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Camp Cooking

Wow! It has been WEEKS since I last posted anything! I apologize for dropping the ball. Luckily, summer is almost over which means our lives will be slowing down a bit (Actually, that’s a total lie. I’m pretty sure things will never slow down. Life in the fast lane baby!)

We will be leaving EARLY Thursday morning to make a 10 hour journey to Delaware, Ohio. We will be meeting friends from NY at a state park and spending labor day weekend (through Tuesday) together…because we all know that no one should be alone on labor day (Haha, I hope Kim is laughing right now).

To prepare for this 5 day long rustic retreat I decided to assemble and freeze our camp meals before leaving, then I will cook them in our awesome new Lodge dutch oven. This way we won’t have to buy a bunch of food once we get there and we won’t have to lug a bunch of food with us in our already overpacked car.

I was totally inspired to make and freeze our meals after reading an absolutely GENIUS blog post about make-ahead slow cooker meals. You can read it for yourself here:

Freezer Cooking With Slow Cooker Recipes (it seriously blew my mind…this woman should win an award…seriously)

So, I put together 3 meals: plus, I’m marinading a pound of chicken spiedies that I will freeze tomorrow. We will be consuming: Turkey Chili, Vegetarian Southwest Stew, and Tacos (the theme of these meals: cumin…and lots of it).

Here are the (incredibly simple) recipes for these homemade frozen meals:

Turkey Chili: (makes 4-6 servings)

-1/2 a pound of lean turkey meat

-1 green bell pepper: chopped

-1/2 of a large yellow onion: finely chopped

-3 cloves of garlic: minced

-1 15oz can of kidney beans: rinsed and drained

-1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes

-1 packet of chili seasoning OR 1tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cumin and 1 tbs chili powder

big bag full of uncooked chili. how exotic.


Chili Bag!

Add ingredients to a gallon-sized zip top freezer bag. Freeze. When you’re ready to cook it, empty frozen contents into a slow cooker or dutch oven and add about a cup of water (I’ll be using a cast iron dutch oven over a bed of coals). In the slow cooker: cook for 4 hours on high OR 8 hours on low. In a dutch oven: cook for an hour, give everything a stir, then cook for an additional hour if needed. I like my chili to simmer for several hours so I’m going to do my best to keep my coals at an even, low temperature (and plan on cooking my chili for about 3 hours).

Southwest Stew: (makes 4-6 servings)

-1 cup of frozen (or fresh) corn kernels

-1 jar of salsa

-1/2 of a yellow onion: finely chopped

-1 large sweet potato: peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks

-1 15oz can of chickpeas: rinsed and drained

-1 tbs of cumin (I LOVE cumin…so I add a lot…but if you have a more reserved palate try adding only 1 tsp of cumin at first. You can always add more later if you’d like)

mmm...bag o' stew

by laying the bags flat in the freezer they won't take up as much room

Add your ingredients to a gallon-sized zip top bag. Freeze. Once you’re ready to cook, add the frozen contents to you slow cooker/dutch oven. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tbs of olive oil. If using a slow cooker: cook on low for 8 hours, of high for 4 hours (until the sweet potatoes are tender). If you’re using a dutch oven: cook over medium-high heat for an hour (or until sweet potatoes are tender). Serve with fresh corn bread muffins! Yum!

Tacos: (makes 4 servings)

-1/2 a pound of lean turkey meat

-1 15oz can of black beans: rinsed and drained

-1 packet of taco seasoning OR a combination of garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper (because I totally forgot to buy taco seasoning).

Toss ingredients together in a half-gallon sized freezer bag. Freeze. When you’re ready to cook, add frozen contents to a skillet/slow cooker/dutch oven, add about 2 tbs of water and cook (covered) until the meat is done. Serve with warmed tortillas and all your favorite fixins’.

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Hello Everyone!!

Please excuse my lack of posts over the past week! My mind has been one jumbled mess! My family and I are currently camping in Northern WI. Actually, I am currently sitting in the Home Depot parking lot while JBird naps; while the hubster buys an extension cord! Then it’s off to Wally World we go…since SOMEONE forgot to pack pillows (and by someone, I mean ME..haha oops!)

I will return next week refreshed and energized to write lots of new and exciting posts!

But until then I will leave you with some fun facts that I learned last night at my Holistic Mom’s Network meeting:

-Adult males in the US eat 500 times more protein then they need to (and women eat 200 times more than is recommended); and the majority of this excess protein comes from processed food. So, next time you feel like you’re low on protein eat some legumes…not a triple decker bacon cheeseburger.

-Do you often wake up fatigued? That’s a sign that your liver is congested! Try cutting out processed foods (bread, pasta, sugar, soda, etc) and eat some leafy greens (LOTS of leafy greens)

-Fresh mint leaves are a great way to boost energy! Throw some in ice tea, ice water or just chew a few leaves!

-Do you often feel over stressed about everything? Feeling anemic? Do you crave salt? Chances are your adrenal glands are out of whack.

Also, when you let yourself get too run down and don’t take care of yourself (not eating right, not getting enough sleep, etc) you run the risk of messing up your adrenal glands..which can lead to chronic fatigue and even psychological disorders (like depression).

-Are you constantly constipated? Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Were you breastfed as an infant? Not being breastfed as a baby can lead to digestive issues as an adult. Breastmilk helps create and stabilize essential bacterias in our guts. In fact, an infant’s gut isn’t fully formed until they are about 6 months old (so they should be breastfed for at least 6 months; and not be fed solids until then either).

-Did you know that food poisoning is a sign that the bacteria in your gut are “off” (if everything was “normal” they would’ve been able to fight off whatever nasties entered your system..preventing you from getting sick in the first place).

Last night’s meeting was so inspiring! I’m hoping to schedule a consultation with our guest speaker Dr. Katy Wallace to get her input on my own health and digestive issues (and maybe score an interview for the blog while I’m at it!).

Enjoy your weekends! I will be “roughing” it until Sunday! Stay tuned for a Camp Cooking Post!

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