A camping trip is the best way to end the summer and welcome the new school year, to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into the woods is a peaceful yet exciting escape. Grab some clothes, bug spray and pack your cooler because it is time to go have some genuine family fun.
Most people when camping stick to the faithful hot dogs and pb&j’s but I am going to hook you up with my family’s camping meal secret. Foil packs! SO simple yet SO game-changing. Before leaving for your trip prepare your foods in tupperware to keep fresh and pack along some foil to cook it in. Here are a few of my faves...
Side Note: All meats need to be fully cooked beforehand, the campfire is simply going to warm your food up - not entirely cook them.
Pro Tip: Use heavy duty aluminum foil to get the job done right.
Recipe One: Chicken OR Steak & Potatoes
In a tupperware add (cooked) chicken or steak pieces, diced potatoes, onions and peppers (optional), butter, herbs and spices. Make a foil bowl and add ingredients, close foil and warm over the campfire.
Recipe Two: Loaded Nachos
In a tupperware add black beans, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and diced chicken. Pack tortilla chips, shredded cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Add your chips to your made foil bowl, pour your tupperware over, then cheese and warm over fire. When warmed, garnish with guac and sour cream.
Recipe Three: French Dip Sandwich
Slice a baguette (leave about half an inch between each cut) - not all the way through just enough to be able to stuff it. Pack that, provolone cheese and roast beef. You will also need to make the sauce which is worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp of au jus gravy mix, onion powder and garlic powder. Spread sauce in cuts, stuff with cheese and roast beef, wrap in foil and warm over fire.
Recipe Four: Sausage, Potatoes and Green Bean Foil Pack
Don’t let the green beans fool you, this one is the bomb!
In a tupperware add green beans, smoked sausage, sliced potatoes, mushrooms, cajun seasoning and butter. Make your foil bowl, add ingredients, close and cook over fire.
Recipe Five: Summer Veggie Bowl
In a tupperware add diced yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and yellow onion. Make a foil bowl, add vegetables, drizzle with olive oil and warm over fire. When done, garnish withered pepper flakes and crumbled feta cheese.
Try any of these delicious recipes and you’re sure to have a delicious campfire meal. But of course you it isn’t a camping trip without s’mores! If you’re spicing up your meals you might as well spice up your s’mores too. There are so many ways to make s’mores. Use rice krispie treats or oreos instead of graham crackers, use reese cups or mini twix bars instead of plain chocolate, add bananas or strawberries, I mean the possibilities are endless.
Now, if you can’t make it out to the woods or you're just not really an “outdoorsy” person, still enjoy that crackling bonfire and melting marshmallow smell by cozying up on the couch with a 26 oz Marshmallow & Embers Candleberry Scented Candle. It is National Toasted Marshmallow Day today… celebrate accordingly!
“Take a walk back to childhood as the rich fragrance of toasted marshmallow mingles with the smells of charred firewood and vanilla bean. The campfire has just begun to flicker as evening descends and stories begin to tempt the imagination.”