the best campfire foods

August 16, 2010

Chances are you’ve been camping already this summer. Am I right? We’re well into camping season, that’s for sure but this was my first camping trip in a loooong while. T’was a weekend to remember.

swimming in the falls! we didn’t see another soul for hours on end

Dan and I drove the five hours north to camp and hike on the north shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota, at Cascade River State Park. We hiked, we swam, we saw very few humans and a good deal of chipmunks, and we lay by the ocean. I mean, lake.

If you ever get the chance…just go. Pack your backpack, grab a sleeping bag and go. It’s a beauty.

As we got our maps in order and our tents and sleeping bags together, I thought more and more about food. Obviously.

What on earth would we eat?

We would be hiking and camping. Not in-the-middle-of-nowhere camping (our car was within spitting distance) but we wouldn’t have refrigeration. Or a great deal of cooking equipment. Okay, no cooking equipment. Unless you count our knife.

It got me thinking about the best affordable, easy and non-messy foods for camping.

Here are my best campfire foods, especially for those with little to no equipment on hand.


> cold cereal and soy milk, with a banana chopped in – no refrigeration necessary!
> a stash of homemade granola would go down a treat.
> pre-baked breakfast spice muffins.
> baked beans and scrambled egg sandwiches, cooked over a camp stove.
> pre-baked banana bread.

we went with the cold cereal, soy milk and banana option

On the hiking trail

> never underestimate the power of the banana.
> granola bars are an energy-fueling must.
> trail mix!
> pb and j‘s are the ultimate lunch choice.
> canned beanie weanies are a great option if they have that nifty lid that requires no can opener.
> pita bread tends to travel well, needing little refrigeration and it’s great for dipping.

We went with all of the above

Eaten with a side of this:

And we have one happy camper.

Round the campfire in the evening is where you really get to go bananas. Seriously, get out of control people. If you have a car nearby and you’re not short on space, I say get ridiculous. Pack a chopping board. Pack pans and pots. And how about a selection of spices? Yeah. You get the picture.

I also recommend beer and chips. Always.


> corn on the cob.
> hot dogs.
> whole baked potatoes.
> corn tortillas with beans and guacamole.
> tin foil dinners.
> quesadillas.
> mac and cheese.
> three bean salad.
> s’mores. Always.

What are your favourite camping foods?

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Holly August 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

i want to go camping with you. seriously. that food looks better than a lot of the stuff i eat at home.

and YAY for camping on the North Shore! this makes me literally want to get in the car, drive out of work and go right now. Minnesota – while our winters are quite brutal – is also quite gorgeous. glad you had such a lovely time – i'm going to e-mail you back this morning!



lizzyj1305 August 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

hey girlie!!
ohhh my yum! your camping foods look delicious! I always have to bring a combo of salty and sweet things because I am so indecisive! you can never go wrong with tortilla chips and beer! :)
foil packs of veggies are the best!!
I hope your week is off to a great start!


Erica August 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

How beautiful and romantic. Such a fun trip. I'm jealous- I want to go camping and hiking. Hopefully once Josh's ankle is better. The eats all look great. I love trail mix while hiking.


Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Oh mannnnn… I think camping is one of the things I miss the most now that I live in the desert. And grass. And trees.


emily (a nutritionist eats) August 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

As much as I should be, given my upbringing, I'm not really a camper… :(
But your camping food looks awesome! My dad always made us "Power Pancakes" when we would camp!


Christina August 17, 2010 at 7:20 am

that looks like such a fun weekend!! i love the new domain/header- cute and simple :)


Katie August 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

What a fun trip! Your photos are fantastic… how gorgeous is Lake Superior?!

I love all of your camping suggestions. Alas, I haven’t been in years, but trail mix, grilled cheese + fake meat sandwiches and s’mores are always a hit!


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