We believe most families can benefit from a year on the road and away from the rat race.
We believe that camping should not relegate one to a diet of beanie weenies.
When we first hit the road, meal planning went from something I used to excel at to something I squeezed into a tight 10 minutes before darting into the one grocery store we just found with a lot large enough to accommodate the USS Gigantic. Result? Too many dinners featuring hot dogs. By the middle of February I decided I would have to be a starving resident of District 12 before I would eat another one. For ever so long as I still have a choice, I am going to take advantage of it and I shall meanwhile eschew the lowly tube steak.
In addition to not fitting into many local grocer’s parking lots, the Bob T does not fit most anywhere in the Yosemite National Park campgrounds. Thus we had to leave it outside the park and go for a couple of nights tent camping if we wanted to have the coveted experience of waking up in the valley. In the past when we went tent camping we have mostly eaten those dehydrated meals that come in a handsome foil carrying case. For the most part, these are usually not bad. But they are expensive for a family of five and I knew with a bit of planning and research I could do better.
The night before we set out I spent about ninety minutes in prep work for our six meals. By “prep” I mean checking the recipes and packing the necessary ingredients and utensils plus the chopping and bagging of vegetables to minimize the work in camp. Check out our first dinner, Chicken and Dumplings:
Kevin gets kudos for doing the dish washing after every single meal. Washing dishes in campgrounds is one of my least favorite chores, coming in a close second behind cleaning the litter box. And who could blame me when THIS is the water collection and disposal appliance...
So, do any of you have any great backcountry recipes of your own?