District Dish: Not Your Average Campfire Food

Summer break is great for camping and along with that comes cooking and telling stories around the campfire. There are the traditional hot dogs and s’mores, but why not branch out and try something new this year?

Popcorn can be a healthy and satisfying snack while the kids are waiting for dinner to cook on the campfire. In a loose foil packet, add 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Tie the corner of the packet together with string or twine and then tie the other end to a stick. Move the packet over the fire until the kernels begin to pop. Make sure to be careful when you untie the string as the foil will be hot. You can add sea salt to the popcorn and enjoy. Soaking the stick and twine in water beforehand can help to prevent them from catching fire, however, care should always be taken around an open flame and parents or guardians should always be present.

If you have been fishing all day, the catch of the day would be a great alternative to hot dogs! Place 1/4 cup of onion, cauliflower, and peppers on the bottom of a foil packet, with the fillet of fish on top of that. Mix lemon juice, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Then glaze the fish with the lemon mixture. Close the foil packet and place on coals of the campfire for 15-20 minutes. Check to ensure the fish has cooked through eating raw fish could pose health risks. If the fish has cooked through, remove from the campfire and enjoy your meal!

A healthy dessert alternative is apple cinnamon slices. Simply slice 2 apples, peeled or unpeeled,  and place into a foil packet. Add the desired amount of cinnamon. Roast over campfire for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from campfire, and enjoy!

Cooking around the campfire doesn’t have to be traditional and expected. It can also be not-so-average and healthy. Next time you are camping for the weekend, make sure to pack a few of these healthy recipes!

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