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Camping: All You Need for Delicious Meals

Camping is about eating delicious meals that are simple to make. Pick ingredients that are versatile and easy to pack so you don’t have to spend time planning your menu. Here are 5 essential ingredients that are perfect for a long hike or supper around a campfire.

Pita bread

Curried Turkey Pita

This versatile food can be served any time of day—which makes it perfect for camping. Plus, because it’s sturdier and more compact than regular bread, you can just throw it in the bottom of a bag and use it as a staple in a variety of meals:

  • Breakfast: with scrambled eggs or topped with peanut butter
  • Lunch: rolled up for a sandwich on the go
  • Supper: a mini pizza with tomato sauce and grated cheese
  • Snacks: with dip or hummus


Brush with olive oil, season to taste, and cut into triangles. Then place on aluminum foil right on the grill for crunchy chips that will satisfy your cravings any time of day!


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Delicious, nutritious, and high in protein, nuts are a staple for camping trips. They’re also easy to carry and can be eaten anywhere, anytime:

  • Breakfast: in oatmeal or cereal
  • Lunch: in salad
  • Snacks: instead of chips
  • Dessert: with honey


Create your own high-energy sweet-and-salty nut mix for hiking trips. Just add dried fruit, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, mini marshmallows, popcorn, and dark chocolate chips.

Spaghetti sauce

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Whether homemade or store-bought, spaghetti sauce is a camping must—and makes for a quick and simple meal that’s packed with nutrition. You can use it in so many ways:

  • On pasta
  • In sloppy joes or Michigan hotdogs
  • As pizza sauce


Before leaving home, freeze your sauce in a plastic container and use it as an ice pack to keep food cold in the cooler. When finished, use the container as a bowl or for extra storage.


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Instead of bringing refined sugars along on your camping trip, why not try natural sugars filled with antioxidants? They’re so much more practical and versatile to use. They’re also easy to pack and go well with any meal:

  • Breakfast: on toast and in coffee
  • Lunch: in salad dressing
  • Supper: in marinades for chicken
  • Dessert: with fruit, yogurt, and nuts


Make marinades the easy way by using a resealable bag. Just add honey, garlic, oil, and a few spices to infuse great flavours into your food in no time!


Gazpacho Salad

This citrus fruit is bursting with vitamin C and perfectly suited for camping. Not only is it easy to pack, it won’t get squished at the bottom of your cooler and will keep for weeks. Plus it makes really tasty gourmet treats:

  • In refreshing lemonade
  • Sliced in rounds and placed on salmon steaks cooked on maple planks
  • Juiced and added to marinades and dressings


On hot days or whenever you don’t feel like cooking over a fire, use lemon juice to make a ceviche or tartar. A great way to end a day of fishing!


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