Easy family camping recipes

Give campervan or tent-side meals a touch of class this summer with recipes the whole family will love, from barbecued sausages to melty marshmallow skewers.

Three children sitting with a picnic outside a tent

Up for an adventure? Take the kids into the open air, sleep under the stars (or closer to them anyway) and spend time together as a family without the usual hassles of everyday life.

Cooking in the wilderness is great fun, and everything cooked on an open fire just tastes better – fact. But if you've got a hungry brood to feed, you might want to have some scrumptious recipes you can plan in advance to keep everybody full and happy. So pack up some essentials, grab your ingredients, then say hello to freedom and the open road. Roughing it never tasted so good.
 

Hearty breakfasts

Savoury feasts

Wide steel pan of baked beans, eggs and sausages
If you’ve arrived at your camping pitch late at night, then there’s nothing quite like venturing from your nest at dawn to set eyes on your new landscape. Celebrate with an extra special breakfast that will set you and the kids up for the day. Our flavoursome campfire smoky bean brekkie is a one-pan take on a full English breakfast and is perfect for feeding a crowd. For a veggie alternative, our cheesy scrambled egg croissants take minutes to prepare, feel suitably decadent and also just use the one pan. Sit back, eat and breathe that fresh air in deep.


Sweet somethings

American-style pancakes on plate, drizzled in maple syrup

If you prefer starting the day with a little sweetness, tuck into our delicious choc chunk and high-fruit granola, topped with a few summer berries for a real holiday treat. These no-weigh cinnamon & yogurt pancakes are also easy to whip up and don't require any scales! Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or chocolate spread.
 

Easy lunches

Veggie boxes

Pasta and pesto with tomato salad on a plate

Let your little ones refuel with a leisurely al fresco lunch. This vibrant veggie pasta pesto salad is easy to prepare in advance and bring in lunchboxes. Or bring along a big tub of our delicious Mediterranean-style deli couscous which can be made from an assortment of deli vegetables, mixed with lemony couscous and crumbly feta.


Super sandwiches

Four barbecued halloumi and salad burgers in toasted brioche buns

Halloumi is a perfect option for barbecueing, as it holds its shape while cooking and develops a beautiful chargrilled, salty flavour. So light up the coals and get grilling those little squeaky cheese slices! Served in toasted brioche buns with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, halloumi burgers make a quick and easy veggie lunch. Our tasty little salmon tacos with lime dressing will also go down a treat with the kids, who can assemble their own after you've cooked the salmon on the barbecue. If you have a frying pan to hand, our super tasty no-oven pizza will also be a popular camp meal. Kids can help make the dough and choose a selection of their favourite toppings to garnish.
 

Fuss-free suppers

Sizzling sausages

Barbecued sausages on skewers with mug of tomato sauce
Nothing says campfire comfort like the smell of sizzling sausages cooked outside. Baste your chipolatas in an irresistibly sticky smoky tomato sauce, and remember to bring some napkins for sticky little fingers!

Visiting the West Country? Use sausages and cider from a local farm shop to make our sticky cider & mustard sausage wheel with box grater salad. Set your kids to work with some veg and a grater, and get them grating salad directly into a plastic box. Then pile up your plates and watch the sun set. Be warned, the aroma from this dish is so amazing you might have some friendly neighbours popping over to ‘introduce themselves’.


Make-ahead meals

Cowboy chicken & bean stew
You have to be a little bit patient with this cowboy chicken & bean stew to give it time to cook, but the results are well worth it and will put your neighbours' burgers to shame. There's minimum preparation involved, so once everything is in your casserole dish it's time to get out a deck of cards. Alternatively, you can make it at home then reheat gently after setting up camp. Serve in bowls with grated cheese and tortilla chips – delicious. Our roast summer vegetables and chickpea stew and squash, chicken & couscous one-pot are packed full of goodness and also perfect for making ahead.

If you've got a lot of mouths to feed, a large pie will make a portable, camping-friendly meal which is still delicious served cold. Make our vibrant veggie rainbow picnic pie, loaded with alternating layers of veggies, feta and egg. This colourful creation can be made ahead, then chilled for up to two days before serving and enjoyed with a fresh summery salad.
 

Dipping desserts

Marshmallow and strawberry kebabs dipped in a pan of melted chocolate
Give your kids some magical memories with these gloriously sticky strawberry, marshmallow & chocolate dippers. Melt the chocolate over the dying embers of a barbecue so it doesn't burn. The pan will be hot, so don’t let kids handle it – wrap it well in a tea towel or transfer the contents to a cool pan before dipping. Hand out wooden skewers to push the marshmallows and strawberries onto. Kids can get creative by dipping these in the chocolate, followed by a delicious selection of sprinkles, flaked coconut, crumbled biscuits and chopped nuts.

If you prefer toasted marshmallows, we suggest using long metal skewers instead to hold over a campfire or barbecue embers – a perfect end to the day.
 

Give us s’mores!

Pumpkin pie smores
Let the kids go All-American with this popular campfire treat of toasted marshmallows sandwiched between biscuits. Our versions come in flavours like salted caramel, peanut butter, banoffee and pumpkin pie. Pack up the ingredients and let the kids go wild making up their own – it's sure to be a night they remember. 

We've got plenty of flavours to choose from...

Malt hot chocolate s'mores
Banoffee s'mores
Cookie base classic s'mores
Salted caramel & peanut butter s'mores
Pumpkin pie s'mores
 

Bedtime drinks

Two mugs of spiced buttered rum on a picnic rug
Board games, bedtime stories and a warming cup of hot caramel malted milk will have your kids dreamy and tucked up in their sleeping bags before you know it. All that’s left to do is make good use of your camping chairs, crack open some cold beers and relax.

Campsite evenings are all about spending time round the fire with friends and family. But if you're starting to feel the night air chill, then a comforting mug of hot spiced buttered rum or creamy hot chocolate should soon do the trick.
  

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vivtucker
24th Aug, 2013
'Best toast ever' was the opinion of my grandsons of the toast they made themselves in front of our chiminea, served with butter and 'Lyles' maple flavoured syrup. They used long American marshmallow forks which kept them at a safe distance. They are 8 and 10.
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