Forget about the hot dogs and s’mores. They are great, but if you camp often, you may not want a steady diet of these favorites. With a little creativity and preplanning, you can whip up a savory meal over a campfire that will taste just as good as one that is cooked at home. The ideas below are provided by hellawella.

Meal in a Pouch

One idea is to cook a complete meal sealed in an aluminum foil packet. Chop up chicken sausage, potatoes, peppers and zucchini before you leave home. Divide the mixture in serving size portions and cook over a fire in sealed foil pouches. This is easy to cook and provides a tasty, healthy dinner.

Substantial Salad

You can prepare this salad at home and pack it in your cooler. Chop up broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, green peppers, onions, olives and tomatoes. Add shredded cheese and ranch dressing. Chill until serving.

Dessert Anyone?

Sometimes the simplest concoctions can be the most delicious. A dessert idea that should get raves from your family is banana boats. And it couldn’t be easier. Just make a cutting down the length of an unpeeled banana. Stuff it with dark chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, and then cook over the fire.

As you can see, camping food need not be boring. With a little forethought, you can eat like a king.

Check our Access Camping website regularly for ideas.