We have spent many a weekend camping and enjoy dinners made around the campfire. It can get a bit repetitive though and soon you are just having daily bbq’s without any excitement…. or maybe thats just us!
One essential item I like to keep in my camping kitchen is some kind of herbs and spices. There are so many mixes that you can make any simple dish into a really tasty one.
I was tired of having the same things every night so decided to get a bit adventurous with it. Here are a few ideas we have tried over the last few camping trips…
Chicken and Vegetable parcels
Bored of burgers and sausages and desperately wanting vegetables I created this dish for my mum and sister.
Prepare your choice of vegetables… we had red onion, pepper, baby sweetcorn, mange tout and courgette.
Spray some tin foil with some oil spray… I used garlic infused olive oil.
Add your vegetables to the foil and lay your chicken breast on top. Sprinkle your chicken with some herb mix… we had paella mix and sprayed with a little more oil.
Carefully seal your parcel and place onto the BBQ until the chicken is cooked through.
Ours was probably on there for an hour in total and was so juicy when we unwrapped it.
Sides and desserts to help you get your 5 a day
Something else I found helpful is to prepare in advance meaning when you arrive at camp you have something ready to cook on the BBQ.
I usually chop and prepare salad and place in a tupperware box meaning it takes up less space and you won’t have squashed lettuce when you go to eat it…
Something else you can prepare in advance are these delicious vegetable kebabs or some corn on the cob ready wrapped in foil to put on the bbq. Obviously space permitting these are also quick and simple to make on camp and you can even get the kids to help.
A big hit with my girls are fruit kebabs. They can not get enough of them. Choose a variety of colours to book them bright and appealing.
No more boring BBQ’s with these to enjoy.
I am such a fan of cheese… every kind of cheese and one of my favourites is baked camembert.
Not exactly low on the calorie front but delicious as a treat… you are on holiday after all. This was simply wrapped in foil and placed over a burner on the camping stove but it also works over the BBQ but sometimes lighting a BBQ for every meal can be a bit time consuming and we had this for our lunch.
If you are better prepared than I was take some rosemary and garlic to give it that extra bit of specialness and enjoy with some crusty bread or crackers.
Vegetable parcels and BBQ chicken
We had some left over vegetables from the night before so I put them into parcels and we enjoyed them with some cajun chicken cooked on the BBQ, a simple salad and potato salad.
I am not a fan of using our camping cooker. Its quite hard to put a decent sized pan on there so I dug out our big cooking pot to see what I could create in it over the campfire.
Something we do not tend to eat while we are camping are one pot dinners and a popular dinner in our house is a good curry.
I have never cooked anything in a pot over an open fire so it could very easily have turned into a burnt catastrophe but luckily for me it was a huge success.
My campfire Chicken tikka masala…
Campfire Chicken Tikka masala
Ready in 1 hour
- 6 chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 tbsp Tikka Masala seasoning
- Red and yellow pepper
- Punnet of Cherry tomatoes
- 2 onions
- 3 stalks of celery
- Can of low fat coconut milk
- Can of chopped tomatoes
- Carton of tomato passata
- A spray of olive oil 1 cal spray
- Add the masala seasoning mix to your olive oil and mix into a paste.
- Dice up your chicken and mix with your masala paste. Leave to marinade while you prepare all your vegetables.
- Spray a large cooking pot with the low cal spray so that it is coated in oil and place over your bbq.
- Add the onion and soften for a few minutes.
- Add your chicken and continue to cook until starts to brown.
- Add all your vegetables, coconut milk, tinned tomatoes and Passata and stir well.
- Cover your pot and bring to the boil.
- Leave covered but stir every now and then until the chicken is cooked through.
- Serve with some basmati rice.
This has to be my favourite meal so far that I have made whilst camping.
It will definitely be made again next time we go. You can use any combination of spices to make your favourite curry. If you like a creamy curry why not try a korma and use chicken stock for liquid instead of tinned tomatoes and Passata…
Or maybe a hot Madras made in the same way but using a Madras seasoning. There are so many ready to use pastes and spices out there to try.
My sister in law made a delicious Paella when we went camping in April and its another one pot meal that can be made over a BBQ or camping cooker!
If your going camping this bank holiday weekend why not give some of these ideas a try.