Wild West Day – Recipe: No Bean Campfire Stew

Charlie “Snake-eye” and R.J. “Tumbleweed” in the back and Ben “Hop-a-long” in the front.

Yee haa.  Let’s start planning for Wild West Day!!

Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy is just a few weeks away, so I’m getting organized for camp for the Big’uns and the Middle’uns (the Little’uns Camp is in August).

This evening, I was organizing some of the activities for Wild West Day for the Middle’uns.  (We already had Wild West Day for the Big’uns a couple of years ago).  Camp and the Wild West are the perfect match so I know we will have a ball.

As you may know, I always have a recipe that is specific to each themed day.  For Wild West Day, the obvious choice would be beans, but in my experience, most kids do NOT like beans.

I do not tempt disaster.

Recipe:  No Bean Campfire Stew

What I like about this recipe, is that the kids can choose whatever vegetable(s) they want before they even begin cooking.  If you have time, you might want to take them to the store with you and have them pick out vegetables from the produce aisle.

Even if they “hate” vegetables, they will generally eat potatoes and carrots.

We had a choice of potatoes, broccoli, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, green beans, butternut squash, corn, basil, thyme, sage and a salt pepper blend. (just a pinch of the salt/pepper…just a pinch)

Ingredients (the vegetables are suggested, if they like corn…well add corn):

1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite size pieces

Assorted other fresh vegetables, cut into bite sized pieces, such as:

Green Beans, Broccoli, Zucchini, Butternut Squash, Carrots,  Cherry Tomatoes

Salt and pepper mix (just a little, please)

Fresh herbs (if you have them, use them, but I wouldn’t bother if you don’t have any available.  I just like to challenge the kids a bit)

2 cups Chicken Broth

For each helping, shape a 16-inch-long piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a bowl.

I put the aluminum foil in a bowl. Much easier for the kids.

When you are assembling, the potatoes and carrots should be at the bottom.

If you are really short on time, you can pre-cook the vegetables (except the tomatoes) and have the kids put the cooled vegetables in the packet.

Show the kids how to pinch just a little salt and pepper and top with fresh basil or other herb.  Pour around 1/3 cup of the chicken broth into the packet.

You can add some meat if you wish.  I cut up a hot dog to add to their meal (yes, I still cut them in half so no one chokes ….)

Seal the packet tightly.

Just bring up the sides and fold over several times. Leave the other sides free so you can make a handle to hang it on a long stick or marshmallow skewer.

This part absolutely requires constant adult supervision. Seriously. Don’t turn away for a moment.

The posts that the kids are resting their hot dog skewers on is really helpful.

Cook the packets for 20 minutes.

Twenty minutes is a lifetime to a kid. Be prepared to take over….

If you don’t have a campfire, you can just pop these in the oven.  The kids will still love that they can assemble these on their own.  Aluminum foil just makes it seem more authentic, whether you cook inside or outside.

Check the packets after 15 – 20 minutes, being careful to avoid the escaping steam. Check to see if the vegetables are tender.

This MUST be done by an adult. The steam can burn you, so be very careful.  You will need to wear hot mitts.

If the vegetables aren’t done, reseal the packets and heat for another few minutes.

Once the vegetables are tender, you can pour out the chicken broth and serve.

Good Grub

Category: Camp, Cook, Main Dish, What will we do today?, Wild West Day
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(2) Comments

  1. Sue Lobsiger | May 17, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply

    Can I come??????? Reminds me of Girl Scouts…………

  2. Jill H | May 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply

    Remember when we were Brownie Leaders? What fun……and of COURSE you can come…

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