There is nothing like fresh veggies in the summer. Whether you grow them in your own garden or purchase them at a local farmer’s market , enjoying fresh vegetables is a summer staple. Those same vegetables are great for camping trips because they cook just as easily over a campfire and make a great snack to eat raw. Fresh vegetables keep your meals nutritious and filling, and they can be stored easily without refrigeration. Just be sure to keep them out of extreme heat, direct sunlight, and wet conditions. Pack some fresh vegetables for your next camping trip and don’t just eat good in the great outdoors, eat food that is good for you too!
Potatoes are one of the easiest fresh vegetables for a camping trip. They can be prepared in a variety of ways, but when camping, one of the simplest ways is to wrap them up with some tin foil and put them in the campfire coals to bake. Fried potatoes in a skillet on the campfire are delicious and simple, too. Potatoes are great because they can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so an ample supply will serve you well.
A small to medium sized onion can be used in one meal, so there is no need to store any leftovers. Sliced onion in tinfoil with a fish fillet is a campfire meal that is simply scrumptious. Chopped onion also adds variety to those fried potatoes or to the morning’s scrambled eggs. This is another fresh vegetable that can be incorporated into any meal throughout the day, so it pays to bring enough!
For those who enjoy campfire stew, carrots make a tasty addition to the mix. You can even steam carrots by wrapping them in some tin foil and putting them on hot coals. This method makes a simple side dish to pair with other foods for a healthy and well-rounded meal. Carrots are also a great snack to eat raw, so pack a few during a long hike and you’ll never have to worry about going hungry when you’re away from camp.
Bell peppers of any color make another easy “tin foil and hot coals” meal when camping. Stuff them with sausage or hamburger, and onion for a simple and satisfying meal. Just remember that when cooking, you’ll need to flip them over every once in a while to ensure that they cook evenly. Like carrots, peppers are another healthy snack that you can eat raw, making them a great on-the-go veggie. Peppers can also be added to any number of your favorite dishes to add a little more flavor.
Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is a campfire classic! These need nothing but the husk for cooking in hot campfire coals, making them remarkably easy to prepare. Just soak them in water first to prevent the husks from burning, and to add extra moisture so that the corn doesn’t dry out. You can also use a cast iron dutch oven for boiling corn over the fire. No matter how you choose to cook it, if you bring fresh corn on the cob along, your taste buds will be sure to thank you for it!
Pack some fresh veggies for your next camping trip and let yourself experience just how good the camping lifestyle can taste! What are some of your favorite fresh veggies to bring along on your outdoor adventures? Let us know in the comments below!