Sep 11 2010

What to Eat When You’re Camping

Published by at 9:27 am under Uncategorized

It’s been over a week since I posted a new recipe, but I promise I’m not becoming negligent. Actually, I’ve been on a week-long road trip with my assistant, making the rounds from San Francisco through Nevada, to Arizona and finally to Utah. I’ve been hiking a lot of these:

And needless to say, I’ve been eating in old-fashioned diners and hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops instead of cooking. More than one milkshake was consumed.

But we did spend one night sleeping in a tent in the backcountry of Zion National Park, where we luckily evaded mountain lions and pretty much any signs of life whatsoever. My assistant has in his camping arsenal a tiny portable stove, so we used the opportunity to heat up a very simple meal (really, it was just adding water).

Still, since I haven’t done a ton of camping myself, I figured it would be interesting to explain how we constructed a semi-nutritious meal with fresh vegetables after munching on almonds and granola all day.

Before arriving at the park, I bought one zucchini and one red pepper at a grocery store a couple of towns over. I’d also picked up a box of instant couscous at Whole Foods before starting our travels. I’m normally a “whole grain” or “original” girl when it comes to packaged foods like couscous, because the flavored varieties feel a little too chemical-ly. But since I knew seasonings would be scarce — my assistant has one tiny vial of salt — I chose Parmesan. In the end, I was glad.

Water takes longer to boil, and couscous longer to cook at high altitudes, so I had to be patient (not my strong suit). In the end we declared it a decent meal for being on the go, though we wished we’d had some chocolate.

Couscous with Zucchini and Red Pepper

Ingredients (Serves 2 very hungry hikers):

1 and 1/4 cups water

1 5.4 oz. box Parmesan instant couscous (I used the Near East brand, and choose any flavor you like)

1 zucchini

1 red pepper

Bring water to boil. Chop the zucchini and red pepper into bite-size pieces.

Once water is boiling, add couscous and seasoning packet. Stir occasionally. When about half of the water has been absorbed, add in zucchini pieces. I like to do this early so it softens a bit in the water. Once all of the water has been absorbed, add red pepper and toss.

Devour every morsel to keep bears disinterested.

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  1. liv bites » The Other Couscouson 16 Sep 2010 at 7:43 am

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