The crisp fall weather makes camping in long lost forests and mountains an ideal activity for many people. Whether you are running to get away from the paparazzi and rekindle your romance Ashton and Demi style or are escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, camping is a great way to relax in the great outdoors, get some exercise and enjoy the delicacies of outdoor eating. However delicious campfire food is, hot dogs, potato chips and countless s'mores can wreak havoc on your waistline!
Just because you're stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a roaring open fire, mini cooler and rustic pot doesn't mean you can't cook up a delicious and healthy meal. All you need is some creativity! These easy, portable recipes below require only an open flame, a pot and some food! You'll impress your camp mates in no time with your Top Chef worthy skills and meals!
Old fashioned fruit & nut Low Fat oatmeal
Makes 2 one cup servings
Hardware needed: 1 small pot and pot gripper
2 cups old fashioned oats
3 cups of water (or 1-1/2 cup water and 1-1/2 cup milk)
2 tablespoons of honey (or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Handful of fresh or dried fruit
2 tablespoons of walnuts, pecans or peanuts
Heat fire and adjacent coals. Place pan on coals.
Heat the water (or water and milk) in pot. Be careful to stir if you add milk so you don't burn it.
Once it starts to boil, add the oats, syrup (or honey) and sugar. Allow the mixture to thicken, stir often, add the remaining ingredients and heat all the way through.
Adjust the flavor according to your liking with more or less syrup.
Take off heat and add fruit and nuts!
Campfire Low Fat beef stew
Makes 6-8 one cup servings
Hardware needed: 6 quart Dutch oven, camping stove (optional) and a metal pot gripper
1-2 pounds 96% fat-free beef stew meat
1 (14 ounce) can reduced-sodium beef broth
6 potatoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon of olive oil, butter
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup celery in 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 package beef stew mix
1 package herbed gravy mix, low sodium
Salt and pepper, to taste
About 1-1/2 cups water
If using a propane stove, light propane tank and heat. If using coals, heat coal bed and light adjacent fire. Place Dutch oven on coals or fire.
Add butter or oil and place meat over it. Add about one cup of water. Cook until beef is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Add potatoes, broth, carrots, celery and onion, and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add spices, salt and pepper and simmer for about ten minutes.
If necessary, add more water and serve!
Skinny Girl Easy S'Mores
Makes 4 s'mores
Hardware needed: Long wooden skewers
4 whole wheat (or whole grain) graham crackers
1 bar of special dark, sugar free chocolate (try Hershey's special dark)
4 large marshmallows
Stick a marshmallow on your skewer and place over fire. Cook until melted.
Place marshmallow on top of piece of chocolate and two graham cracker halves. Eat and enjoy!
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