A camping trip with your kids requires good meal planning so that you don't pack more than you really need. Most importantly, you want to take foods that the kids will eat and enjoy. Nobody knows better than parents what their kids will eat, so check out some of these popular recipes submitted by parents. The best recipes for kids include blueberry pancakes, Dogs in Sleeping Bags, Porcupine Stew, Mud Potatoes, Dirt Dessert, and Classic Campfire S'Mores.
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Camp Kabobs are easy and mess free. The kids like eating them too, because they're fun to eat. Bake potatoes directly in the fire, add some bread and you've got a meal.
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These are delicious to start your day! We also make them as "pies" with canned pie filling, cinnamon and sugar in the middle, topped with cream cheese. Try ham and Swiss cheese, tuna and cheese, pastrami on rye, pizzas (pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage, and mozzarella) - the sky's the limit on what you can come up with!
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Blueberry Maple Pancakes
Pancakes are a popular campsite breakfast. This is one of my favorite versions, which goes great with bacon or sausage. You'll need a 2-burner stove, a small pot, and either a big frying pan or a stove-top griddle.
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This recipe was discovered on a long cross-country trip with my family many years ago, thus the name: Camp Stuff. We were almost done with our trip, and I still had these ingredients left over. So, in an attempt to fix a nice meal without wasting food, I combined everything to make a great dinner for all of us. It is very filling and will feed the neighbors if they stop by to visit. The flavors all mix well together, and the kids love it.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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Camp Style Italian Meatball Stew
I always try to come up with new and exciting dishes while camping to get away from the normal hamburgers and hot dogs. I made this meal on our last camping trip and surprisingly it was delicious. I served with new potatoes and corn on the cob, both cooked in foil packs, along with pre-buttered garlic bread you buy at the store that is in a foil wrap. It was a very filling meal that my husband and kids enjoyed.
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Campfire Corn on the Cob
My kids love this recipe when we go camping. It is so easy and the corn will be really tender. It is a cheap and easy side dish for a campfire meal.
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Our family doesn't think a camping trip is complete without at least one breakfast of campfire eggs, even the kids who don't eat eggs at home.
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This is a Weight Watchers recipe for the oven, but friends tried on it on a campfire and it was yummy. This makes a good treat, and it's something that the kids could do.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Both kids and adults will like this one, and it's simple to make. The only things that need cleaning up afterward are the skillet and your fingers.
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Dirt DessertKids love this stuff.
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Dogs in Sleeping Bags
This makes a nice lunch, and kids will enjoy helping prepare and cook it. Refrigerated bread or pizza dough is available in most supermarket bakery sections, or you can make your own with a breadmaker. I used a whole wheat recipe, but feel free to experiment with your own favorite. Since the cooking times over coals can vary so much, it may be wise to check after about 20 minutes. When the buns are golden brown, they're done.
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We frequently make this recipe over our campfire; it's great on a chilly night in Maine! Sometimes I bring a Ziploc bag of already cooked rice or pasta in our cooler and serve this chili over it. The cold pasta is warmed up by the hot chili! It's also great as is with crusty bread. Our three kids love this recipe.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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A quick snack for kids, young and old.
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Here's a simple treat that the kids will love. These can be messy in hot weather, so be ready to lick some fingers.
15 of 28This is an extremely easy recipe that the kids and adults enjoy making as much as eating.
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My kids and husband rave about these. They're quick and easy and are a very tasty and healthy break from the traditional hamburger-on-a-bun thing.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Hamburger Foil Dinners
This recipe is wonderful because the cleanup is little. You can add what one person likes and omit what another dislikes. This was always one of our favorites when I was a kid because mom always just cut up the potatoes and onions and we put it together ourselves.
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Kid's Favorite Foil Dinner
My kids, now grown (21 and 24 ), still ask if we are going to have this when we go camping.
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Macaroni and Cheese
If you're camping with kids, this dish is sure to be a hit.
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Machaca Roast Beef
Kids love it and it's so easy. I cook and freeze my meat before leaving home. It will hold for a couple of days in a good ice chest before thawing out.Continue to 21 of 28 below.
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This is a favorite of my kids and so easy to do.
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This is a very good and simple recipe, and it can even be done on an individual basis. After making the batch, you can let your kids design their own and wrap them individually for a little extra activity time.
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I found this recipe in a magazine. Kids had a good time doing this. I find if you turn the potatoes throughout the cooking time, there is less chance for burn spots. They are good.
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Kids love this dessert. Modify it by taking away or adding what they like or don't like.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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Try this classic camping treat. This one will be enjoyed by kids, both big and small.
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My kids love this recipe. It can be cooked on the Coleman stove or over coals. You can also substitute instant rice and broth for water and Rice-A-Roni.
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Spiders (Hot Dogs)
I don't know where my mom came up with these, but I have enjoyed them since I was little. They are great to do before s'mores, then you know that the kids have had something other than sugar before bed. I did these at a Church campout and the kids were just amazed.
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Stuffed French Toast
This is delicious with any kind of fruit, but my kids like it with bananas the best.
Updated and Edited by Camping Expert Monica Prelle