Healthy meal prep recipes for camping this summer! If you’re into the great outdoors but don’t want to live off processed food and freeze dried meals while you camp, check out these easy, nutritious make-ahead meals! Prepare them in advance and reheat them when you’re ready to chow down!

20 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes for Camping (or road trips) | #glutenfree #recipes

Are you planning a camping trip this summer? Do you try to stick to a certain way of eating when you travel and camp? If so, you’re on my team!

I often meal prep whether I’m boarding a plane for a flight, hitting the road for a getaway, or packing up the tent for camping. For me, remaining cognizant of my food intake ensures I get maximum enjoyment out of the trip. Because: regularity.

Given summer is full speed ahead, I figured I would provide inspiration for those of you who are on the same page and like having meals planned out ahead of time. Here are the meal prep recipes for camping I make frequently when I head into the mountains.

It may seem strange to prepare full recipes ahead of time, but I find it makes camp life easier and helps keep folks satiated and calm (me especially). Not to mention, meal prepping helps keep camp eats healthy, rather than diving into bags of chips, cookies, and other processed foods.

That’s not to say camping shouldn’t be fun or come with its own set of delicious eats, but for those who are big into full, well-balanced meals, a little advance prep certainly can’t hurt.

How to Meal Prep For Camping:

Create your menu! Decide based on the list below what seems tasty, easy, and doable for your family while you’re camping. Do the grocery shopping and set aside an afternoon for whipping out the recipes.

Simply make the meals in advance and store them in zip lock bags or glass tupperware in your ice chest. Heat them up on your camp stove when you’re ready to eat!

Be sure to remember side dish essentials like steamed rice (or bread if you eat it). This will help with the satiety of the meals so that you don’t go diving into the snacks.

Helpful Cooking Tools For Camping:

Coleman Stove I cook all of my meals on my coleman stove, which uses propane. I use a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet or pot for cooking and reheating. Because cast iron is heavy, you can absolutely use your favorite lighter cooking tools.

Jet Boil – I use my jet boil to heat up water for coffee. Back when I used to eat oatmeal, I would make oatmeal in it as well. You can also use it to heat up soup.

Collapsible Coffee Pour Over I don’t leave home without a method for preparing coffee. I’m just that into my morning beverage! You can use a collapsible coffee pour over for backpacking or lug a ceramic pour over with you. In both cases, I bring #2 filters 

Hydroflask Coffee Mug – Not only is camp coffee the best coffee, but keeping it hot is mega. I bring my Hydroflask coffee mug with me to keep my beverages hot. I also use it for tea at night, because nothing soothes the soul like tea at the end of the day.

Hydroflask Water Bottle – Staying hydrated when you travel is important! I drink a lot of water, so I bring my 40-ounce Hydroflask with me wherever I go.

Glass Tupperware – This is the tupperware I use to store my meal prep recipes. I always bring extra in case I need to store camp leftovers as well.

Questions? Hit me up! And now, here are the recipes I make when I camp and travel!


My Go-To Crispy Salmon Recipe – Prepare the salmon and store it in tupperware to reheat on your stove top. Serve with roasted vegetables and a salad! Don’t kill me with fire, but I often cook salmon, keep it refrigerated, then eat it cold. If this weirds you out, simply be sure to heat it back up on your camp stove.

Crispy Salmon and Vegetable Stir Fry - an easy and delicious healthy dinner recipe that only takes 30 minutes to prepare

Lemon Rosemary Braised Chicken Thighs – Prepare the full recipe or leave the raw chicken in marinade to grill while you’re camping over a campfire.

Lemon Rosemary Braised Chicken Thighs - an easy, mouth-watering chicken recipe that's quick, simple, and healthful | #paleo #keto #healthy

Easy Baked Chicken See commentary above!

Easy Baked Chicken - a quick and easy recipe that yields perfectly delicious chicken each and every time

30-Minute Green Chicken Curry  – Because sometimes you need a little Thai flair in the middle of the woods. I prepare all sorts of curry recipes in advance and bring them with me when I travel. I often store them with rice mixed in so that I don’t need to carry two containers. When it’s time to eat, I simply pour everything into a large pot and reheat on my camp stove. It’s super comforting to have a filling, flavorful meal!

30-Minute Chicken Green Curry - paleo, whole30, grain-free, keto, healthy |

Thai Paleo Panang Curry  – See commentary above!

Thai Paleo Panang Curry - a quick and easy recipe for Thai curry |

Barbacoa Beef prepare the shredded barbacoa beef in your Instant Pot or crock pot. Store it in a ziplock bag or tupperware so you can reheat it. It’s great with steamed rice (you’ll want to prepare the rice ahead of time too) or as a wrap or sandwich.

Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef - low-carb, paleo, keto, and only 8 ingredients required! |

Carnitas – Make the shredded pork in your Instant Pot or Crock Pot and reheat for tacos, burritos, or bowls.

