When you are traveling, you and your group need to find a place to rest and eat. Most of the times, you end up in the middle of nowhere without any shops or hotels to stay in. That’s when base camps come into play.
This outdoor activity is the perfect way to take a break after a long day of biking or hiking with friends. Not only will you be able to recharge your energy but you will also have the chance to enjoy nature.
But what can you eat during your break time at the camp? Check out some of these healthy recipes that are perfect for your next camping adventure:
Backcountry Blueberry Pie
The backcountry blueberry pie made by Trail Recipes is one of the easiest dish you can cook during you travels. If you managed to bring some blueberries or find some along the way, then you can make this dish much easier.
The backcountry blueberry pie has enough protein and other vitamins to keep you moving forward in your adventure.
- 2 cups all-purpose baking mix
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh-picked
- Parchment paper
Simply pour the vegetable oil and a ½ of water into the bag together with the dry baking mixture. After that, start layering the oven pan with parchment paper.
Cut off the bag and squeeze half of the batter into the pan. Add half of the blueberries and bake for 12 minutes. Turn heat off and let it cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
Made by Trail Recipes, the smoked sausage jambalaya is one of the most delicious meals you can eat at your base camp. It also takes less time to prepare.
If you are in a hurry, then this recipe might be perfect for you.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small shallot diced
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- 1 handful (about 50g/1.76oz) smoked sausages, sliced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoon canned pimentos drained and sliced (or red bell peppers)
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking rice
The first thing you need to do is heat the olive oil in a pot, then add the onions and garlic. After that, add the sausages and sauté until browned.
Put the tomato paste, Cajun spice mixtures, and the pimentos. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes and pour the rice and 2/3 cups of water. Let it boil and add salt.
After that, simmer for 10 minutes until rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
The bulgur pilaf is another easy-to-cook meal made by Trail Recipes. You can share the meal with your group and enjoy its amazing taste. It is best to eat during lunch or dinner.
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking bulgur
- chili powder (small pinch)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 small shallot
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes diced
Start by melting the ghee in a pot, then add the chopped onions and cook until soft. After that, add the tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, bulgur-spice mixture, and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add 1 cup of water afterwards and bring to a boil. Season to taste and let it simmer for 6 to 7 minutes. Stir occasionally until fully cooked.
Cheesy Nettle Pancakes
Who wouldn’t love pancakes, especially during adventures? Made by Trail Recipes, these cheesy nettle pancakes will satisfy tour cravings. It is filled with cheesy and delightful flavors that will keep you energized throughout your adventure.
- 1 cup pancake batter mix
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons freeze-dried grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tablespoons ghee (for frying)
- 1 bunch freshly picked nettle leaves or 1 tablespoon nettle powder
The first thing you need is to pick up about 1 cup of nettle leaves. It is easy to find it if you set a base camp in a forest. Wash and drain them then cook in a boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes.
Drain it again then chop. Start adding ½ cup of water and the chopped nettle leaves to the bag with the pancake batter mixture. Stir until smooth, then close the bag for 10 minutes.
Start heating a frying pan over medium heat and melt 1 teaspoon of ghee. After that, cut a corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into the pan for about 2 to 3 pancakes.
Let the batter cook for at least 2 minutes then flip it over. Your healthy pancakes are now ready to serve.
If you managed to set a base camp near a fishing pond, then this fish crumble recipe made by Trail Recipe is the perfect meal for you. We all know that fish is one of the best energy boosters, especially after a tiring activity.
It is perfect for those who are in a long adventure that requires huge meals.
- 2 tablespoons full cream milk powder (Nestle Nido)
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon fish seasoning
- 2 tablespoons freeze-dried grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
- 1 cup instant mashed potatoes (2 servings)
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 small shallot
- 1 pouch boneless pink salmon (about 75g/ 2.5oz)
- 1 pouch imitation crab meat (about 100g/3.5oz)
Simply pour the hot, boiling water into the mashed potato mixture and stir well. After that, start melting the ghee over a pot in a medium heat.
Then add the chopped onions and cook until soft. Get a mug and combine the milk and flour mixture with 1 cup of water. Fold the milk into the pan and let it boil.
Season to taste with pepper and add the drained salmon and crab meat. Cook for a minute and spoon mashed potatoes over the fish sauce and spread.
Sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumb mixture. Serve while hot.