Guide to Healthy Camping: Best Dinners on the Grill

Guide to Healthy Camping: Best Dinners on the Grill

Let's recap. We shared our best snack ideas for a healthy camp-out such as roasted cinnamon apple slices and our famous Coconut Brownie Bites. We also revealed some must-know tips on how to pack food efficiently. But now let's good to the really good stuff: DINNER.

Just because your clients are away from the safety and comfort of their kitchens, doesn't mean they have to compromise their cooking. They can still feast on meals that are both healthy and downright delicious.

Here are 4 drool-worthy reasons your clients will want to step up their grilling game. Peace out, packaged weiners.

1. Foil Packets (ft. Salmon with Green Beans and Squash)

We took one of our classic recipes and retrofitted it for the BBQ, camping grill or campfire. Instead of having to roast the spaghetti squash, steam the green beans and bake the salmon separately, we cut it down to a few simple steps.

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Cut the spaghetti squash into thin slices and toss with the trimmed green beans in olive oil, sea salt and minced garlic. Top with the marinated salmon. On the road, your clients can store the pre-cut veggies and salmon (in marinade) in separate BPA-free zipper-lock bags.

Guide to Healthy Camping

Guide to Healthy Camping

The secret to making this all happen is (drumroll)... the foil packet. Be sure to line the inside with parchment paper. This will keep the food from sticking to the foil and make it easier to eat out of. The parchment paper also makes the foil less likely to tear and potentially reusable for other meals (if they replace the parchment).

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The skin of the squash peels off easily and the "spaghetti" flesh gets marinated and cooked in the salmon juices which makes it even more savory and flavorful.

Is this a dream? No, this is real life.

Guide to Healthy Camping

Add Baked Salmon with Green Beans and Squash to your client’s meal plan.

Other recipes your clients can try in a foil packet:

2. Tortilla Pizzas

Remember these beautiful things? If not, let us introduce you to the tastiest pizza alternative in the universe using brown rice tortillas. You can check out our roundup of tortilla pizzas if you need more convincing.

Tortilla Pizza Roundup

Suggest your clients make the toppings at home and throw everything in a single container for the road. When it's time for dinner, spread the toppings on a brown rice tortilla and toast it on the BBQ or campfire grill. They could also roll it into a burrito and wrap in foil to warm up directly on campfire coals.

3. Homemade Burgers

Having your clients make their own burgers is great because they know exactly what goes in them (and you do too!). Many of our burger recipes contain awesome sources of protein such as kale, artichoke, various seeds, nut flours and beans. This helps keep you feeling full and eliminates cravings during your camping or cottage trip.

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Add White Bean Burgers to your client’s meal plan.

They can be made ahead of time, stored in the freezer and transported frozen. Either wrap in foil or grill on a cast iron pan to reheat. These are best with some greens topped with fresh salsa or slathered in a creamy homemade dressing.

More homemade burgers and patties:

4. Warm Salads (ft. Mango Chickpea Salad with Grilled Chicken Kebabs)

Nothing picks me up like a massive salad entree. For those cool summer nights, heat things up a bit by adding grilled skewers or roasted veggies to a hearty salad. Your clients will love the versatility of an awesome salad while camping.

Guide to Healthy Camping

Add Mango Chickpea Salad with Grilled Chicken Kebabs to your client’s meal plan.

Marinate and freeze chicken or shrimp kebabs ahead of time, or wrap pre-chopped and seasoned veggies in tinfoil, ready-to-go for the grill. Suggest that your clients have the rest of their salad already assembled so that all they need to add are the grilled ingredients and dressing.

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Other salads your clients can warm up using the BBQ or campfire grill:

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