Paleo eating tips for camping with kids?

by 1208 · July 17, 2010 at 08:13 PM

I am planning a three week vacation with my husband and two kids (ages 3 and 1), and I am feeling a bit daunted by the prospect of meal planning. The first and third week we will be car camping, and the second week we will have a small kitchen (I'm not really worried about that time).

Any ideas about some paleo foods that would be good for camping? So far my plans include making some pemmican bars and getting some uncured sausages for dinners, but I am feeling kind of stuck otherwise.


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77322 · April 10, 2010 at 10:58 PM

I'd suggest cut up raw veggies for one thing- you can pre-cut some and put them in ziplocs or tupperware containers. Cut them up fresh daily in the campsite too- take lots of carrots, snap peas, celery, and if your kids eat avocados take them too and cut open as needed. Apples, bananas, pears etc. are all great camping foods too.

Maybe bring some almond butter to fill the celery sicks with, or to spread on cucumbers. You are going to be limited somewhat by what your kids will actually eat at home. As @gilliebean suggested, hard-boiled eggs are perfect snack foods.

And @tattooedchef's comment about prepared soups/stews is great too- when we traveled from Mexico to the US I used frozen containers of soup and stew as ice packs for the cooler, and then ate them as they thawed.

One of my favorite appetizers on our road trip was the tuna sashimi with wasabi and a bit of soy sauce (bad!). Kids might not agree. Perhaps canned fish packed in water would come in handy if they eat fish. Find them the Paleo-friendliest wieners you can find too- that can be in their 20%. After all, it is a holiday.

As far as meat goes, I hope you have some kind of camp stove to use since raw meat is not too popular with most kids. If you pack some frozen meat it acts as ice in the cooler until you need it. Easy ones are steaks, kebabs, chops, and road-kill chickens (flattened out!).

Since we travel in a dinky 13 ft.Boler I usually cook up at least a pound of bacon before we leave and wrap it in paper towel in a tupperware container- it is simple to just warm up in the morning when we are frying eggs.

Have a good trip!

13928 · April 10, 2010 at 09:48 PM

Here's some ideas!

  • EGGS - Bring lots of eggs!
  • PRIMAL PANCAKES - Make a primal pancake batter with almond flour and eggs (recipe - omit the agave).
  • SAUSAGES - Find a source of sugar-free nitrate-free sausages (US Wellness Meats or something local).
  • BACON!!
  • DRIED BEEF - or beef jerky, salmon, jerky, turkey jerky...
  • SWEET POTATO CHIPS - it's borderline; be sure to check what kind of oil they're fried in.
  • SAUERKRAUT - yum.

And go fishing!!

2231 · July 17, 2010 at 08:13 PM

One of my favorite camping foods that my kids eat for dinner is meat & veggies w butter in foil packets. I usually use my grass-fed beef hamburger, potatoes, carrots & onions and butter. Wrap foil around and then use another foil wrapped a few times around that. If using only one piece of foil you have a chance of ashes getting into food when opening. This can be made at home or at campsite. And then just toss in the hot coals. I check ever so often and I can hear them "sizzle." You can omit the potatoes of course! We love camping.

2268 · April 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM

If at some point you are able make a campfire and have some basic cooking utensils, then there's quite a lot of things you can make.

This article has lots of ideas for campfire meals, not all of them are paleo (skip the "puddings" section at the end) but most are close enough or easily adaptable.

Grilled meats/kebabs, slow roasts of various cuts of meat, stews, and grilled fish seem to be the main recurring themes.

2505 · April 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM

You could make (in advance) homemade versions of the Larabars? I've seen recipes online for easy knockoffs:

homemade Larabars

The only thing that instantly crosses my mind is to get some soup containers (like when you get takeaway -- the ones with good lids) and make up soups/stews in advance to cook in pots over a fire? I don't know what kind of cooking setup you'd have for your first and third week, but I'm presuming you'd have some sort of heating apparatus for use over an open fire?

754 · April 12, 2010 at 03:21 PM

outside of canned, you could make it a good learning experience (assuming you have a way to cook every-night), by planning provisioning stops at local farmer's markets, co-ops and farms/butchers along the way. That way you can get fresh food every day even with proper planning, you can either do on the fly (smart phone helps here) or plan ahead and arrange stuff with farms along the way. I just tend to get really tired of canned/salted/non-fresh really fast so it also depends on your tolerance to that as well.

EatWild.com has state by state listings of pastured meats/etc

4533 · April 11, 2010 at 01:47 AM

Lots of great advice here! Glad I checked into this question. Don't forget canned fish, sardines, anchovies, salmon, tuna, easy to tote. Dried anchovies from an Asian grocer are a great food, too.

363 · April 10, 2010 at 04:34 PM

Cans of coconut milk, or Aroy-d's http://importfood.com/current040510.html paper carton's. Or you could buy the frozen stuff (no preservatives) from an Asian store, defrost, and put it all one large container. Coconut is the most satiating product I've found.

851 · April 10, 2010 at 02:48 PM

pemmican, nuts, jerky...

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