This was my 3rd time camping on SCD and finally I managed to do it without getting stressed about food. I used to rely on pre-hardboiled eggs, Larabars, nut muffins, yogurt, plain meatballs, and burgers. I found the nut muffins were not appetizing when it was hot and gross outside. I also found burgers to be a pain because everyone wants to toast buns on the grill (that’s a little too much cross-contamination for my comfort) and it requires bringing too many jars of condiments. Our first camping trip when we did hamburgers, half our cooler was just bottles and jars. Meatballs are fine but again, not terribly appetizing.
I decided to come up with a plan that included simple breakfasts cooked in the cast iron pan on a stove burner that a friend brought, lunches that didn’t require cooking, and dinners on the grill. A few days ahead of time I made lots of kefir and yogurt. The day before, I pre-marinated some chicken and steaks (pictured above right). Then the day we left, I cut up some lettuce and veggies for a salad and made dressing separately in a jar. I bought sausages and bacon from local farmer. This wasn’t exactly ‘roughing it’ camping with all the cookware and gourmet food we had.
Breakfasts: we fried some bacon in the cast iron pan first, then fried eggs in the bacon grease. I had yogurt with blueberries and honey to round out my breakfast. Hong had his oatmeal with blueberries and drank some kefir. Yogurt, kefir, eggs, and bacon all keep very easily in a cooler without having to worry if it gets too warm.
Lunches: sausages that were already cooked but we grilled quickly, salad including lettuce, tomato, cucumber, snow peas, mushrooms, green onion, garlic stuffed olives, raw cheddar cheese, homemade salad dressing (olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, dijon mustard, salt & pepper)
Dinner 2: Marinated steaks (red wine vinegar, drizzle honey, garlic, salt, pepper), mushrooms and onions sauteed in butter, roasted red peppers (above), fire baked sweet potato (below, not SCD-legal but I do ok with them on occasion)
Snacks: we were pretty full from the meals, but we also had plenty of snacks including grilled pineapple, cherries, plums, apples, nut mix, strawberry fruit roll ups, more yogurt, blueberries, cheddar cheese
So some things I’ll remember from this trip are to just bring basic meats that can be eaten on their own. Round out the meals with veggies that roast easily or can be eaten as salad. Cut up salad veggies before leaving and make some homemade salad dressing. Add some bacon, eggs, yogurt and fruit and it’s a pretty simple cooler full of SCD legal food.