Friday, June 14, 2013

Paleo Camping Menu

Through Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts my family has really gotten into camping this past year. We love being outside without all of the distractions of electronic devices and to-do lists that always seem to take precedence when we're at home. We're also aspiring survivalists and are always looking into how to do things in a more primitive way without all of the "right" equipment. Camping fulfills all of those criteria, and it's just plain fun.

One of the minor obstacles I've run into while planning a camping trip is coming up with a paleo and kid-friendly menu that can be prepared over a campfire, camp stove or charcoal. The last camping trip we went on with some other Girl Scout families really allowed me to hone the Paleo camping menu with the help of some other gluten-free parents. I believe the menu we settled on is a very do-able, kid-friendly, allergy friendly Paleo menu that we'll probably use again when the need arises.

We arrived at the campsite on Friday evening and stayed through Sunday mid morning. So, we needed 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 evening snack (for Friday night campfire). This is what we ate on our trip.

Friday evening
Banana Boats - Banana filled with dairy free chocolate chips, wrapped in foil and warmed in the coals of the campfire

Omelets in a bag - Fill zip lock bag with eggs, veggies, meats, cheese, then seal and drop into boiling water to cook. When egg pulls away from bag, it's cooked.
Sausage cooked over a camp stove
Fruit salad
Coffee cake cooked in the Dutch oven with charcoal briquettes

Make your own sandwich or salad - variety of meat, cheese, veggies
Left over fruit salad

Sausage or hot dogs cooked on sticks over the fire - wrapped in romaine leaves instead of a bun
Trout caught that day - wrapped in foil with some salt, pepper and olive oil then cooked in the coals
Sweet Potatoes - wrapped in foil and cooked in coals - served with cinnamon
Pumpkin Cupcakes and chocolate chip cupcakes cooked in box ovens

Applesauce Almond Pancakes cooked over a camp stove
sausage cooked over camp stove
left over fruit salad

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