as the lady and I are fiends for both.

Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients you'll need:

  1. 1 cup of quinoa
  2. 2 cups of water
  3. 2-4 slices of bacon
  4. ½ an onion diced
  5. 4-6 cloves of garlic minced (sometimes more depending on how big those bad boys are).
  6. 1 sausage chopped
  7. ½ of a head of broccoli
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. 1 tsp of paprika
  10. ½ tsp of curry powder
  11. ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a pot, bring that bad boy to a rolling boiling.

    • Make sure to add some salt to that piece.

  • While the quinoa is cooking, cook your bacon on a skillet, but not to completion. You want to remove the bacon from the pan before it’s done, keeping the grease in the pan.

  • With the bacon removed,  add the diced onion to the skillet, along with a pinch of salt, pepper, paprika, curry powder, cayenne powder, and let that cook for about 10 minutes. I love caramelized onions, so the longer they cook the better.

  • While the quinoa and onions are cooking, chop up one sausage, the cooked bacon, half of a head of broccoli, and your garlic. Set all to the side.  

  • If your onions are done cooking, but your quinoa isn’t, keep those suckers on low.

  • Once the quinoa is just about done and only has a 5-10 minutes left to cook,  add the garlic to the onions and let them cook for 1-2 minutes.

  • Then add the onions, garlic, bacon, sausage, and broccoli to your quinoa.

  • When your broccoli is tender and cooked to your liking, eat that shit up.

 

Balling Ass Pesto Pasta

That's some tasty ass pasta

This iFoodreal pasta recipe is seriously delicious as hell and really is pretty easy to make. There’s just a few things we do differently, of which is adding ½ onion diced, artichoke hearts diced, bacon diced, and subtracting cheese. I love this recipe, because it’s very easy to add things to the meal, and  you can get a little creative with ingredients that you like. You could also add some sausage to this beast, if you’d like.

You can find the ingredients and steps in the link above, but here's some added steps:

  • While the water is is boiling, start by cooking a few slices of bacon (as usual, 2-4) and keep the grease in the skillet.

  • Cook until almost done, and then remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside.

  • Dice ½ of an onion, add it to a hot skillet.

  • Let the onion cook, and add a little bit of pesto.

  • Follow the rest of the steps that iFoodreal has for this meal, but make sure to add the bacon and diced artichoke hearts when you add the broccoli to the skillet-you can also add sausage to this, but that might be a little much.

 

Potatoes are one of the most amazing foodstuff on the planet

Potatoes are the best

This meal probably gets made the least for dinner, even though it’s delectable, because it’s the most time consuming. If you want to speed up the cooking time, you can also wet the potatoes, season them with salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme, poke shallow holes into the skin with a fork, wrap them in tin foil, and then stick them into your fire pit, turning them occasionally-45 minutes to an hour should do the trick-make sure to do this the morning or night before you make this meal, and then just wrap the potatoes in tin foil and put them in your cooler once they've cooled off. 

Ingredients you'll need:

  1. 2-4 slices of bacon
  2. 1 red potato per person
  3. ½ of an onion diced
  4. 4-6 cloves of garlic minced
  5. 1 sausage
  6. 1 tsp of pepper
  7. 1 tsp of paprika
  8. A pinch salt
  9. ½ tsp of curry powder
  10. ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
  11.  ¼ tsp of Dinosaur BBQ Cajun Foreplay Dry Spice
  12. ½ tsp of thyme
  13. ½ tsp of rosemary
  • As always, cook a your bacon and keep the grease in the skillet.

  • While the bacon is cooking and chop the potatoes up.

  • Cook your bacon until just about done and then remove from the skillet and set aside.

  • Toss the potatoes into the skillet.

  • Season with salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, curry powder, and some of this baller ass Dinosaur BBQ Cajun Foreplay Dry Spice

  • While the potatoes are cooking, start dicing ½ of an onion and 4-6 cloves of garlic.

  • After about 10-15 minutes of the potatoes cooking, add the onion, along with a pinch more of pepper and paprika, and stir them bitches in.

  • As this cooks, chop up a sausage.

  • Let cook for another 15-20 minutes or so, and add the garlic, bacon, sausage, thyme and rosemary, and stir it all up.

  • Let cook for probably about 3-5 more minutes.

  • Set up a chair in a meadow, overlooking the Rocky Mountains, while the sun sets, listen to elks bugle, and enjoy a baller ass meal.


Snacks

When road tripping and camping, snacks are a most. There are several snacks that I associate with camping, and thus are a must whenever we go on a trip:


Over the years, the wife and I have made a variety of different meals when we camp, but these ones tend to be the easiest, cheapest, and most delicious of the recipes we've found. One of the most balling meals I've made was probably shrimp and grits over a fire-my homeboy, Bryce, knows what's up-but I'd rather keep meal prep and cook time to a minimum. I'm sure you could probably find some other recipes out there that are a little easier and quicker to make, but these are some surefire meals to try. 

If any of you make any of these meals, let me know how they go! Additionally, if you have questions, feel free to hit me up via email @ dpdonnaru@gmail.com or in the comments. Hit the trails, stay weird, and love one another.