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No-cook meal ideas for Yellowstone

Updated on July 10, 2015

Camping is an excellent way of exploring Yellowstone. The national park offers a range of different campsites, many of which are equipped with hot shower, laundry facilities, grocery outlets and nearby dining facilities to make it easy for the first timers.

While you might dine at one of the many busy food outlets of Yellowstone, cooking by yourself will complete the whole camping experience. It can be a messy affair. But then again, if you plan ahead of time and prep up well, the camp cooking experience can be a whole lot of fun!

Dinnertime at Camp
Dinnertime at Camp | Source

The equipment checklist

Campsites in this national park do not allow you to get your own wood. You may either purchase the wood from your camp’s registration office or if permitted, pick up detached or dead wood from around your campsite. While a campfire is the best way to cook your meal, campers often carry camping stoves.

Nearby grocery stores help to get fresh produce daily or aide in last minute shopping sprees but it is best to come prepared. Make a list of all the equipment and pack like a camper.

Here is a list of all the basic equipment you might need to cook during your trip.

  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Matches/Lighter/Fire starter
  • Cook set (2+ Pots and 1 Pan)
  • Pot grabber
  • Food storage canister
  • A grill set
  • Stainless Steel skewers
  • Cutting board, knife as per requirement
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, cutlery
  • Cooler
  • Aluminum foil, zip lock bags, trash bags, can opener and other miscellaneous stuff
  • Dish washing liquid and scrubber

Covering up the cooking or dining area with a dome or a canopy may save you from the extreme weathers of Yellowstone.


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No-cook Breakfast ideas

During long weekends, Yellowstone diners and cafeterias can be extremely busy between 7.30 to 9.30 am. Cooking at your camp might just be the need of the hour. And if you plan to head out early in the morning, a quick to assemble, no-cook breakfast is what campers should aim for.

Here are a few breakfast ideas that require zero to low cooking engagement.

1. English Muffin and Peanut Butter


2. Milk and fruits


3. Baguette, cheese, lettuce with salami or summer sausage


4. Cereal with milk and fruit


5. Tortillas with refried beans, salsa, cheese and fresh avocado


No-cook Lunch ideas

The easiest lunch would be to munch on Protein bars, beef jerkies and nuts. They demand less space in your bags yet provide you with the nutrition you need. If you are out of your camp, head to the closest Dining options in Yelowstone. These restaurants are usually found around popular tourist destinations such as Old faithful, Mammoth hot springs and around lodges.

If you plan to cook your lunch, the best approach would be to assemble without the assistance of a campfire. Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Cold cut chicken or turkey sandwiches with a spread of your choice
  • Vegetarian Caprese sandwich with Mozzarella, basil, tomato and olive oil
  • Bean salad with chopped tomatoes, onions and spices
  • Tacos with beans, pre-cooked chicken, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, salsa and avocado.
  • Canned tuna, capers, mixed greens tossed in red wine on baguette

1. Cold cut Turkey and Chicken roll ups


2. Vegetarian Caprese sandwich with Mozzarella, basil, tomato and olive oil


3. Bean salad with chopped tomatoes, onions and spices


4. Veggie tacos with salsa and cheese


5. Canned tuna, capers, mixed greens tossed in red wine on baguette


No-cook Dinner ideas

As the sun sets down, it is time to light that campfire. Often campers choose the low effort techniques that produce a simple yet classy dinner. Boiling water could give you Boiled eggs, blanched greens, steamed veggies, pasta, rice and boiled meat; all that can be used to quickly fix a rich dinner.

If you are too tired to get those knifes cracking, here are some quick no-cook dinner ideas.

1. Charcuterie platter


2. Salmon, avocado, precooked rice sushi


3. Deli roast beef wrap with assorted veggies and dressing


4. Hummus platter with pita and veggies


5. Smoked salmon salad with greens, beans and herbs.



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      3 years ago

      Amazingly written Anisha. Enjoyed reading it. Way to go :)

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      3 years ago

      Very interesting recipes... Simple and quick!


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