5 Easy Hot Meal Ideas for Your Next Adventure

When most people think of camping, they imagine cold, tired and hungry people eating chocolate bars and baked beans out of a can. While some people do choose this for a myriad of reasons including weight and ease, camping can be a fantastic, comfortable experience, complete with warm, tasty food at every meal…but especially at the end of the day. It is amazing how much of a morale booster a hot meal in front of the campfire can be.

If you’re stumped for camp-friendly hot meal ideas, here are 5 great options for your next adventure from Sarah Wilson of The Adventure Lab.

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PIZZA

This meal is an all-time favourite and can be created in a number of ways. If you’re a keen cook, you can make the dough yourself (using yeast if you’ve got the time or baking powder if you want a quick dough). If you don’t want to make your own dough, you can fry some fajita-sized tortillas.

Ready-made pizza sauce is something that can be safely brought into the backcountry or you can make your own from tomato paste, water, sugar, and some sautéed veggies.

When it comes to cooking the dough on your fry pan, I recommend the flip-to-win approach. Fry a thin layer of dough, flipping it to cook both sides equally, and then add the sauce and toppings to the cooked side. Then add cheese and cover with a lid until fully melted.

BURRITOS

Burritos are another time-honoured favourite as you can pack them full of protein and carbs to fill you up and fuel you for the next day.

I recommend cooking up a healthy serving of rice in your camp stove, beans (which can be bought as dehydrated refried or black beans), sautéed veggies and chicken (which can be bought in cans and isn’t as weird as you think!). Then, add to a tortilla with hot sauce and cheese. When you run out of tortillas, you can always pile the ingredients to make a burrito bowl.

CHEESY-FRIED BAGELS

Okay, this might sound a bit odd, but there’s really nothing better than a bagel fried in butter or oil with a sizeable serving of cheese melted on top when your tired and hungry at the end of a long day or even for a quick warm breakfast (by the way, notice a common theme here? It’s all in the cheese!)

Super simple - just toast both sides of a bagel in a pan and then add cheese. Once you add the cheese, pour just a tiny bit of water into the pan and cover immediately. This will add some humidity to the pan and melt the cheese straight onto the bagel. Pair with hot sauce or even a bit of curry powder and it also goes great with sliced salami.

PS. You’ll need lots of butter or oil.

HUMMUS AND FALAFEL

Chickpea fever! This is a quick, lightweight meal option that gives you bang for buck in terms of calories. All you need is some falafel mix and hummus powder; both can typically be found at your local supermarket but can also be ordered online.

Once you’re ready to make your meal, add plenty of water to the falafel mix (more than you think) until it’s closer to the consistency of pancake mix than to biscuit dough. Fry it up with plenty of oil.

The hummus is equally as easy. Once again, just add water but add it in small quantities so you don’t end up with watery goop.

Top your falafel with plenty of hummus and voilà! A warm vegetarian protein-filled meal.

This also goes great with some well-seasoned rice and beans for those of us who are extra hungry.

MAC AND CHEESE

Another classic. This dish gives you all the cheesy goodness (YES, cheese again!) you could want on a backpacking trip. Keep it simple by buying the boxed mac and cheese or by getting your hands onto some cheese powder.

Or, you could get fancy and whip yourself up a roux by mixing melted butter, flour, milk powder and water in a pan. Stirring well, add some cheese, and flavour with salt, pepper, garlic, and pepper flakes for a delicious sauce. Fried veggies go well here, too, as do bacon bits.

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