A family camping menu should be:
1. Easy and quick to prepare.
2. Requires only a few ingredients and
3. Those ingredients are easy to store at camp (not prone to spilling, spoiling, space-hogging).
Here is our family’s 4-Day Camping menu plan. We have tweaked it over the years and I’m sure you will tweak it some more for your family’s style and needs.
4-Day Camping Food Menu Plan
1st Night: Lloyds BBQ Ribs, corn, coleslaw and potato salad
Wrap ribs in heavy-duty foil, heat, open a can of corn and serve with ready-made coleslaw and potato salad. First night is celebration night. You’ve put up the tent, you’ve build a campfire, you’ve unpacked your gear. So kick back and relax. By the way, Costco is my favorite place to get a big tub of potato salad and coleslaw.
Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes, sausage and eggs
Lunch: Chili dog and leftover coleslaw/potato salad
Dinner: Grilled marinated steak tips, baked potatoes & camping onions. If no grill: Easy Pork Chops and bread rolls
Breakfast: Cereal and fruit, corny cakes
Lunch: Tortellini and tomato sauce
Dinner: Meat loaf sandwich & Italian Wedding Soup (canned)
Dessert: Mini Camping Pies
Breakfast: French Toast, sausage and eggs
Lunch: Chowder in bread bowl or grill burgers and hot dogs
Dinner: Ham, beans and baked sweet potatoes
Dessert: Peach Mallows
Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage and eggs
Lunch: Foil-wrapped Surprise (Whatever’s left in camp kitchen)
Do we stick religiously to this menu plan? Of course not. But being prepared gives me the freedom to be more creative and flexible.
The recipes are pretty easy to guess.
The menu does require a camping stove.
Photo. Leo Fontes