Cooking Over the Open Flames: Campfire Meals to Please the Whole Family

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Building the perfect campfire takes some skill, especially if its purpose is more than just something to look at. Just because you are out in the wilds of nature does not mean that you will have to forego preparing something healthy for the family to eat. Sometimes there is nothing better than a flame grilled hot dog, but it’s certainly not something you want to eat every night of your trip. With minimal preparation and next to no clean up required, these simple and delicious meals can be prepared quickly, to satisfy even the pickiest of kids. All you will need is some heavy duty aluminum foil and your dinner will be served in no time. Foil packet meals are a great addition to your menu, and will allow each member of the family to customize their own ingredients. It’s easy really, just place your meat on the bottom (it takes the longest to cook) and build. Check out this list of favorite foil dinners.

Broccoli Chicken

Broccoli Chicken Casserole - Yes, it is possible to make an individual serving of casserole in a foil packet. Who doesn’t love the gooey, cheesy goodness that comes from a bite of this family favorite? To convert to foil, be sure to pound your chicken as thin as possible to reduce cooking time. Mix a cup of broccoli, one can of cream of chicken soup, a half cup of prepared rice, cheese, and seasonings and place into foil pack. Place directly on the fire for about 30 minutes, and the result is a delicious, nutritious home style meal that the kids will devour.

Apricot Pork Chops

Apricot Glazed Pork Chops - This meal sounds way to fancy to be a campfire meal, but with a few shortcuts, your family will be happy to have a sample of this sweet and sour gourmet dish. All you need is a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, 1/3 cup of apricot preserves, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Layer the pork chop, top with a mixture of preserves and soy sauce, and then place the veggies on top. Cook for 30 minutes and voila! Smothering the veggies in this awesome sauce is a great way to inspire the kids to get a little green in their diet.

Sausage and Veggies

Smoked Sausage and Veggies - Step it up a notch from a regular hot dog with this smoked sausage packet. It is a versatile recipe that can be adapted to include whatever veggies you have on hand (or that your kids will eat) giving it a fresh and unique flavor each and every time. Here is the classic recipe but customize it to your individual tastes, and the whole family will be singing your praises. Cut 1 lb of smoked sausages (turkey sausage works well here too) into 1 inch rounds Layer with chopped potatoes, green beans, a pat of butter, and your favorite seasonings and grill for 15 minutes. Quick, and easy for the win!

When dinner is done, clean up is a breeze, because there are no pots and pans to wash. This means that you can focus your attention on the campfire’s true purpose, a source to make great smores.

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