Meal Planning - Packing Tips for a Road Trip
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAULINE BOLDT
Summer is such a glorious time of year, however it always seems to fly by so quickly! I never want to miss a moment of basking in the sunshine, especially if it’s due to a lack of organization. I’m sure you can relate; we all have fallen victim to the last minute grocery shop and pack job, where inevitably some crucial ingredients get left behind, thus throwing a wrench into your weekend camping meal plans. So frustrating, right? I hear you loud and clear! So I have taken some time to give you a few quick and easy meal planning tips to ensure that you maximize your outdoor relaxing & snacking time:
Road Trips 101:
For road trips I always say to pack a cooler with ice packs, even if it’s not quite full, because you never know when you may pass a farmer’s market along the way! Re-useable bags and produce bags are always an asset to have on hand too, especially in situations such as this. I like to pack nuts (in a jar filled from Bulk Barn, of course), Lara Bars and Smart Sweets for snacks on the go. I always pack my re-useable water bottle and Keep Cup for coffee too. I try to aim to pack as many reusable items as possible, to eliminate waste and clutter.
I don’t know about you, but I love throwing a steak on the campfire. The trick is to marinate it ahead of time, so that once you arrive you’re ready to go! My favourite marinade for all types of meats is our Coffee Balsamic Marinade and Garlic Mustard Marinade. Marinating the meats ahead of time also makes them extra flavourful and tender! I also recommend packing pre-cooked potatoes so that all you need to do is re-heat them (or fry them up to make them extra crispy!) This is a versatile option that would work great for both breakfast or dinner time. If you really want to wow your crowd you could pack Lemony Greek Potatoes, that have been pre-cooked and marinated in the Lemony Greek sauce, so they are all ready to be tossed in the pan and fried.
My camping guilty pleasure has always been Kraft Dinner, but as of lately my new obsession lies elsewhere. Ever since I tried Annie’s version of Mac and Cheese, which is organic, less processed, and very delicious, there is no turning back. This is my new campfire go-to! I highly recommend this quick and easy dish!
Now that we’ve gotten guilty pleasures out of the way, we should definitely talk veggies. I find that cooked veggies are a bit of a challenge to do over an open flame, so I generally opt for raw veggies and salad greens that have been pre-washed and ready to go. A simple and healthy snack! That being said, do any of you have any tips for cooking veggies over the fire? I’m always open to trying new ideas! If you have any, I would love to hear them!
Campfire Friendly Meals:
A tried and true campfire snack is none other then.. popcorn! Cooking popcorn over the campfire is such a lovely experience and so simple to make. All you need is a Campfire Popcorn Popper, kernels and an open flame. Once all the kernels have popped simply add sea salt and melted butter and you are good to go. Yum, my mouth is watering just thinking about that!
When it comes to breakfast meals, pre-mixed pancake batter will be your new best friend because all you need to do is add the wet ingredients. How easy is that? You can find my favourite homemade pancake batter recipe here. (Or rather than pancakes, I should say “Angel Cakes”, because that is a more accurate description of how delicious they are.)
Cooler Friendly Meals:
Tip: Bring a Smak Dab jar pre-made with a ready-to-use salad dressing! Pack pre-washed and sliced veggies and lettuce. The veggies can be eaten on their own as a snack, or you can also add them to the salads for an extra healthy crunch! Steer clear of soft cheeses that are much more temperature sensitive, and instead opt for hard cheeses such as parmesan, manchego or asiago paired with dried salami for a quick snack.
If you want to go the extra mile and elevate this appetizer experience even further, bring along a little cutting board and throw your cheeses, meats, fruits and crackers on it. Add a dab of mustard and you have yourself a mini “glamping” charcuterie board!
Obviously there are a ton more recipe suggestions I could share with you, but let’s just leave it at this: keep it simple because sometimes less is more!
Happy Camping, friends!