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Livin’ Lite RV Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

Remember to keep it simple! Every camping trip can be a treat with kids, if you keep it simple. If your RV has a freezer and a microwave, prepare meals ahead. Hearty casseroles such as lasagna can be baked at home, frozen in individual-serving packages and microwaved at the campsite.

Hobo Supper

At home or on the road, cooking for a crowd can be a challenge. Here’s a universal camping recipe that’s great on the grill or cooked over the coals of a campfire. It’s easy to customize and simple to put together. Younger kids can help place food in packets; older kids can do the preparation.

Tear off a piece of foil about 24" long for each person. Place one hamburger patty or a serving of sausage on each piece of foil. Add vegetables and seasonings according to appetite and taste. If you omit the meat, put butter or margarine in the package. Bring the edges of the foil together and fold over several times to form a liquid-tight seal. Fold or twist the ends shut. Individualize packages for different eaters by sealing the ends differently. Cook over the grill or coals, turning occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes each side, until hamburger feels firm and potatoes soft when you squeeze the package (carefully) with your fingers. Put each package on a plate. Open slowly to allow steam to escape. (Young children should not open packets). This easy meal is filling, healthy, and everybody gets to eat what he or she likes. Also, there are no pans to wash.

Pie Irons

Pie irons are a fun, easy way to cook with kids. They are available at any camping goods store, most RV dealerships, and at general merchandise stores such as Wal-Mart. Pie irons let you create a made-to-order meal in a just a few minutes and clean up quickly.

Using the Pie Iron

What your family puts in a pie iron is limited only by your imagination!

Pie Iron Ingredients

Here are some main dish ideas...

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