My Healthy Camping Chili & Weekend Re-Cap!

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Hope you all enjoyed your weekend….I sure did!!!  As mentioned in my last couple posts, we went away camping this weekend!  I haven’t been since 2002.  I forgot how much fun it was!  I will admit, dry camping doesn’t really appeal to me, but we had access water/power so its nice to have a bit of convenience!

Food wise, I brought up healthier options. Protein bars, lean lunch meats, plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, turkey burgers, lean beef burgers, lean turkey sausage, turkey bacon, eggs/egg whites, musli bars, baked chips.  Not so healthy: SMORES!  But you can’t camp without them!  Balance right?! Meals were: Burgers, Homemade Chili (recipe below), Foil pouches of salmon, corn on the cob, green beans and potatoes (all just thrown on coals on the fire for 30 min, flip once *salmon & beans were done after 10-15min)

Now for some pics!!

Looking from our campsite onto the Thompson River.  Its a shame, but some of the trees were affected by the pine beetle.

All our ‘stuff”.  We basically had the entire campsite to ourselves….it was awesome!

There was a blow up Pirate Ship pool that Sienna sure enjoyed!

Relaxing in a hammock!
I did this 6km run twice….the first portion was up this HUGE hill in the background!  Sure got the heart rate up!…and burned off the smores I ate!
The view from the top of the hill was amazing!

We rented an ATV and did some crusing on some trails.  Too bad my Dad got us lost so we had to call to get picked up once we got back to a Highway!  We ended up on the other side of a mountain we started on! He’s now lost his navigator privilages!  Here is Brent and I on ours….Brent is a crazy driver!
The view from the top of the mountain….


Can’t wait to do it again!  I love camping!

Now for my Super Easy & Healthy


(it is awesome made vegetarian as well)

This recipe is great as you only need to bring a few spices, and the condiments you will already have on hand.

This makes a HUGE pot full of chili.  It makes about 10 servings.

5 strips turkey bacon, chopped
2 lean beef burgers, broked up (I used Kirkland brand ones)
2 green bell peppers, diced large
1 14oz can red kidney beans
1 14oz can navy beans
1 14oz can stewed tomatoes
1 large onion, diced large
2.5 cups sliced mushrooms (I used the already sliced)
1/4 c low carb ketchup
1/4 c mustard
4-5 Tbsp chili powder or to taste, I use a lot
4-5 Tbsp worchestershire
2 Tbsp dried dill weed
Pepper to taste

I warn you, these is some guess work here, especially with the veggies.  I don’t use measuring spoons, I tend to eyeball things, especially in chili!  But I’ve been doing this recipe for a long time.

All you need is one big pot.  First, heat up the pot on a portable stove or even on the fire on a rack.  Spray the pot with cooking spray.  First add the meat and brown, add onions and cook through.  Then add all the spices and worcheshire.  Once it softens a bit and the spices cook out for a minute, add all the liquids (beans, stewed tomatoes, ketchup, mustard).  Allow to simmer for 25 minutes or longer.  I have the lid on for a bit, then remove the lid so the veggies don’t get too soggy.

Per serving (approx 1 cup)
Cals: 196  Fat: 5g  Carbs: 26g  Sugar: 5g  Fibre: 8.3g Sodium: 510mg  Protein: 12.3g


xo Kristine