Getting Ready To Camp Out – Tell Zesty What To Cook!

by zesty on July 9, 2010 · 11 comments

Last day of work for a week and we are heading camping tomorrow! I have never been much of a camper my whole life really. We have camped a few times in tents growing up and even a few years back but I would always complain about something…. whether it be the unevenness of the ground I was sleeping on, the dampness in the tent, the bugs getting in or even the rain that would always penetrate the tent.

This year, Mrs. Zesty hooked us up in style.

Some might even say we are “Glamping“.  We are staying in a 36′ Wildwood Trailer minutes from the warm waters and white sand dunes of PEI’s amazing beaches.  I am pretty excited to just throw the feet up and relax but I am even more excited to cook all week for family and friends.  I have been preparing menu items for the last month or so  – trying to come up with some fun dishes to prep while on the camp site.  It seems like we will be equipped with a bbq, a fire pit,  propane cook top and an oven.  So it will be just like home.

Part of my plea to you today is to gather some meal ideas that i can incorporate into my menu.  Before I get your ideas, I will give you a quick list of what I came up with thus far.  Do not that one of our friends just eats chicken and vegetables…. and is allergic to all things fishy.

Zesty’s Camping Menu

  • Grilled chicken wraps with grilled vegetables and a sweet chili sauce
  • Grilled portabella mushroom topped with corn and mango salsa
  • Thai chicken wings on the grill – for sure!
  • Spinach and feta salad topped with fresh local berries and a balsamic vinaigrette
  • Open fire roasted chicken with a cranberry chutney
  • Super sweet potato skewers
  • Pan seared Croissant french toast topped with apple and pear compote and complete with fresh whip cream and maple syrup
  • Pork back ribs with molasses and hoisin served with a crunch slaw (I will have to eat meat)
  • Simple grilled pineapple with drizzled chocolate and roasted nuts
  • Roasted beer nuts with brown sugar, butter and fresh rosemary

That is a few of the things I had put together.  I am open for more interesting and fun ideas so fill the comments up and if I make one of your ideas… I will give you a shout out next week.  Sound fun?  I think so… so let’s do it.  I hope you have an awesome Friday and a great weekend.  I will talk to you all on Monday with a camping update.

PS.  The grass is growing so fast that it looks like we have to get off our butts and buy a lawn tractor.  I am not sure it can wait another week.

Take care


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1 Kim

As someone who also just eats chicken and veggies I can say I would def enjoy the following:
- Spinach and feta salad topped with fresh local berries and a balsamic vinaigrette
- Super sweet potato skewers
- Grilled chicken wraps with grilled vegetables and a sweet chili sauce

So feel free to pack up and leftovers for me ;)


2 VeggieGirl

I’m all about “glamping” these days. I’ve done the whole “sleep under the stars without a tent and on the bare ground” thing, and I hated it, haha. Enjoy! :)


3 Morgan @ Life After Bagels

I am really into grilled pineapple lately. I eat on salad and it’s delicious, I’m sure you could match it up with some grilled meat and it would superb.


4 Marie

I love this dish when camping. Take a ziplock with roast red peppers, chick peas, chopped up chorizo and some spinach. Then make a fritatta with 6 eggs and add all the extras… its filling, gorgeous for breakfast or dinner and looks like you’ve made an effort without having to do too much work! A version of it here:


5 Marie

ooh and leave out the chorizo and replace with smoked paprika for vegetarians.


6 Lara (Thinspired)

Ok, I am kind of a princess and refuse to go camping, but I would consider going “glamping” in that thing with the Zesty family. A full kitchen and those yummy recipes? Ok, I’m in :)


7 Danica

haha – I think I could actually picture you not being much of a camper:D…just sayin’

You have to have S’MORES!!!! Camping totally requires them…..anything BBQ’d is awesome and so is your menu.

Another thing that is easy for camping ~ you should cook them over your fire, but, I suppose if you are glamping, you can plug the crockpot in to make these simple and easy Cowboy Beans!!!

Another thing that’s fun is just simple breakfasts – eggs, bacon, etc. Then, you can save the leftover bacon for BLT’s plus A – AVOCADO!

have fun!


8 Mama Pea

How about a great vegetarian chili? I like Dreena Burton’s sweet potato and red lentil…it’s awesome! I didn’t plagarize it, but this lady did ;)


9 Dynamics

OMG…You have to BBQ some cookies or a cake. The smell will bring the entire campground to your site. You will be a star!!! We also like to BBQ pizza while camping. Have fun!


10 Daniel

Why is it that I always respond to these requests late? Oh, yeah, I’m busy and don’t read it everyday. Oh well, here’s an idea for you (if you have the ingredients handy): Use flour tortillas and peach or apricot preserves to make “fried pies.”

Fill the flour tortillas half full with the preserves. Bend the tortilla over, and wet them around the edges with water. Using a fork, press the two sides of the tortilla together all the way around. Grill on both sides (or cook in lightly greased skilled) until brown and crispy.

We tried this when we were kids, and the tortillas wouldn’t stick together. However, we had a blast eating the flat fried pies, and we created some great memories in the process. A friend who had experienced the fun years ago, wanted to try it again on a more recent camping trip. The use of water around the edges made our second attempt a success.


11 RhodeyGirl

1. Healthy Cobb Salads
2. Grilled eggplant topped with crushed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella
3. Grilled veggies with a balsamic reduction
4. Port mushrooms grilled and stuffed with artichoke hearts (buy canned), sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella.
5. Garbage salads- throwall the leftovers of a day into a bowl, top with dressing, and serve
6. Make your own fajitas. Grilled chicken, grilled peppers, fresh tomatoes, cheese, tortillas. served with corn on the cob.


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