Omelet in a Bag1 of 7
This simple method is perfect for campfire cooking, and yields delicious results. Place a large pot of water on a camping stove and bring it to a boil. While the water is heating, write everyone's name on quart-size freezer bags. Break two eggs into each bag and let your kids add their favorite omelet ingredients. Some options include:
Cheese Bacon Ham Onions Peppers Tomatoes Olives Broccoli
Use your fingers, or a fork, to mix the ingredients together, and gently squeeze the air out of the bag--don't skip this step or the bag will burst open while cooking. When the water boils, add the bags to the pot and let them sit for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are solid. Take the bag out of the water and pour your finished meal onto a plate. Season the eggs with salt and pepper, and add a side of fresh fruit.
Muffins in Orange Shells2 of 7
Making muffins in orange shells takes a little work, but the wow factor is high for kids. All you need is six oranges and one just-add-water bag of muffin mix.
Slice the top off each orange and scrape out the fruit without breaking the rind. Have your kids fill the oranges 2/3 full with muffin mix, and then wrap the bottom of the orange in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Set it gently in coals, using gloves or tongs to avoid burns, and let bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
Once finished, your kids can eat right out of the rind with a fork or their fingers. Top it with fresh fruit for an extra boost of nutrients.
Pie Iron Hot Sandwiches3 of 7
Almost any hot sandwich can be cooked in a pie iron. For example, toasted cheese sandwiches--campfire version of grilled cheese--ham and cheese, or pizza sandwiches--pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Regardless of what you put between your bread, the toasting process is always the same. Follow the steps below:
Choose your bread and make sure it fits in the iron. Butter the slices, and place them butter side out in the pie iron. Put it in hot coals for about 1 minute on each side, but check back to make sure the coals haven't heated up or cooled down. When your sandwich is done, open the hot pie iron carefully and remove sandwich.
When placing subsequent sandwiches in the hot pie irons, avoid burns by using gloves or hot pads.
Foil Dinners4 of 7
There are two tricks to this campfire cooking method that will make the difference between dry, burned food and tender, tasty meals.
Double wrap your food using heavy-duty foil. Put butter in the packet with meat and vegetables to keep them from burning.
To start, place a large sheet of heavy-duty foil on the table. Add a square of butter and an uncooked hamburger patty or chicken breast. Let your kids add diced vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, celery and peppers. Season as necessary, wrap the foil up like a packet, and make sure to seal all the edges so juices don't run out. Spread a second sheet of foil out and wrap the packet a second time.
Place it in hot coals and let cook for one hour, turning once to help the food cook evenly. Serve foil dinners with a side of greens or pasta salad to round out the meal.
Pie Iron Desserts5 of 7
Pie iron turnovers are a popular alternative to s'mores. Follow the instructions for pie iron sandwiches but fill the bread with canned fruit pie filling instead; add in fresh fruit, as well. Let your kids top it off with a spread of frosting for a decadent camping dessert. Consider using cinnamon swirl bread for added sweetness.
Banana Boats6 of 7
Gently slice an unpeeled banana from the stem to the bottom by cutting through the top layer of peel and whole banana. Be careful not to slice the bottom peel. Gently open the banana and have the kids fill it with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.
Loosely wrap the banana boat in heavy-duty aluminum foil and place in hot coals for 5 to 7 minutes; don't wrap the foil too tightly or the marshmallows will stick. Once finished, eat the banana boat right out of the peel with a spoon.