Some super easy meals to make when you hit the road with the family!
Take the tent out of the garage and crack open the marshmallows – the summer season is upon us! We’re so lucky to live in a country brimming with stunning beaches, tropical rainforests and wide rivers. Back it up with some nice warm weather and you’re ready to have a great time!
Camping is not only a great source of family bonding time; it’s an excellent way to teach your kids about the wonders of the outdoors and promote outside activity in their lives. It’s really important to get your kids out and about during the summer holidays and not have them “camped up” indoors in front of the television or a computer screen.
Whether you’re planning on travelling to Beelu National Park or riding down south to see the dolphins in Yallingup, be sure to go prepared with some effortlessly satisfying meal ideas. And make sure to stock up on plenty of sturdy storage containers, reusable cutlery and plates!
Loaded potatoes cooked in foil by the fire is a classic camping meal that’s a favourite of kids around the world. Stuff your potatoes with whatever ingredients you have lying around – beans, spinach, avocado, tuna, sour cream – and make sure to cram it full of cheese! For something a little bit different, try using sweet potato instead of plain potato.
Bacon, egg and mushroom rolls
Stock up on some fresh bread rolls and make a breakfast to remember. Load your roll with crispy bacon, fried eggs, rocket, tomato, mushroom, and parmesan. Top it all off with some delicious barbecue sauce. This is a hearty and downright delicious meal rich in protein, fibre and other essential nutrients, depending on what other ingredients you include.
Cheesy wedges with salad
Use up the rest of your potatoes by chopping them into wedges. Place the wedges in a bed of foil and top with garlic, salt, chives, sour cream and cheese. Cover and cook over the fire. This is a crispy, yummy meal that pairs well with barbecued meats and salad. The kids are sure to enjoy this one!
Nachos make for an easy and totally delicious meal that you can cook in a single pot. Make your corn chip dish healthy by loading it with avocado, beans, beef, onion, tomatoes, lime and cheese. This meal is filling and is a great way to unwind after a long day of outdoor activity.
While the idea of canned soup might not sound too exciting, you’d be surprised at how much more filling and appetising you can make it by simply adding a few extra ingredients. Things like rice, quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, beans and veggies are an easy way to add extra nutritional value (offering plenty of fibre and protein) with a great taste. Pair your soup with a fresh or toasted baguette covered in butter.
Fried rice or stir fry
If the idea of soup doesn’t sound too appealing, consider adding your veggies and protein to some rice or noodles instead. Canned ingredients are your friend – bring along tuna, salmon, beans and a packet of sauce and you’re ready to go. Toss all your ingredients in one pan and you’ll have an easy, healthy and delicious meal in no time.
Buy some wooden skewers and let your and your children’s imaginations guide you. You can opt for sweet skewers by adding fruit or savoury skewers by adding meat, veggies and haloumi. Toast over the fire and enjoy! This is a fun camping meal that the kids will love helping out with. Get them involved as much as possible and teach them the importance of healthy eating and safe food preparation.
Cheesy baked bean jaffles
If you have a jaffle maker at home, bring it along! It offers a convenient way to make a wholesome snack or meal. Add baked beans and cheese to some wholegrain bread and cook for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can use leftovers from a previous meal in your jaffles instead (homemade Bolognese is a tasty idea). There are endless possibilities with this little gem of a meal!
Cheeky fruit salad
For a (mostly) healthy dessert option, combine whatever fruits you like (though in-season fruits such as mangoes, berries and peaches are recommended!) in a bowl. Add some chopped-up pound cake and melting chocolate pieces for that extra yum factor. If you’d rather stay healthy, feel free to add yogurt, muesli or seeds instead. There are plenty of healthy alternatives out there – you just have to be proactive in finding them!
Keep the kids happy with some healthy (yet tasty) pancakes. Swap plain flour for a more nutritious, fibre-rich alternative such as buckwheat or almond flour. Add banana, berries and cream and your kids won’t be able to tell the difference!
This recipe is easy-peasy and tastes divine. Take a sliced loaf of bread and wrap it in baking paper, followed by foil. Cover the loaf with sliced strawberries. Combine eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl and pour it over the bread. Wrap the loaf tightly and cook over the campfire for around 40 minutes, or until it is crisp and no longer soggy. Make sure you’re constantly checking the bread, as some types of bread will cook faster than others. You do not want to burn this one.
Coat with icing sugar and maple syrup and voila! You’ve got yourself a super yummy breakfast that will satisfy the whole family.
Enjoy your next camping trip even more with some of these simple yet filling meal ideas that are sure to be a hit with every member of the tribe.