We visited Rainbow Springs State Park last week for several nights. To prepare for our trip, I needed to make several meals ahead of time. This is what I did:
Breakfast: Sausage Muffins.
I have been wanting to make these for several years. This was a good time to give them a try. You can find the recipe here. We made only six. Here are our thoughts on these:
- Eggs are a little rubbery when heated in Microwave.
- Needs a hot saugsage. What we used was bland.
- The instructions say to reheat, bake in oven for 25 minutes. WE feel if it takes that long, then we will just cook and freeze the sausage, then make the muffins the morning we want to eat them.
- We will not be making these ahead of time again.
Above in one bag is Chicken Teriyaki. I diced up chicken thighs and marinaded them in soy sauce, red white, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, and I can’t remember what else. This can be easily frozen. You can search for a recipe on-line for the liquid, then place everything in a bag to cook later. Sir Husband cooked this on the grill.
The other bag is BBQ Beef. Use your favorite recipe for the BBQ sauce, chop the beef, mix together and freeze until ready to cook. We placed this, thawed, in the crockpot on one of our busy days out of the camper. Cooked on slow for 6 hours. It was ready when we returned.
For movie night we made individual pizzas. Pizza dough was made and baked before we left. The pizza sauce was also made before we left. You can see it in the jar. The recipes is Easy Pizza Sauce III, which is our favorite. Sometimes I add red pepper flakes, but I don’t tell the kids I do that. 🙂 We had fun making these, but our iddy-biddy oven only fits one cookie sheet and we could only bake these two at a time. Some of us, that would be me, had to wait a long time for dinner. Next time, Sir Husband will be making these on the grill.
Other things we took with us: Granola, Chocolate Chip Cookies, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, ice cream, and popcorn.
The Simple Granola Recipe and Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes will be given in another post.
We are really enjoying our camper and it is so much nicer to have things ready before we go. No emergency trips to Wal-Mart or Publix. Ok, we have been out camping three times and we have made an emergency trip on each occasion. Hopefully we will have figured this out soon and won’t be making the shopping trips during camping.
If anyone has easy make ahead recipes, please send them my way and we’ll give them a try. The recipes must be from scratch, no canned soups, no packaged seasonings, no store bought sauces.