rice and beans recipe for camping

Pantry Essentials – Part I of V

How to elevate your meals with basic pantry items you probably already have in the cupboard.

by Chef Corso

Trip planning can be challenging enough as it is.  Where to go, how to get there, what to pack, who’s going… with all these questions, you don’t want to add another complication to your life.  So when you’re thinking about what food to pack, it can be easy to fall into the trap of just grabbing the easy, packaged meals. We’ve all been there but we also all know that we can do better.

That’s why i’ve decided to deep dive into the pantry for a 5 part series on easy ways to elevate your pantry items into quick amazing meals. The great part is…you probably already have most of these ingredients right now!

On the Menu:

Instant Rice

Dried Beans


Rice Noodles

Eggs/Powdered Eggs

Fresh Vegetables


Tomato Paste

Ramen Noodles

Pre-cooked Grains


Good ole Instant Rice.  It may not be fancy. It may not be your favorite side dish at home but there’s a reason we all have it.  It’s cheap. It’s fast. It’s forgiving. It fills you up and it can go with just about anything. But can we take this pantry workhorse and kick it up a notch?  Sure can! Check out the below recipes for flavorful ways to use INSTANT RICE for your camp meals any time of day.

Recipe ideas:

Mango Fried Rice

Jamaican jerk chicken

Spam & Eggs & Rice


I know Dehydrated beans may not sound like the sexiest menu item but we’re gonna chef these up for a delicious meal.   Dried beans are not only a great source of protein and calorie dense but they’re vegan friendly and are extremely versatile so they can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check out these great options!

Recipe ideas:

Cuban black bean soup

Black bean and egg breakfast burritos

Jerky Chili

Check out PANTRY ESSENTIALS – PART II – Pasta & Rice Noodles



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