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3 Healthy Camping Recipes

3 Healthy Camping Recipes

Vacations tend to be a time when we take a break from all sorts of things, including healthy eating. Some of the best foods for camping are pre-packaged and salty, but there are plenty of chances to sneak in those nutrients while cooking your own meals. From healthy camping recipes for breakfast to the best healthy camping recipes for dinner, we’ve got 3 delicious and easy camping recipes that’ll help fuel your outdoor adventures from sunrise to sunset.

With any camping meal, the key is to prep as much as you can ahead of time, to save yourself the headache of dishwashing in the wild. If you think you can prep some of the veggies at home, and you’ll eat them soon enough to pack them prepped, you can do any steps in italics at home.

PROTEIN-PACKED CHICKPEA HASH1

Nothing gets your day started like a fresh summer veggie hash. For our first healthy camping meal, we have a delicious, nutritious, and vegetarian breakfast option. Chickpeas are a delicious and protein-packed alternate to this traditionally potato-packed meal. These little peas are high in dietary fiber, plus vitamin A, folate, magnesium, and iron.2 The veggies bring their own nutrients as well, offering you a healthy and hearty start to your day.

Total Time: 20 mins

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 summer squash or zucchini
  • 1 small red onion
  • 3 mini sweet peppers (or 1 bell pepper)
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Fresh fruit on the side (optional)

Tools

  • Cast iron skillet or camping grill
  • Camping and cooking utensils

Instructions

  1. Slice zucchini/squash, red onions, and peppers into ½-inch half-moons.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over your campfire or camp stove on medium-high heat until hot and simmering. Add the onions, peppers, and zucchini, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add chickpeas and spices, and cook until browned in spots, about 10 minutes.
  3. Push your hash to the sides of the pan to make a little well in the middle for your eggs. Add a tiny bit of oil if the pan looks dry and then crack two eggs into the open space in the middle of the pan and cook.
  4. Remove from heat, serve, and enjoy! Serve with fresh fruit on the side.

ONE-POT PASTA, PLEASE! 3

This easy camping meal makes for an easy one-pot option that can be made for lunch or dinner, and reuses some of our breakfast veggies which can save room while packing too! Plus, these veggies offer a range of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and zinc. Making it the kind of carbo-load you can feel good about.

Total Time: 25 mins

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow summer squash
  • 4 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 oz pasta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 oz goat cheese (or cream cheese)
  • Lemon juice to taste (optional)

Tools

  • Camping stove or grill
  • Cast iron skillet or camping grill

Instructions

  1. Slice zucchini and squash into ¼ inch slices. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Mince garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a high-sided skillet. When the oil is hot, add the zucchini, squash, and garlic – and sauté until squash is soft (about 8 minutes). Then remove and set aside.
  3. Add the pasta to the skillet, and fill with just enough water to cover the pasta, sprinkling in the salt to help it boil. Bring the pasta to boil over medium heat, uncovered, and cook until tender (about 10 mins). This time can vary based on your pasta, so be sure to check the packaging first.
    1. If the water boils off before the pasta is done, you can always add more.
  4. Once pasta is cooked through, remove it from heat. Stir in the cheese and coat the pasta. Add the vegetables and garlic back into the skillet, and stir to combine. Top with fresh lemon juice if you want – and enjoy your healthy meal!

BANANA BOAT SMORES4

No camping snacks list would be complete without a smore recipe. Not only is this a healthy camping food, but it’s also a healthy dessert option when looking for creative healthy camping food ideas. If a banana can hold your ice cream, surely it can store some melted mallows and chocolates too. Plus, bananas are low in saturated fats while being high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium.5 Those are a lot of nutrients for a delicious fireside treat after a long day. Hold the graham cracker!

Total Time: 10 mins

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 bananas, peeled
  • 8 tablespoons mini marshmallows
  • 8 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 tablespoons Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal, slightly crushed

Tools

  • Camping stove or grill
  • Spoons
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Slice banana lengthwise, pushing it open slightly, then place it on a rectangle of aluminum foil. Do this for each banana, separately.
  3. Stuff your banana full of marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  4. Wrap the banana in the foil, and cook on the grill for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Unwrap and sprinkle with cereal.
  6. Let it cool slightly, then dig in with a spoon!

References

  1. Fresh Off The Grid. “Chickpea Breakfast Hash With Summer Veggies.” 2016. Accessed on: July 20, 2021. https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/chickpea-breakfast-hash-summer-veggies/
  2. Nutrition Data. “Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt: Nutrition Facts & Calories.” 2018. Condé Nast. Accessed on: July 20, 2021. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4326/2
  3. Fresh Off The Grid. “One Pot Pasta Primavera.” 2018. Accessed on: July 20, 2021. https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/one-pot-pasta-primavera/
  4. “Grilled Chocolate Banana Foil Pack.” 2017. General Mills. Accessed on: July 20, 2021. https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/grilled-chocolate-banana-foil-pack/82d3e7fc-c3db-4f25-892f-a89cd0e09371
  5. Nutrition Data. “Banana: Nutrition Facts & Calories.” Condé Nast. Accessed on: July 20, 2021. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2


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