Written by Dr. Kloepper

“Hey, would you like to try some canned beef? It really tastes a lot better than it smells.” No really, it actually does.

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Why, you might ask, were we offering people to try some canned beef? Well it was all part of our project prep. Our crazy, crazy project prep.

This week we’ve been starting the detailed aspect of project prep. Organizing equipment. Finalizing our travel schedule. Booking hotels for places we can’t camp. Making sure everyone can operate various equipment, which also included learning to pitch our tents!

Although the majority of the “big picture” items are now taken care of, our days are filled with long to-do lists to make sure everyone (humans and canine) are completely prepped for the trip.

For me, the most fun part of this whole adventure is food planning. I love to cook and I love to plan meals, but this summer poses a new challenge: figuring out how to make healthy, delicious meals for 3 women out of mostly non-perishable items. I’ve spent considerable time perusing the canned/dried goods aisle at the grocery store, and have come up with some fun recipe ideas.

First, I present to you, Cheesy Ranch Tuna Casserole:


Next, Spinach Lasagna ala Beef Chunks:


Next, Campfire Mexican Cornbread Skillet Casserole:


And finally, “Chicken Lo-Meinly we’re camping”


All my meals have 2 main rules: they must have protein, and they must have vegetables. Eating this way will be challenging, but everything always tastes better around a campfire (or, in our case, a small propane stove), right?