I don’t remember getting to choose what foods I would and would not eat, when I was a kid so I’m not sure how I turned into such a pushover when it comes to what my kids will eat. Our oldest is a easy enough – she’ll happily down anything from my spicy curry to a bowl of clam chowder. The other two are a different story, however! This means that when we are camping, we need to plan meals with everyone in mind, because we cannot bring a lot of different foods.
Tacos are a great for lunch or dinner, when camping, because they are easy to hold and each one is full of meat and veggies. The downside is that those crispy shells have to be packed with care, or you will end up with a pile of crispy chips – and it’s much harder to get kids to eat taco salad, than tacos!
Grilled chicken or hamburger
These ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and packed in individual bags. Leftover ingredients can be used for omelets or egg scrambles, the next morning. The easiest way to serve tacos at the campsite is to setup a taco bar on the picnic table and let everyone build their own.
All kids seem to like pizza and calzone is an easy way to serve a pizza meal at the campsite, since you can flip it over to grill both sides. The ingredients for a calzone also pack very well, making this a great meal for even long camping trips.
Pizza dough (or bread dough, like Boboli®)
Pasta sauce or tomato sauce
Feel free to include, or exclude, as many ingredients as you wish – like an omelet, you can use just about any leftover vegetable on a calzone. The only challenge to making a calzone, when camping, is rolling out the dough. We pack a silicone cutting board, which works well for this – just place the dough in the center and use your hands, inside a resealable bag, to press the dough out. Add your ingredients on one half of the dough, then fold the other half over the top and seal the edges together. Use a griddle over the campfire, or your camp stove, to cook each side.