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Chef Jennifer Bowen spent nine seasons as a cook for trail crews in Yosemite National Park and other Sierra hot spots. Now she brings her mad skills to us as BACKPACKER's Trail Chef. Got a question for her? Email

by: Trail Chef Jennifer Bowen & The Editors

Bourbon Bread Pudding
This mess-free bread pudding is the ultimate way to end your day, or start it.

MAKE AHEAD RECIPE: Super Pumped PBJ Cereal in a Bag
Treat yourself to kid-style cereal in this blend that'll actually get you through a grownup day on the trail.

Omelette in a Bag
Delicious eggs without cleaning a frying pan

All-Out No-Cook Nachos
The classic appetizer becomes a satisfying trail meal.

Quinoa Cobb Salad Recipe
This no-cook meal is great after a long hike because it is so filling and nourishing.

Coconut Cream Chia Pudding
Chia is the darling of the nutritional world for how dense it is in healthy vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids.

Trail Tapas
Consider this list merely a suggestion for this fun take on Spanish small plates.

Easy-Bake Backcountry Cinnamon Rolls
Who doesn't love cinnamon rolls? Take this classic dessert from the bakery to the backcountry with our easy-to-follow recipe.

Risotto with Smoked Salmon
Whip up this easy trail meal for luxurious fine dining under the stars.

Trail Smoothies
Tired of the same old bars? Switch it up with these great-tasting, on-the-go smoothies.

6 Ways to Remix Your Trail Mix
Good old raisins and peanuts feeling…well…old? Mix it up with one of these innovative combos. Jealous friends guaranteed.

MAKE AHEAD RECIPE: Bacon Krispy Bars
Yes, we're recommending a bacon-marshmallow combo. Trust us.

RECIPE SLIDESHOW: Impossibly Easy Barbecue Chicken Sliders
These juicy, saucy, super-simple mini sandwiches bring hearty home cooking to camp.

RECIPE SLIDESHOW: Simple Coleslaw for the Trail
Add a bit of fresh flair to your camp meals with this healthy side.

SKILLS SLIDESHOW: Pack Fresh Vegetables for the Trail
Think carrot sticks are just for school lunches? Then you clearly haven't enjoyed the transcendent crunch of raw veggies on the trail.

RECIPE SLIDESHOW: Super-Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Sandwiches
This decadent, creamy dessert will make you feel like you're at a fancy bakery. Printable version

RECIPE SLIDESHOW: Backcountry Poached Eggs
Elevate your morning with this surprisingly easy technique. Printable version

RECIPE SLIDESHOW: Backcountry Eggs Benedict
Up your game with this gourmet, one-pan breakfast.Printable version

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: 7 Mind-Blowing Oatmeal Upgrades
From apple pie to pumpkin spice, these oatmeal additions will shake up your taste buds and keep your favorite trail breakfast fresh, every day.

Looking for our old Trail Chef content? Find more videos and recipes in the archive.

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