Planning Your Memorial Day Meals

With Springtime just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning for a Memorial Day campout or picnic. These yearly trips are perfect for bonding with family and friends and relaxing out in nature. If you’re struggling to find the perfect weekend recipes for your group, consider this easy camping meal plan. Arm yourself with these simple and delicious recipes to make the most out of your weekend camping trip.

Breakfast

Layered Breakfast Parfaits

Translated in French, “parfait” literally means “perfect.” For campers, this protein-rich dessert-like breakfast is the best way to start the day, particularly if you’re on the trail. The variations and ingredient options are nearly endless. Depending on your individual taste, use whatever fruits, cereal, and yogurt you prefer. Early morning yogurt parfaits are an easy way to pack in your daily fruit and grain servings and stock up with energy for the day. This breakfast recipe is easy to store and transport without fear of spills or unpleasant messes.

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Breakfast Corndogs

For a tasty spin on traditional corndogs, try this breakfast-styled version of sausage and pancakes. This recipe is relatively simple and great for minimizing the morning mess. This “breakfast-on-a-stick” allows you to take it with you if you’re aiming for an early start. To simplify this meal, pre-cook your sausage links at home and bring some pre-mixed pancaked batter. This prep-work makes your morning much easier, and cleaner.

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Breakfast Burgers

Traditional egg sandwiches are a great way to start your day. They are packed with protein to boost your energy and keep away unpleasant cravings. Pre-mix the biscuit batter at home to cut your meal prep time in half. This simple breakfast option ensures that everyones starts the day with a full belly.

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Lunch

Sandwich Kabobs

Rather than sending everyone off with a traditional sandwich, consider switching things up a bit by providing everyone with the tools to create unique sandwich kabobs. Kids especially love this quirky lunch option. This fun alternative allows everyone to create a lunch that matches their taste buds. These are easily stored in foil for mess free munching later.

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Walking Tacos

Tacos are a family favorite. For a less messy, on-the-go camping version, allow everyone to pick out their favorite bag of chips (whether it’s Doritos, Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, Fritos, or more). Allow campers to personalize their walking taco with traditional topping, such as, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and meat that can be cooked beforehand. These walking tacos can be eaten right away or stored for later.

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Campfire Reubens

Bring this tasty sandwich to your campfire or grill. It’s easy for your campers to swap out different ingredients and bread types to ensure that everyone builds their favorite sandwich. Using basic campfire foil packets, this meal is fast and easy to toast to perfection. Pair with some grilled corn on the cob or baked beans to complete this tasty meal.

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Dinner

Campfire Pizza Log

With minimal prep, you can enjoy your family pizza night in the great outdoors. Using pre-made, canned pizza dough and your family’s favorite toppings, you can easily create a pizza sure to become a camping favorite. This pizza log cooks well over both a campfire or stove/grill. To ensure everyone gets what they desire, create several of these handy logs. Left-overs are a great lunch option for the next day (or breakfast)!

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Turkey Black Bean Chili

Relaxing with a mug or hot chili is a great way to keep warm and toasty during chilly evenings.  This recipe is great to make ahead of time and store for later to cut back on your dinner cooking time.  However, it’s still simple and fast enough to make on-site at your campground if you choose.  Chili is great to make in bulk if serving a large camping group.  It pairs well with corn chips, cheese, onion, and even some fresh dutch oven corn bread.

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Paella-Style Chicken and Rice

For some elegant, Spanish cuisine, paella is a simple but rich meal option.  Pre-chop most of your ingredients and seal in baggies to simplify your dinner prep.  This meal incorporates spicy chorizo, chicken, and shrimp for a great blend of unique, Mediterranean flavors.  Although this meal tastes restaurant-worthy, it’s relatively simple to prepare over a camp stove.

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Dessert

Campfire Eclairs

Indulge in this decadent dessert around a warm campfire. Using pre-made refrigerator dough, toast over a low-burning fire and pack with whipped cream and chocolate.  This dessert is sure to become a camping favorite.  It’s the perfect sweet ending to a busy day.

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Baked Blueberry Cobbler

This recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tart.  It’s a breeze to prepare with a cast iron skillet or over your grill. Simmer fresh or frozen blueberries and add a simple pre-made biscuit mix for an indulgent dessert everyone is sure to love.

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Barbecued Apple Crisp

No Memorial Day campout is complete without traditional, “all-American” apple pie.  For a simple twist on this patriotic dessert, use foil packets to create a rich apple crisp over your grill or campfire.  Because it uses individualized foil packets, it’s easy to create just enough for everyone.  Pair this dessert with some chilly campground ice cream.

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With a little prep work at home and some careful planning, these recipes easily become yearly favorites everyone will look forward too. Camping doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some truly memorable dining experiences!

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