4 Healthy Camping Meals You Can Make on a Grill

Commit a little time to prepping ahead, and you can cook quality, nutrient-rich meals right on the campground grill, no stove required.

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Give these four healthy camping meals next time you hit the road, or they make great one-packet options for the home grill.

Healthy Camping Meal: Salmon Packets with Lemon, Asparagus and Tomatoes

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These packets are simple but big on citrusy flavor—and heart-healthy, inflammation-fighting omega-3s.

4 6-ounce salmon filets, skin removed
32 pieces asparagus, ends trimmed
2–3 lemons, cut into 16 ¼-inch slices
11/3 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
2 T olive oil
Salt and pepper

Prepare healthy camping meal packets before your trip. Tear four pieces of foil, about 1.5 feet long. Toss the asparagus and tomatoes with the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Lay 8 asparagus pieces lengthwise on each piece of foil. Place two lemon slices in the middle of the asparagus in each packet, lay a salmon filet on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and top with two lemon slices. Fold the foil up on the side and place 1/3 cup tomatoes on the top of each packet. Fold all sides of the foil shut to make a completely sealed packet. At campsite, heat grill to medium. Cook packet about 6–8 minutes per side.

Healthy Camping Meal: Chicken & Peach Skewers

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Fresh, juicy summer peaches add fiber, potassium and vitamin C to this meal, and are particularly delicious when caramelized on the grill.

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 jalapeno, finely diced
2 T jerk seasoning
1 T maple syrup
4 peaches
8–12 skewers (recommend metal)

Make the marinade before your trip. Combine the lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, jerk seasoning and maple syrup in a sealed plastic container. Cut the chicken breasts in 1-inch cubes before your trip. Place in a food storage bag. At the campsite, shake the marinade well and pour it into the bag with the chicken 30–60 minutes before grilling. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water while the chicken marinates. Heat the grill to medium high. Cut peaches into ¾-inch slices. Skewer the chicken cubes alternating with the peaches. Grill the skewers 60–90 seconds, on all sides, until charred. Turn grill to low and place the skewers on a sheet of foil with the edges bent up. Close lid and cook about 10 minutes longer, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through. Pour any of the drippings in the foil over the chicken.

Healthy Camping Meal: Smoked Gouda and Turkey Bacon Grilled Cheese

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Boost the classic with fiber-rich multigrain bread and turkey bacon. Round out the meal with grilled veggies.

1 loaf hearty multigrain bread
8 slices turkey bacon
8 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, sliced
Olive oil or butter

Heat grill to medium. Slice the bread into eight ½-inch-thick slices. Grill the bacon for 1–2 minutes per side until charred and crispy. Remove and reserve. Brush olive oil or butter onto one side of each bread slice. With the buttered side down, layer on one-quarter of the cheese, then two bacon pieces. Top with the other piece of bread, buttered side up. Grill for 60–90 seconds per side, until the bread is lightly charred. Turn grill to low, place sandwiches on a large sheet of foil, close the lid and cook for 2–3 minutes until cheese
is melted.

Turkey Sausage & Veggie Packets

Eat the rainbow in a snap. Feel free to substitute or add in your favorite veggies.

4 large turkey or chicken sausages (look for specialty made at meat counter)
4 medium red potatoes
2 ears corn
2 cups broccoli florets
1 package mini tri-color bell peppers
½ large sweet onion, diced
3 T olive oil
2 T, each, fresh parsley and cilantro, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Prepare these healthy camping meal packets before your trip. Cut the sausage into 1-inch-thick coins. Dice the potatoes into ¾-inch cubes and place in an extra large bowl. Cut the corn into 1-inch thick discs and add to the bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and toss until well combined. Tear 8 pieces of foil, about 1.5 feet long. Double layer the foil and divide the mixture evenly onto the foil pieces. Fold all sides of the foil shut to make a completely sealed packet. At campsite, heat the grill the medium. Cook for 20 minutes, turning once, until the veggies are charred and tender.

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