Healthy & Simple Campfire Meals

Summer is in full swing, and with the Fourth of July right around the corner, many families are planning camping trips or cookouts to celebrate together! Cooking meals for everyone on a campfire can be intimidating, but you might be surprised at how easy it can be, and the variety of foods you can prepare.

Cooking over a campfire is all about creating even heat to cook over. Once you establish that, you will need some supplies to get cooking: most campgrounds supply cooking grates at every fire pit, but if not, you will need a grill rack like this one, a cast-iron skillet, mixing bowls, one or more cutting boards, and mixing utensils. Here are some great recipes to try on your camping adventure!

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Pan-Roasted Campfire Veggies

Serves 4

All you need:

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

2 tsp cider vinegar

1 tsp sriracha sauce, or more if desired

2 tsp canola oil

1 (8 oz) package whole fresh button mushrooms

8 miniature sweet peppers

½ cup grape tomatoes

All you do:

  1. Light firewood or charcoal and let campfire burn down to medium-hot embers or coals. Top with a grill rack.
  2. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together sugar, the water, soy sauce, vinegar and sriracha sauce.
  3. Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over campfire 5 minutes or until very hot. Add oil to skillet. Add mushrooms and sweet peppers; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables begin to char, stirring once or twice. Add sauce; cook until slightly reduced. Add tomatoes; cook 1 minute more, stirring to coat vegetables with sauce. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Recipe from EatingWell

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Fireside Fajitas

Serves 4

All you need:

2 tsp Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning

1 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips

2 tsp canola oil, divided

2 cups green, yellow and/or red sweet pepper strips

1 large onion, thinly sliced

8 (6-inch) whole-wheat flour tortillas

½ cup salsa

¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (optional)

1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

All you do:

  1. Light firewood or charcoal and let campfire burn down to medium-hot embers or coals. Top with a grill rack.
  2. In a plastic bag combine lime seasoning, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Add chicken strips, several at a time, shaking to coat.
  3. In a 12-inch cast iron skillet heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over campfire. Add chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring frequently. Remove chicken.
  4. In skillet heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over campfire. Add sweet peppers and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring frequently. Stir in chicken; heat through. Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in foil. Heat foil packet over campfire 8 to 10 minutes or until tortillas are warm, turning once.
  5. Serve chicken mixture in tortillas with the remaining ingredients.

Recipe from EatingWell

Happy Camping!

 

Written by:

Katelyn Hagan

Dietitian Assistant

Riverfront Hy-Vee

507.625.1107

2019-04-09T16:56:49+00:00