What Are Some of Your Favorite Camping Recipes Using A Camp Stove?

I’ve done a fair number of 4-8 day camping trips for work and here’s what I make for myself.  All the recipes serve 1, and should come in between 600 and 800 kcal.
Adam’s Indian food suggesting is great and I bring a few of those and some instant rice with me for a quick dinner.

With just a bit more effort I’ll make burritos using a method I learned/developed in Peace Corps.
At home mix:
1/4 cup Bean flour (toasted is better)
chili powder (to taste)
garlic/onion powder (to taste)
Granulated or powdered broth (to taste)

Other ingredients to have in the field
Oil
Salt
tortillas
cheese (optional)
4 oz can of salsa (optional)
Hot sauce

Directions:
Bring 1/2-1 cup  of water up to a boil.  Lower the heat then add the bean mix and stir until most of the lumps are out, add some more water if the mixture is too thick.  Mix in some oil, 1-2 tbsp, and add salt to taste.  Cook for 1-2 minutes longer then remove from heat.

Put some bean mix, cheese, hot sauce, and salsa on a tortilla then eat.

Instant mashed potatoes are super fast and very tasty after a long days hike
At home mix:
1 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
2 tbsp powdered milk
desired flavorings (powdered cheese, ranch dressing powder, garlic powder, ect)

Other ingredients to have in the field
Oil
salt
Summer sausage (optional)

Directions:
If you’re using summer sausage slice it into your pot and cook it over medium heat until the fat is rendered and the sausage bits are crispy.  Then add 2 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add the potato flake mixture and stir and add some oil and salt to taste.

Ramen and cheese
Mix at home
1/4 cup powdered cheese
2 tbsp powdered milk
desired flavorings (garlic powder, chilly powder, etc.)
1 tbsp toasted bean flour (Optional, but I like to add this to help thicken the sauce and increase protein and fiber)

Other ingredients to have in the field:
1 package of Ramen noodles

Directions
Crumble the ramen into a pot and cover with water.  Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil.  Once the ramen are done, remove the pot from the heat, add the cheese powder mix and stir to remove lumps.  If you used bean powder you may need to cook the mixture for another minute or too to get the full thickening effects.

Cheesy egg breakfast burritos
at home mix:
1/2 cup powdered eggs
2 tbsp powdered cheese
1 tbsp powdered milk
other desired flavorings to taste

Other ingredients to have in the field:
summer sausage (optional)
tortillas
salt
hot sauce

Directions
If you’re using it, slice some summer sausage into a pot.  Then add the powdered egg mix and 3/4 cup water.  Mix thoroughly then place over medium heat and cook until the eggs are at the desired consistency.

Place the eggs on a tortilla with some hot sauce and salt.

Something else that’s nice to bring on camping trips is instant pancake mix.  Either make you’re own mix, or find a “just add water” brand  and cook up a few pancakes in the morning.

Some tips for if you do any extended trips:
A non-stick pot with lid, and a spoon shaped silicon spatula will make your camp cooking and cleaning so much easier.  The pot doubles as your bowl and the spatula is also your spoon 🙂
Ramen noodles cook faster and have more calories per ounce than pasta
Always pack oil with you to increase the caloric contents of your food
An opened summer sausage or block semi-hard of cheese will  a week at 70F temperatures (there are probably some food safety issues to consider though).

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