• Mushroom risotto
    Mushroom risotto

Sick of three minute noodles? Great Walks looks at some gourmet recipes for the outdoors.

Weather you're camping out of your pack or your car there's no need to go without too many creature comforts and that includes a good hearty and tasty meal. Sure, three minute noodles and freeze dried food have their place but with a bit of practice and preparation you can eat well in any outdoor situation. Check out these tasty meals and learn how to dehydrate your own ingredients.

Mushroom risotto
1 cup Arborio rice (or any white rice will do)
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1L cold water
1 chicken stock cube
Handful dried mushrooms
Black pepper
Parmesan cheese
Dried Italian herbs

Soak the dried mushrooms in the water for 30min. When reconstituted, slice finely. Keep mushroom water. Fry onion and garlic in oil; when translucent add rice and stir until rice coated with oil. Add mushrooms and stir. Crumble stock cube into water until dissolved. Add water to rice, stir and bring to boil. Simmer for 12min, covered, on a low heat. Add herbs and pepper to taste. Stir. Let sit for 5min and give one more stir before serving with grated cheese.

Taco chilli
1 tbsp canola oi
2 large carrots (shredded)
1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
500gm lean ground beef
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can diced green chilli peppers (optional)
2 to 3 tsps chilli powder, 2 to 3 tsps ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat the oil in a large saucepan or camp oven over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion and beef and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain fat. Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, 1 cup water, chilli peppers if desired, chilli powder, cumin, garlic powder, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 20min until the carrots are tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in sour cream. Serve in individual bowls and top with shredded cheese. Serves six.

Ham and potato foil bake
1.5kg sliced or cubed ham
3-5 cups sliced potato
2-3 cup sliced sweet onion
1-2 cup sliced green pepper
2-3 cups sliced mushrooms

Select the amount of ingredients you want to include in your meal and wrap in a foil pack or 2 layers of foil and seal tightly. Cook on medium hot coals for approximately 1/2hr turning occasionally (don't directly cook in hot flames).

Outback pudding
2 cups water
1 cup powdered milk
100gm box vanilla instant pudding
2 tbsp dried fruit powder

In a pot or container, combine all of the ingredients and stir until completely blended. Let stand for 10min.

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