7 camp and bivouac recipes

At Quechua, we are convinced that a good meal is one of the best ways to properly recover and enjoy yourself, after a day spent in the mountains. This is why we have come up with some recipes designed for bivouacs and camps, so that you can make the most of your outdoor evenings.

This principle for our recipes is simple: the ready-to-eat bag must be light, be able to be carried all day long in a backpack and uncomplicated to make once the bivouac or camp is set up. And obviously, great to eat! The idea is to prepare everything at home before leaving.

What you will need:

For the preparation:
- airtight bags (zip type) or paper ones well sealed with elastic bands;
The advantage of a paper bag: you can use it to light a fire or start to clean up the cooking pot before doing the dishes (see our article "Looking after your cooking pot! ").
The advantage of a plastic bag: you can use it as a waterproof mini bin. Allow for as many bags as there are meals :P
- a marker (to write the name of the content of the bag and the cooking time).

For cooking outdoors:
- a cooking pot (with a lid)
- a camping stove, with a gas cartridge
- a fire and coals (for the "Camp" recipes)
- plastic cutlery (so you do not scratch the cooking pot)
- a TicTac type sweet box, emptied of its contents and filled with a "salt & pepper" and/or a "cinnamon & sugar" mixture.


The great classic of bivouac dinners is couscous. You have to admit it, couscous is very practical as it does not need lots of preparation time, or cooking time, or even none if you decide to eat it cold (or you no longer have any gas for the camping stove o_O). So, to revisit a great classic and make it a little more gourmet (tasty), we have come up with different and complete meals:


Chickpea couscous!

Chilli style Quinoa

Coconut cashew pilau rice

For those who love meat, you can bring with you what the Americans call beef jerky and the South Africans call Billtong. Marinated and dried, very finely chopped beef. It is very light and easy to carry. We tested this recipe (http://larecette.net/beef-jerky/) and we found it wasn't bad.



For breakfasts, we could have said "have some breakfast cakes, there super light in your bag and full of calories. Dipped in tea or coffee, there are not bad. " Yes, that is true. But we thought we could do better. For a great breakfast before heading off on a hike, we have come up with 2 recipes for you, that have endless scope for adaptation (let your creativity loose!) :

Chocolate, almond, coconut muesli

Goji & cranberry muesli


When you are carrying for less time, you can bring a little more ;) So that means you can go for more gourmet recipes. We have chosen 2 of these, tried and tested by our Decathlon Camp team. A main and a dessert, going gourmet at camp :)

Chicken marinated in lemon and chilli

Chocolate banana marshmallows


An improvised dessert, a compote in the cooking pot

For dessert, at camp or in a bivouac, a little jar of compote is so practical! But you need to carry it and that leads to waste. So why not make a little compote with fruits found on the way? For this, we will need a cooking pot. Obviously, there will not be much sugar, but it is worth it! And there is nothing more enjoyable than eating the fruit that you have collected yourself. We are hunter-gatherers after all, right?

Cut up the apples into large cubes and put them in the pan. Cook on a low heat. Then, when the apples start to break apart, add the cinnamon & sugar mixture. Continue cooking for 2 minutes and then cut the heat.

These recipes were created by our Camp team to inspire you. Do not hesitate to adapt them to your diets, what you have in your cupboards or, quite simply, your tastes.