A few weekends ago my boyfriend and I packed up and headed off on an adventure for our anniversary. Let’s just call it a team-building excursion. Our destination wasn’t a quant romantic bed and breakfast tucked away in the mountains like I had envisioned.

We opted for a 20-mile Smoky Mountain back-country hike and 7 miles of this trip was calf-burning, steep incline. We'd


never done something like this, and I will say that it was worth the labor. The view from the top of Gregory Bald was breathtaking and we saw some amazing wildlife like a black bear climbing a tree (pictured right)!

Of course I was chosen to get the camp food together for this venturesome weekend. Keep in mind I was going for light on packing the lbs but still satisfying. The best meal was planned for our first day.

Red Beans and Rice Camp Chow


Kielbasa (I froze it the night before so it would thaw but not go bad)

1 Corn on the cob


Hot sauce (a mini bottle optional)

1. Cook the beans and rice according to the package instructions.

2. Mix in sliced kielbasa and let it simmer while you cut the corn off the cob. Then mix in the corn.

3. Wrap a few tortillas in aluminum foil and toast them at the edge of the camp fire. Scoop your beans and rice combo into a warm toasty tortilla and chow down.

It was delicious and easy cleanup! We brought a couple of mini bottles of champagne to toast our success.

What are some of your favorite camping foods?