You probably remember the images of camping meals from the old days; cans of beans heated over an open fire and eaten sadly with a spoon. If you’re planning a camping trip with your family and want to avoid feeding your family that sad can of beans, you can. As long as you have a cast iron skillet, some heavy duty tin foil, and a heating source (a campfire, a camping stove, a camping grill, you get it), you can mix up any one of these dishes for you and your kids to enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for quick breakfasts and lunches, sweet treats before bedtime, energy-packed snacks for the camping trail, or hearty dinners that can be made in one pot or one foil packet, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide for 15 healthy camping recipes for kids and get ready to enjoy some impressive meals in the great outdoors.
Camping Breakfast Sandwich
If you’ve got leftover slow cooked meat from the campfire the night before, you’re already halfway to breakfast sandwiches for the next morning. Pull out your cast iron skillet to crisp up some English muffins, fry a few eggs, and reheat your meat for some sweet and smoky goodness. And of course, don’t forget a slice of cheese.
25 minutes 696 calories Easy
Mac and Cheese
Most of the ingredients in this creamy, cheesy pasta are pre-made, but that’s what makes this such a breeze to throw together. Cook your pasta, mix in your alfredo sauce, cheeses, and half and half, then divide into individual aluminum tins and cook on your grill top until the top gets nice and crispy.
30 minutes 448 calories Easy
One Pot Beef Stroganoff
This one pot stroganoff is hearty and perfect for getting use out of your cast iron skillet, and you can build the layers of this comforting dish right in the pan.
30 minutes 525 calories Easy
Orange Ginger Chicken
Even when camping, you can have your favorite Asian takeout meal made all in one pot. Marinade the chicken ahead of time for maximum flavor.
20 minutes 250 calories Easy
Foil Wrapped Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chili
If you’re hoping to get some use out of that beautiful campfire you’ve built, now you can use it to make an incredible camping meal. While your potato bakes in foil on the fire, you can mix up your hearty chili in a pot over the fire as well for an impressive dish.
35 minutes 317 calories Easy
Campfire Cinnamon Roll-Ups
These cinnamon roll-ups make for a sweet and delicious campfire breakfast while also getting some extra use out of those marshmallow roasting sticks.
5 minutes 110 calories Easy
Hot Ham & Swiss Croissants
If you know you’re going to have some ravenous campers on your trip, making a few of these ham & swiss croissants ahead of time is a great plan. Just keep them wrapped in foil and heat them over your campfire or on your camping stove for a tasty breakfast, lunch, or snack.
25 minutes 230 calories Easy
This stew is meaty and hearty, and develops its flavor as it roasts over an open campfire. Everything from the meat to the veggies and potatoes can be adapted to your taste, so if you don’t have a few of the ingredients on hand, bring what you’ve got.
1h 00m 358 calories Easy
3-Ingredient Blackberry Campfire Cobbler
This warm, decadent cobbler only requires three ingredients and is ready to go in about 30 minutes. Serve with a scoop of ice cream on the side for a seriously impressive dessert.
25 minutes 1925 calories Easy
Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes
Potatoes, ranch, bacon, and cheese all come together in tin foil for an impressive side dish or a hearty main dish next to the campfire.
1h 00m 350 calories Easy
Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packets
When camping, tinfoil is your friend. This refreshing and hearty foil packet dinner comes together with chicken, pineapple, red and green peppers, onion, and a simple sauce right over your campfire or camping grill in no time.
30 minutes 240 calories Easy
Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
If you’re on a camping trip and not sure if you’ll be able to fulfill your weekly pizza night hopes, fear not. As long as you have your cast iron skillet, a heating source, your favorite toppings, and some time to dedicate to making a soft and chewy crust, pizza night can be a part of your camping trip.
14h 00m 700 calories Easy
BBQ Chicken Foil Packets
These BBQ chicken foil packets are healthy and packed with flavor, but be sure to keep them in a cooler at the campsite before heating up so your chicken doesn’t go bad.
55 minutes 510 calories Easy
Foil Pack Italian Sausage and Veggies
Sausage and veggies are one of the best sheet pan dinners, so it’s no surprise that it’s just as good as a foil packet dinner that can be made over a campfire. Wrap up your sausage, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and potatoes in foil and impress all of your camping mates with this delicious meal.
55 minutes 189 calories Easy
Energy Boosting Trail Mix
Now that you have plenty of hearty lunches and dinners for enjoying around the campfire, you need an energy-packed trail mix while you’re out on the camping trail. This mix is filled with healthy nuts and seeds, dried fruit, and some chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth for a whole lot of protein in one small bag.
10 minutes 218 calories Easy