When it comes to eating while hiking or camping, it usually comes down to either eating small, prepackaged snacks like energy bars or beef jerky, or cooking basic meals over a fire with the aid of camping utensils or pots and pans designed for the outdoors. Enjoying a good meal around the fire doesn’t have to be as difficult as an episode of Iron Chef, however, and many times requires only a little preparation beforehand. Keep reading to see what I mean and discover a few new recipes that not only will provide you with much-needed nutrients for your hike, but that your family and friends can enjoy the next time you make camp.

Apple Crescents

1 tube of crescent rolls

1 can of apple pie filling

1 package of crushed walnuts, pecans, or almonds

Aluminum foil

1.  Before leaving your home, you can empty the pie filling into a zip-lock bag and double bag it if you want. This makes will make it easier to carry, and also gets rid of the need to dispose of the can in the woods.

2.  At camp, separate the crescent rolls two at a time (you’ll have three rolls total) and place the pie filling, along with the crushed nuts, onto the crescents and roll them up.

3.  Wrap each roll in a foil pouch and place near the coals at the edge of the fire.

4.  After three minutes, flip each pouch and then cook for another three minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool and serve.

Sausage, Bean, and Veggie Hobo Mix

1 pound smoked sausage

4 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 medium onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1 can black beans or navy beans

2 tomatoes, diced

Aluminum foil

1.  At home, combine all ingredients in a zip-lock bag. (Double-bag them if necessary.)

2.  At the campsite, place each serving into heavy-duty foil (or double-layers of foil) and cook for 25-30 over the fire, either on a rack or iron skillet, until done.

3.  Allow to cool and serve.