Outdoor Recreation

Camping in Utah series, Food for Camping, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
5/19/2011 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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Healthy Hot Breakfast Cereals w/ Toppings, Store in a Box!

Use Ziplock Bags, 2 cups each



6-Grain Rolled Mix


Wheat Hearts*

Any combination of the above 3 cereals

Cream of Wheat (or Farina)

Cracked Wheat*

Brown Rice

Brown Rice & Quinoa Combo

*See Recipes Below

Toppings (also stored in Ziplock bags except Maple Syrup) may include:

Brown sugar


Maple syrup
Shredded coconut
Dried nuts & Fruit
Fresh fruit


Prepare immediately after breakfast.

Use sandwich size Ziploc bags. 

No meals to worry about until dinner.

Peanut Butter
Jam or Honey
Fresh Fruit
Oatmeal Cookies*

Granola Bars
Trail Mix*
Carrot & Celery Sticks

*See Recipes below

Trail Mix - Make your own!

Mix together any of the following ingredients:
Plain animal cookies
Dried Fruit
M & M's
And anything else you like that won't melt (like chocolate)

Freshly Ground Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


This makes a double batch. Eat and freeze the rest.


2 cups butter
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 TBSP molasses
4 eggs
4 tablespoons hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla (I like the Mexican Vanilla)

1 teaspoon salt (I use Gourmet sea salt)
2 teaspoons baking soda
5 cups fresh ground whole wheat flour or All-Purpose white flour
6 - 9 cups oats, six-grain rolled mix or combination.


Option:  For less calories and more fiber replace 1 cup cooked, pureed Great Northern Beans instead of 1 cup butter.

Create your own great Oatmeal Cookie by adding ANY of these optional Items: 1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips, 12 oz. package of walnuts, dates, coconut, raisins, craisins, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, both peanut butter and chocolate chips


Combine and blend butter, sugar, molasses, eggs, hot water, and vanilla together in one bowl. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together: salt, soda, dough enhancer and flour.  Combine the butter/sugar mixture with the dry ingredients. Add oats and any other optional ingredients like Chocolate Chips, etc. and mix again.


Spread the dough evenly onto two or three large cookie sheets. Preheat oven, bake at 350 degrees for approx. 15 - 20 minutes. Cut into bars when cooled.


Note: Store in Zip Lock Sandwich Bags.

Taco & Burrito Buffet


Let family members build their own dinner!

Store most ingredients in Ziplock Bags, in a cooler.

Suggested ingredients/amounts for 4 adults


2 cans Black Beans, rinsed/drained

2 cans Pinto Beans, rinsed/drained

2 cans Corn

2 c. Brown Rice (or white rice)

2 c. Mild Cheddar Cheese (I like the “Mexican Blend” from Costco – a shredded blend of Monterey Jack, medium Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero Cheese)

2 small cans Green Chilies

Bottle of your favorite Salsa

2 c. ground beef, roast beef, pork or chicken - cooked & shredded

Season meat with Taco Seasoning


You choose:


Hard Taco Shells

Flour Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

Or combo of all three!


Other optional ingredients:


Tomatoes, diced

Black Olives, sliced

Green Onions, sliced

Avocado, sliced


Onion, chopped

Sliced Red/Green Peppers 

Sour Cream

Dark Green Leafy Lettuce, shredded


Anything else you think of!

Place items on a table, in a row, still in their bag, with a fork or serving spoon
Invite each person to build their own dinner the way they like it!

Teriyaki Stir Fry


Store most ingredients in Ziplock Bags, in a cooler.

Suggested ingredients/amounts for 4 adults


1/8 c. Olive Oil
1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash, medium, thinly sliced
1 Yellow onion or green onions, thinly sliced
3 eggs, whisked together
2 c. Cooked White or Brown Rice OR Brown Rice/Quinoa Combo

Choice of 2 Sauces:


¼ - ½  c. Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce (My favorite, found at a local Asian Grocery Store)

¼ - ½  c. Teriyaki Sauce

In a hot skillet, add ingredients in the order given
Everything cooks in less than 5 minutes!
Don't overcook


Optional:  Add these ingredients before adding the sauce: Cooked chicken, pork, pineapple chunks, green onions, sliced green/red peppers, etc.


Cook Rice, Quinoa one of 3 ways: 1) Pressure Cooker  2) Skillet on a stove  3) Rice Cooker

Keep it simple and use just Rice OR cook the two grains together

In a pressure Cooker:
2 c. Brown Rice
1/2 c. Quinoa
4 c. water

Bring to 8 lbs. pressure

Turn off burner and cook for 25 minutes
Let cool
Put in clear, plastic 8 - 12 oz. containers
Store in refrigerator until ready to use
Freeze ingredients if not used within 2 - 3 days



Cracked Wheat Hot Cereal


Boil 2 cups water w/ ½ teaspoon salt.  Add 1-cup cracked wheat to boiling water.  Turn off the burner and put the lid on. Stir occasionally and eat in about 5 minutes with milk and sugar.

Muesli – Popular European Whole Grain Cold Cereal


1 3/4 cups water
1 1/3 cups rolled oats, uncooked
3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped oranges
1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1-teaspoon cinnamon


Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Serve for breakfast cold or hot with milk or yogurt. Makes 6 servings.


Wheat Hearts


Wheat hearts can be used in many of your favorite dishes.


You don’t need a wheat grinder, just water, wheat berries, and a slow cooker.


Any recipe that includes corn, rice, ground beef, ground sausage, barley, lentils or any other similar shape is perfect for wheat hearts, since the cooked wheat hearts have no flavor of their own.  They take on the flavor of the recipe.


The following recipe is also one of my favorites. 


2 c. wheat berries (whole wheat kernels, raw)

8 c. water

Cook in the slow cooker (crock pot) on low overnight and serve hot.


Wheat berries will be soft but not mushy.

Yield: 12 servings

Eat with homemade granola, raisins and fresh bananas OR enjoy it alone with milk & sugar as you would any other hot cereal.  Leftover wheat berries can be added to pancake batter as well.  Add wheat berries to any cold cereal.


Freeze leftovers in 4 oz. clear containers to use on future dishes