This List contains food items needed to make 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, and 2 lunches as well as snacks for the morning hike and evening campfire talk. Naturally, I assume this is all to be prepared old school, over a fire in a cast iron pot.
Each meal feeds our family of 6, 2 adults and 4 kids under 10.
Note: Our family is able to consume healthy yogurt and butter with no side effects. If this is not the case for you, pack your butter alternative and 86 the yogurt.
Warning: Typically, I am a bit more of a purist when it comes to poisoning my children with this much sugar. However, let’s face it, life is just flat out more fun with the little drug. As a result, you will see that I am effectively intoxicating my children so as to assure they remember our camping weekend as one of the best in their lives. AND this might seem like A LOT of food. If your kids are like mine, their second most verbalized statement is, “I’m hungry!”
3 dozen eggs (If you prefer to mix it up-omit 18 eggs & pack 3 cups of rolled oats for one breakfast)
1 lb G/F bacon (or 1 lb of G/F breakfast sausage)
2 big loaves of G/F bread (Thanks, Costco for providing Udi’s in big slices!)
1 package G/F hot dog buns
1 container organic Yogurt squeezes (freeze them before you leave)
1 big bag G/F tortilla chips
Chili (Make and freeze your favorite recipe ahead of time)
1 package G/F hot dogs
1 package G/F brats or sausages for mommy and daddy
Tomato Soup (Frozen ahead of time. Here is my recipe.)
1 block of manchego cheese (Did you know often times a dairy intolerant person can happily enjoy sheep’s and goat’s cheese?! Brilliant!)
Cheddar Cheese (Only if there is a family member who is selfish enough to eat it in front of the others.)
1 container of honey
2 sticks of butter
4 cup tupperware container filled with fresh, cut veggies (broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers)
1 bunch bananas
Strawberries, grapes, melon, any other kind of fruit
4-pack of milk (soy, rice, or almond)
4-pack of almond chocolate milk (We used this as a bribe. If the kids made it to the end of the hike without complaining they would receive the nectar. They were quite delightful.)
1 batch of homemade healthy cookies (Recipe here-freeze before leaving.)
1 box G/F graham crackers
2 bars of dark chocolate (When the cocoa content is above 72% it is usually dairy free)
Nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew-whatever floats your boat)
Coffee! (or tea)
Any coffee additives needed to get your engine started
Lots and Lots of water
Chili, tortilla chips, chopped onions & S’mores!
Eggs & Bacon (or sausage), coffee & fruit
Tomato Soup & Grilled manchego (or cheddar) cheese sandwiches
Hot dogs, brats, left over chips & chopped veggies
Eggs, Toast, & fruit (or oatmeal & honey)
Nut butter & honey sandwiches, leftover veggies, chips, & fruit, milk for the kids
Cookies, yogurt, fruit & chocolate milk
Pack up and drive home singing Kumbaya!