Camping Meals

We’re camping throughout this week and into Memorial Day, so I thought today I’d do a roundup of some campsite meals that I’ve tried or want to try this summer.  When we’re  camping, we are always looking for easy meals that can be thrown together quickly and put on the grill or over the fire.  Here are some ideas that are worth trying:

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Campfire Chili Cheese Fries – I’ve never tried these, but when looking through Pinterest for camping recipes, these chili cheese fries kept popping up.  They look like the perfect snack food/appetizer to munch on throughout the day.

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BBQ Breakfast Scrambler – I’m always looking for new breakfast recipes, and this one looks like it will not disappoint!  I’m putting this on my list to make this weekend.

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Grilled Pizza – one of our favorite camping meals (and actually favorite summer meals in general) are grilled pizzas.  It’s so easy to buy a pre-made crust, add your favorite toppings, and throw it on the grill for 10 minutes and lunch or dinner is served!

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Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes – My family really enjoys grilled potatoes, but this recipe looks like a yummy twist on our standard potatoes.

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Hobo Dinner – These “hobo” meals are so easy, and the clean up is a breeze!  You can literally put anything you want in these, wrap them in foil and put them over the fire.  It’s the perfect camping meal!

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Fudge Striped Cookie S’mores – these look like a yummy twist on your traditional s’mores.  I definitely will be trying these!

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Apple Pie Packets – Sometimes it’s nice to have a dessert option that isn’t smore’s and these apple pie packets look amazing!

I’d love to hear your family’s favorite camping meals.  Please comment and let me know if you’ve tried any of these or what your “go to” meals are when camping.  Happy camping season!

Recipe: French Dip Sandwiches

I’m all about easy meals this time of year because we’re almost never home in the evenings.  This French Dip recipe is one of my favorites – and is a good one to make all year long!  Here’s what you need:

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  • 1 beef roast
  • 2 cans beef consommé
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing
  • 1 packet Au Jus gravy mix
  • 1 package hoagie buns
  • Provolone cheese (not pictured)

Put your roast in a crockpot and pour 2 cans of beef consommé over it and add about 2 cups of water as well.  Then add your packet of Italian dressing over the top of the roast.  Cook on low roughly 8 hours (I always put in the crockpot before I leave for work and it’s ready when we get home – probably more like 10 hours later).

When roast is complete, lay out your hoagie buns on a baking sheet and butter both top and bottom of hoagie bun.  Layer your shredded roast and provolone cheese on bun.

I also start my au jus mix at this time on the stove – just mix mix with 3 cups of cold water and it’s ready once it boils.

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Set your oven to broil and put your sandwiches in until cheese is melted/bubbly and buns are toasted brown.  That’s it – easy peasy!

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Like I said, super easy meal and everyone in the family will actually eat it – which is a huge win at my house!  Let me know if you make this and if you’re family enjoys it too!

Recipe: Monster Bars (Prepare to be Addicted!)

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe a while back, and it has been my go to recipe anytime I need to bring a side for a family gathering or event of any kind.  These bars are SO easy to make…but fair warning – they are very addicting!  Here’s the recipe:

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You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups oatmeal (quick oats)
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 12 oz regular M & M’s

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ingredients in order listed with electric mixer.  Pour into greased sheet cake pan and bake approximately 18 minutes or until done.  Do not over bake!  These bars are better gooey, so I usually pull them out of the oven after 17 minutes or so (just as they are starting to brown on the top).  Let cool and then enjoy.  We can never wait for them to cool to eat as the warm gooey chocolate is the best part!  Seriously, go make these right now…you can thank me later:)