With summer officially here, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do with the kids during their few months off of school. One great family-friendly activity you should consider is camping. With 40% of parents saying their kids spend at least three hours a day on digital devices, camping is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with each other and get back in touch with nature. But cooking and food is often a big concern when it comes to camping. So to help make camping easier for you, here are a few super simple recipes to keep in mind.
Granola is a super simple recipe to begin with and while you can certainly make it ahead of time, making it over a campfire makes it all the better. So to make this campfire granola, you’re going to need:
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 2 cups almonds or nut of your choice
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Using a cast iron pan, heat the pan over the fire — toss in the nuts and toast them while adding in the rolled oats. Or if someone you’re camping with someone who suffers from a common tree nut allergy, feel free to skip the nuts or add a replacement of your choice. Once the nuts and oats are brown, take the pan off of the heat and add in the maple syrup and vegetable oil. After it’s mixed, top with cranberries and enjoy!
Pizza Grilled Cheese
If you have a campfire sandwich iron, the possibilities are endless for meals — including being able to make some delicious pizza grilled cheeses, or pizza mountain pies. The ingredients for these sandwiches include:
- Pizza sauce
- Shredded cheese
Start by buttering the bread like you would to make a normal grilled cheese. Place one piece of bread, buttered side down, in the sandwich iron. Spread pizza sauce on the bread, followed by cheese, pepperoni, and other desired toppings. If you’re one of the 76% of Americans who buy organic food for the health benefits, consider adding organic vegetables, like peppers, on top. Put the other bread slice, buttered side up, down and close the sandwich iron. Heat the sandwich over the iron, turning occasionally, until the cheese is nice and melted and the bread is toasted.
BBQ Chicken and Vegetables
Foil meals are a must-have for camping — you simply put your ingredients in some foil, wrap them up, and let them cook. It doesn’t get any easier than that, does it? For this barbecue chicken and vegetable foil meal, you’ll need:
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 8 asparagus spears
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Seasonings to taste
- Aluminum foil
If you have a grill, you can use that to cook these meals. Otherwise, you’ll need a grate to put over the campfire. Consider stainless steel, which can last for 100 years, for your campfire grate. Take one chicken breast, some asparagus, zucchini, and peppers and place them on two sheets of aluminum foil. Cover the chicken with barbecue sauce and toss both the chicken and vegetables in olive oil. Fold up the foil over the food, sealing the packets. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. You can even prepare these yummy meals ahead of time to limit prep work at the campsite.
Preparing meals when camping doesn’t have to be hard — if you keep these recipes in mind, you’ll not only have a great camping experience with the family, but you’ll have some tasty food, too.