Camping and Fall weather seem to go together.
Summer has finally said goodbye, the leaves are putting on their fall colors and the cooler days are begging for you to come out and enjoy yourself.
I enjoy everything fall has to offer.
Camping is a favorite fall activity for our family, especially since we live in a state that offers mountain, the seashore and everything in between.
It’s time to pack up your camping gear and head to your favorite spot. Whether you go with your family, friends, or even by yourself, it can be the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and unplug.
One of the challenges of camping are the meals to be prepared. Cooking around a campfire is so much more fun than fighting the RV kitchen. So, we’ll use the campfire as much as possible to cook our meals.
As you prepare for your camping adventure, you may wonder whether there is such a thing as eating healthy around a campfire.
Yes, you can. In fact, let me share some of my favorite campfire recipes with you.
Here are 5 of my favorite campfire recipes…
Fire cooked Foil packets
Prep your meals before you leave on your camping trip and enjoy a hassle-free mealtime. Pre-pack some foil packets for your meals. The packets will lay flat in your cooler and are ready for your campfire on demand.
Use your favorite healthy food items, then add your favorite seasonings and olive oil. Seal them up tight and then throw them over the fire when you’re ready. Be very careful when opening them because of the escaping steam, it can present a burn hazard.
Pineapple Chicken Skewers
The prep is too easy on this one! Merely skewer chicken and pineapples together and stash them in zipper bags of teriyaki marinade. Take along lettuce for wrapping along with any other fun bits like crushed nuts to add a fun texture.
Chili is a hearty meal that’s easy to make in your slow cooker first and tote along for easy heat-up anytime hunger strikes. Use ground turkey to lighten it up a bit or even make a meatless version of it. Chili is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for any camping trip and can warm up any chilly night.
Who says you need to go to your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant to get sizzling fajitas? Just marinate your chicken in a zipper bag with red and green peppers and onions and pack it away. Don’t forget the tortillas, salsa, and guacamole so everyone can customize it their way. If you want to make it even healthier, you can use lettuce for wrapping instead.
Ending your evening making s’mores is one tradition that many campers enjoy. They’re messy, fun and the perfect ending to your evening.
Take this tradition and add a little healthy twist to it. Use a banana as your vessel for creating this iconic camping dessert. Just split the banana lengthwise, fill it with a few dark chocolate chips and marshmallows. Then wrap it in foil and put it over the fire for about 7 minutes. It will get nice and gooey, perfect for the child at heart. You can include graham crackers to scoop out the deliciousness or just hand out spoons.
Tasty and simple is what camping meals should be. Let these ideas jump-start your camping meal planning and you’ll be able to make your camping adventure delicious, healthy and fun.
Not a camper? Or, your schedule is too busy to go camping?
Use these recipes around your backyard fire-pit. We can sit for hours enjoying the crackling fire, making s’mores, laughing and talking.
A Healthy life includes enjoying yourself and those around you. Plan an outing this weekend using these recipes to make it fun around the campfire.
Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever camped?
Share in the comments below. I’m always looking for a new place to explore. Feel free to add a pic, too!