We all know that driving all day to get to the perfect campsite can be exhausting. The last thing you want to do once you’ve set up camp is slave away making a three-course meal. So we’ve put together this handy list that will take the hard work out of your holiday meals!
- 2-minute noodles
If it’s good enough for the kids’ school lunches, it’s good enough for camping. Whack a few packets in your bag before you go, and you’ve got yourself a fast and easy meal for your first night of adventure.
The best part is, they work well as a meal even if you’re going totally off grid – a campfire works just the same as a stove, so if you’ve got a pot to boil water in, you’re all set for some delicious noodles!
- Corn on the cob
Roll some fresh corn in some aluminium foil, with some butter, salt and pepper, pop it in the coals of your campfire, and there you have it – lovely, juicy, and almost healthy, it’s the perfect messy meal to start a weekend away.
Pancakes are one of the easiest camping meals on the market. Grab a shaker bottle on that last-minute trip to Woolies, make sure you’ve got a baking tray and some maple syrup in your bags, and that’s breakfast on day one (or an easy dessert!) sorted.
Most salads come pre-packaged these days, so they’re super easy when you’re looking for a stress-free way to feed the kids on a holiday. Even if you prefer making them yourself, there’s still pretty simple – just chop everything up, chuck it in a bowl, and voila! Toss some dressing over it when you’re ready to eat, and there you have it – the perfect side, or a meal all on its own.
- Baked potato
We all know that marshmallows are a must-have for a camping trip, but what about potato?
To prep the perfect campfire potato, all you have to do is poke it all over with a fork, cover it with a little bit of butter (or a lot!) and wrap it in aluminium foil. Bury it in the hot coals of your campfire, tell a few stories, and in 45 minutes you’ll have the world’s best baked potato.
As an added bonus, once it’s cooked, cut it in half and throw some cheese, bacon and chives over the top for the perfect campfire jacket potatoes!
- Tinned beans
Beans, beans, the wonderful fruit – they’re easy to make, and yummy to boot!
Tinned food is a must-have on any camping trip, because you know it’s going to taste good, and it’s easy to cook.
Just toss the can right in the coals, stir it every now and then, and before long, you’ll have a nice, warm meal to stave off that cool night air.
- Sausages and onion
A classic Aussie meal that we couldn’t live without – snags and bread, with that perfectly cooked onion on top. There isn’t much to it, and that’s what makes it perfect. You can cook them on a stove, on the barbeque, or even on a campfire, they don’t take long, and they’re a crowd favourite. Just don’t forget the sauce!
- Scrambled eggs and bacon
A friend of mine gave me a great camping tip once – crack some eggs into a water bottle, and you’re halfway to scrambled eggs before you’ve left the house.
Eggs can be a hassle to transport, especially long distances, and this trick has saved me a lot of trouble over the years. Throw in some butter, some salt and pepper, maybe some greens if you’re feeling guilty about those pancakes, shake it up, and there you have it – perfect scrambled eggs, every time. Add a bit of bacon, and you’re good to go!
- One pot spaghetti bolognese
Spag bol is an iconic Australian meal, and this simple one pot recipe makes it the perfect meal for outdoor adventure. Cook some mince, onion and garlic, add all your sauces and seasonings, throw in the noodles, and before long you’ll have the comforts of home in the great outdoors.
Handy tip: if you break your noodles in half before you add them to the pot, they’ll be easier to eat in a camping chair, and a lot less hassle for those young adventurers.
It wouldn’t be a complete list of perfect camping meals without damper. All you need is flour, salt, butter and water, and you’ve got the easiest meal you’ll ever make. Just don’t forget the golden syrup!
Whether it’s a short holiday or a lengthy getaway, these ten easy meals are the perfect way to end the day.
For more camping meal ideas, stop by Kingbrown’s Camp Oven Kitchen for some authentic camp oven cooking demonstrations, 9:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm daily.