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Glamping: How to Camp Paleo Style… with Glamour

We get a lot of requests for what we eat when we travel. Well, we don’t often travel, but here’s an example of a recent trip we took and how we prepared. On this occasion, we fed eight people (mostly) paleo for seven meals over three days with snack in between. We’ve even included TWO NEW RECIPES at the end of the post, which we made on our weekend away.

To call us “outdoorsy” would probably be the overstatement of the century. In particular, I have some serious issues. Serious issues. From my obsessive showering to my hatred of smoke smell to my hyperhidrosis, we won’t be doing any survivalist expeditions any time soon.

But every year we spend a weekend at Raystown Lake in a cabin on the water because it’s a family tradition for Stacy’s dad, the world’s manliest man who is much more prepared for outdoor elements than us. The boys love riding on his boat, going swimming, sliding down the water-park slides, and going to the nightly “disco” dance party. Each year, we enjoy a bit of a family reunion every year around a fire at the lake after boating all day in this amazing piece of machinery.

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We’ve even come to enjoy ourselves, too! We got in some quality time together, even doing a family WOD in the woods!

Now, granted, this is in no way rustic camping. We stay in a cabin with electricity and a mini fridge and even a small kitchen with stovetop. That said, we think our preparations might help you to prepare yourself for your next out of town or camping trip.

The Shopping List

In the days leading up to our trip, we compiled a list of what we needed to bring for an epic good eating weekend. We planned out each meal and the ingredients we’d need and even what equipment to bring. In the end we brought a full large cooler and four paper grocery bags full of food plus another bag with plates, cups, cutlery, our cast iron skillet, and a sharp chef’s knife (since a cutting board and hot pads were provided).

Paleo Glamping on PaleoParents

Our shopping list was as follows:

Regular Grocery Store

  • At least 30 gluten-free wraps*
  • 1 lb roast beef
  • 1 lb turkey
  • 1 lb ham
  • Tuna salad or canned tuna to make your own at home
  • Sticks of salami
  • 2 red onions
  • Bag of carrots
  • 2 bunches of bananas
  • 3 bag of apples, 2 for snacking and 1 green for the hash
  • Bag of baby carrots
  • 3 avocados
  • Crunchy Sunbutter
  • Bag of sweet potatoes
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 packages of mushrooms (for steak)
  • 2 cans crushed pineapple
  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • Bag mix of salad (large or 2)
  • Set of foil pans

*We used a brand found at Giant and MOMs, the main ingredients were teff/tapioca, you could also use collard greens, Boston bibb lettuce or Pure Wraps if they weren’t sold out (we personally don’t patron Julian’s Bakery wraps)

Butcher or Farmer

  • Steak
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Bacon
  • Bratwurst
  • Kielbasa
  • Eggs

MOMs

  • GF Graham Crackers (2)*
  • GF Marshmallows (3)*
  • Dark chocolate
  • Kombucha
  • 1-2 sweet potato chips
  • 1-2 avocado oil chips

*Or make your own with Urban Poser’s Marshmallows and our Graham Crackers

From Home

Glamping Lunches on PaleoParents

Preparing and Packing

Somethings needed to be prepared ahead of time for maximum success. It’s hard to puree cauliflower without a food processor, after all! So here’s what we did before we left!

Prep

*We brought not only a mixed trail mix but some favorite ingredients in case the boys wanted just fruit or nuts… ended up being way too much food!

Then there was the stuff we needed to pack.

Bring

  • Good knife
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Plastic baggies
  • Tin foil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Other snack foods you love, like kale chips, Paleo Stix, etc.

Grilled Steak on PaleoParents

The Menu

Friday Lunch: Wraps (options: beef, turkey or ham with mustard, lettuce, onion, avocado) with optional sides: carrots, chips, fruit with almond butter, hard boiled eggs.

Friday Dinner:Β  Steak with roasted sweet potatoes (we softened the potatoes in the coals of the fire, wrapped in tin foil, then simply peeled the skin off and mashed it with some butter/lard) and salad (with pistachios, dried cranberries, carrots, red onion and avocado).

