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Going Camping - Need a good dinner idea

Hypothetically speaking, lets say you were going camping this weekend and were tasked to produce dinner for 11 people one night. Half of those people don't eat meat. One has a bunch of food allergies, including wheat and garlic, but she says if worse comes to worse she can make her own stuff.

And, all you have are cheap camp stoves.

Any ideas off the top of your head? I could go the easy route and raid the middle eastern store down the street and do hummus and filafil and pita, but I'm not sure.

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  1. 1st I need to know - are you going car camping (with access to a cooler etc?)? Or are you going on a canoe trip, or hiking, where weight makes a difference as well as refrigeration?

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    1. re: tochipotle

      car camping with coolers. I should be able to bring a decent amout of food.

      1. re: simply_victoria

        So, keeping it easy, I would pre-chop everything in advance. A hearty tofu ground beef macaroni (with wheat free pasta, or rice pasta) and cheese and tomatos. One pot, one camp stove. While that's cooking, the other stove could be used for baking a cobbler (tough for the wheat allergy though) or wheat free brownies for dessert. If that sounds too heavy (don't know if you'll be hiking or active all day and starving) I would do a tofu stir fry with lots of veg and rice (all pre-cut of course - can't say that enough!). Corn on the cob is also a big hit (but can be a big hit with the bears and the racoons in the middle of the night too - if you don't store garbage carefully). Hope you have fun!

    2. It really does seem off putting to try to accomodate everyone sometimes doesn't it?
      Foil packs would seem to do the trick in this situation, I have done them with tofu in the past, and lot's of vegetables, and then chicken and vegetables in the others. 'with the chicken packs I do cook and keep the chicken cold in advanced for safety reasons. And then rice to fill out the meal. Hummus, and filafil have plent of garlic, at least they should.
      Have fun!

      1. A big pot of black bean soup and some cheese quesadillas? You can do the soup in one pot and do the quesadillas in a skillet on one of the other camp stoves.

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        1. re: Andiereid

          the soup and quesadillas sound great! With a big green salad. Espec if the veg eats cheese and wheat allergy-prone person can eat corn tortilla-based quesadillas - corn torts come in larger sizes nowadays. .

          1. re: oakjoan

            Be sure to check the ingredients on the corn tortillas. I was surprised to see wheat listed as an ingredient in some. Go figure huh?

        2. I've made a salad for a ton of people at campsites. Get Mesclun (approx 5 prepackaged boxes), block of gorgonzola, pears/apple, toasted pecans, red onions, cucumbers, and dried cranberries dressed with a honey balsamic dressing. With some nice toasted bread (+ EVOO), it's a filling meal. If you bring tubs of hummus, olives and babaganoush, the better.

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          1. re: kayonyc

            We always used to make chili (vegetarian and/or meat) beforehand and bring it with us, reheating it whenever on the stove. The best!!

            1. re: stardar

              I second this... classic camping food.

              1. re: purple goddess

                I was thinking of going the chili route and making it the night before, meaning tomorrow.

                Does anyone have a good veggie chili recipe?

            2. re: kayonyc

              Oooooh, this sounds great as well - in reply to kayonyc

            3. Raid the Greek store AND prethread some skewers of chicken/lamb for a BBQ ( if you have a hibachi a little fire adds tot the camping atmosphere - and good for marshmallows after). You can add a couple of veggieburgers for the vegetarians and prechop stuff for a Greek salad. With hummus, tzatziki and pita, you'll be a star, and everyone will have something to eat while you wait for the heroes to fire up the BBQ. Ummm, cold beer?