Friday, April 16, 2010

Camping Food

Well, it looks like we will be going camping tommorow.  It is kind of last minute, but the weather has been wonderful, Saturday morning softball practices have been cancelled, and the wonderful campground with an indoor pool that isn't too far from us is offering a two nights for the price of one special so we just couldn't resist. 

The last minute camping plans have meant that I needed to plan some meals for us.  Since we will be staying two nights I will need meals for three days.  I don't worry so much about typical "camping" food when we go camping, especially since we go so often I try to concentrate on easy to prepare meals.  I know I have an advantage over most campers since we have a thirty foot travel trailer that is complete with a fridge, microwave, stove and oven, yes I was lucky enough to get one with an actual oven.  We also carry one of the indoor/outdoor George Foreman grills in our camper for grilling out.  I highly recommend it!

So here's what I have planned for our meals this weekend:

Breakfast - I keep pancake mixes and a griddle in our camper in case I want to make pancakes.  If I don't make pancakes we will have cereal for breakfast.  At home I normally fix a large breakfast, so I don't feel too quilty about the cereal.

Lunches - Sandwiches on my homemade Sandwich Rolls (which I made today) along with fresh fruit and chips

Dinner on Saturday night - Hot Dogs over the fire with baked beans.  Yes I am aware of the nutritional content of hot dogs but my 6 year old requested them and really what is camping without hot dogs?  I fixed my baked beans up tonight, and cooked them so that tommorow night I will only have to warm them up. 

Dinner on Sunday night - Slow Cooker Pork Fajitas - I cut up my onions and green peppers today so that I just have to mix it all up in my slow cooker (I told you I like easy)

Snacks:  I made some cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies today to take along with us.  I also cut up some strawberries to take along.  And of course we will be making Smores! 

I tend to keep the camper stocked with canned soups, and other quick fix non-perishables for when the kids yell "I'm hungry".  When we first started camping we always planned huge meals which we were either too tired to cook or we didn't get to eat until 9 PM because we got back to our campsite late at night.  I love my crockpot for days when I know I am going to be busy at the campground because it makes my life so much easier.  I don't have to worry about getting back to the campsite too late to cook or being too tired to cook, my food is ready when I get back to our camper.  I also make sure to use crockpot liners at the campground as well because it makes it clean up so much easier.

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