There’s something magical about campfire cooking for kids.
Cooking over an open flame in the middle of nature — it connects us to our primal beginnings. Kids feel the excitement, the adventure, and a pinch of survivalism.
Whether your family is camping in the great outdoors or planning to eat around the backyard fire pit, this recipe roundup of campfire meals for kids will be one to bookmark!
First, we begin with my top suggestions on how to make open fire cooking safe, fun, healthy, and memorable! Then, we’ll dive into the specifics of camping recipes for kids so that the whole family is excited to partake.
Top tips on camping food for kids
With a few safety reminders, basic camp cooking equipment, open minds, and healthy ingredients, campfire cooking can be a positive experience for the whole family.
1. Safety around an open flame
There are always safety measures to take when cooking over an open flame. Teaching your kids such precautions is as important as teaching them general kitchen safety. Here are a few things to consider:
- First thing’s first! Always check to see if there is a fire ban in place before you light a match. Fire restrictions are common during dry seasons and we all need to do our part to prevent unnecessary forest fires.
- Make sure the fire pit is safe to use before you start the campfire. If there is not a metal ring around the pit, circle it with rocks, and remove any potential debris. Your fire pit should not be situated under low hanging branches or bushes.
- Always have a big bucket of water nearby! If your fire starts to get out of control, a bucket of water can prevent disaster. It also comes in handy when you are ready to put the fire out.
- Keep clear walking paths around a fire. An 8 to 10-foot radius around the fire should be free of tents, chairs, flammable materials, or debris.
- Use heavy-duty campfire mitts to maneuver any racks, pots, pans, or utensils when cooking over fire.
- Always keep a fire well attended. Whether cooking or not, have someone keep watch of an active fire. When it’s time to leave the campsite, or head to the tent, make sure the fire is put out.
2. Most helpful campfire cooking tools
Any good fire requires dry wood (such as hickory, oak, or maple), and a match or two — or, if you are like my boys, flint and steel. Beyond that, a few basic pieces of cooking equipment can make all the difference.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite tools for campfire cooking for kids! They can each be found on Amazon.
3. Take the opportunity to explore new meals
The nuance of cooking a meal over an open flame can open up possibilities for trying new dishes — especially if you have a picky eater in your family.
Just think, a busy day exploring nature elicits a deeper appreciation for a hot cooked meal! We’ve experienced this time and time again with our own kids — they are much more grateful for a warm meal and deep nourishment.
Looking forward to experiences outside of their normal routine, outdoor cooking for kids means the opportunity for acceptance of new ingredients and flavors.
4. Choose healthy ingredients
It’s easy to fall into the convenience food trap when camping, but highly processed food is anything but natural. Packaging is detrimental to the environment, and chemical additives are harmful to our health.
Instead, camping recipes for kids can be kept simple with fresh, real food ingredients. The process of bringing whole foods together while gathered around a warm fire is part of maximizing the experience.
Seek out open fire cooking recipes that are full of colorful vegetables, fresh fruits, quality meats, nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
5. Involve your kids!
When your kids are part of the cooking process, they are much more likely to be excited about eating and enjoying the end result. I encourage you to involve them in the meal planning, food prep, and actual cooking of campfire food in age appropriate ways.
Here are some ways to involve kids in campfire cooking:
- Help to choose the meal
- Select the ingredients
- Wash the produce
- Chop the food (if they are ready for that)
- Learn how to start a fire
- And observe how adults safely maneuver cooking equipment over a fire.
Campfire meals for kids
Do you need ideas for healthy campfire meals for kids? This list of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes is sure to get them excited to cook and eat around the fire pit.
Campfire breakfast recipes
Nothing beats a fire first thing in the morning when you crawl out of your tent, except a hot meal to go with it!
1. Bacon Egg & Veggie Scramble
There’s nothing like the taste of eggs cooked in bacon grease when you are camping! I promise. This easy Bacon, Egg, and Veggie Scramble is worth cooking up in your cast iron skillet over a grill rack.
