More and more of us are spending time enjoying mother nature. And whether you’re sleeping under the stars in a hammock, snuggled into a tent, glamping in a blinged out RV, or somewhere in between, you’ve gotta eat!
Traditional on-the-go foods are made to be convenient and shelf stable. Two words that tend to be synonymous with high carb, but they don’t have to be.
Many of you have asked for tips. Yours truly (Kristie) thinks an RV with AC is roughing it, so I turned to a pro for help with ideas. Jen Anderson-Wenger is a camper extraordinaire and a low-carb rock star. She’s put together some great options for your next romp in the great outdoors. Here are her best tips!
As a life-long camper with over 45 years of experience, I’ve camped in everything from the back of a pickup under the stars to a Class A and everything in-between. More than half of each year my 3 cats and I stay in my nearly 40ft travel trailer. I also take minimalist tent-camping trips with my husband on our motorcycle, so we have ample experience eating in various camping scenarios.
What you eat camping depends on what you like, how much you want to prep ahead, how much you want to cook on site, and the gear you have. Grilling meats and veggies is a definite go-to option.
If you are in an RV with a full kitchen, it’s very similar to eating at home. You can basically make anything, even if it’s on a smaller scale.
If you primarily cook outside on the fire or a grill, what you can make depends on what type of cooking tools you have. An adjustable height grill over an open fire, or a traditional charcoal or propane grill allows you to change the cooking temperature. Having a Dutch oven or good pans come in very handy as most frittatas, skillet dishes, casseroles, soups, stews, anything roasted can be made easily.
Wrapping veggies in foil and putting them in/over the fire is a fantastic option. Bacon-wrapped asparagus, Brussels sprouts, spaghetti squash (comes out great in foil in the fire), and small baked turnips (a 2.5oz turnip has just under 5 carbs) are my favorites.
Mountain pie makers, also called hobo pie makers, are fantastic options. I’m looking forward to trying Anything Dough (pg. 52, Growing Up Keto) as my base for them. The Wrapped Piggies (pg. 176, Growing Up Keto) would go great in a dog and brat cooker! Don’t forget about the No Cook Pizza Sauce (pg. 124, Growing Up Keto) for those campfire pizzas!
Pretty much any sauce or seasoning is great! Look for options like the BBQ Sauces, Ketchup, and Ranch in Kristie’s books. They’re easy to pack to add flavor and variety. Don’t forget to look at the drinks, too! Hot Chocolate is always great around the fire! In warmer months there’s iced tea or lemonade recipes to choose from.
Cold salads travel well or you can toss them together at camp. Some ideas would be Homecoming Broccoli Salad, any chicken/egg/seafood salad, Cold Tossed Pizza Bowl, and the Simple Wedge Salad from Crazy Busy Keto.
Dry snacks are great to prep at home and bring for quick & easy choices. Cheese or pepperoni crisps, Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Not Chex Mix, Chili-Lime Trail Mix, and Grace’s Granola are wonderful options. (Most of these recipes are in Crazy Busy Keto or Growing Up Keto.)
Make some breakfast foods to pack for quick mornings. I like the various waffles, bagels, 90-second Bread, precooked bacon/sausage, and hard boiled/deviled eggs. At camp I enjoy making many types of eggs (scrambled, Creamy Skillet, poached, fried) with meats. A Dutch Baby is easy to do in the RV or over a fire.
If you have any of Kristie’s cookbooks you already have tons of options for all sorts of camping.
We hope that these tips can help you plan Keto meals for camping. Enjoying Keto meals at your campsite? Please share your photos and tag me on social media. I’m @cookingketowithKristie on Instagram and you can tag me on my Facebook page, Simply Keto.
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