Summer is in full swing and families are packing up and headed to the woods for some technology-free fun. There’s nothing like a good campfire meal when after a long day in the fresh air hiking or canoeing.

These tasty and healthy meal ideas are perfect for a campfire or to take with you on the trails before you head out!

Food Safety Tips for Eating Outdoors

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently. Use an antibacterial gel when soap and water are limited
  • Keep cold foods cold. Have adequate ice and replenish often. Use perishable foods first. Find tips for packing a cooler
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meats are cooked to a safe eating temperature. Chill leftovers immediately
  • Keep food preparation equipment and area clean and sanitized
  • Dispose of waste promptly

Tinfoil Dinners

Outdoor cooking is simple with hobo tinfoil meals.  You can enjoy a one-dish meal without too much prep work and easy clean up.

Chicken Fajitas
What You’ll Need:

  • 8 large sheets heavy-duty foil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 pkg. Meijer fresh pre-sliced mixed bell peppers
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg. McCormick® Fajita Skillet Sauce
  • 8 whole wheat flour tortillas

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Spray foil sheets with cooking spray; top with chicken, peppers, onion and sauce.  Fold to make packets.
  2. Grill 15 minutes or until chicken is done or internal temperature reads 165°F.  Serve on tortillas.

Serves 8

Source: Adapted from

Skewer it!

Kabobs cook in a snap! You can skewer different combinations of meat, fruit/vegetables with your favorite sauce or seasonings. You have everything you need for a balanced meal right on the kabob!

meat/seafood fruit/veggies sauce/seasonings cook time (mins)
Chicken breast cubes (cook to 165°F) bell peppers, mushrooms McCormick® Grill Mates® Montreal Chicken seasoning 10-15
Shrimp (cook until it turns pink) pineapple, red onion Low sodium teriyaki sauce 2-4
Pork tenderloin, cubes (cook to 145°F with 3 min rest) zucchini, yellow summer squash McCormick® Grill Mates® Belgian-Style White Ale 10-15

No Cook Ideas

If you’re tired out from a long day in the sun or the rain came through and made starting a fire next to impossible, making wraps or sandwiches are healthy and easy dinner alternatives.

Mediterranean Wraps


  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (rinsed)
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced cucumber
  • Greek dressing
  • Wheat pita bread


Combine all ingredients in wheat pita bread

Chipotle, Avocado, Turkey Sub


  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 loaf of hearty multigrain bread (12-inch) from Meijer bakery
  • ½ lb. deli oven roasted turkey slices
  • Chipotle flavored cheese slices
  • ½ cup shredded romaine lettuce


  • Slice onions and tomatoes
  • Mash avocado and spread on multigrain bread
  • Compile sandwich on multigrain bread

Do it Yourself Trail Mix

If you’re hitting the trails, don’t forget to pack a snack. Try one of these trail mix recipes that will pack in the nutrients and give your family the energy needed to climb that mountain.

  • Heart Healthy Trail Mix

Combine ½ cup Meijer Walnuts, ½ cup Meijer Cashews, ½ cup Meijer Almonds, and ¼ cup sunflower seeds. Add ½ cup Meijer Raisins for a little hint of sweetness.

  • Chunky Monkey

Combine 2 to 3 cups honey-wheat pretzel twists, 1 cup dried banana slices, 1 cup Meijer Lightly Salted Peanuts, 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, ½ cup peanut butter chips.

  • Cheese’n Apples
    Combine 2 cups whole-grain cheddar goldfish crackers, 2 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists, 1 cup dried apple rings, 1/2 cup Meijer Lightly Salted Peanuts.

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