Ahh, camping. A time to relax and spend time with friends and family. And, well, of course eating with those friends and family members is a fun part of camping too!
Cooking around a campfire is definitely part of what makes camping so awesome. A week of munching on brats, potato chips and burgers starts off great, but by the end of the trip, that menu can start to feel pretty mundane. Not to mention a diet consisting of burgers and dogs for a whole week can set the stage for weeks of nutrition reset when normal life returns. The good news is that upgrading your camp menu doesn’t have to be complicated to be tasty and healthy.
You really just need one thing… foil!
Foil packet meals are one of the most popular campfire choices out there and among the easiest to revamp. The traditional bundle of ingredients typically involves ground sausage, potatoes, onions, butter, salt and pepper all wrapped up in foil. Seal the ingredients in individual packets using a sheet or two of heavy duty foil per packet and toss in the fire. 30 minutes and few flips later and dinner is served. While that sounds easy, you may be missing the mark from a nutritional standpoint. So let’s take a moment to upgrade this simple recipe into a nutrition powerhouse! We’ll add some color and do some switch outs to make your next foil packet meal simply amazing!
6 Awesome Tips to Improving the Nutrition of a Campfire Foil Packet:
-Out with pork sausage, insert black beans or ground turkey sprinkled with Worcestershire Sauce.
-Switch out a white potatoes for a sweet potatoes
– Grab a bottle of canola oil and drizzle this in the packet. Switching canola for butter adds some smart fat to the mix.
ADD: More chopped veggies- carrots, green peppers, and jalapenos all offer mega flavor.
ADD: Different spices- curry powder and Cajun mix match this foil combo well.
ADD: Top it off with a little bit of feta cheese for a sweet and savory combination.
Go ahead, we dare you to surprise the campers on your next trip with this meal. It’s a guaranteed healthy crowd pleaser!
Heading to the woods? We’d love to see what you fun creative meals you make! Send us a message or post pictures below!