My main goal is to streamline foods to do 3 things-feed my picky eater and provide protein, good fats, carbs and fiber and keep to our budget.
Grits with added cheese, jerky or pepperoni and sliced apples
Oatmeal with added nuts or nut butter and dried fruit
GF torillas with the options of nut butter and preserves, pepperoni and raw spinach, avocado slices with nuts or cheese.
GF tortillas or crackers and previous options plus tuna and pesto
Protein bar and raw fruit/veggies
chips and fruit
teddy grahams and Nutella
goldfish crackers with cherry tomatoes
Rice with soup on top
rice noodles with raw spinach, avocado and nuts
GF pasta with pesto and salad
You can buy just a few things: raw spinach and cherry tomatoes, a bag of apples, a few avocado, a variety of nuts (we like hemp, flax, chia and raw almond), nut butter (hazelnut with cocoa, yum!) and a couple different dried fruits, look for no sugar added. A pack of string cheese, box or two of protein bars, some bags of pepperoni, a couple boxes of grits and oatmeal, a few bags of microwave rice (you can still heat it in a pot or electric skillet if you don't have a microwave!) some cans or pouches of soup (Campbell's makes a really good curry soup) and a pack of rice noodles, tortillas, pasta, pesto, tuna, some butter and a bag or two of chips and you are set! It's not a huge variety, but it's enough to keep everyone satisfied and it can all be cooked in a single pot or electric skillet. And it works out to under $2 a meal. Around $100 for a week's worth, if you plan to also eat a meal out once every day or two.
We also hit the Asian grocery before a trip so we always have along new tea, fun candy, dried seaweed, tiny packets of jello with lychee cubes and rice crackers. I usually make pancakes on our lazy mornings, I just put the mix in a wide-mouth plastic bottle, shake and pour onto the electric skillet. We use nut butter, goat cheese and nuts to top them.
See my batter bottle in the background? It's from Wal-Mart and had their pancake mix in it originally. Reuse when you can!
Belle Chevre in Elkmont, AL has yummy goat cheese spreads. We scored some goodies for the trip, but any good soft cheese spread will work.
|mmmmmmmm! and the electric skillet wipes clean in about 10 seconds.|
Mingled with various meals out, this is a very good camping menu that covers all of our needs and keeps us nomming all week with no drama. :) Some of it can be thrown in a pack for eating on the go, too.