We’re going camping for the long holiday weekend and one of the things that I enjoy doing is planning the menus for these weekends. Camping for us means we take a small travel trailer, but we still do try to cook a lot outdoors on the grill (or sometimes in the electric frying pan on  a picnic table.)

A trip to Zorbaz is already on the plan. We have been talking about going there all summer but haven’t made it there yet. This may be our one last chance before the snow flies and most of the Zorbaz restaurants in the area close for the summer. I don’t think there is anything on the Zorbaz menu that meets my “real food” requirements, but I’m not fanatical about eating “real food.” We’re looking forward to enjoying one of their unique pizzas.

I found a recipe for gingerbread oatmeal a few weeks back and I’m also looking forward to trying this for breakfast one days. It calls for a long list of spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and all spice, so last night I measured them out so that I can just pack a small container, versus bringing along all those little spice cans. I’m planning to serve fresh peaches on top of the oatmeal.

I found a few other recipes that we’re also going to try:

  • Cowboy Caviar – At my book club this week, the hostess served this and it reminded me how much I like it. It’s timely, given that I have green onions and tomatoes fresh from my garden. I plan to serve it with Triscuits to keep it a “real food”
  • Grilled Berry Crisp  – Looks delicious, plus super easy to make. I’ll be bringing some of my homemade granola to sprinkle on top (this recipe calls for raw sugar, but I will probably substitute honey)
  • Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Basil and Tomato – I was looking for a fresh way to cook chicken breasts and this caught my eye. It looks simple to make on the grill.
  • Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing – When you see the picture, you’re gonna want to make this too! Who can resist this great looking array of fruits? I hope I can find a ripe mango – for some reason, they can be challenging to find in our local grocery stores.
  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Basil, Shrimp and Bacon –Pasta sounded like a nice change (but it’s something I don’t typically make when we’re camping), soI went looking on my Pinterest board for a recipe that I had saved. I’m looking forward to trying this, although if the temps are high, I may look for a way to heat up the pasta water without running the propane stove in the camper for a long time. (We’ll use the rest of the bacon in the package for breakfast one day, served with farm fresh eggs that I buy from a friend in Casselton.)

I’m not sure in what combinations we’ll have these, but I know that we won’t starve. I’ll let you know which were the favorite recipes sometime next week.