Simple Ways To Improve Basic Meals

I think something that every camper looks up at some point during planning for their trips is easy meal ideas. I have done this a fair share myself, however I am now trying to find new ways to spice up the meals I already have to make them better. I would like to share some of these with you in hopes that it might just make your meals a little better

1. Homemade Oatmeal

The reason I say homemade is because there is nothing exciting about plain oatmeal, although they do make some good flavours now. However, a friend of mine decided to go to bulk barn and purchase oatmeal, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, walnuts, and almonds to mix up his own oatmeal recipe (as much as you can call it that). The way that the hot water brought the dried fruits back to life was amazing. Another way to spice up your oatmeal is to bring either peanut butter or nutella and add a scope in with the hot water. 

2. Proatmeal

Another oatmeal based idea comes from adding a scoop of protein powder to your oatmeal before adding the water (at which point it becomes proatmeal). This is a great way to add protein in with your carbs for the day and also add a bit of flavour to your oatmeal (provided you have a good flavour of protein) 

3. Protein Pancakes

A great way to spice up your pancakes is to add protein powder to the dry pancake mix. If you have a good flavour it really helps to spice this simple meal up. Another great benefit is that it adds a bit of protein to your food giving you a little more energy to get through your day. If you didn't want to bring sticky syrup with you on your trip a great alternative is once again peanut butter and nutella (I think you can see a bit of a trend here). 

4. Mr.Noodles with Veggies

I might be the only one to say this but I am a big fan of Mr.Noodles when I am camping. One way I have found to make this meal a little better is to chop up some fresh onion and pepper and cook it in with the noodles. The veggies make the meal a little heartier and also make you feel a little more healthy while eating it

5. Cooked Summer Sausage

This was something new that a stumbled upon last summer. Summer sausage usually does not require refrigeration and keeps for quite a while. Although it tastes good to just cut a piece off and eat it, a way that I have found to really spice this sausage up is to cook it. I would cut a few thin pieces and put them in a frying pan to cook. It doesn't take long to crisp the outside and bring out some of the juices inside. We found this to really bring a new great flavour to this already delicious food

6. Tuna Mac and Cheese

Another pasta based meal would consist of Mac and Cheese as the base. I have found success in making this without butter or milk as long as your not too picky about your mac and cheese..Adding in either a can of tuna or bag of tuna as some companies now make, adds both flavour and protein to make this meal that much more solid.