Meals for Camping With Kidsby Shelley Frost
Camping offers lots of excitement and entertainment for families. Child-friendly camping meals encourage young campers to chow down or even help with the cooking, depending on their ages. Some meal ideas work well over a campfire, with or without a cooking grate. Plan out your camp menu to ensure you have all the necessary groceries before you head into the wilderness.
Muffin Tin Breakfast
An old muffin tin holds individual servings of either eggs or potatoes, depending on the morning's menu. Spray the individual cups in the muffin tin with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Crack one egg into each section of the muffin tin. Add come cheese, vegetables or ham to create a mini omelet. You can cook hash brown potatoes in the individual muffin tins as well. Place the muffin tin over the campfire on a cooking grate, or place it on a flat rock in the campfire.
For lunch or dinner, foil pouches allow each person to create a custom meal. Each person needs a large rectangle of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Doubling up the foil gives it more durability. Let each person add her choice of meats and vegetables. Chicken or sausages work well as the meat source. Add seasonings, such as garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper or your favorite sauce to the foil. Fold over the foil and seal the edges to create a pouch. The foil pouches go onto hot coals until the food is cooked, which could be anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.
Pitas create the crust for simple pizza pockets over the campfire. Cut the pitas in half to create two pouches. The kids spread pizza sauce inside the pouch and fill it with cheese, meat and vegetables based on personal preference. Wrap the pizza pockets in aluminum foil and place them on the hot coals. When the cheese is melted, the pizza pocket is ready to eat.
Pigs-in-a-blanket are traditionally made in the oven, but you can make them over the campfire for a twist on roasted hot dogs. Refrigerator biscuit dough works as the outer covering for the hot dogs. Wrap the dough around a hot dog after you place it on a roasting stick. Brushing the dough with a little oil helps it brown. Hold the wrapped hot dog over the campfire until the dough cooks.
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