Outdoor Adventure Lunch Ideas

Skip a few miles from the car and you can forget packing a cooler to keep your lunch refreshingly cool – and edible!  What’s an outdoor adventurer to do? Start by packing a lunch that can take the heat – without the stove!

Munching on a little lunch! (Photo: Megan Kopp)

Here are a few suggestions:

Lunch #1

  • Crumbled ramen noodles (dry in package with a little of the seasoning packet sprinkled on top)
  • Turkey jerky
  • Fresh carrots and snow peas
  • Yogurt-covered raisin GORP

Lunch #2

  • Bagels stuffed with cream cheese, slices of cucumber and salami – a staple!
  • Oranges
  • Raisin oatmeal cookies

Lunch #3

  • Tabouli-stuffed pita
  • Hummous and fresh red pepper slices
  • Cherry Larabar

Lunch #4

  • Cheese bagels stuffed with ham and a dollop of Dijon mustard
  • Apples
  • Peanut butter cookies

Lunch #5

  • Curried Brown Rice Chickpea Salad (made evening before and put in resealable sandwich bags with plastic spoons. Mix together 1 cup cooked instant brown rice, ½  can chickpeas rinsed and drained, ½ diced red pepper, ¼ cup chopped red onion, handful of raisins, ¼  cup chopped fresh cilantro. Whisk 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice, 1 tsp honey, 1 ½ Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp curry powder. Pour over rice mix. Top with 2 Tbsp sliced and toasted almonds.)
  • Banana bread

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