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The Best No-Cook Meals For Your Next Hiking Trip

Whether it’s a one night camping trip or a week-long backpacking adventure chances are high you won’t want to spend your time cooking. Sure, maybe a quick campfire stew or a melty smore is on your “agenda” but who wants to spend their time in the glorious outdoors trying to remember the “how tos” and “how longs” of cooking? Take the complexity out of camping meals by taking the heat out of these delicious meals:

Breakfast Ideas:

1. Take a sweet granola (purchased or made) and combine it with almonds, shredded coconut and your choice of yogurt. It’s almost like a breakfast dessert but more healthy!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags for your pre-measured ingredients.)

2. Peanut butter and jelly (or honey) sandwiches. Always a classic, a peanut butter sandwich of any kind provides protein, carbohydrates and the “staying power” that a good breakfast should provide. Also, as a side note, feel free to add sliced bananas to the sandwich once you are at the camping site but remember to use bananas on the first day of your camping trip as they are likely to spoil quickly.

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

3. Hard boiled eggs with sweet rolls and nuts. This food combination is a bit of a “cheat” since hard boiled eggs do require cooking but the great thing about hard boiled eggs is that they can be cooked before you head on your camping trip and kept in the cooler until the first or second day of your trip. Also, eggs always go well with savory salsas and spices but they also pair well with sweet food items such as honeys and syrups. So why not combine eggs with sweet rolls and nuts?

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

4. Fresh Fruit (or Dried) and Nuts
Speaking of nuts, these energy-packed “food pods” can be combined with many additional snacks and pair especially well with fruit (both fresh and dried). Enjoy fresh fruit mixed with a variety of nuts toward the beginning of your camping trip and the dried nuts later on in the week. Since the brain craves healthy sugars and fats, fruit and nuts will always be a winning mental and physical combination!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

5. Rich Pumpkin Breads
Purchase or make pumpkin breads with whole pumpkin seeds added to the loaf and you’ll see what a hearty meal pumpkins can provide! Cover the pumpkin bread with almond butter or another “bread spread” that you find yummy and delicious. This is one breakfast you won’t forget any time soon!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

Lunch Ideas:

1. Mobile Tacos. Open a single-sized serving of Fritos, Doritos or your preferred corn chips, eat a few, and then start throwing taco toppings right in the bag! All of the toppings from tomatoes, to cheese, and from lettuce to ketchup can be pre-sliced, pre-grated, pre-bagged and stored in a cooler until the time is right! And again, it’s a bit of a cheat because of the ground beef but remember to pre-cook the beef and then simply store it in the cooler until it’s time to eat. (Note: Mobile tacos can be eaten with a fork, a spork or your bare hands if you’re feeling adventurous!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

2. Tuna Salad. Tuna salads are easy to make and pair well with bread and crackers. They provide a high level of protein and are just the ticket for a great camping meal.

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

3. Sandwiches. Need we say more? There are a huge variety of sandwiches beckoning and calling for you to make them for your next camping trip. Choose one or two sandwiches that really get your taste buds excited and prep the food items before leaving. You’ll be glad that you did!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

4. A pre-made cheese and cracker tray. You can find these grown-up versions of “Lunchables” at Whole Foods or other “specialty food” stores. These little trays can be nice camping meals and great lunches as they can be eaten on the go or at your leisure. The cheeses provide rich flavors and the crackers provide that textural crunch we all crave.

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

Dinner Ideas:

1. Wraps and Burritos. There are myriad ways you can create a wrap or a burrito. Simply choose the fillings that “float your culinary boat” and make sure you prepare the items before leaving on your camping trip. Wraps and burritos always make for “easy eating” as they don’t require utensils!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

2. Tuna-Salad Pasta. If you still have a craving for tuna even after your tuna salad during lunch then take some pre-made pasta and mix it with tuna, pickles, and your favorite mayonnaise or salad dressing. Enjoy!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

3. The Turkey Tango. You will be dancing the tango after you sink your teeth (literally) into a cold roasted turkey sandwich or pita. Cold cuts are generally well flavored meats and can be very satisfying and you won’t be disappointed in roasted turkey cuts. Add any toppings you prefer as well. Pickles, tomatoes, Dijon mustards, etc. All great choices!

(Tools needed: A cooler and Tupperware containers or ziploc bags.)

Michael Carter
 

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