Written by: Adeline Yuboco
10/14/2012 11:30 AM
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to carve those pumpkins to create those fantastic looking Jack-o-Lanterns to decorate your RV. After you're done making these Jack-o-Lanterns, you're often left with a lot of pumpkin meat and seeds. Instead of throwing this away, why not use them to make some delicious camping meals for your family to enjoy?
Below are 10 pumpkin recipes to try whether you're camping in an RV or a tent that are both easy to cook and kid-friendly
Pumpkin Crunch Granola
This quick and easy pumpkin recipe makes use of the pumpkin seeds so nothing goes to waste. Have this for breakfast with some fresh yogurt, or as a snack to take while hiking during your camping trip.
Serves: 6Preparation time: 5 minutesCooking time: 1 hour
For the Spice Mix
For the Candied Pumpkin Seeds
For the Granola
Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup
Start the day right with this healthy but delicious pumpkin recipe. If you don't have a waffle maker, don't worry! This breakfast pumpkin recipe can easily be used to make equally delicious pancakes that you and your family can enjoy.
Serves: 4-6Preparation time: 20 minutesCooking time: 15 minutes
For the Pumpkin Waffle
For the Apple Cider Syrup
Lunch / Dinner - Entrée
Pumpkin and Apple Soup
Nothing is more comforting than tucking into a steaming bowl of soup after a long day of enjoying the outdoors. The subtle sweetness coming from the apples used in this pumpkin recipe makes this hearty soup a delight for the kids.
Serves: 4Preparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 40 minutes
Roasted Pumpkin and Garlic
After Halloween, don't throw the carved pumpkins away. This quick and simple pumpkin recipe is a perfect way to make the most of your carved pumpkins. The almost candy-like taste and texture of the roasted pumpkin makes this a hit with the kids while the garlic gives it that bit of a kick that the grown-ups love.
Serves: 6Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time: 45 minutes
Cover the Dutch oven. Bake with 17 coals on top of the lid and 7 coals at the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes or until the pumpkin strips are soft. Add a wedge of goat cheese inside the pumpkin strip and serve immediately.
Lunch / Dinner - Main Course
Cheesy Pumpkin Polenta Fries
This pumpkin recipe is a healthy yet kid-friendly dish that will not make them miss the traditional potato version. It's a perfect accompaniment to the Healthy Chicken Bites with Pumpkin recipe. Just like it, you can make this in ahead of time, ready for your next camping trip.
Serves: 4-6Preparation time: 4 hours, 10 minutes at homeCooking time: 30 minutes
At the Campground
Chicken Pumpkin Stew
This hearty pumpkin recipe is not only a quick and easy meal to cook that you and your family would love. Each serving only contains about 290 calories per serving, perfect if you're trying to lose weight.
Serves: 6Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time: 30 minutes
Healthy Chicken Bites with Pumpkin
No kid can resist chicken nuggets. Dredging the chicken pieces into the pumpkin puree before dipping this into the panko breadcrumbs makes this pumpkin recipe healthy and kid-friendly. You can make this in advance and store in the fridge or freezer until it's time to head out to your camping trip, and cook this.
Serves: 4Preparation time: 30 minutesCooking time: 10 minutes
Lunch / Dinner - Dessert
This is a great pumpkin recipe to try if you want a light but healthy dessert after a filling dinner, or as a tasty snack that your kids can enjoy any time of the day. If you feel making your own pureed pumpkin to be rather tedious, you can substitute this with 1 can (15 oz) canned pureed pumpkin.
Serves: 4-6Preparation time: 10 minutes at home, 20 minutes in the campgroundCooking time: 1 hour, 15 minutes at home, 30 minutes in the campground
Who said that dessert can't be healthy? Here is one pumpkin dessert recipe that your kids will enjoy while still getting all the vitamins that they need. You can make this ahead of time at home to bring with you on your next camping trip.
Serves: 6-8Preparation time: 25 minutesCooking time: 30 minutes
Pumpkin Pie Crunch
Here is a twist to the traditional pumpkin pie usually served during Halloween and Thanksgiving. The most difficult part of this pumpkin recipe is to patiently wait for the cake to finish baking inside the dutch oven. You can prepare the mashed pumpkin meat in your home before leaving for your camping trip. Just make sure that you use this within the day, especially if you're tent camping or else it might get spoiled.
Serves: 4-6Preparation time: 20 minutesCooking time: 55 minutes
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