Whenever you’re cooking for picky eaters or having to work around a lot of food allergies or special needs, any kind of meal your campers can assemble themselves is a great way to go. These include meals like tacos, burritos, baked potato bars, deli sandwiches, foil wraps, etc. These are all meals where you simply set out all the ingredients and your campers choose what they want to fill their plate. If they don’t like something, they don’t take it. This way, you don’t have to listen to “I don’t like that” or someone dismissing an entire dish because it includes one ingredient they don’t like.
For breakfast, we like to make breakfast burritos. We make a batch of hash browns, brown up some sausage, fry or bake some bacon, and scramble some eggs. If we’re really feeling in the mood, we might grill some onions, and some red and/or green bell peppers. That all gets set out with some shredded Cheddar cheese, flour and/or corn tortillas, and salsa.
When the Scoutmaster of my son’s Boy Scout troop cooks for the adult leaders, he likes to make us chorizo con huevos. It’s a breakfast burrito but instead of regular sausage, he uses chorizo, which is a Spanish pork sausage that can be seasoned with dried smoked red peppers, Spanish smoked paprika, and/or chili peppers. It really gives breakfast a kick! It’s great on a cold morning because that spicy chorizo lights a nice warm fire in your belly.
Another breakfast bar idea is to make a large pot of oatmeal and your “bar” could include cow’s milk, coconut milk, almond milk, nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, chocolate spread, peanut butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices, etc.
How about a chili bar with diced onions, green onions, multiple shredded cheeses, sour cream, diced peppers, jalapenos, rice, bacon bits, crackers, tortillas, corn bread, etc. If your group includes vegetarians, you could set out a meatless chili and then serve some cooked proteins on the side for us carnivores.
Baked potato bars are fun with butter, grated cheeses, sour cream, chives, onions, veggies, bacon bits, chili, etc.
For foil wraps, we set out a couple different proteins (cut into small cubes), sauces, veggies, seasonings, etc.
Fractured tacos are another camp favorite. Start with tortilla chips and layer on whatever you want including cooked beef, cooked chicken, refried beans, grated cheese, onions, peppers, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, etc.
Sometimes its just fun to set out a bar and let folks build their own meal. But if you have to work around a lot of different tastes, this is definitely the way to go.
Some assembly required!
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