18 Camping Meals To Try This Summer

These camping meals are healthy, easy to make, require minimal preparation, and can be or are gluten free and dairy free. Perfect for enjoying in the great outdoors! There’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas to enjoy. 

(photo via Eat Well 101)

Camping season has officially begun and I couldn’t be more excited! We just booked a week long camping trip to the mountains and even though it’s a couple months away, I’m already dreaming of camping meals around the fire. There’s just something about eating in the great outdoors that makes everything taste better. Agreed??

Whether you are an avid camper, a “glamper”, or camp on the odd occasion, this list of meals will show you just how easy it is to enjoy food that tastes delicious and is still healthy while camping. 

What are some good camping meals?

 

Everyone has their favourites when it comes to camping meals, and there are the popular go-to’s like hot dogs and smokies, but truly, the sky’s the limit. There are so many amazing meals you can make that you might have never though of before. Below I’ve listed 18 incredible recipes from the blogosphere split into each meal category: breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

While you can still enjoy the less healthy camping faves (think hot dogs and s’mores) these more health-conscious options are great to have in between to balance out the traditional choices! 

 

Breakfasts: 

Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats from NITK

Healthy and still indulgent tasting, these easy make-ahead breakfast meal is perfect for camping as you can eat it cold or heat it up over the fire in a pot. You can make a batch of the overnight oats and put it in Tupperware then keep refrigerated for up to 5 days while camping!

 

 

 

Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos from Hello Glow 

These delicious and healthy freezer friendly burritos are great for camping as they can be made ahead of time and then you simply heat them over a fire or in a skillet before enjoying. For dairy and gluten free, omit the cheese or use a non-dairy cheese, and use a gluten-free wrap instead of whole grain. 

 

 

 

Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes from NITK

These tasty and fibre-packed pancakes are so easy to make ahead of time or whip up at the campsite. You only need one bowl and a skillet. Simple and easy!

 

 

 

Loaded Veggie Breakfast Skillet from The Last Food Blog

Cooking over a fire is one of my favourite things about camping and this skillet breakfast is perfect for just that. Loaded with veggies, potatoes and perfectly cooked eggs, this recipe you’ll make again and again. 

 

 

 

 

Easy Sugar-Free Granola Recipe from NITK

Make a batch of this simple and healthy granola ahead of time and pack it in a ziplock bag to bring camping. Just sprinkle the granola over yogurt or enjoy with milk before heading out for the day to explore. 

 

 

 

Dairy Free Breakfast Casserole from NITK

You can make this delicious casserole ahead of time and bring it in Tupperware containers. Wrap each piece in tinfoil and place it on a grate over the fire to warm up then enjoy right out of the foil packet! 

 

 

Lunches:

 

Healthy Tuna Salad from Eating Bird Food

Tuna salad is a perfect camping meal and works great at lunch time. Put it in a wrap or sandwich, or mix it with cold pasta, or have it over greens for a lightened up salad. For dairy free, just swap the greek yogurt in this recipe for mayonnaise!. 

 

 

 

Grilled Chicken & Veggie Wraps from NITK

Grill up these chicken and veggie wraps on a portable bbq while camping for a delicious lunch that you can eat warm or take to-go! 

 

 

 

Cucumber & Avocado Sandwiches from Two Peas & Their Pod

These gorgeous green sandwiches are so easy to make, require minimal ingredients, and can be packed for a picnic lunch. Use dairy free cream cheese & gluten free bread for a dairy free/gluten free friendly version.

 

 

Hummus Devilled Eggs from NITK

Boil a batch of eggs ahead of time and quickly whip up these delicious devilled eggs in just minutes. Protein packed and perfect for a lunch that requires next to no clean up. 

 

 

 

Campfire Nachos from The Live-In Kitchen

Nachos are delicious at any time, but nachos made over the campfire? That’s a whole new level of yum. Use dairy free shredded cheese for a dairy free take on these incredible veggie-packed campfire nachos. 

 

 

 

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Pie-Iron (or grilled!) Peanut Butter, Banana, and Jam Sandwiches 

As a kid I LOVED pie-iron sandwiches while camping and as an adult, it’s still a fave. For these delicious sandwiches, simply butter gluten free (or regular) slices of bread with regular or vegan butter, generously layer in peanut butter, sliced banana, and jelly, then cook until crispy and brown in a pie-iron or in a skillet. 

 

Dinners:

 

Shrimp & Broccoli Foil Packets from Eat Well 101

These mouthwatering foil packets are perfect for campfire eating. Rather than bake in the over, cook the foil packets over a fire or a portable barbecue and use vegan butter or olive oil for a non-dairy version. Serve alone or with a side of rice or skillet potatoes. 

 

 

 

Sausage Kale & Potato Skillet Dinner from Modern Proper

It only takes 20-minutes to whip up this perfect camping meal packed with chicken sausage, potatoes, kale, and herbs. A perfect elevated campfire dinner under the stars with a glass of wine? I’m in! 

 

 

 

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kebabs from Joyful Healthy Eats

Kebabs are a camping favourite because they are super easy to make (and can be prepared ahead of time) and even easier to cook over an open fire or on a portable barbecue when camping. 

 

 

 

Dairy Free Butter Chicken from NITK

Camping often makes me think of comfort food, and this butter chicken is the ultimate comfort food. Make the butter chicken sauce ahead of time and pack in a Tupperware container, then simply make the dish in a skillet over the campfire and serve with a side of naan and rice! 

 

 

 

Grilled Salmon in Foil Packets from Living Lou

Another incredible and delicious foil-packet meal, this salmon recipe is light, fresh, healthy and perfect for camping. Tip: swap the salmon for fresh-caught fish if you are on a fishing/camping trip! 

 

 

 

6-Ingredient Chili from The Cookie Rookie 

This chili recipe makes a perfect camping meal as you only need 6 ingredients and can make it in a dutch oven over the campfire! Plus, there’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili on a cool summer night in the great outdoors! 

 

 

Are you an avid camper, or do you just go once in a while? What are your favorite camping meals? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below to save this recipe roundup for later!

 

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Happy Camping!

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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