Filling meals are vital for any kind of adventure out in the wild. Whether you’re camping by the local stream, skiing across the slopes or hiking up mountains, fulfilling your nutritional requirements is important for maintaining your energy and adventurous spirit.
If you’re reading this, you’ll agree that filling meals are the key to a content stomach when you’re adventuring in nature. After a long day of physical activity there’s nothing more rewarding than a delicious, filling meal!
If you’re keen to satisfy your stomach (and sustain your keen adventurous spirit) while out in nature, then the following meal ideas will be perfect for you!
1. Filling pasta
Pasta is the quintessential Italian dish that can be easily taken along to any campsite.
Simply boil the noodles and add ingredients to your liking, such as onion, pepperoni, tomato and other vegetables. Use tinned and dried ingredients for your convenience when cooking at your campsite. Stir in the sauce and enjoy the resulting hearty meal.
If you need some more great pasta ideas, check out the yummy HelloFresh Italian recipes list.
2. Vegetable & split pea soup
Soup is the ultimate soul food and there’s no better time for it than after a day of trekking outdoors!
Vegetables and split peas are a winning combination. To prepare, grab a soup mix, split peas and dried vegetables such as mushrooms and tomatoes – even with limited ingredients its’ delicious.
Simply combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. You can also add pre-packed chicken and rice to add something extra. Enjoy by yourself or with your pack of fellow adventurers – either way, this dish is sure to provide comfort in cold surroundings.
3. Campfire nachos
Nachos are easy, delicious and easily adjusted for the serving size you need. All you need is corn chips, cheese, sauce and your choice of beans and vegetables. Using tinned ingredients makes this recipe easy if you are planning to cook outdoors.
You can easily prepare this dish in a Dutch oven and it’s great for bringing groups together around a shared loved of good food.
Campfire nachos make for a tasty and filling meal and they’re a lot of fun to cook over a fire!
4. Hearty oatmeal
Oats are a very healthy energy source and oatmeal can be easily prepared at home without much effort required.
Before embarking on your journey, combine your oats with a variety of dried fruits that appeal to you. Some options include dried apricots or cranberries to add more flavour to your oatmeal mix.
If you want to get fancy bring along extra dry ingredients such as chocolate chips, nuts, coconut flakes to top it with before eating.
When you’re out adventuring and ready to make your breakfast, simply boil your oats and dried fruit with water until all the water is absorbed. Then add milk and any extra toppings, and it’s ready!
There you have it! Hearty and easy-to-prep meals that are a winner for anyone doing some winter adventuring. These are just a few ideas to help get you started with winter meal planning so there’s always more for you to discover and experiment with.
Oh and what about dessert?
Of course you can also consider following these outdoor meals with an easily prepared dessert such as these epic bliss balls, protein cinnamon scrolls or healthy coconut cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Being adventurous in the elements doesn’t mean you have to miss out on great food, with plenty of options available as long as you prepare for them.
Final tip for success
Lastly, know that the secret to success here is planning. Planning out your meals and packing the ingredients necessary is essential for achieving adequate sustenance throughout your trip. All it takes is a little bit of extra preparation and you can have heartwarming and delicious food no matter where you pitch your tent – leaving you more time to focus on nature!
Now it’s your turn – what’s your favourite meal or snack to take when you’re heading out into nature? Share it in the comment section below.
P.S. Who do you know that’s heading on an outdoor adventure and may find these filling meal ideas helpful? Share it with them now – they’ll thank you for it later!