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 real good stuff: DINNER.

Just because we're away from the safety and comfort of our kitchen, doesn't mean we have to compromise our cooking. We can still feast on meals that are both healthy and downright delicious.

Here are 4 drool-worthy reasons you need to step up your grill 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.

Guide to Healthy Camping

Cut your spaghetti squash into thin slices and toss with your trimmed green beans in olive oil, sea salt and minced garlic. Top with your marinated salmon. On the road, you can store the pre-cut veggies and salmon (in marinade) in separate BPA-free ziplock 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 resuable for other meals (if you 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 meal planner.

Other recipes you 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

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

3. Homemade Burgers

Making your own burgers is great because you know exactly what goes in them. 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.

Guide to Healthy Camping

Add White Bean Burgers to your meal planner.

You can make any of these ahead of time, store in the freezer and transport them 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.

Guide to Healthy Camping

Add Mango Chickpea Salad with Grilled Chicken Kebabs to your meal planner.

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. Have the rest of your salad already assembled so that all you need to add are the grilled ingredients and dressing.

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

Have you tried cooking with foil packets before? What are your favourite camping meals?

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