Monday, June 14, 2010

Campfire Meals: My Kids Love 'Em

It's not always easy to get my boys to eat their dinner.

But, when we involve them in the process, allowing them to help create what they're gonna eat, well - that changes everything.

One night last week, my husband took dinnertime by the reins, and made Campfire Meals with my boys. They liked them so much and had so much fun making these together!



(These were delicious! I said I didn't want anything for dinner, then after they had all finished most of their meals, I went around scarfing down whatever was left on the table! SO good!)

Campfire meals, if you're not familiar with them, are meals that are made inside of aluminum foil and baked in the oven or on a grill. They're kind of an all-in-one meal - and can be made from ingredients only limited by your imagination and creativity.

Because my boys love smoked sausage so much, here's the meal my husband created with them.

Smoked Sausage.
Potatoes.
Peas.

So easy. And, all things that they absolutely LOVE to eat!



Here's how to make them.

First, cut up all the ingredients needed for the meal. Line up the needed number of squares of aluminum foil. And, let the kiddos go to town!



I love how their sweet, chubby little fingers just go to work creating their own perfect work of edible art!



In case you had any doubt that these are just as much fun as they are yummy...



All three of them made their own meals - even my baby.



We also added one pat of butter, a sprinkling of Montreal Steak Seasoning, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. This just gives the meal a kick that all of us like around here.



And, then you roll them up and close the foil. They go into to the oven or onto a hot, grill for 30 minutes. (Then you get to play Legos together for a while they cook!)



And, when they come out, the sausage is wonderfully caramelized on the edges, the potatoes are soft and buttery, and the peas are warm and sweet.



A delicious meal that my boys created themselves!



Every one of them loved it!





We'll be experimenting with more and more Campfire Meals this summer. These were a hit!



Smoked Sausage and Potato Campfire Meal

1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
4 potatoes, cubed
1 can peas
1/2 stick butter
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Worcestershire sauce

Line up sheets of aluminum foil. Place sausage, potatoes, and peas on foil. Top with a pat of butter, a sprinkling of steak seasoning, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Roll up foil and close tightly. Bake directly on rack of oven at 350 degrees or on a heated grill for 30 minutes - turning ever so often.

*Yield: 6 meals

8 comments:

  1. Ooooh, good idea. We are going to do this soon.

    Hope you are feeling well. And I also hope the heat isn't getting to you. Drink lemonade!

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  2. l-o-v-e campfire meals.
    we make them all the time in the summer!

    your boys look like they are having fun! sweet pictures!
    :)

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  3. What a neat thing to do as a family.

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  4. What a great idea... bring camping food home... brilliant really. I love it!! You guys are the coolest parents.

    And I am so glad to hear that your kids are picky at meal times too. :)

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  5. Thank you for this post. There’s nothing quite like cooking a meal under the stars with your family and friends to keep you company! As you take in all that fresh air and the sounds of nature, you can enjoy the warm glow of the crackling fire along with your favorite beverage. See more http://survival-mastery.com/diy/food_prep/easy-campfire-meals.html

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  6. I remembered eating well in camp when we used to go with my parents. There were lots of food that my siblings and I enjoy! And most are our favorites that we consume around the fire. There's something about the crisp air that makes one ravenous - I can't understand why! I love how we used to trade ghost stories around the fire - most are made up, by the way, but who cares? We were having fun and loving it. I recently stumbled on a site that also zeroed in on the best camping meals. Worth looking into http://backpackingmastery.com/food/best-camping-meals.html

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