I’ve just come back from a delightful little camping trip to Cunningham’s Gap in southern Queensland. While I really do love to rough it when I go camping, this trip was a luxury affair with a Weber Q barbecue, gas stove and gas camping oven, in addition to the traditional campfire.
There are so many reasons why getting outdoors and going camping is good for your health. Here’s my list.
In between the horse riding, hiking through the beautiful forest of the Scenic Rim and taking afternoon naps, we cooked and ate some really great food altogether as a big group of friends. There wasn’t a tin of baked beans or packet of Deb (instant potato mash) to be seen. And you don’t need the fancy cooking gear to cook like this – a campfire, butane stove, hot plate and a few pots will go a long way.
So here’s a snapshot of just some of the great wholesome camping food (all with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options) we enjoyed on this trip:
- Tofu and vegetable Thai red curry with rice (plus there was enough leftovers for lunch the next day).
- Peanut butter, avocado and salad gluten-free wraps.
- Scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes cooked on the barbecue.
- A ‘hangi’ style meal with loads of vegetables: sweet potato, potato, pumpkin and corn served with a grilled chickpea and spinach patty.
- Leftover vegies from the hangi meal cooked into bubble and squeak, with mushrooms and eggs cooked in capsicum rings on the barbecue (pictured).
- Gluten-free chocolate berry cake baked in the gas camping oven for dessert.
Have you got some tasty camping recipes based on whole foods? I’d love to know about them.
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