Campfire cooking can be easy, tasty, and healthy. You can adapt almost any stove top recipe to suit fire cooking with just a little preparation and imagination. Campfires can be hard to regulate; depending on how hot the coals are will determine the cooking time of many dishes. Remember to check your dish often; campfire cooking recipes require more hands-on than traditional recipes, but the great taste of the outdoors is worth it.
The easiest and healthiest dishes can be done in foil packs. Line a foil pack with cabbage leaves to retain moisture, and add a turkey burger, salt and pepper, and fresh vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, or celery and carrots. Use a variety of spices, or use a powdered marinade for a different and delicious taste.
Chicken, fish, and lean meats can also be cooked in foil packets, and the addition of cabbage leaves to the packets retains moisture and taste during cooking. Add spices and reduce fat when cooking with this method. Experiment with low fat dressings, marinades and sauces. Campfire cooking recipes are often only a matter of modifying and experimentation.
Other dishes can be modified for cast iron cooking over a fire. Try this recipe:
Easy Low Fat Dutch Oven Chicken
Chicken quarters, no skin
Green peppers, sliced
1 small jar honey mustard
2 tsp oil
Warm a Dutch oven over a fire. Add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add chicken quarters, about an inch of water, and a small bottle of honey mustard. Cover and place back on coals. Cook 20 minutes before adding sliced peppers, onions, and zucchini. Cook an additional 40-45 minutes, or until chicken is done and the vegetables are tender.
You don't need a complicated campfire cooking recipe for a side dish. Corn on the cob is very simple; soak in water, husk and all, up to an hour before dinner. Place on hot coals, turning frequently, for 20-25 minutes, or until the corn is hot. Another simple option is to mist spears of asparagus with water; season with salt and pepper and throw on a grill for 3-5 minutes, turning often. Simple, tasty, and healthy.
Toss an assortment of sliced vegetables in low-fat Italian dressing: squash, onions, carrots, and mushrooms. Place on a piece of aluminum foil and fold up; place on the coals for 15-20 minutes, turning frequently for another tasty side dish.
Potatoes are both easy and healthy when cooked campfire-style. Wrap in foil first; both sweet potatoes and regular white potatoes can be done this way. Just remember to keep a close eye when campfire cooking; recipes can be modified in many ways but they do require close attention.
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