Recipes and food list – 4 days on the road

Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved cooking. Growing up, I used to spend a lot of time with my grandmothers in the kitchen. Watching, helping, and learning all the secrets of their cooking – secrets that they probably learned from their grandmothers. Years later, I now get to experiment with some of their recipes on the road! Campfire stove, canister backpacking stove, or good old campfire, we never go on a trip without eating delicious meals!

Meal planning: How many days?

The first thing you need to consider when planning your meals is how many days you’re going to be on the road. As a rule of thumb, we always have a 4 day food supply with us, and plan to restock groceries on the 5th day.

Once you know the length of your trip, you also need to think about how many meals a day you are planning on having. Most of the times when we’re travelling, we spend lunch time either driving or hiking, so we plan for two meals per day – breakfast and dinner – plus mid-day snacks. On this post, I’ll share with you the meals (and ingredients) that I planned for our latest trip down the California coast.

Dinner Day 1 – Steak and Veggies

  • 1.5 lb steak of choice
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 corns in husks
  • Salt/Pepper/Garlic to taste

Steak: Season your steak with salt and pepper. You can cook it in a cast iron pan (we use this one), or if your campsite has a fire ring with a grill, you can totally cook it over the fire!

Sweet Potatoes: Cut them in 1″ pieces and sautée them with chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.

Corn: Wrap the corns individually in aluminum foil (keep the husks) with salt and butter (or olive oil). Cook it over the fire for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook it for 10 more minutes.

Headlamps are our best friends!

Breakfast Day 2 – Veggie Frittata

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 1 small onion or shallot
  • 1 cup leeks
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper/Garlic to taste

Sautée leeks, shallots, and garlic in butter or olive oil. Add chopped sweet potatoes and mushrooms. In a separate container, mix milk with eggs and salt, until combined. Pour egg mixture in the pan with sauteed vegetables. Cook it until firm.

Dinner Day 2 – Chicken and Veggies

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Salt/Pepper/Garlic to taste

Chicken breast: Cute chicken breasts in half and season with salt and pepper. Grilled it over fire or campstove.

Rice: Chop tomatoes and zucchinis and cook it with rice for an easy camp risoto!

Breakfast Day 3 – Eggs and Hash browns

  • 1 package breakfast sausages
  • 1 lb frozen hash browns (or 3 potatoes)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk

Eggs: Crumble sausages and cook them in a pan. Add milk and eggs. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Hash browns: Cook as directed in the package. If you are using fresh potatoes, cook them until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Dinner Day 3 – Chicken Chili

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 oz chili premix powder
  • 24 oz can black beans – drained
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomato
  • 1 cup of water or broth
  • Any leftover veggies!
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Sautée onion and garlic and add cubed chicken breasts. Once the chicken is fully cooked, add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Not the best picture, but the chili was amazing, I promise.

Breakfast Day 4 – Biscuits and Gravy

  • 8-10 biscuits
  • 3-4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 package breakfast sausage (I usually go for maple or brown sugar sausages)
  • Salt/Pepper/Garlic to taste

Biscuits: I know it sounds weird to have biscuits but no oven to cook them with. Here is one way to do it, and you can find a lot more on Pinterest.

Gravy: Crumble sausages and cook them with the butter until brown. Add the flour, mix until combined and cook it for 3 minutes. Add milk 1 cup at a time, until mixture reaches a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper as needed.


These are all simple recipes that you can make at your campsite and impress everyone in your group. And don’t you worry – I’ll be sharing more of those with y’all! Now, I’d love to hear suggestions and what are some of your favorite recipes to cook/bake when you’re on the road!

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Campsite head chef and safety ambassador. Born in Brasil, I've been exploring the U.S. since 2012. From Philadelphia to San Francisco, always ready to jump right into the next adventure.

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