Saturday Breakfast: sweet potato and apple hash (RECIPE BELOW) with breakfast sausage and eggs

Saturday Lunch: Wraps (options: beef, turkey or ham with mustard, lettuce, onion, avocado) with optional sides: carrots, chips, fruit with almond butter, hard boiled eggs.

Saturday Dinner: Keilbasa/Bratwurst (RECIPE BELOW) with apples & onions with cauli-mash

Sunday Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and leftovers

Snack: homemade jerky, salami slices, apples with sunbutter, carrots, trail mix, black olives

Dessert: s’mores*, carrot cake muffins, zucchini muffins

Not Paleo Perfectionists at PaleoParents

*Please note, our family chose to make concessions on the gluten-free wraps and gluten-free s’mores. Our kids happily ate real foods all weekend, including vegetables for breakfast and salads for dinner. This is how we make paleo work as a lifestyle, and we don’t worry about what these minor non-paleo foods do to their overall well being because their bodies are able to handle these in moderation. We like being able to give them the traditional experience of s’mores at camping, but if you have allergies or don’t want to make this choice, there are certainly lots of other things you could choose to indulge in – if you wanted.

New Recipes!

We couldn’t do something so fun without adding some recipes to the batch!

Cider Braised Brats at PaleoParents

Super Easy Cider Braised Brats

Rating: 51

Ingredients

  • 7 Bratwurst
  • 1 12 oz bottle of hard apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 1 C pork stock
  • Foil Pan

Instructions

  1. Place bratwursts in foil pan.
  2. Pour the cider and stock over top the brats.
  3. Place on grill over medium heat (cover if using at-home grill not open flames). Allow to cook for 20 minutes, or until brats are cooked through. When ready the liquid will reduce, allowing the outer skin to caramelize and brown.

Notes

We doubled this recipe to serve 8, and had some leftovers. Serve over Sauteed Cabbage and Cauli-Mash from Beyond Bacon

http://realeverything.com/glamping-how-to-camp-paleo-style-with-glamour-2/

Sweet Potato Apple Hash by PaleoParents

Sweet Potato Apple Hash

Rating: 51

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced small
  • 2 green apples, diced small
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 Tbsp lard
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (such as the maple sage breakfast from Beyond Bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt lard.
  2. Sautee potatoes and onions until potatoes just begin to soften.
  3. Add sausage and apples, continue to cook until sausage has browned, breaking up larger pieces.
  4. Add salt and pepper and serve.

Notes

This is a wonderful egg-free auto-immune friendly breakfast and perfect for after working out. Despite serving a huge portion we had none remaining, it was a HUGE hit with everyone!

http://realeverything.com/glamping-how-to-camp-paleo-style-with-glamour-2/

Nothing like quick & easy one pot meals to put a little jig in your step… hopefully this inspires you to avoid the pre-packaged food aisles the next time you have a getaway!

 

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  • Julie

    Love this post! I planned a paleo trip from Texas to Yellowstone and pre-planning was key. I spent several evenings prepping, cutting, chopping, mixing foods. I think your menu sounds super fancy and delish! It can be done and your kids look just as happy as the kids surviving on hot dog buns, soda and chocolate. πŸ™‚

    • They were thrilled to even have unlimited supply of paleo muffins and trail mix, when we brought out the s’mores I saw jubilation! πŸ˜‰

  • Wow, thanks for taking the time to breakdown all the details that went into that trip — you guys are uber organized! Very helpful and it looks like you guys had a great time!

    • You’re welcome! There’s no way to live this way (hungry boys on paleo, specifically!) without a bit of organized planning πŸ™‚

  • Susan Linn Plocher

    Wonderful post. Thanks so much for sharing the pics as well as the lists. REALLY helpful. (and may I also say thanks for the great “print” button? It may sound funny, but many sites don’t provide one, or do the pdf thing that wastes paper and you can’t make adjustments (I like to keep things on one page) so…strange as it may seem, not only do I love your recipes and your site, but your print button as well!

