Quick and Easy Lunches when camping

Quick and Easy Lunches when camping

Quick and Easy Lunches when camping

Need some great ideas for lunch? If you’re planning on cooking over a campfire for your lunch (many people opt for cold lunches and cook breakfast and dinner), here are some nice, fast options.

Marinated Chicken Skewers

The marinade really adds a lot of flavour to these skewers. Freeze the chicken in the marinade at home and it will taste wonderful when it thaws for cooking.

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 green peppers, cut into chunks
  • 3 red peppers, cut into chunks
  • ½ lb. button mushrooms
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 12 skewers, soaked in water for an hour

In a Ziploc bag, mix the garlic, dressing and chicken. Freeze or leave to marinate overnight. To prepare, thread chicken and veggies alternating on the skewers. Salt to taste and drizzle with a little olive oil. Grill the skewers over hot coals for a couple of minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Nachos in a Pan

Think you can only have nachos if you have a microwave or an oven? Think again!

  • Serves 4
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can jalapeño slices
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • Aluminum foil

Make the beef at home, adding the taco seasoning. Freeze in a Ziploc bag so it will keep for a while in the cooler. To prepare the nachos, chop the tomato up. Lay out a large square of tinfoil and place a couple handfuls of chips in the middle. Top with chillies, beans and cheese and add tomato. Wrap each packet up tightly and set over the fire. Turn once or twice. In about 10 minutes, the cheese should be melted and ready to eat.

Toasted Pita with Tuna Salad

Like sandwiches? This one is easier to eat and rapid to prepare.

  • Serves 2
  • 2 pita breads, cut in half
  • 1 tin tuna
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 can mixed vegetables

Mix the vegetables and tuna with the mustard and mayonnaise until well blended. Fill the pita pockets with the mixture and toast over the fire on each side until the pita is crisp.

Sandwich on a Stick

Toast your own sub sandwich on a stick with this simple recipe.

  • Makes 1
  • 1 sub roll
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 slices salami
  • 2 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 dill pickle slice

Cut the bread in half lengthwise and drizzle with oil. Add the meat and cheese and top with the other half of the bread. Cut the bread into two inch wide sandwiches and thread onto a stick. Roast over the open fire until the bread is toasted and the cheese melts. Serve with the pickle.

Loaded Potatoes

Baking potatoes in a bed of coals couldn’t be easier! Top with your favourite ingredients for a simple lunch that practically makes itself!

  • Serves 4
  • 4 large potatoes
  • Salt
  • Bacon bits
  • Butter or sour cream
  • Aluminum Foil

Poke holes in each potato with a knife or fork and wrap tightly in tinfoil, skin and all. Put the potatoes in the coals and heap more over top of them. Now go have fun for 30-45 minutes or until tender. Cut a wedge out of the top of each potato and allow everyone to top their meal with their favourite toppings. You might try sour cream, ham, cheese, veggies, etc.

Quick and Easy Burritos

Need a fast, portable lunch? These burritos are ready in minutes!

Serves 2

2 large tortillas

1 small tin of refried beans

1 cup cooked rice

1 cup grated cheese

Spread each tortilla with refried beans. Add the rice, spreading it out a bit and mix the cheese into the rice. Roll the tortilla up and lay it in a hot pan with the folded side down. Cook for three or four minutes per side or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot.


Another simple dish to make that is very filling.

Serves 2

Four large tortillas

2 can black beans

1 tomato, chopped

1 onion, minced

1 cup chicken or ham, chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

1 cup cheese, grated

Lay a tortilla in the hot pan and sprinkle with a little cheese. Add the beans, tomato, onion and meat and top with more cheese and another tortilla. Press lightly until the top tortilla begins to stick to the bottom one. Carefully flip the quesadilla over and cook until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melted. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Grilled Curry Sandwiches

Curry adds a whole new level of flavour to the traditional grilled cheese.

  • Serves 2
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 4 slices cheese, any kind
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Butter

Heat a skillet over medium hot coals. Butter two pieces of bread and place them in the pan, buttered side down. Lay two pieces of cheese on each piece of bread and sprinkle the curry powder over each. Butter the remaining pieces of bread and lay them, buttered side up, on the cheese. When the cheese starts to melt, flip the sandwiches over and cook until the bread is crisp and golden.

Egg Drop Soup

When you just want something quick and light, this soup hits the spot. It also gives you a boost of protein.

  • Serves 1
  • 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 green onion, minced

Bring the broth and soy sauce to a boil and remove from the heat. Use a fork to stir the broth while very slowly pouring the egg into the soup. It will cook instantly upon touching the hot broth and will form long threads. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.

Taco Chile Fries

Fries cooked over an open fire, with a loaded topping, make for a delicious meal.

  • Serves 4
  • 1 bag frozen French fries
  • 1 small tin green chillies, chopped
  • ½ lb. ground beef, cooked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • Aluminum foil

Lay out two large pieces of aluminum foil, one on top of the other. Top with fries, ground beef, chillies and cheese. Wrap tightly and cook on a grill over the coals until the fries are cooked through. Top with tomatoes before serving.

Quick and Easy Fish Tacos

What could be better than fish tacos for breakfast? This is a great way to use your early morning catch.

  • Serves 6
  • 2 fish fillets (any firm white fish)
  • ¼ teaspoon each of salt, garlic powder, paprika, dill
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 6 tortillas

Mix the cabbage, mayonnaise and lime juice with salt to taste. Set aside. Dry your fish. In a small bowl or bag, mix the salt, dill, paprika and garlic powder. Rub the mixture over the fillets until covered. Cook the fish on a grill over hot coals for three minutes per side or until cooked through. Lightly toast the tortillas before assembling the tacos with strips of fish topped with cabbage.

Chinese Rice Noodles

Need a fast, filling lunch? This will do just fine. Add slices of fish or chicken that has been pre-cooked for a nutritional punch.

  • Serves 2
  • 1 package rice noodles or vermicelli
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Green onions, minced

Drop the rice noodles into boiling water and set aside. In a bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Drain the rice noodles and toss with the sauce for a fast meal.

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