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Published Saturday, June 13, 2009

When you are kayak or canoe camping you typically don't bring along an entire kitchen full of pots, pans and assortment of utensils. What you need are quick meals that can be made in one pot (or less) that are not only fast but also wholesome and good tasting.

Breakfast: Getting food into your system is a good thing, especially when you are spending a day on the water. Here are 10 very easy to make breakfasts to start your day.

  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Cereal premixed with dry milk (just add water!)
  • Fruit (canned or fresh)
  • Bagels or Muffins
  • Tortilla with peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese
  • Tortilla with scrambled egg, hot sauce
  • Pre-made waffles - use peanut butter instead of syrup
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Sliced hardboiled eggs on toast
  • Granola

Lunch: Nobody wants to stop and cook a big meal for lunch. Try these 10 fast and easy meals to keep you going.

  • Crackers, cheese and salami or summer sausage
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly on sandwich or bagel
  • Pita stuffed with veggies - tomato, avocado and cucumber
  • Apple and string cheese
  • Pre-packaged Tuna and Crackers
  • Bagels with small package of no-refrigeration smoked salmon
  • Veggie Burger - cook the burger at home, add bread, ketchup later
  • Sliced Apple and Peanut Butter
  • Gorp: Combine dried apricots, cherries, blueberries, almonds, raisins, peanuts, chocolate chips
  • Banana Bread or other fruit / vegetable filled breads

Dinner: Paddling time is over and you can relax. Break out that single pot or pan that you packed and make a meal fit for a king. Here are 10 delicious meal ideas for dinner.

  • From the can: Stew, Chili or Soup
  • Lemon Fish: fish fillets, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Tuna Sandwich: canned tuna, chopped green pepper, chopped cucumber, pouch of mayo, salt and pepper. Mix well and spread on bread.
  • Chicken Salad: canned chicken, salad greens or spinach, cheese (cubed) and pouch of vinaigrette dressing.
  • Chicken and Rice: canned chicken, quick cook rice, salsa. Cook rice, mix in chicken and salsa.
  • Spaghetti: Use angel hair pasta for quick cooking time. Heat package of sauce separate.
  • Pitas: Stuff with canned chicken or tuna, cucumber, tomato, mayo
  • Fried Fish: fish fillets, oil, flour, salt and pepper
  • Fancy Tuna Salad: canned tuna, chopped yellow or red pepper, can of corn, can of black beans. Mix and put on bread or salad greens.
  • Mac & Cheese


Snacks: Looking for something to munch on while you're on the water? Here are 10 no-cooking required snacks to take on your trip.

  • Trail Mix or Granola
  • Fresh Fruit - apples and oranges travel well
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dried Fruit or Nuts
  • Hard Candy
  • Rice Cakes
  • Applesauce cup
  • Carrot or celery sticks
  • Crackers with Peanut Butter
  • Cookies

Now that I've shared my top 10 quick breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas with you, it's your turn to reciprocate. Post your meal ideas in the comments section below.

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riverrat352 on 5/2/2012 9:47am
Campfire Beans... Place a small amount of dry beans in an empty coffee can add seasoning and water, cover (I use top from old can of beans fits perfect) place next to campfire. stir occasionally and add water as needed. leave overnite. before turning in bank coals push loose sand up around exposed portions of can and edges of coals.
riverrat352 on 5/2/2012 9:36am
Campfire Coffee ... Place an empty cofee can filled with water as close to fire as possible add cofee grounds and let come to a boil. once coffee starts to boil grounds will magically settle to bottom. pour into cup and enjoy (resist urge to take that last sip as a small amount of grounds will be in bottom of cup.) Newer coffee cans have a foil top with a lip around edge wich helps keep grounds in can not cup.
riverrat352 on 5/1/2012 12:04pm
Break up ramen noodles and add hot water and seasoning packet. There are times after a hard day of paddling thats about all I feel like doing... On a more seriuos note I like to camp for days or weeks at a time. This requires sticking to basic foods and finding ways to vary it. I stay away from instant oatmeal and rice and use the real thing cuz I beleive it takes less space lasts longer and tastes better. It's not as quick but I personally am in no hurry while on the water... oatmeal+dried fruit+chopped nuts= quick nutritious breakfast (powdered cofee creamer, sugar, cinnamon can be added)...Rice,boullion' jerky=dinner (onion, musroom other veg.)...grits + boullion= not bad meal...peanut butter and dried fruit = healthy snack.
lynette422001 on 8/22/2010 2:33am
Lipton and Knorr make pre-seasoned and partially cooked rice side dishes with dehydrated vegetables. Prepare as directed, add a can of drained chicken, and heat through. Delicious with a little Chardonnay. This dish also works with pasta in Alfredo sauce, canned tuna, and canned spinach.

I have been on many camping trips with folks who bring food and utensils as if they are at home and cook fresh meat, fresh vegetables, etc. They make it an event and it works for them. For me, I prefer a more minimalist menu including packaged items from the deli like tabbouleh and fried chicken.
finneganswake on 8/19/2010 4:37pm



Baba ganoush
mixed with quinoa

Either a fresh caught fish or a steak that has been marinating all day
Sometimes I get Camping food/Backpacking from Backpacker's Pantry - Easy to make and leaves plenty of time to relax

More almonds and raisins
swamprat on 2/1/2010 2:04pm
Do you de-hydrate your food for camping? Here is one. Cook lima beans, or blackeye peas etc. until done. Do not add meat, instead there is a ham bullion, ( got mine at wally-world) use this to season with. After they are done, let the beans get cold, then de-hydrate at 135 deg until crispy. When done put them in a blender and blend them until powdery. When ready to rehydrate, add several TSPs in a cup, add boiling water and stir...Bingo instant good for you cup of soup. This re-hdrates well and fast and sure hits the spot on a cold day.
swamprat on 10/6/2009 7:40pm
Tortilla Pizza is easy:
ingredients: 1 jar (or re-hydrated) pizza or salsa
6"or 8" tortilla, (flour or corn)
pizza cheese (shredded)
toppings, pepperoni, etc.
bit of oleo or oil
frying pan with a good tight lid
Heat a frying pan, sprinkle the oleo inside, place a tortilla in and when heated, turn over. Place the sauce on the tortilla, then the toppings, and last the cheese.
Immediately, splash water in the pan and cover with a tight lid. Check and if the cheese has'nt melted, do it over again. once the cheese has melted put on a plate and do it over again.
Takes about 4-5 min to make one of these and they are filling and delicious