  • Jennifer

    Hey, you were up near my hometown (Tyrone)! We were just up visiting my parents a few weeks ago and went to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center for the first time. A good day trip next time you’re in the area. My girls were fascinated by the Raptor Center, particularly the eagles and the American kestrel. The people who worked there were eager to answer any questions, or, you know, get out the black rat snake so the kids could pet it . Lots of walking trails, too.

  • Jennifer

    Hey, you were up near my hometown (Tyrone)! We were just up visiting my parents a few weeks ago and went to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center for the first time. A good day trip next time you’re in the area. My girls were fascinated by the Raptor Center, particularly the eagles and the American kestrel. The people who worked there were eager to answer any questions, or, you know, get out the black rat snake so the kids could pet it . Lots of walking trails, too.

  • Matilda Iglesias

    This post came at the most perfect time. I’m going away in September and was thinking how am I going to stay Paleo and start my kids off in Paleo.
    This post re-insures me that it’s totally possible. And that sweet potato hash recipe, is being printed off as we speak.

  • Chantell

    Just curious why you don’t patron Julian’s bakery Paleo wraps?

    • We linked to why, and also their bread has psyllium husk which we and Mark Sisson do not believe are within the ancestral framework and bad for gut health.

  • Kelsey

    Please bring me on your next camping trip πŸ™‚ This looks amazing and is going to be my packing list for my next trip. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • ArsyVartanian

    That is crazy about Pure wraps! I bought Julian bread once for my husband, and it is the only thing I have ever returned to the health food store. Anyhow, your trip looked amazing and your boys are too cute!

    • Thanks! Hopefully we can all meet someday πŸ™‚

  • Pamela Van Eyck Prinkkila

    Awesome! I did something similar for our family reunion weekend.
    http://pamelaspaleolife.com/2013/08/05/family-reunion-weekend/
    Bummer about Pure Wraps. I want to try them. Hopefully they’ll be back up and running soon.
    Keep up the great posts – I love your site!

  • Tanya

    “*Please note, our family chose to make concessions on the gluten-free wraps and gluten-free s’mores……”
    It really annoys me that you guys are forced to have to add these little notes to ward off all the people who freak out on you for making homemade marshmallows and graham crackers – then feeding them to your kids! I loved this post, we have “campouts” in our backyard, because with farming it’s impossible to ever get away – can’t wait to use your ideas! Thanks again

  • Jessica Miller

    I made this for dinner tonight, it was awesome!

  • Judith Rust

    I recently stumbled across your page. Very interesting! Yesterday I tried the sweet potato hash, which was a winner! Easy peasy and great flavor! Thanks for sharing,

    Best wishes, Judith from Germany

  • Name

    Because you mentoned hyperhidrosis in this article and you’ve talked about social anxiety in previous articles, I wondered if you’ve ever researched pyroluria. Just a thought……

  • Amanda Valentine Maldonado

    You guys are seriously awesome! Gonna go try this recipe now!!!

  • Karen

    thank you! Summer is coming and I was feeling daunted by our first summer paleo camping with kids! Now, to figure out paleo backpacking!

  • Kathy

    Haven’t tried those graham crackers. We use Enjoy Life Graham cookies or sometimes the double chocolate cookies. And USWellness has the best sugar free hotdogs to roast over the fire!

  • plazmaorb

    This is such a BS post… they talk about being Paleo but they arent.. but Paleo as a diet is nothing but a fake fad just like the Adkins Diet from years ago. Anyone who believes this in this and especially no gluten (unless you are alergic to it, then its ok).. but to go non gluten cause its a fad just makes you a sheepish idiot.

    • Yes, we are stupid sheep and you provided such an eloquent, fact based response we’re willing to complete change our lifestyle that allowed us to regain health, go off meds, and lose 200lbs… While still being able to live REAL life with 3 small kids. BS, for sure.

    • wealthone

      You mean allergic? I noticed you trying to pretend your grammar was better than others so I thought I’d help you too.

    • Tammi Van Camp

      Then why even comment. No one is bothering or hurting you with this post. Take your negativity elsewhere.