Not your typical camp food: 3 Delicious camping recipes

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Old School Campers

Tis’ the season for camping! With the weather at it’s prime, there is nothing like sleeping under the stars, hiking, biking, canoeing and ultimately, enjoying the natural world around us. Personally, some of my best times have been camping with my closest friends on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont. About three years ago, the six of us decided to spend a whole week alone. The idea seemed pretty magical…until we realized we had nothing to eat something besides trail mix and s’mores (although I highly recommend bringing a surplus of those food items). Luckily, we had access to many outdoor vegetable stands alone the rolling Green Mountains so we had access to plenty of local produce. I’m also thankful I have two other foodie friends who helped me whip up some pretty amazing meals.  We also brought coolers with us that we refilled with fresh ice in order to keep our meat, cheese and condiments fresh. Here are a few examples of some easy recipes that bring the comforts of home right to your tent door.

3 Tested and true camping recipescaprese

1. Caprese Salad

For this, all you need to do is slice tomatoes into thin, circular disks, layer with mozzarella cheese and basil, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. There is no easier salad on the face of the planet. Plus, basil is a natural bug repellent.

 

2. Camp Kabobskabobs

It would not be fair to my Greek heritage to not post this easy version of Souvlaki. Basically, you can create a marinade of your choice, but I usually just use lemon, garlic, oregano, basil and olive oil. Here are the bare essentials of the recipe. Feel free to mold it to you and your family and friend’s preferences.

Ingredients 

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 lb. sirlion tips (can use beef stew cut meat)
2 bell peppers
2 large onions
1 lemon

Instructions

Simply cut chicken and beef up into pieces, slice up onion and bell peppers, place on kabob sticks and squeeze lemon over kabobs right before grilling. Doesn’t get much easier than that. campfire banana splits

3. Campfire Banana Splits

These are a great (and healthy) dessert idea! All you need is 6 large bananas unpeeled with the stems removed, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1 package of mini marshmallows.

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill for high heat
  • Spray 4 sheets of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap bananas, with cooking spray.
  • Slice the peel of the banana from stem to bottom, while slicing the banana inside lengthwise. The bananas can be cut into slices instead if you like, (while still in the peel) for easier handling later.
  • Carefully open the banana just wide enough to place the chocolate chips and marshmallows inside the peel with the banana. Stuff with as much of the chocolate chips and marshmallows as desired.
  • Wrap the bananas with the aluminum foil and place on the grill or directly in the coals of a fire. Leave in long enough to melt the chips and the marshmallows, about 5 minutes. Unwrap bananas, open the peels wide, and eat with a spoon. Yum!

old timers camping image via shutterstock 

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Green Diva Gina
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Green Diva Gina (aka Gina Gioldassis) is fondly referred to as the “Happy” Booker & Foodie-Phile Editor. She was producing and hosting the Eco-Radio show at Drew University when we met her, and we were thrilled that she chose to come work with us after she graduated. Having been brought up in New Hampshire in a Greek family, she is a natural food explorer and enthusiastic green diva. Previously, she worked as a production intern for both WNYC's Soundcheck and New Hampshire Public Radio's All Thing's Considered. While not in the studio, she spends her time traveling, eating, doing yoga and working full-time as a finance writer. At the moment, aspires to one day master her grandmother's homemade doughnut recipe.

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