I was originally looking for an easy recipe that I could make at the beginning of the week, so that I could have a few servings of chicken on hand to heat up and put on salad greens for lunch. This fits the bill nicely. Talk about easy too. I put my greens in a bowl and add a serving of this warmed up chicken fajitas mixture and top with a bit of feta cheese. I don’t even use dressing.
FOIL PACK CHICKEN FAJITAS
- 1½ tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 lb. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
- 1 bell pepper (any color), sliced
- 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin strips
- Half an onion, sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Add chicken to chopped veggies in a big bowl.
- Combine lime juice and the seasonings to form a thick paste.
- Add this to chicken and veggies and stir to coat. Set aside.
- Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray.
- Spoon chicken-veggie mixture into the center of the foil and spread it out a bit. Place another large piece of foil over the chicken-veggie mixture. Fold together and seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet.
- Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Take out of oven and peel back top layer of foil. Switch oven to broil. Broil for 10 more minutes until chicken is cooked through and slightly browned and veggies are tender. Let cool slightly. Enjoy!
MAKES 4 Servings.
Healthy Camping Food Ideas
Now I realize, this recipe is made in the oven baked and broiled, but, how simple would it be to throw this right on your campfire grate or grill and have an easy, healthy meal? I’ve got to think ahead here. We may take a camping trip or 2 this summer and as far as camping and food goes, I prefer easy and healthy (healthy most of the time that is.) As I was browsing around online I found these easy, healthy camping food ideas.
Dinner – Foil Packs
Foil packs are a very easy, healthy way to cook up meals when camping. Add you meat – (chicken, steak, pork, fish) chopped potatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms, squashes (whatever your preference!) season with garlic salt, pepper. Coat your foil with oil or just add to the mixture. Add your food to the foil, seal and cook over the fire or grill.
Another suggestion, add a bit of your favorite dressings to your ingredients, like Italian in place of the oil. There are lots of options with foil meals and clean up is easy.
Freeze one pot meals like chili or stew in square containers then put into freezer bags and you can stack like blocks in the cooler. These works as ice packs until you use them.
With a little preparation before the trip, meals like breakfast can be thrown together pretty easily. For oatmeal, add serving(s) of plain old fashioned oats to Zip Lock bags with a bit of salt and a few tbsp. of raisins. When ready to cook, dump this into your pot and add water.
Have you ever heard of the Zip Lock Omelet? I just found out about these myself. Essentially, you place your eggs in a bag with all your other omelet fixings like ham, cheese, veggies. Seal up your bag and throw it in a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes. I guess this is popular with the scouts on camping trips. They all write their names on their omelet bags and toss them into the huge pot.
Here is the recipe. Here is how they come out after boiling.
I don’t know how healthy it is to boil your eggs in plastic, but it is a pretty cool idea. Even if you don’t go this route, another easy way to take your eggs on the road camping is to crack them ahead of time and store them in a plastic bottle in your cooler. This will save space and you won’t have to worry about the shells cracking while traveling. For breakfast, just pour them into a pan for scrambled eggs.
It’s the same idea with pancakes. Just add the mix to a plastic bottle. Add water, shake and bake. Add a bit of protein powder to your mix for filling, high protein pancakes.
For lunch, you can’t go wrong with sandwiches. Wraps, tortillas and pita breads are easy to pack and you don’t have to worry about crushing a loaf of bread. Bring along veggie sticks like carrots, celery, peppers and green beans. You could throw some of these into your wraps too. Use hummus for sandwich spread instead of mayo. It tastes great and adds protein too. Hummus is great for dipping those veggies and pita breads also.
Camping just wouldn’t be camping without toasted marshmallows made into a quick s’more (a small treat won’t hurt right?) Another sweet treat idea is brown sugar apples. Core an apple, place a pad of butter in the core and sprinkle with brown sugar. Wrap in foil and place in the coals of the campfire. I have also melted some chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries. The kids love those and yes, I do too!
Does your family go camping? What are some of your ideas for easy, healthy camping foods?
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