camp bivouac recipes

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.
That's why we have come up with some recipes especially for bivouacs and camping, so that you can make the most of your evenings outdoors.

bivouac recipes

The actual rules to follow for our recipes are quite simple:

the ready-to-eat bag must be light and easy to carry all day long in a backpack and not complicated to make once the bivouac or camp is set up. And, of course delicious!
The idea is to prepare everything at home before leaving.

This is what you will need:

bivouac cooking

To prepare:

-airtight bags (zip-up type) or paper ones well sealed with elastic bands;
The advantages of paper bags: you can use them to light a fire or to clean up the cooking pot before doing the dishes (see our article "cooking pots need to be respected! »).
The advantages of plastic bags: they can be used as waterproof mini bin bags.
You will need as many bags as meals:
-a marker pen (to write the name of the bag's contents and cooking time).

bivouac kitchen utensils

For cooking outdoors you'll need:

-a cooking pot (with lid)
-a stove, with gas cartridge
-a fire with embers (for the"Camp"recipes)
-plastic cutlery (so as not to scratch the cooking pot)
-a TicTac type sweet box emptied of its contents, and filled with "salt-pepper" and / or "cinnamon-sugar" mixture.

Our recipes designed for bivouacs

The great classic of bivouac dinners is couscous. 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 if you run out of 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 recipes:

Bivouac dishes

Here is a list of dishes to accompany you with your bivouac Couscous dishes; Chilean Quinoa; Coconut cashew pilaf rice.

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE MEAT, you can take with you what the Americans call the Beef Jerky, or the South Africans Billtong. In English, very finely cut, marinated and dried beef. It's very light and easy to carry. We tested this recipe ( and found it rather tasty.

Images of your bivouac dishes

  • bivouac couscous recipe

    Dare to make couscous!

  • Chilean Quinoa recipe

    Chilli style Quinoa

  • coconut cashew pilaf rice

    Coconut cashew pilaf rice

Bivouac breakfasts

For breakfasts« We could have just said, take some biscuits along, they're super light for the backpack and full of calories. Dunked into tea or coffee, they're quite tasty. » Yes, that's maybe true.But we thought we could do better.
For a great breakfast before heading off on your hike, we have thought up 2 Muesli recipes, one chocolate almond and coconut one and another one with goji & cranberries, that you can adapt to your own taste (let your creativity go to town!) :

Images of your breakfasts

  • chocolate, almond, coconut muesli recipe

    Chocolate, almond, coconut muesli

  • Goji & cranberry muesli recipe

    Goji & cranberry muesli

Our "camp fire" recipes

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 course and a dessert, Top Chef mode at the camp-site 😊
Discover our camp-site fire recipes:
Quinoa & courette curry on the stove
Hot chocolate with marshmallow bears  

Discover our stewed fruit recipe:
For dessert, in a bivouac or at the camp-site, stewed fruit in a small container 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?
1-Cut the apples into cubes,
2-Put them into the cooking pot.
3-Cook over a low heat
4-When the apples start coming apart, add the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Continue cooking them for another 2 minutes and then turn off the heat.

If you have some good bivouac recipes that you want to share with the community, write to us!
We will taste and publish them in our Advice section.

7 camp and bivouac recipes


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