Easy Peasy Campfire Meal

When I was younger, I recall camping being a time to eat all the snacks that weren’t normally in our house. This included things like wrapped Hostess snacks, chips, and all other “unhealthy” treats. Dinners usually consisted of hot dogs, brats or burgers on the grill. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger or brat on a campfire, but this year I wanted to mix things up a little bit and balance out our meals between the s’mores & strawberry ice cream. Some healthy snacks I packed were grapes, strawberries, hummus & pita chips. The not so healthy: all the accoutraments for s’mores, cookies, crackers,  and Trader Joe’s Chicago mix popcorn {warning: if you purchase this, you will eat the whole bag, to say there are 4 servings in there is absurd 😉 }.

 
During the week, hubs sent me a link to campfire foil meals. I looked at the recipe and thought “easy enough” but instead of using the ingredients listed, I came up with my own (delicious) version using some of the vegetables I had from our garden and some purchased from the store. Instead of using chicken breasts, I used chicken thighs. I’ve been on a chicken thigh kick lately because 1: it’s delicious-there’s more fat on them than chicken breasts so the meat doesn’t dry out as much and 2: chicken thighs contain higher amounts of iron & zinc-two things that runners don’t get enough of but is vitally important to maintain good health. You can read about the “why” here.  
 
The most time consumer part of this meal was cutting up all the vegetables. This recipe comes along with easy clean up and can be done from your oven at home or over the grill.
 
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Foil Pack Meals
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of chicken meat cut up and cubed
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 8oz container of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 medium sized sweet pototoes, peeled & cubed
  • 6 cloves of garlic sliced very thinly (I cut mine w/a kitchen scissors)
  • 1 large zuchinni sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • salt, pepper, and thyme to taste
Directions
Take all the ingredients beside the olive oil and lemon and combine in a large zip-lock bag. Sprinkle the season on there to your heart’s content (I never measure out seasoning for cooking, I just “eye it up”). After the meat and veggies are seasoned, pour in your olive oil and lemon juice. Make sure the bag is zip locked tight or else you will end up with an oily bag-I speak from experience 🙂 When you are ready to cook, lay out 4-5 good sized pieces of aluminum foil and spread evenly. Wrap the packets up really tight and then take another piece of aluminum foil and wrap it up tight again to make sure they won’t fall apart. Cook for about 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is opaque and the vegetables are tender. Remove for fire (very carefully) unwrap and enjoy!    
 
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If you try it out, let me know how you liked it and what vegetables you used! I’m off to go finish my tomato sauce canning party…my first canning experience ever!  Wish me luck!
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2 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Campfire Meal

  1. Sun September 3, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Wow, sounds tasty! I’ve actually never been camping, but would definitely try making foil packets on the grill sometime. There’s so much summer produce right now that would be perfect in this type of dish!

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    • Maria C September 3, 2014 / 10:57 pm

      It was really good! You can pretty much use anything you’d like in them. They’re very easy to make and clean up 🙂

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