A Campfire Breakfast: Tools & Ideas for Your Next Outing

Written by Cheri of Kitchen Simplicity.

Eating breakfast around a campfire is one of my favorite ways to start a summer day. Nothing tastes quite as good as food cooked over an open flame. Any of your favorite breakfast meals can be made over a campfire; all you need is the right tools and a little innovation.

Campfire Tools and Breakfast Ideas

Pie Irons

These useful tools like this Coleman Camp Cooker are not just for hobo pies. Anything you can dream up to sandwich between bread can be cooked up and devoured. For breakfast try ham and grilled cheese sandwiches, french toast slices filled with cream cheese and jam or how about grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. [Read more…]

Breakfast on the Go (Recipe: Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Parfait)

Sometimes no matter how hard we try, our mornings get rushed and we don’t have time to sit down for breakfast. If you have a teenager you probably have difficulty getting them out of bed in the morning, which usually means breakfast is scarfed down at the last minute, or skipped completely.

Your kids can still enjoy a healthy breakfast while riding on the bus or once they get to their destination. If you have something to hand them on their way out the door, you can be at ease knowing they’ll have a healthy start to their day.

On the Go Breakfast Ideas

  • granola bars
  • ham, eggs and cheese layered on scones, toast or bagels to make a sandwich
  • yogurt parfaits in plastic cups
  • muffins and quick breads
  • breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs, meat/beans, veggies and cheese wrapped in a tortilla)
  • smoothies
  • breakfast pizzas (english muffins topped with ham, pineapple and cheese)
  • bagel with cream cheese and jam
  • breakfast panini (ie: bacon and cheese)
  • sweet breakfast wraps (banana, peanut butter and honey wrapped in a tortilla /or cream cheese and fresh slices of fruit)
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwich with slices of banana
  • fruit
  • scrambled eggs stuffed in a pita with toppings of choice
  • fruit and nut muesli in a plastic cup or mason jar

Anything that can be packaged up and travel well will make a good take-away breakfast. Be creative. [Read more…]

Three Recipes to Keep in Your Pantry

Unpredictability is to be expected when you have a family. No matter how organized and steady YOU are, the rest of the family doesn’t always follow suit. As parents, we have to learn to be flexible and roll with the punches.

Mealtimes can be a harried affair when things don’t go as planned and the run to the grocery store has yet to transpire or you haven’t had even a moment to think about what your family is going to eat for dinner. Those are the days when you wish your fairy god-mother would pay you a visit and make a meal magically appear before you.

Fortunately you can have the next best thing. You can be your own fairy god-mother by stowing away recipes that will be there at a moments notice, to whip up in a jiffy and satisfy your hungry family. It’s as easy as picking a couple of recipes made from ingredients that you always have on hand.

Let’s look at a couple of ways you can find some pantry meals that are tailored to your family. That way you can make sure these items are always available for when those crazy days arrive. [Read more…]

How to Sneak More Vegetables into Your Meals

Getting children to eat their vegetables can be a frustrating task. One that can make us worry about the health and nutrition of our kids. We can, however, use a few simple tricks to try and sneak them into their diet.

The secret is to either make the vegetables tasty or go completely unnoticed.

Even I don’t particularly enjoy eating veggies on their own. Place a carrot beside a carrot cake and I will always choose the latter. But as soon as you throw a good dressing into the mix or pile them into a tasty casserole, I happily devour them. Children behave in much the same way (which I suppose isn’t saying much for me).

Below are eight ways to help sneak some veggies into your family’s diet, along with a recipe for a Layered Taco Bake that helps put some of these strategies to good use. [Read more…]