easy backpacker recipes – oven fish recipe

backpacker hostel recipeAny country not too far from the sea has a great fish market. You can’t sleep in because these markets normally start very early and will be gone around noon. But we assure you an unforgettable ‘local’ experience! So get up early, go to the market and ask for a local, white fish.  Good fish doesn’t need much condiments to taste great: a bit of pepper, salt, juice of one lemon and a bit of olive oil can be enough. In this dish we added orange and fennel, that really lever the taste of the fish. Simple, easy, light and ready in 20 min.

Ingredients (serves 2)
2 sea bass filets
Olive oil
1 fennel, cut in half and then in slices Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – polenta recipe

simple polenta recipe backpackersIn Italy, originally, the polenta was spread out over the table before the sauce was poured on top of it. The whole family ate the polenta of the table with only a spoon. Unless you like cleaning it yourself spot*less*ly, don’t try this at the Amstel. But fortunately, this easy backpacker recipe tastes just as good on plate!

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the sauce
1
 cup vegetable oil
1
 medium eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
2 
teaspoons tomato paste Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – shakshuka recipe

chakchouka recipeShakshouka means “a mixture” in Arabic slang. It is likely that it was first known as chakchouka, a Berber word meaning a vegetable ragout, although according to a cookbook about Jerusalem cuisine, the name is derived from the Hebrew verb leshakshek, “to shake.” This dish is very popular in North Africa (and a common Tunisian surname) and can be eaten any time of the day. The ingredients and spices vary, some add beans or artichoke hearts or crumble feta on top. We served this easy backpacker recipe with salty full fat yoghurt and some lemon hummus.

Ingredients (serves 2)
Olive oil
1 ts cumin
2 ts sugar
1ts cayenne powder Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – gado gado recipe

backpacker recipeGado-gado in Indonesian literary means “mix-mix” since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, corn or cabbage, all mixed in a peanut sauce dressing. You can optionally add tofu or tempeh and hard-boiled eggs and top it with cassava chips. This easy backpacker recipe is ready in 20 minutes and a rich but healthy dish.

Ingredients for the satay sauce (serves 2)
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
2 ts sambal olek (or ½ a red pepper, finely chopped)
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easy backpacker recipes – baked camembert recipe

baked camembertThis is one of the easiest backpacker recipes out there, since you only have to mix your ingredients together. With a little help of the oven you’ve got a lovely dish in less than 15 minutes to share amongst friends. It works well as a snack with a glass of wine, but can also be turned into a dinner, together with a simple salad.

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 camembert (250 gr)
1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
A few tips fresh rosemary Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – couscous recipe

backpacker recipeCouscous is very hostel-proof since you only need to drench it with boiling water. This easy backpacker recipe is a perfect dish for a large group of people, so if you’re going to host a dinner party just multiply the ingredients below and invite other travellers to have dinner together, like a real Moroccan family.

Ingredients (serves 2)
3 tbs of olive oil
ts of cumin/cinnamon/corinader*
3 cm of fresh ginger, g Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – peanutbutter recipes

easy backpackers recipes - peanutbutter Start your day with an energy boosting PB-Banana smoothie. Blend 1 tbsp peanut butter with a banana, 1/2 a cup of milk (soy, almond or cow), 1 tbsp of honey or chopped dates and an avocado. This easy backpacker recipe is also great anti hangover stuff!

In case you wonder what to do with the rest of the peanut butter jar, here are some tips:

  1. Prepare the healthy Elvis Presly sandwich by toasting some bread with peanut butter and sliced banana (and honey when available). nom nom!
  2. PB on a sandwich with sliced cucumber is a good combination if you prefere a salty lunch.
  3. Use it as a dip, serving PB with fresh fruits like pear, banana and apple.
  4. Fill some dried dates up with peanut butter as a healthy snack. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – noodles

backpacker recipeInstant noodles, cornflakes and canned hotdogs are probably the most common easy backpacker meals you’ll spot in a hostel kitchen. Here’s a new idea. Forget about your ’just add water-noodles’. You can do better than that! Noodles are cheap, really simple to prepare and you easily turn them into a healthy meal. They’re quick as well, imagine that it will take as long as Mr. Scruff’s Fresh Noodle song to prepare them.

We substituted normal noodles for buckwheat noodles, because buckwheat is energizing, nutritious, and a good source of magnesium and fibers which makes this dish a perfect base for a night out.

Ingredients (serves 2)
200 gr buckwheat noodles
2 hands full of mushrooms (shiitake or any other kind of mushrooms, shitake or any
1 tbsp olive oil
Seasalt and pepper to season Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – hamburger

backpacker recipeEverybody likes burgers and off course we have the best easy backpacker recipe for you! At Amstel, we are famous for our summer Burger BBQs. It has been known to start a good party or two. Home made burgers taste so much better than the ones you buy in the supermarket, but if you’re really running out of time, you could use those as a base as well.

Ingredients (serves 2)
1/2 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
1/2 eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch rounds Continue reading