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Dinner Camping Recipes

Restaurant-quality dining on the trail. Choose from Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto or Chicken Posole Wraps for your next campfire dinner.

by: Backpacker Contributors

Crunchy Tabbouleh

6-ounce box tabbouleh mix (including spice packet)
1 small cucumber
2 scallions
1 carrot
2 radishes
1/2 cup broccoli florets
4 sprigs parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil

At home: Combine bulgur from tabbouleh mix with contents of spice packet; pack in a zipper-lock bag.

In camp: At breakfast, chop veggies and combine all ingredients in a leakproof container with 1 cup cold, filtered water. By lunchtime, the bulgur will be rehydrated and the salad will be ready to devour. Serve with tortillas. Serves 2.

Angel Hair Pasta with lemon oil

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
12 ounces angel hair pasta
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste

At home: Mix all ingredients except pasta and cheese. Pack in a small, Lexan container (ideal for oil as it won't sweat through the plastic). Break pasta strands in half and pack in zipper-locked bag for easy transport.

In camp: Cook pasta until al dente, about 5 minutes. Strain liquid from pot; mix in lemon oil and half of the Parmesan cheese. Place in bowls and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Serves two hungry hikers. Serves 2.

Note: Angel hair pasta cooks quickly because it's thin; use it when fast meals or fuel savings are a must.

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May 22, 2014

I think I'd have a hard time bringing this kind of food with me. Don't get me wrong! I'd love to have salmon and pasta or some chicken corn chowder, but I just don't know how I'd keep it all fresh (safe to eat). Maybe I'll replace the salmon and chicken with catch of the day. :)

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Jul 27, 2011

I was actually thinking that this food sounds surprisingly delicious and gourmet. You can stick to your boring gorp and cliff bars, I'm gonna write some of these recipes down.

Aug 06, 2009

Orzo is just pasta, can't see how that is nasty

Jul 12, 2009

hmmm, where is that frozen burger patties?

May 28, 2009

Ewww. This is the weirdest and most non-appetizing backpacking food I've ever seen. I can't imagine returning to camp from a summit push and actually enjoying a bowl of corn chowder or mushroom orzo. Nasty!

Sep 16, 2008

If you get foiled packs, they're shelf stable... You usually find it with the tuna

happy camper
Sep 14, 2008

How do you keep the chicken and salmon from spoiling?


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