2. Breakfast Burritos
I love this Breakfast Burrito recipe for camping because you can prep the burritos at home and then throw them in the fire to warm before eating. Eggs, sausage, spinach, and cheese wrapped in a tortilla of your choice.
3. Paper Bag Bacon & Eggs
Such a simple and delicious campfire breakfast! Recipes From The Woods brings Paper Bag Bacon & Eggs (a tried and true technique) to life. Kids love to witness the transformation, and adults love the easy cleanup.
4. Cast Iron Frittata
Cast Iron Frittata from Fresh Off The Grid is a one pot meal that will leave the whole family satisfied — physically and mentally prepared for the day’s adventures. You can also involve your kids in swapping out ingredients to try different flavor combinations.
5. Mason Jar Pancakes
Camping pancakes don’t have to mean Bisquick! Prepare a healthy batter before you head to the woods and use a simple mason jar to transport the mixture from home to campfire griddle (in a cooler, of course). Try our Banana Almond Pancakes, or Cassava Flour Pancakes at your next camping breakfast.
6. Campfire Bacon
A compliment to any breakfast, Campfire Bacon is a must. Not only is it tasty, but beautifully weaved onto skewers — a well taught technique from Zestuous!
7. Campfire Breakfast Oats with Baked Apple
Ontario Parks brings us this delicious Campfire Breakfast Oats with Baked Apple recipe that is sure to be a winner at your next campout. Fun for kids to “bake” the apples and assemble all the toppings on whole grain oats.
8. Apple Sweet Potato Hash
Cooked right over a grill grate in your handy cast iron skillet, this Apple Sweet Potato Hash from Fresh Off The Grid is fall camping favorite! Full of flavor, texture, and worth every minute in the process.
Outdoor lunch recipes
Admittedly, most lunches look more like on-the-go snacks when our family is camping. Homemade trail mix, fruit, and jerky are our go-tos. Yet, once in a while a simple hot meal re-energizes the crew for afternoon adventures.
Roasting a few dogs (hotdogs that is) over a fire is one part of campfire cooking for kids that the little ones always love! Learning the slow spin technique, how to find the warm pockets, and how to avoid the dreaded char are skills to relish. Choose a quality dog (like Applegate Farms) for a quick mid-day refuel.
10. Campfire Flatbread Pizza
Camp pizza is a tradition for many. It’s actually a very simple meal that can be quickly assembled for lunch or dinner. I love the versatility that the Dirty Gourmet offers in this Campfire Flatbread Pizza recipe. You could even opt for a gluten free, or cauliflower crust to meet dietary needs, and select quality ingredients for a nutrient boost.
11. Whole Grilled Lemon Pepper Trout
Camping and fishing go hand-in-hand — at least in our family. Anytime the boys catch a decent-size trout while we are unplugging in nature, they want to cook it up over a fire. They LOVE it! This Whole Grilled Trout recipe breaks down the simple process so your family can enjoy this primal practice as well.
Dinner recipes for campfire cooking
At the end of a long day in the great outdoors, a hearty meal cooked over a fire will top off your kid’s camping experience. Bring them along for the prep, the cooking techniques, and the culinary uniqueness of open flame meals.
12. Sausage & Veggie Foil Packs
Real food ingredients, aluminum foil, and a campfire is all you need for these flavorful Sausage and Veggie Foil Pack meals! Have your kids wrap their own ingredients, and (with supervision) scout out a good spot in the firepit to place the pack for cooking magic.
13. Seared Sausage with Cabbage & Pink Lady Apples
This beautiful Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples dish is perfect for your favorite cast iron skillet, or camping Dutch oven. The combination of sweet apples and deeply colored cabbage compliments the sausage to warm any belly.
14. Grilled Sausage Kabobs
Colorful veggies provide healthy fiber for kids, and quality sausage means protein and fat to keep them satiated and nourished. These Grilled Sausage Kabobs with Zucchini and Peppers are perfect for the camp grill and perfect for kids who like to gnaw food off a stick.
