Looking for quick and easy camping freezer meals? Look no further, I quickly pulled out 5 meals in less than 30 minutes to take to the lake for our family of 6. It doesn’t need to be hard, check the recipes below and comment to let me know what is your favourite meal to take camping.
I recently wrote a blog post with 20 Go-to Camping Meals and many of you loved it. This week I took holidays and we headed out to the cabin. I was not very well prepared, in fact, I didn’t even go grocery shopping. My freezer is full of chicken, pork & beef. I don’t need more, I need to use up what I we currently have.
I searched the freezer and found:
- Chicken Drumsticks
- Pork Chops
- Ground Beef
- Chicken Thighs
- Beef Round Roast
We were leaving in the next hour, so I decided to take my freezer meat and prep them to take to the lake. I found my recipes and had 5 meals ready to go in less than 30 minutes. The trick is to keep it simple and get the sauces ready ahead of time.
One final thought before I share the recipes, when using chicken, remember that some marinades will break down the meat fibers if left on too long. The best advice is to make the marinade, and throw it on the chicken when frozen. While it thaws, the meat will marinade and you can use it quickly for your meal. I like to thaw it overnight and throw it in the slow cooker right after lunch. (Slow cooker chicken on high – 3 hours, low – 4 to 5 hours.)
What recipes did I make?
- Brown Sugar Meatloaf
- Balsamic Chicken Thighs
- BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
- Zingy Pork Chops
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef
All 5 meals, the meat was pulled from the freezer and are still frozen. I had previously bagged each of them enough for one meal. I simply had to add the marinade for each except for the meatloaf.
One of my favourite recipes is from Karrie Truman’s cookbook Seriously Good Freezer Meals, page 210. As my ground beef is frozen, I prep the ingredients separately. One medium freezer bag contains the sauce reserved for the meatloaf topping and one medium freezer bag contains everything I needed to mix with the ground beef once it is thawed. Prepping these ahead of time keeps it simple for me as I don’t have to bring as many ingredients to the lake with me.
Quickly foud this recipe online from the Girl on the Bloor where there are 5 chicken marinades listed. I chose to use the Balsamic chicken recipe as I have all the ingredients on hand. I mix the marinade and throw it with my frozen chicken thighs. Slow cook them on high for 3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. Quickly throw them on the grill to crisp them up. Serve with rice and a side veggie.
Honestly, this is a super simple recipe. It involves a bottle of bbq sauce that I have on hand and dump it all on my chicken. Seriously, why go through the effort of making a sauce, when I most likely have a bottle in the pantry. This is the same as the Balsamic chicken where I slow cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 3 hours followed by crisping them up on the grill.
Chili Pepper Madness has a Zingy Pork Chops marinade. My pork chops are frozen, I mix all the ingredients together and throw it all in my freezer bag of pork chops. I cook this up after all the chicken meals as the marinade will break down the pork fibers down. My children are not big fans of chewy pork meat. The recipe also gives 3 methods to cook them: oven, grill or pan-sear.
Roast beef is such an easy recipe to take on the go. There are a multitude of recipes available on line. I found the Best Marinade in Existence online by With a Blast. I let the marinade sit for a while with my roast as my meat cut was tough. In all honesty, I enjoy the marinade, however, my kids are not the biggest fan. That is the joy of marinades, they are easy to find online, and I get to try different ones to switch it up.
For more meal ideas, check out the following blog posts:
- Meal Planning 101 – How to Start Meal Planning for the Family
- 25 freezer meals – stress free prepping
- 95 family dinner meal ideas
- 14 Meals for $100