Healthy Meals: Campfire Edition

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This past weekend, Blake and I finally set off on what was my first ever real (read: not at a caravan park or music festival) camping trip. To give you a bit of history, part of me is a country kid, with half of my childhood living in a small town in North East Victoria. My Mum has a fireplace that I always volunteer to light, and I’ve been to many a bonfire each winter as a teen. I’ve camped at several festivals, and camping as a kid was always at a caravan park, so I have been itching to go ‘proper’ camping for years.

When I saw my good friend Tory had taken her pup camping, I was convinced we’d make it happen, and Gordon Country is the place that made it so.

It was beautiful.

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But of course, I had my priorities; what were we going to eat?

I didn’t want to take too much food, because we were packing light, and we weren’t going to take ice with us so I had to be clever about this. I was really stoked with how we went; we ate really well and had minimal leftovers (despite the fact we burnt our porridge one morning).

I focused on foods that needed minimal preservation (without the added preservatives) and foods that Blake and I could eat (there is quite a list of intolerances). I also wanted to make sure we had enough energy and were still eating a fairly balanced diet without too much fuss.

This is what we brought with us:

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This was enough food for us for two nights and two days (including a few cheeky snacks).

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Here’s what we cooked:

Saturday night: Instant brown rice noodles with veg and smoked chicken then toasted marshmallows for dessert

Sunday morning: (after we burnt the porridge) GF toast with speck, fried egg and passata and a big pot of coconut chai

Sunday lunch: Instant brown rice noodles with kale, carrots, speck and chicken

Sunday dinner: Mung bean dhal with soured brown rice then toasted marshmallows with chocolate for dessert

Monday breakfast: GF toast with avocado, scrambled egg with speck and kale, and another pot of coconut chai

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This is our Biolite camping stove that uses burns up sticks and is very lightweight

The dhal and coconut chai were particularly tasty and Blake’s avocado-egg concoction on the Monday morning was a complete feat of genius, I reckon! We ate really well for such a small pantry, and once again, limitations really brought out our creativity with food.

We’ll be going camping again soon so I am obsessed with researching what we’ll be cooking next time – I’d love any of your ideas, or links to blogs you’ve found useful (keeping in mind that we wont be bringing anything that needs to be in ice or refrigeration).

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Links for the foods I mentioned:

Pico Sea Salt Dark ChocolateΒ – these are sweetened with coconut nectar and are a total favourite of mine and Blake’s

Nutritionists Choice Instant Brown Rice Noodles

Noosa Seed Co Gluten Free Bread

*I’ve included the marshmallows here for full disclosure, but we only brought them because of the excitement of camping, and I am not recommending them as a healthy option (plus, we wont be bringing them every time πŸ˜‰)
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