Ahhhh, the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like enjoying the company of family and friends while kicking back in nature. If you are planning on getting your recreation on, here are some tips and advice to a fun and successful camping trip!
Just because you are away from home (and your kitchen), doesn’t mean that you can’t have a tasty and filling breakfast. How about toasting a delicious Udi’s bagel and topping it with cream cheese or even making it into a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich? Break out the cast iron pan and whip up some chocolate chip pancakes using Gluten Free Bisquick. Gluten Free Chex Cereal with fresh fruit is a great start to the day as well. Don’t forget your percolator for freshly brewed coffee!
Lunch is time to recharge and refuel. What’s more filling than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Udi’s Whole Grain Bread? You could get really adventurous and try my favorite sandwich – peanut butter and bacon! It sounds a bit vile, but I promise you’ll be hooked once you taste it. Homemade or store bought soup warmed over the campfire is another great choice. You could always keep it light with yogurt topped with gluten free granola and mixed berries.
I am obsessed with making my own gluten free Chex Mix! It’s so easy to make and very portable. The Chili and Garlic Chex Mix is my favorite, but the possibilities are endless. Another great snack option is fruits and veggies. Crunchy apples or carrot sticks will tide you over till the dinner bell sounds. Some grab and go ideas are Larabars, Nature Valley Nut Crunch bars, or Glutino Pretzels.
Pack some gluten free hamburger or hot dog buns so you can grill up a gluten free sausage with peppers and onions or a double decker hamburger. Roasted potatoes and veggies cooked in a tin foil pouch are an easy side. Premix all of the dry ingredients at home for skillet cornbread and add the wet ingredients at the campsite for traditional camping fare. Get shucking and serve up grilled corn with chili-lime spread. Grilled corn on the cob has such awesome flavor!
What’s a camping trip without s’mores? I’ve taste tested the Kinnikinnick GF Graham Crackers and they are awesome for s’more making? Or be creative by using two Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cookies to sandwich your chocolate and roasted marshmallow. Just bake the cookies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in your cooler. Premade Gluten Free Brownies or Gooey Rice Krispie Treats are also a well-deserved treat after a day of exploring.
A little pre-planning will help to make your camping trip an awesome experience. Remember to pack your own utensils and pans to avoid cross contamination. Be sure to educate your fellow campers of your gluten intolerance and the need to keep your foods separate from their gluten filled eats.