Camping with Quinoa

Summer is upon us! For many people, this means camping season! Camping is  a great way to get outside, enjoy nature and explore. It oftentimes also means eating a lot of junk food…that mindless sitting+snacking combo is a very popular one at campgrounds. Also,we tend to center our meals around unhealthy foods because they’re easier and they are what we are used to.

So! What I have started, are some healthy camping recipes and ideas that can help you stay healthy all year round. Starting with this past weekend’s recipe. Very simple quinoa/bean recipe that I made the night before we left to camp. It lasted me two days/two nights and was a life saver for me.

I plan on camping lots this summer, so look forward to new ideas as I go!

Protein Packed Quinoa and Beans


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3 cups raw spinach
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of salsa (any kind)
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions (usually 1cup quinoa to 1.5cups water)
  2. When quinoa is done cooking, keep stove on low and add spinach and cilantro. Stir to wilt spinach
  3. Add beans and salsa to quinoa and mix
  4. Refrigerate in an air tight Tupperware container. Keep in the cooler when camping.
  5. Enjoy on flat bread with avocado, in a cup alone, or however you can imagine! I forgot hot sauce this trip, but I’d imagine it’d be super yummy with it.

(This recipe lasted me a full weekend and was used for breakfast and dinner for two days for two people)


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