15. Apple Cheddar Burgers with Caramelized Onions
A good burger and a grill rack are two peas in a pod! This Apple Cheddar Burger with Caramelized Onions recipe from Fresh Off The Grid solidifies this pairing. With or without a bun, these burgers are sure to put a smile on your family’s face.
16. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Spears are a great accompaniment to any grilled meat or fish — especially when you are cooking over a campfire, or a campground BBQ. Your kids will reach for second helpings of their green veggies.
17. Fiery Campfire Veggies
Use this Fiery Campfire Veggies recipe from Bless Her Heart Y’all as a framework for customizing your favorite combinations of veggies and seasonings for many camping meals to come! So easy, tasty, and perfect for engaging your kids with colorful veggie-ness.
18. Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers
A camp style Dutch oven is perfect for this Turkey Stuffed Poblano Pepper recipe. You may choose to use briquettes or hot embers from the fire to place under and over your lidded pot. As an alternative, you could saute the turkey mixture in your cast iron skillet before filling the poblanos and finishing the cooking process.
19. Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Foil Packs
Shrimp cooks quickly and is so delicious paired with the veggies and seasonings suggested in this Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Foil Pack recipe. You could prepare these packs ahead of time at home, or right at your campsite.
20. Beefy Nacho Skillet
My kids are suckers for a good nacho, and this Beefy Nacho Skillet recipe not only satisfies their craving while camping, but is a healthier option. Serve with tortillas of your choice, non-GMO corn chips cooked in coconut or avocado oil, or over steamed broccoli.
21. Simple Steak Fajitas
Simple Steak Fajita foil wraps are a less-mess outdoor cooking meal that are always a crowd pleaser. Thinly sliced steak will cook up quickly and meld with flavorful peppers and onions. Serve with tortillas of choice, over rice or cauli-rice, or with sliced avocado.
Campfire treats kids can make
Cooking over a campfire can certainly include a fun dessert. Here are a few that highlight real food ingredients and a camping flare.
22. Grain-Free Apple Crisp
Grain-free Apple Crisp is our family’s favorite camping desserts. We use this oven-friendly recipe and cook it in a camp style dutch oven until the apples are tender and the topping is just browned. So comforting, low in sugar, and warming to the soul.
What’s a campfire without s’mores? They’re an eternal classic of campfire cooking for kids.
Here are a few ways to decrease the junk and boost the health-factor of a nostalgic dessert. Make these gluten-free Crunchy Graham Crackers from Against All Grain before you leave the house. Choose marshmallows without high-fructose corn syrup, and select a quality dark chocolate. Tell me that doesn’t sound amazing for the whole family?
24. Campfire Banana Boats 9 Ways
Fresh Off The Grid knows how to put together a traditional Campfire Banana Boat! In fact, they offer all kinds of variations. We opt for dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut, and almond butter for a healthier take on this delicious treat.
25. Campfire Popcorn – the old fashioned way
Popcorn can be an awesome snack or treat while out camping. This recipe post from The Dyrt provides all kinds of options and variations for Campfire Popcorn the old fashioned way — no microwave needed. I just highly encourage you to use coconut or avocado oil for healthier fats, and avoid the canola or vegetable oil option. Enjoy!
Get started with campfire cooking for kids!
You now have the tips and recipe ideas to include your kids in campfire cooking! Turn it into a memory-building family activity by gathering around both fire and nourishing food to celebrate our connection to the natural world.
Kids will love the excitement and culinary creations that can come from outdoor cooking. Work together and plan your next camping menu today.
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and nutrition. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and alimentation tips that are actually based on good méthode.
These 8 practical tips cover the basics of saine eating and can help you make healthier choices.
The key to a saine diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how réactive you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 kcal a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 calories a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more kcal than they need and should eat fewer kcal.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the kcal of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these variétés of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy sauces on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some genres of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main types of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All genres of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or kcal ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer kcal. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more active. Eating a saine, balanced diet can help you maintain a saine weight.
Check whether you’re a healthy weight by using the BMI healthy weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in kcal. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding calories.