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FUN CAMPING RECIPES FOR KIDS

At home, it would be unheard of for my kids to help with the cooking. It is a battle to get them away from the television to eat the food, let alone help in the preparation. But when we.re on family camping trips, cooking becomes a fun activity and the kids often get involved in the preparation. There are plenty of fun camping recipes that get the kids involved and excited about cooking. Here are some of my favourites that we have made on camping trips over the years.

CAMPFIRE PIZZA POUCHES

Ingredients
Pizza crust
Tomato sauce
Cheese
Pepperoni
Other toppings

These are delicious mini pouches stuffed with tomato, cheese and pepperoni. Just roll out some pizza crust and cut them into mini circles, top the circles with tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni (or any other pizza toppings) and put more crust on the top, sealing it with a fork. Heat them in the small microwave oven for 15-20 minutes. These can be reheated over the campfire and eaten.

WATERMELON LOLLIES

If it’s a challenge to get your kids to eat fruit, these little creations definitely help. Cut a watermelon up into triangular shapes and stick a lolly stick into the longest side. I usually freeze them for a while. They come out cold and are really refreshing after a long walk. We also use these for dessert sometimes. The kids decorate their own watermelon with chocolate and toffee sauce and sprinkles.

CAMPING NACHOS IN A BAG

Corn chips
Cheese
Mince (cooked)
Pepperoni
Salsa
Avocado
Chillies

This one is great. Zero mess, zero cleanup and the kids love it. Simply open a bag of corn chips and get the kids to spoon in their cheese, mince, peppers, sauce or whatever else they want (avocado and chillies are my personal favourite). Then close the bag up and get them to shake it up. Once it’s mixed they open the bag and eat with a fork or spoon. When dinner is finished, the only thing left to do is throw the Doritos packets in the rubbish and it’s done!

BANANA BOATS

Bananas with peels
Marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Sprinkles
Anything else you like

This is a campfire favourite in our family. Open the banana peel and cut the banana lengthways to open it up into a boat. I leave the peel on around the outside to hold it all together. Then stuff the banana with sweet ingredients, marshmallows, chocolate chips, sprinkles, the whole works. Once we treated ourselves to banana boats for breakfast and put cereal in them, it actually tasted pretty good. Wrap them in aluminum foil and grill them on a grill or campfire. When they.re heated through just open the foil and tuck in.

CAMPFIRE MACARONI AND CHEESE

Macaroni
Cheese
Tin foil containers

Any recipe can be made fun if you get to cook it over a roaring camp fire. I usually spend all year saving aluminum takeaway containers for camping trips for my campfire macaroni and cheese recipe. Simply cook off some pasta and pour it into aluminum take-away containers. Slather it in plenty of cheese and cover it all in tin foil. You can then roast it over your campfire until the cheese has melted, peel off the tin foil and eat. The cleanup is straightforward as everything can be chucked straight in the bin.

If you are really stuck for something to eat, make sure you pack corn kernels to heat up in a few minutes to keep them at bay for a while.

 


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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.