Spend less time cooking and more time canoeing, swimming and enjoying the great outdoors with these easy recipes that will last a few days in the cooler. Prep these tasty dishes before your trip and stash them in your cooler, so they’ll be ready to enjoy when you’ve worked up an appetite from all that fresh air.
Blueberry Orange Yogurt Bran Muffins
With the addition of yogurt, these blueberry-studded, orange-flavoured muffins turn out tender, moist and just heavenly.
Grilled Garlic Bread with Thyme Infused Butter
Bring along a loaf of bread, a little garlic, thyme and butter and simply grill it over the fire. For added flavour, wrap your garlic in foil and toss it in the coals for delicious roasted garlic bread.
Artichoke Pasta Salad
Whip up this quick Italian side for a fragrant and filling salad that will last for days in your cooler. Fresh oregano, thyme and basil meld perfectly with red-wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
Full of red pepper, fragrant garlic, fresh cilantro and chickpeas makes this a protein-packed side that will leave you satisfied after a long day of outdoor adventure.
Cold Orzo Salad with Roasted Vegetables
Loaded with flavour, this cold orzo salad is mayo-free, making it perfect for toting to the camp site. Brimming with fresh herbs, the flavourful marinade gets better as it sits, soaking into each toothsome morsel of orzo.
Multicolour Mexican Coleslaw
Bright red and green cabbage and mango come together for a sweet and spicy slaw that will stay super crunchy in your cooler all weekend long.
BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Tequila Lime Cilantro
Prep the kabobs then seal them inside a ziplock bag filled with the marinade. Pop it in the freezer, then slip into your ice-filled cooler before your trip. By the time you’ve set up camp, the skewers should be thawed, yet still cool, and perfectly marinated.
What’s better than cooking a warm pot of beans by the fire? To save time, pre-cook your beans and simply warm them on the fire, for a quick and satisfying dinner on those chillier nights.
Roasted Root Vegetable Paella with Ancho Chilies
Pre-roast a selection of your favourite root veggies and pop them in the cooler. Hearty carrots, parsnips and beets will hold up for a few days chilled, so you can reheat and serve on toast for lunch or as a tasty veggie-filled dinner.
Easy Pulled Turkey Tacos
Start with pre-cooked turkey and make this dish a few days before you travel. Just pop it in a freezer bag and freeze flat. Store in your cooler, and it will keep other foods chilled and slowly thaw.
Strawberry Shortcakes in a Jar
Mason jars are your best friend when camping. Fill a bunch of wide mouth masons with these scrumptious single-serving berry desserts, and you’ll have a tasty treat to enjoy right out of the cooler. Don’t forget the spoons!
Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
Ina Garten’s spiced cinnamon oatmeal cookies are packed with sweet raisins and rich, nutty pecans that are sure to delight with each bite.
The Ultimate Canadian Kitchen Sink Cookies
A versatile cookie that makes for the most satisfying snack any day of the week. Studded with Hickory Sticks, Coffee Crisp bites and maple fudge, it’s oh-so Canadian.