Category Archives: Recipes

Pad Thai Salad

Salads are great when you are camping. Quick to make. They can be filling and they are refreshing on a hot summer day. If you hit a farm market, you can get all the veggies fresh.

I didn’t make a note of where this recipe came from. I think it was from a raw food site. If anybody finds it, please let me know, so I can give proper credit.

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Veggies

Spinach
Zucchini
Carrots
Bean sprouts
Peanuts

Dressing

2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
Garlic

Mix the dressing ingredients. It makes a thick paste. But once it’s mixed with the veggies it covers nicely.

If you want to get fancy, you can either spiralize or julienne the zucchini and carrots.

Taco Salad

This was soooo yummy. And so easy to make.

I had a taco salad at Wendy’s last week and it was so yummy that I thought I’d give it a try camping. It is one of those meals that doesn’t take long to cook. It takes minimal ingredients, and kids love it because they get to dig in with their hands. And really. Who doesn’t love nachos and dip.

First step is to make chilli. Or if you are prepared, you made it at home and froze it, to keep other food in your cooler cold.

1 lb of ground beef
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of crushed tomatos
1 pkg of chilli seasoning.

Brown the ground beef. add the kidney beans (drained), the tomatos and the seasoning. Heat it up, and you have chilli.

I also added onions when I cooked the beef. You could add chopped green peppers too, if you are so inclined.

For the rest of the salad, you will need

1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
shredded cheese (chedder or nacho blend)
1 jar of salsa
1 container of sour cream.

To put it all together

Put down a layer of lettuce, tomato on top of that, then a handful of the cheese.
Put a couple of spoonfuls of chilli on top of that.
Top with a spoonful of sour cream and salsa.

Eat it up with the nacho chips. Well, ok, you can use a fork, but where’s the fun in that.

Foil packets

aka bacon makes everything taste better. HA.

I’ve always had problems with foil packets. Especially with potatos. They always, always, always stick to the foil and you end up either eating foil (so gross) or wasting half of the potatos. It doesn’t matter how much I prepared the foil with butter or oil or precooked the potatos, they always stick.

The cure, is bacon. I still get a few stuck, but nowhere near wasting half of them. I just chop up a few slices of bacon and put some down before I put the potatos and whatever else I’m putting in the packets, and then put some on top. And the bacon flavour really does well mixed with the veggies too.

In my foil packets I usually put potatos, onions, bacon and cheese. mm mm good.

Other suggestions for foil packets are;

mushrooms and onions
chicken and corn
meatballs, peppers and onions
peaches and maple syrup
apples and brown sugar
ham and pineapple rings
Sausage patty, frozen hash browns and egg
salmon, ranch dressing, veg
salmon, maple syrup and veg

Let me know how your foil packets turn out.

Easy Pasta Salad

I’m all about quick and easy when it comes to camping and cooking. It really sucks to have to spend an hour cooking or barbecueing when you have guests or great weather or just plain old stuff to do.

Here’s a really easy pasta salad recipe that doesn’t take a lot of time, doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, and if you are in the vacinity of a veggie stand, you get to contribute to the local economy by buying local produce.

Prepare your favorite pasta for as much as you need. A 900g box will do a large salad to feed probably 6 or 8 people. I like using penne or shells. Rotini would be good too.

Once it’s cooked and drained toss in some grape tomatos and english cucumber chunks to your preference. Top with Sundried Tomato and Oregano dressing. Chill and you are good to go.