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Simple Backcountry Recipes for Winter Adventures

Winter Cooking
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Simplicity is essential for cooking when you're out in the winter wilderness. These easy-to-make recipes require minimal prep and can be cooked on a camp stove or over a campfire, making them perfect for outdoor winter escapades.

Campfire Veggie Foil Packs


  • Assorted veggies (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, etc.), chopped

  • Potatoes, thinly sliced

  • Olive oil

  • Seasonings of choice (garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper)


  1. Lay out a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

  2. Place the chopped veggies and sliced potatoes in the center of the foil.

  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with your preferred seasonings.

  4. Fold the foil to create a sealed packet.

  5. Cook over the campfire coals or on a grill for 15-20 minutes until veggies are tender.

Trailside Oatmeal


  • Instant oats

  • Dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, etc.)

  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.)

  • Brown sugar or honey

  • Water or milk (if available)


  1. Combine instant oats, dried fruits, and nuts in a pot or mug.

  2. Add a sprinkle of brown sugar or a drizzle of honey for sweetness.

  3. If you can access hot water, pour it into the mixture and stir well.

  4. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the oats to absorb the liquid before enjoying your warm, hearty breakfast.

Campfire Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • Bread slices

  • Cheese slices (cheddar, Swiss, etc.)

  • Butter or margarine


  1. Heat a skillet or pan over a campfire or portable stove.

  2. Butter one side of each bread slice.

  3. Place a slice of bread, buttered side down, on the skillet.

  4. Add a cheese slice to the bread and cover it with another bread slice, buttered side up.

  5. Cook for a few minutes until the bottom portion is golden brown and the cheese starts melting.

  6. Carefully flip the sandwich and cook the other side until it's golden brown and the cheese is melted.

  7. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly before enjoying warm, gooey grilled cheese.

Trail Mix Energy Balls


  • Rolled oats

  • Nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)

  • Honey or maple syrup

  • Dark chocolate chips

  • Dried fruits (cranberries, apricots, etc.)


  1. Combine rolled oats, nut butter, honey or maple syrup, chocolate chips, and dried fruits in a bowl.

  2. Mix everything until well combined and the mixture sticks together.

  3. Take small portions and roll them into bite-sized balls using your hands.

  4. Place the energy balls in a parchment-lined container or bag for storage.

  5. Please keep them in a cooler or shaded area to prevent melting.

  6. Enjoy these energy-boosting snacks on the go during your winter escapades.

These quick and easy backcountry recipes are perfect for refueling during your winter adventures. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation, you can whip up satisfying meals that keep you warm and energized while exploring the snowy landscapes.

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