You waited all winter for spring and RV camping season. Now that it has arrived, you are eager to hit the road and see all that Canada has to offer. However, you may want to consider what you will eat while camping before you back your RV out of the driveway for the first time this spring. Having the right cooking utensils on hand and at least a handful of reliable recipes will help you avoid that panicked feeling when the inevitable “What’s for dinner?” question pops up.
Barbeque Chicken and Corn on the Cob
This classic meal is also simple to make if you remember to pack a grill in the RV. When it is time to eat, brush a thick coat of barbeque sauce on each piece of chicken and place them on the grill. Place each piece of corn on the cob in separate tinfoil wrapping and set on the grill next to the chicken. The meal should be ready to eat after 15 to 20 minutes of cook time.
This simple meal takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook over an open campfire. You will need to have a Dutch oven with a lid to prepare the chicken pot pie before heating it over the fire. Here are the ingredients you need to gather before you start cooking:
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can each of cream of mushroom soup and cream of chicken soup
- 1 (10 ounce) can of refrigerated biscuit dough
- 2 (29 ounce) cans of mixed vegetables and potatoes
- 2 large cooked and cubed chicken breasts
Once you have your ingredients ready, stir the chicken cubes, soups, and vegetables together in the Dutch oven and then replace the lid. Next, place the Dutch oven on a rack over the campfire coals for approximately 15 minutes. The ingredients should be warm, but you need to watch them closely to prevent them from boiling.
You then want to create a layer of biscuit dough segments and place them on top of the vegetable mixture. Replace the lid and place hot coals on top of it for another 15 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. The campfire chicken pot pie is ready to enjoy after allowing a few minutes for it to cool down.
Kabobs are almost as popular among Canadian campers as S’mores. If you have never prepared them before, you will appreciate how simple they are to make. You just need to cut a few chicken breasts into cubes and add vegetables that can easily slide onto a stick. For extra flavour, prepare a dish of marinade sauce and dip the meat and veggies into it before you start cooking.
You can use either wooden or metal skewers to hold the meat and vegetable pieces. However, be sure to soak the wooden skewers first to make sure they do not catch on fire. Tongs are another must-have item when making kabobs because you will need them to turn the meat and veggies to the opposite side during cooking. If you are traveling with kids, they might enjoy the novelty of eating off a stick so much they forget to complain about having to eat vegetables.
This favourite Canadian food takes on a whole new flavour when prepared on a grill. You will need to buy frozen dough from your nearest grocer along with everyone’s favourite toppings. Be sure to pick up some non-stick spray for the grill, and then spray the grill before placing dough on it to prevent the dough from sticking. No worries if you prefer not to put dough on your grill. You can always bring a sheet pan or cast-iron skillet along and cook the dough that way.
Once the dough is ready, everyone in the camping group can make an individual pizza with their favourite toppings. Another option is to make two or three larger pizzas with different toppings for everyone to share.
A New Take on a Traditional Favourite
Although S’mores are delicious, they can also make a big mess. That leaves lots of cleanup later if you have younger kids with you. An alternative to this traditional campfire treat is to roast one or two marshmallows over the fire and then place them into a cone normally used for ice cream. Each person can then add their favourite toppings such as chocolate chips or small pieces of candy.
Now that you have a few ideas for meals and snacks while camping, make sure that your RV insurance is set before you head out this spring. Happy camping!