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Camping is gaining in popularity in recent years, with a recent survey funded by Coleman finding that 40.5 million Americans went camping at least once in 2016 (an increase of 500,000 people since the previous year).
If you’re planning a camping trip and looking for quick, tasty dinners to serve, look no further than this simple meatloaf and veggie recipe. You can prep it ahead of time in a simple foil packet and then keep it in the cooler until dinnertime, when you can toss it on the grill.
The trick to this easy and flavorful meatloaf is the onion soup mix that’s mixed in with the breadcrumbs. Refrigerated potato wedges and baby carrots help round out the meal and make sure the kiddos enjoy their veggies before going nuts on the s’mores. You can choose whatever veggies you desire, though, from broccoli to cauliflower rice and beyond.
Speaking of s’more, want to try a s’mores recipe that breathes new life into the original? Try these S’mores Banana Boats, which are also made in a simple foil packet with nothing other than a banana and your favorite s’mores ingredients. Use mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and graham cracker cereal to make this recipe even easier to prepare. We won’t tell if you decide to have it for breakfast the next day, too.
And remember, despite the prep work required (and the bug bites!) camping is a wholesome, inexpensive, active way to enjoy vacation time, and it’s especially good for children. A recent study from the Aarhus University in Denmark found that children who spend more time outdoors as kids are less likely to develop psychiatric disorders later in life.
Meanwhile, a United Kingdom study found that people who spend two hours a week outside on average report better emotional and physical health than people who do not enjoy the Great Outdoors.