Trying to watch the waistline and thinking about some easy and healthy camping meals?
Good news, camping calories don’t count. Okay, I just made that up. But I get it, eating and camping somehow go hand-in-hand and it’s
never rarely healthy.
We have some ideas for trying to keep it healthy (we get it, healthy is a relative term and everyone defines their healthiness differently) while keeping it simple as well. If you’re not health-concerned we have some delicious camping treat options for you.
Grilled Beef and Vegetable Kabobs
This simple kabob classic takes a while, but is definitely easy, healthy, and well worth your time.
Pour 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/3 cup of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into a ziploc bag; cut 1.5 pounds of boneless beef top sirloin into 1 inch cubes, add them to the bag and toss in the refrigerator for 5 hours.
Let it soak up the goodness.
Letting the beef cubes soak in your marinade for 5 hours ensures it’s soaked all the way through for a full flavor.
Meanwhile, cut up 2 red onions into wedges, cut a sweet red, green, and yellow pepper into 1 inch pieces, and 1 pineapple into chunks (you can usually buy a can to make it easier). Feel free to add or change any of these as you wish, these are simply my faves.
Now add the beef, fruit, and veggies to your skewers being sure to alternate them for a varying flavor. Place the skewers on the grill for 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat while occasionally turning them.
Once the meat is at it’s desired doneness, you’re ready to enjoy this easy and healthy camping meal.
Vegetable Foil Bowls
These are a simple and delicious side item for any meal you plan for your camping trip.
Depending on what you put in the foil bowls will making it very filling, so it could just be a main course if you wanted to do that.
Start out by getting the coals nice and hot then make a small aluminum foil bowl for each serving.
Cut into bite-sized chunks potatoes, zucchini, asperagus, carrots, onions, corn on the cob (husk removed), and bell peppers. Lightly salt and pepper with about a tablespoon of butter for each serving and cook on the grate for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are softened up to your liking.
Be careful when opening the foil as a plume of hot steam will typically escape and could burn your hands.
It’s too simple to not enjoy!
Simplicity is key when you’re camping, but often with simplicity comes the calories and preservatives. That is not the case with these ridiculously delicious overnight oats.
Simply throw 1/2 cup of milk (almond, soy, etc for your level of healthy), 3/4 tablespoon of Chia Seeds, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, and your choice of sweetener (i.e. syrup, sugar) into a jar – vigorously shake it up – and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
When you wake up you have a delicious and mighty healthy breakfast in a jar. Enjoy this one with your coffee.
Pro-tip: You can always add in peanut butter for some additional protein (aka peanut butter overnight oats) or cut up a banana and mix in right before eating for additional potassium.
California Grilled Chicken
California grilled chicken is simply a delicious spin to a classic. It’s a super easy and healthy camping meal.
Mix in a ziploc bag to take with you before you go – 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
When you’re ready to go at the glampsite, pour the savory mix over 4 boneless chicken breasts and marinate 20 minutes.
Get the grill going to medium-high and oil up the grates. Grill the chicken around 7-9 minutes per side until it is cooked through. Top off the chicken breasts with avocado, mozzarella and tomato then lower the cover to the grill for a couple minutes until the mozzarella has fully melted.
Garnish how you see fit, afterall it is glamping we’re talking about. Perhaps throw on some Balsamic glaze?
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Pork isn’t for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoy it – especially a thick and juicy pork tenderloin. Not the healthiest on the list, but we’ll do what we can to get it there.
Make sure you do all of this prep work before you hit the road for your glamping trip. When you get to your glampsite you’ll be ready to start cooking your delicious tenderloin.
To start, add 1 finely grated lime zest, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 cup of lime juice, 1/4 cup of honey, and 1-2 teaspoons of salt into a jar. Shake it up thoroughly to mix it altogether. Add half of the marinade to a 1 gallon bag, add 1 chipotle pepper, and add the 1lb pork tenderloin (excess fat and silver skin removed – this is what makes it healthy), squeeze the excess air out and seal it up. You’ll want to marinate this in a refrigerator or cooler for 12-24 hours while periodically rotating it.
Keep that other half of the marinade around for later.
When you’re ready to cook, fire up the grill to a medium heat and place the pork in the center. Keep it there for 12-15 minutes while rotating it every couple minutes or so. You want to make sure the tenderloin reaches 140°F.
Once the meat is ready, remove it, place it in aluminum foil, add in the rest of the marinade and wrap it tight. Let it rest for about 10 minutes.
Add in a side or two such as roasted garlic cauliflower or rice pilaf.
You’re all set and ready to slice it, garnish it, and devour it!
Who ever said you can’t be (somewhat) healthy when you camping!? Hopefully these easy and healthy camping meals changed your mind.
I’m willing to bet you have your own recipes you keep in the cupboard of your RV that keeps some of the calories at bay. Mind sharing? Simply drop some ideas or your thoughts in the comment section below.