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Cook a Meal Worth Eating Under the Stars with These Actually-Good Camping Recipes

With minimal equipment, double-duty groceries, and clever hacks, this campsite-ready menu will elevate your outdoor experience

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We love getting outside, but we don’t love settling for weird (and not always veg-friendly) packaged camping food or relying on sugary gas station snacks. To create some actually-good camping recipes that pack light and cook quickly, we turned to Holly Priestley. Holly knows a bit about eating well with minimal kitchen facilities: She’s been traveling the U.S. living the Van Life since 2018. Learn more about Holly and her journey here.  

I love camping – I basically live a lifestyle of non-stop camping – but I hate most common camping food. Typical camping meals often include trail mix, dehydrated concoctions that are far more more carb than vegetable, or PB&Js. Each of these would be totally fine for a single day or some easy snacks, but not exactly nutritious or very satisfying for a longer or more health-conscious trip. 

Let’s level up your camping experience (or even just a busy night at home in your normal kitchen) to include flavorful foods that have more in them than just salt and carbs. I’m sharing a few of my go-to camping recipes that show how a few ingredients can be made into a variety of different entrees over the course of an outdoor weekend with slightly different ratios and seasonings. They’re inexpensive, they’re easy, and they don’t require refrigeration.

camping recipes
(Photo: Chris Denu)

Setting Up Your Camp Kitchen

These recipes are all designed to be made with a pretty simple set-up. Along with your camping stove, plan to pack:
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
Cast iron skillet
Medium saucepan
Can opener

vegan chickpea stir-fry
(Photo: Chris Denu)

Holly’s Vegetarian and Vegan Camping Recipes

Roasted Tomato & Pepper Pasta with Lemon Butter Sauce

Vegan Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

Vegan Chickpea Stir-Fry


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