Camping with a ravenous horde disguised as four teen and pre-teen boys is an adventure. I spent years scouring cookbooks, the Internet, and other sources for “quick and easy” meal options and healthy menus.
This page is dedicated to helping busy parents whip out quick and easy food for ravenous hordes without breaking your bank.
All recipes are “kid tested, mother approved.” Most can be made in advance, vacuum-sealed, and tossed in the freezer for storage. Once you reach your campsite, simply boil hot water in a Dutch oven or kettle, toss in the vacuum-sealed bag and heat.
Voila! Dinner is served.
Clean up is a snap. No need to spend your evening elbow-deep in soap suds. You can either eat directly out of the sealed pouch or use paper plates.
Be sure to discard any food items in a bear-proof receptacle, and NEVER store any scented items inside your tent.
Here’s our first recipe for your camp kitchen:
Hungry Boys Casserole
This old fashioned casserole combines meat, vegetables and a biscuit topping sure to hit the spot for the hungriest hiker!
- 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 cup sliced celery
- 1/2 cup each chopped onion and green bell pepper
- 3/4 cup (6 oz. can) tomato paste
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp. each salt and paprika
- 1 16 oz. can pork and beans, undrained
- 1 16 oz. can chick pease or limas, undrained
- 1-1/2 cup sifted flour
- 2 tsp. double-acting baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sliced pimento-stuffed olives
Sauté in skillet beef, celery, onion, green pepper, garlic until vegetables are tender. Drain.
Add water, tomato paste, salt, paprika.
Reserve 1 cup for biscuits. Add beans and peas/limas.
Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until fine. Combine with milk. Add to flour mixture. Stir until moist.
Knead on a floured surface 12 times. Roll into a 12 x 9” rectangle.
Combine olives and reserved meat mixture. Spread over dough. Roll up, starting with 12” side. Cut into 1” pieces.
Place meat mixture in 12 x 8” rectangular baking dish or an 11” round baking dish. Top with biscuits.
Bake at 425’ for 25-30 minutes.
After baking is complete, wrap casserole dish in heavy aluminum foil to open at your picnic table or camp site. Or make casserole ahead, vaccum seal and freeze. Reheat at your campsite in hot water in a Dutch oven or kettle. Store biscuits separately or make them the day before, as they may not freeze well.