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5 campsite recipes you’ll want to remember

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After a long day of biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, you will likely have worked up an appetite. Sure, you could stick with sandwiches or freeze-dried meals. But why would you when there are so many easy – and healthy – campfire recipes available? Moreover, you need meals that will replenish the vitamins and nutrients you have lost in you exertions. For example, you'll need complex carbohydrates for energy and protein for your muscles.Take a look at the top five nutritious recipes below:

1. Portable tacos 
This recipe is too easy to ignore – it involves little prep and even less cleanup. To enjoy portable tacos for yourself, you'll need a bag of your favorite chips, lettuce, shredded cheese, taco fixins​' and ground beef or turkey. Prepare the meat in a skillet over the fire. Drain the fat and add the meat and other ingredients to your personal bag of chips and shake it up. Enjoy with a fork or with your fingers.

2. Campfire lasagna 
If you're looking for a classier meal, you could try your hand at campfire lasagna. Instead of placing the layers in a pan, you'll place them in a Dutch oven. You can include vegetables and protein in the mix to provide energy for your next ride or hike. See the full recipe here

When it's time to settle in for the night, cook some of these meals to replenish yourself for the next adventure.
When it's time to settle in for the night, cook some of these meals to replenish yourself for the next adventure.

3. One-pan paella 
This traditional Spanish recipe will make your mouth water. Paella is a rich blend of veggies and protein that provides the essential nutrients you'll need when you're on the go. As an added bonus, it's a truly flavorful dish that's perfect for a chilly night under the stars. To cook this recipe, you'll want a large wok or a decent-sized stir fry pan. Click here for the full list of ingredients and cooking instructions. 

4. Healthy kebabs
If you like roasted vegetables and meats, you'll most likely love kebabs. Instead of being a sugary dessert, kebabs can be customized to your tastes and needs. All you need are a few skewers and a variety of chopped vegetables and meat. Onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, chicken and steak are typically the most popular components. Simply slide these foods onto a skewer and rotate over the campfire. You can marinate your ingredients beforehand if you desire added flavor. Cleanup is as easy as washing the skewers.

5. Stuffed onions 
Onions are another food that cooks really well over fire. Stuffed onions make for an especially flavorful and hearty meal after a long day on the trails, as they are packed with vegetables, lean meat and the sauce of your choice. If you're interested in having stuffed onions for your campsite meal, you can find a full version of the recipe here.

Camping and cycling are activities that allow you to push your body to the limit, but any experience cyclist knows that at the end of the day you need to replenish the nutrients you've lost. The recipes listed above are great for that purpose. If you need to stock up on campsite cookware before your next trip, visit www.cyclocamping.com

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About Stephane Marchiori

Owner of Cyclocamping.com
Bike touring since 2003, including:
a 5-Year Bicycle Journey Around The World!

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