Fun fact: On average, hikers burn well over 1,500 calories per 6-mile hike. Thank goodness, because we LOVE to fill up on hearty meals at our campsites — especially after a hike. And we’re always on the lookout for those filling and easy-to-make camping recipes.
If granola and beef jerky for days doesn’t thrill you, consider preparing a scrumptious, seasonal meal at your campsite this season. Eating locally-sourced, seasonal produce means a more nutritious and sustainable meal. You can bypass the waste from prepackaged and processed items, and bring fresh food that tastes great, instead!
7 Camping Recipes for Seasonal Cooking
Here are 4 of our favorite recipes for embracing fall flavors while camping.
1. Chili in a Dutch Oven
Chili is the perfect meal for a cold fall night. Throw in some seasonal veggies like mushrooms, cauliflower, squash, or brussels sprouts for an extra healthy and comforting dinner. Full recipe here.
2. Chicken with Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes, and Dill
Who says camping can’t feel fancy? This gorgeous recipe is easy to make but looks and tastes gourmet. Full recipe here.
3. Sausage and Rice-Stuffed Pumpkin
It doesn’t get more autumnal than eating a meal out of pumpkin. These big orange stars of the season are good for so much more than carving, as proven by this recipe. Bonus: You won’t need bowls! Full recipe here.
4. Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
Beets are practically indestructible when they’re raw, but then tender and delicious when they’re cooked. They’re great for camping because they won’t get squashed on the car ride, and they’re packed with nutrients! Goat cheese and walnuts turn this vegetable into a savory delicacy. Full recipe here.
5. Granola Crunch Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps
If traditional cooking isn’t really your thing, go for these 3-minute sandwich wraps. We love them because they are both easy to assemble and can be entirely prepared with non-refrigerated ingredients. A must-grab snack for any backcountry adventurer. Full recipe here.
6. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
Use sweet potatoes or squash for this veggie-friendly taco. They’re just as hearty as a meaty version, and super tasty, too. Full recipe here.
7. Foil Pack Cinnamon Apples
The kids will love these sweet apple slices, baked over the campfire — and so will the adults. It’s a super simple dessert that will make your campsite smell heavenly. Full recipe here.
Hungry for fall? We don’t blame you! If you’re looking for a convenient way to prepare these meals wherever you camp, from cozy cabins to backcountry trails, our friends at Primus make durable camping stoves that you’ll be using for generations.
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