Instant Pot Carnitas - a quick and simple recipe for restaurant-style carnitas! | #paleo #keto #whole30

Side Dishes:

Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Vegetables – There’s no end to the options for roasted vegetables. First off, you can roast any of your favorite veggies, and secondly, you can use them as a side dish for all your dinners, eat them with lunch, or scramble them up with eggs for a veggie scramble. I always make a huge batch of veggies to bring with!

Crowd-Pleasing Roasted Vegetables - a basic recipe with lots of room for adaptations! This vegan and vegetarian side dish is perfect for serving guests!

Kale and Blueberry Salad – I absolutely adore this salad because it’s packed with nutrients, texture and flavor, and it saves famously. I love having leafy greens every day, so making this salad ahead of time is marvelous since it keeps for so long (up to 4-5 days!). Store the dressing separately and toss it up when you’re ready to eat. You can apply this same concept to my recipe for The Best Vegan Kale Caesar Salad as well.

Kale and Blueberry Salad with Vegan Buttermilk Dressing - the perfect healthy option for bringing to picnics and barbecues!

Kale Pesto Pasta Salad This hearty pasta salad is so flavorful and is great for rounding out a meal and keeping your carb tank full. Enjoy with choice of protein for a complete meal.

Kale Pesto Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Broccoli - a healthy side dish for summer BBQs and picnics | #glutenfree


Avocado Tuna Salad – For this particular recipe, I bring the ingredients with me and make it while camping. I find it tastes best when fresh and it’s super quick and easy to make right then and there. Bring gluten-free bread or tortillas to make sandwiches or wraps!

5-Ingredient Avocado Tuna Salad - a healthy, filling lunch recipe that is keto, paleo, and whole30 |

Hummus Mashed Chickpea Sandwiches  – I personally don’t do well with chickpeas anymore, but I do find this to be a SUPER easy and tasty lunch to throw together. It’s perfect for camping!

Hummus Mashed Chickpea Sandwiches | #healthy #glutenfree #lunch #vegan #vegetarian

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches  – Chicken salad is so easy to prepare in bulk and it saves fabulously! In fact, it tastes the best on Days 2 – 4. Make it ahead of time and bring gluten-free bread or tortillas for lunches.


Sweet Potato Home Fries – When camping, it’s important to have a filling big breakfast! Reheat these sweet potato home fries with eggs and bacon for a complete breakfast.

Paleo Granola – Pack some almond milk, yogurt, berries, and/or banana for this easy cold breakfast. If you eat grains, you can also try out my Cherry Maple Almond Granola, which includes gluten-free rolled oats.

Grain-Free Paleo Granola made with nuts and seeds. This refined sugar-free recipe yields huge granola clusters and is super crunchy and delicious for breakfast

Paleo Everything Bagels – Cook up some eggs, bacon, and/or sausage and make a breakfast sandwich! If you want to be real badass, you can heat the bagels on your stove top to make them crispy and also add cheese.

Low-Carb Keto Everything Bagels made with almond flour - an easy grain-free paleo bagel recipe! | #glutenfree #breakfast

Grain-Free Almond Flour Waffles – Yup, I prepare waffles or Almond Flour Pancakes ahead of time and eat them for breakfast or snack. More often than not, I’ll smear them with almond butter, fold them in half like a taco and mow them down. Bring fruit, nut butter, or yogurt for enjoying the waffles or pancakes! Or use them as sandwich bread!

Grain-Free Hazelnut Flour Waffles - dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo. These easy blender waffles are healthy and quick to prepare!

Roasted Vegetable Scramble:  I roast vegetables ahead of time and bring eggs to make scrambles. Simply heat up the already roasted veggies (recipe under Side Dishes above), then crack the eggs into the skillet and scramble. Just add cheese and bacon for a real good time!

Roasted Vegetable Scramble - an easy, nutritious take on breakfast. Serve it up with avocado and fresh fruit for a well-balanced, delicious breakfast.


Cranberry Orange Protein Balls – Basically the easiest low-sugar snacks on the go ever!

Cranberry Orange Protein Balls - healthy paleo-friendly snack made with nuts, seeds, orange zest, dates, and dried cranberries |

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars The kids’ll love these 😀

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars | Healthy granola bars made with rolled oats and honey @bobsredmill @roastedroot

Roasted Beet and Garlic Hummus  – sometimes it’s nice to have some sort of dip for your snacking pleasure while you’re preparing a camp meal. This hummus can also be used as a spread for sandwiches or wraps.

Roasted Beet and Garlic Hummus | #superfood #appetizer #recipe #healthy

That’s it! These easy meal prep recipes for camping are all you need for fueling your adventures!

Let me know what meal prep recipes for camping you make!

My cookbook, Paleo Power Bowls, is now available! CLICK HERE to check it out. Thank you for your support!

If you make one of these recipes for camping, please feel free to share a photo and tag me at @The.Roasted.Root on Instagram!

Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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  1. Nice Julia! Really thoughtfully complied. I am so looking forward to camping and enjoyed your innovations. I never though to make waffles ahead of time. This will help us with our food choices this summer. You are amazing!