10 Easy Camping Meals With Baked Potatoes

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Baked Potato RecipesLet’s face it…camping meals need to be easy to make, easy to eat and easy to clean up. Did you know that potatoes just happen to be a great way to get all of those things and still have plenty of room for flavor? So here’s some great ideas on how to satisfy your whole family on your camping trip using many potatoes…and a few other things as well.

1. Po’ Boy Foil Bowl
Chop up 1 small potato per camper, depending on their appetite. Put the chopped potatoes in a clean, plastic bag, add a splash of olive oil, pepper, salt and whatever dried herbs you have. Add a couple of hand fulls of chopped vegetables like: carrots, celery, onion, tomato, broccoli, etc. and shake the bag. Dish out about a cup of the mixture onto sheets of aluminum foil. Wrap the ingredients tightly, leaving a small opening at top and grill over open flame or in the coals of a fire, for up to 30 minutes. Use tongs to check the packages regularly–if they steam when you open them, your po’ boy is ready! Serve straight from aluminum!

2. Baked Potato Burrito
One baked potato per camper. Leave the skin on and cut the potato in half, long ways. Scoop a chunk from each half and place scooped potato in plastic bag. Add lots of salt, pepper, seasonings and a can of drained, black beans. Mush the bag until thoroughly mixed. Place potato halves onto aluminum foil sheets, scoop potato/bean mixture onto the halves and top with other half of potato. Gently wrap in foil and, turning gently and regularly, cook the potatoes over open flame or in the coals of a fire. Be careful when opening and eat with a spoon!

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The Secret Of The Camping Lunch!

Camping Lunch TimeYou know you’ve got breakfast and dinners all planned as the big meals of the day. You fire up the stove in the morning with eggs, bacon and pancakes. And in the evening, do something special on the grill or Dutch Oven. But what about lunch? You don’t want to mess with the stove and want something light and easy. After all everyone’s off having fun and just want a quick bite to eat. A reader sent me a couple of quick and easy lunch recipes that I think are winners. Easy to make and no mess to clean up! ;-)

Sliced Turkey Wrappers

1 wheat tortilla for each camper
2 slices of pre-packed turkey per camper
2 slices pepper jack cheese per camper
1 head lettuce
1 squeeze bottle
1-2 cups mayo, depending on taste
1/2 cup mustard
pepper
onion powder

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Cook Like A World-Class Camper

Fire roasted, glazed, baked or breaded. However you like it, the best camping food starts with the right ingredients and the best camping cookware. And the stove is the most important part. So, whether you’re camping light…backpack camping or car camping with family or friends, here’s some sure-fire (pardon the pun) stoves to get you cooking!

Coleman Micro Backpack StoveThe Micro Backpack Stove made by Coleman is a great investment to your outdoor cooking if you camp lightly. Coleman has been making camping stoves since 1942 and holds the best reputation for their camping products. The Micro backpack stove is small and lightweight but still powerful enough to cook any stovetop meal. The top regulator and bottom (propane canister) can be unscrewed and packed separately. Remember this is for one-pot cooking, but it gives off great heat to boil water or stew quickly!

Coleman EvenTemp 3-Burner StoveIf you’re cooking for a whole family, the Coleman EvenTemp 3 Burner Stove is the most popular in camping stoves. This new 3-burner design gets rid of the cold spots that occur when using a 2-burner stove and gives you even heat that’s great for pancakes, bacon, and omelets…you name it! It has two 11,500 BTU burners on the ends and a 5,000 BTU burner in the middle for all types of range cooking as well as side panels to block wind. The InstaStart push button ignition system takes all the hassle out of lighting your stove. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped a match onto the burner trying to get it going. :-)

I hope this helps with your camping cookware needs. Let me know your experiences with other camp stoves, what’s your favorite, etc. But above all enjoy the food! It always tastes better when you’re camping!!

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Easy Camping Recipes

Campfire MealDo you know the best part of camping?…..the food! I happen to believe that food tastes a whole lot better when you’re outside cooking up a camping meal. But, nobody wants to break-up the fun to go and cook a meal….groan! So, here’s a couple of easy camping meals that you can prepare that are tasty and most of all, a snap to make and cleanup.

Don’t let the name of this first one throw you, it’s very good!

Camp Hash

2 TB cooking oil
1 large onion — chopped
2 garlic cloves — minced
4 large potatoes — peeled and cubed
1 lb smoked sausage — cubed
1 can chopped green chiles — (4 oz)
1 can whole kernel corn - drained

In a Dutch oven, or large cooking pot heat oil. Saute onion and garlic until tender. (I can smell the aroma as I’m writing this!) Add potatoes. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 20 mins. stirring occasionally. Add sausage, cook and stir until potatoes are tender and well browned, about 10 mins. more. Stir in chilies and corn; cook until heated through and serve out of the pot.
Bonus: Leftovers can be put in your breakfast omelet.

I love how the sour cream gives this dish a distinctive taste!

Simple Stroganoff

2 tsp butter or margarine
1/4-cup water
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2-cup sour cream
1/2-cup onion- chopped
1 lb Round steak - cut
1/2 tsp Paprika

Melt butter or margarine in a skillet. Brown the strips of round steak. Add onions and brown. Stir in soup, water, sour cream and paprika. Cover and cook over low heat about 45 minutes, or until meat is tender. Stir frequently. Serve over hot, wide egg noodles or rice.

Simple, easy and good eating. And, the Cleanup is confined to one pot. Try these out this weekend and let me know what you think. Or, if you have a great camping recipe you want to share with all of us put it in the comments section.

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