We focus on trying to do the least dishes and prep possible while camping. So my favourites are:
– cooking eggs in a bag to make an omelette for breakfast – use one egg and some preshredded cheese, canned mushroom, chopped up deli meat, etc. as well as a little salt and pepper. Put the ingredients in a ziploc freezer bag, mush everything together from the outside then hold the bag in boiling water with a set of bbq tongs. You can cook 5 or 6 at once if you have lots of people; just be sure the plastic doesn’t touch the sides of the pot. Squish it once partway through so the centre has a chance to cook. It’s done when the egg pulls away from the bag. You can put it on toast if you want to, or eat it out of the bag, or lightly toast an english muffin.
– soups that are watery enough to make them easier to clean up the pot (we usually make ramen with leftover chicken shredded in, and onions and peppers added to the water for a bit before the noodles go in, an egg dropped in while it’s cooking the last minute).
– instant oatmeal can be actually made in the packet – tear the top off carefully and you can stand it upright in your cup/mug. Fill the packet with water, stir carefully, and the only dishes you have is a spoon. once it’s cooled slightly, you can pick it up in your hand as a handwarmer if need be.
– pita pocket pizzas (wrap them in foil to put on your BBQ grill and fill with grated cheese, pizza sauce, veggies, pepperoni, etc.; you can do dessert with pita pockets too with some cream cheese and some of your favourite canned pie filling.
– if you make some taco meat in advance and wrap it in heavy foil, it’s easy to heat the pack up on the bbq. You can then throw it in a bag of doritos each, with some lettuce, tomato and whatever else you like in taco salad. Some people call it tacos in a bag, others call it frito pie… I call it nearly zero dishes!
Lunches when we’re camping – usually we’re out on a hike in the middle of the day, so we do sandwiches, trail mix, clif bars, and jerky. Fruit if it isn’t a pain in the ass. We’re camping the next few days without a cooler so we’re taking tortillas, peanut butter and honey to make sandwiches. I’ve also grabbed instant hummus mix (just add water) in the past to go with tortillas. It’s great in the middle of a hike! I really wish they sold it in our town.
Dinners for this trip are going to include instant rice with some spices, nuts, dried fruit and coconut added to make a korma curry; we may or may not add in freeze dried chicken for extra protein. We’re also doing instant mashed potatoes with those fried onions that come in a little plastic container, sundried tomatoes, and little cans of tuna mixed in as a ‘casserole.’ Both of these meals just require boiling water, they aren’t going to be the absolute tastiest gourmet foods ever but they are easy to prep and clean up. I’ve got everything prepped in freezer bags so all I need to do is add in the amount of water written on the outside for the amount of time it says to leave it.