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The Best Make-Ahead Meal for Camping (or Any Summer Evening)

Kebabs for the win.
All dinnerware/mugs are from Crow Canyon Splatterware. Salad tongs are from Sur La Table. 

All dinnerware/mugs are from Crow Canyon Splatterware. Salad tongs are from Sur La Table. 

2021 has truly been the Summer of Camping, a dog-friendly option that scratches our itch to travel, without the need for flights or close indoor contact. Over the past several months, Jonah and I have covered what feels like most of Western Oregon and Northern California in search of trails, trees, and lakes. We've been rained out of the Redwoods, brewed coffee overlooking alpine lakes, and trekked through every landscape imaginable.

Whenever friends join us on these trips, I invariably pick up a new trick or product, like this expensive-but-worth-it pump that turns even the siltiest rivers into potable water or a brilliant car camping dinner solution. A few years ago, Jonah and I joined our friends for a backpacking trip to Joshua Tree, where they handled dinner: lime-marinated kebabs that were so delicious, we've made some variation of them ever since (you may remember me mentioning them in this post!). 

The genius of making kebabs for car camping is multi-part: 

  1. They're an all-in-one meal that are deceptively filling (you don't need too many to feed a lot of people) and relatively inexpensive.
  2. No silverware is required—you can even get away without plates.
  3. All of the preparation happens at home. For this recipe, I pack the skewered kebabs in an aluminum baking sheet, available at most grocery stores, and the sauce in a Mason jar, then grilled them on our small Weber grill

I've eaten these more times than I can count this summer, and have yet to get sick of them—any time I feel like they're getting a bit tired, I switch out the protein or produce, or alter the sauce. Happy camping! 

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P.S. We recently updated our camping dinnerware with enamelware from Crow Canyon, which I love, since it's super lightweight (and cute!). I'll also be sharing some of my backpacking tips very soon—until then, here are my favorite tips for car camping!

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