15 Foil Meal Recipes – Foil cooking for camping, grilling


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Foil Meal Recipes

If you’re cooking in fire pits and on barbecues this weekend checkout these foil meal recipes. Foil meals – made by cooking in foil packets – can be an easy way to cook on flames, without messes or extra dishes! Using foil you can do one-pot meals, desserts, breakfasts and more.

15 Foil Meal Recipes:

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Packs from Life Made Delicious

Warm and Melty Cheese Dip from Echoes of Laughter

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Five Little Chefs

Mediterranean Salmon in Foil Packets from The Seasoned Mom

Baked Herb Salmon from The Mommy-Files

Chicken Fajitas from Cook Clean Craft

Barbecued Apple Crisp from Cooking with Jax

Foil Packet Hot Dogs from Growing Up Gabel

Green Chile Cheese Fries from Buried Carrots

Barbecue Chicken and Potatoes from Jamie Cooks it Up!

Grilled Packet Potatoes from Spoonful

Campfire Quesadillas from Dirty Gourmet

Chicken Foil Dinner from Don’t Eat Wheat

Tin Foil Chicken Fajitas from One Sweet Appetite

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And one of my favorites – Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers from Queen Bee Coupons!

Do you like to cook using foil packets? Do you have favorite foil meal recipes? I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes using tin foil packets.

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Other resources for tin foil meals (from Amazon): 

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Tomato and Avocado Lime Salad (Relish, Salsa) recipe


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Tomato, Avocado Lime salad

What could this be . . . a recipe?!? Oh yes, my friends – I still have a kitchen and I still eat food, although you won’t know it from the lack of recipes on the blog lately!

But I got a little motivation this morning and made up this Tomato, Avocado Lime salad – and I can’t decide if it’s a salad, a relish or a salsa. You’ll have to make it and decide for yourself.

With summer season on the horizon, tomatoes should be easy to find under $1/lb and avocados should be under $1 each (check WinCo for the best price!). Making this an inexpensive salad to whip up on a hot summer day when you don’t want to cook.

I’m going to suggest – eating it like a salad, topping your burger with it, scooping it with chips or using as a relish on grilled chicken (or fish). But of course, you can do whatever you want with it.

INGREDIENTS

2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced finely (I used tomatoes on the vine)

1 firm avocado, diced

1 yellow (or orange) pepper, seeded and diced finely

1/3 cup diced red onion, diced finely

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice (or be a rebel and use lemon)

salt and pepper to taste

optional – a pinch of cumin

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Dice up all your ingredients. Toss into bowl.

2.) Add olive oil, vinegar and lime juice. Salt to taste.

3.) Eat while it’s fresh!

The lime juice should keep the avocados from discoloring. The balsamic vinegar gives the whole salad a darker look – but the flavor can’t be missed!

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Adopted from this Food.com recipe.

ENJOY!

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Crockpot Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with pineapple


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Slow Cooker Crockpot Spiral Ham

You can’t really screw up a ham. And when you toss it into a crockpot, it really feels like cheating. I’ve been wanting to try cooking a Crockpot Spiral Ham for awhile and I’m glad I gave it a try. This Crockpot ham recipe calls for pineapple and brown sugar so it definitely comes out tasting sweet – perhaps like a Honey Baked ham? I’m only guessing since I’ve never had one.

INGREDIENTS

Spiral Ham with glaze packet
You would ideally want it to fit in your slow cooker. Mine was about 10 pounds in a 6 quart crockpot.

Pineapple bits in can, with juice, 20 oz

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup Ginger Ale

Crock pot Slow Cooker Ham

How to prepare

1.) Line the bottom of the crockpot with two cups of brown sugar. Some recipes call for three, that seems like an awful lot.

2.) Place ham, slices down (flush with the flat bottom of the crock)

3.) Sprinkle the ham glaze powder (comes with most spiral hams) over the ham

4.) Pour full can of pineapple bits into crockpot with juice. Pouring over the ham and glaze powder.

5.) Pour a cup of Ginger Ale over the ham

6.) Place lid on top of ham and cook on low for 4-6 hours until it’s heated through
If the ham is too big to fit in the crockpot, you can cover it with aluminum foil – for a makeshift lid. Or you can cut off the top part of the ham and shove it into the side of the crockpot. Whatever works – as long as it can be covered.

7.) Serve with some of the juice from the crockpot and it’ll be great!

Crockpot Spiral Ham Slow Cooker recipe

If you overcook this it will be dry. Basically you want to give it enough time to soak up some of the juice and heat up! Don’t even think about putting it on anything higher than low. And don’t go playing with it – the more you move it around the more it’s likely to shred and break apart.

Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe, with pineapple

I hope you like it! 

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Spring Cupcake Designs – 6 easy spring and Easter cupcake designs


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Easter and spring cupcake designs

To celebrate spring (or the hope of spring soon?), I’m re-publishing my Spring Cupcakes designs, originally shared in 2013 . .

I’m not very good about decorating for holidays or going over the top with cutesy seasonal foods. But yesterday I had a wild hair and decided the kids and I should decorate cupcakes. I think it was the sunshine – it makes me do crazy things. I had fun getting creative with the kids trying to come up with fun easter cupcake designs for you. They are each 3 steps or less and EASY. We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1 – Your first step is make a batch of cupcakes. You can make them from scratch or make them from a box (like I did, there is only so much you can expect from a girl in one day).

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Baby Chick Cupcakes

1.) Frost it with yellow frosting (I used vanilla frosting with couple drops of food coloring)

2.) Dip in yellow coconut. To make colored coconut, put plain coconut in a Ziploc bag, add a couple drops of food coloring, close bag and mix it around until color coats coconut.

3.) Add two eyes. You can use dark colored candies, chocolate chips or I used frosting. Then add a beak. I used a Reeses Pieces.

I actually got this idea from my Parade magazine.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup recipe (leftover pot roast)


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Slow Cooker Beef & Barley soup

We had a pot roast for dinner last night. It turned out delightful. I’ll tell you more about that soon, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about this Slow Cooker Beef and Barley soup that I made today with the leftover pot roast! Next time you have leftover pot roast – give this recipe a try – I think you’ll love it!

This recipe calls for leftover cooked pot roast – but if you buy raw stew beef – just dice into 1/2 squares and throw it into a large skillet with a little oil and onions – and cook it up before throwing it into the crockpot.

Oh I’m a certified member of the I love chunky soup club – so if you prefer your soup a little less full of stuff,  just use 1 cup each of the carrots, celery and mushrooms (instead of suggested 2 cups each).

INGREDIENTS

1 to 2 pounds of leftover pot roast, diced small
Or cooked stew meat

7 cups beef broth
If you have Au Jus from the pot roast, you could sub 1-2 cups of broth with Au Ju, but you don’t want it too greasy – so consider cooling the Au Jus overnight in the fridge and removing the hardened fat from the top, using the less fatty, liquid Au Jus for the soup. 

2 cups carrots, sliced thinly

2 cups celery, sliced thinly

2 cups mushrooms, sliced thinly

1/2 – 1 cup dried pearl barley

1 can of stewed or diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)

1 can of sweet corn, drained (15 oz can)

1 onion, diced finely

1/2 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon pepper

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Crockpot Corned Beef and Guinness recipe


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Crockpot Corned Beef and Guinness

I didn’t grow up eating corned beef – the first time I made it was a few years ago in the crockpot. This recipe for Corned Beef and Guinness in the crockpot is so incredibly easy and super delicious. I won’t pretend to be a corned beef expert – but this recipe sure seems to get the job done.

If you have other corned beef recipes or cooking methods – I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment on this post!

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Here’s how I made Crockpot Corned Beef and Guinness . . . 

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Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup


Slow Cooker Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup recipe - so easy and it uses frozen tortellinis, so great meal when fridge is empty!Find this and other recipes on my Slow Cooker Pinterest board.

Slow Cooker Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup

If you’re looking for a savory, robust and very filling soup, this Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup is amazing! My husband loved it – raving all night about how good it was. I like this recipe because I think it would work well without meat, without mushrooms and because it comes together so easily. This recipe will definitely make it into our regular slow cooker rotation.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of spaghetti sauce
You can use homemade, I used a 24-oz store-bought jarred roasted garlic spaghetti sauce without meat.

1/2 lb browned ground beef

1/2 lb browned italian sausage, sliced (about 3-4)

4 cups of chicken broth

8 oz cream cheese
I used regular, not low fat cream cheese. I find that the lower fat cream cheeses can curdle in the slow cooker. The more you stir it the more likely it will all dissolve if you do opt for low fat cream cheese. I’d be interested to try this recipe with just regular half-and-half, eliminating this problem all together?

8 oz sliced fresh baby bella mushrooms

16 oz frozen cheese tortellini

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

Handful of fresh spinach leaves (optional), cut into strips

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) If you want to throw it together quickly in the morning I recommend cooking up your meat the night before. Brown your ground beef and italian sausages (separately). Drain beef. Cut cooked sausages into thin slices. Refrigerate until morning.

2.) In the morning, combine spaghetti sauce and meat, chicken broth, cream cheese and mushrooms to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

3.) About 30 minutes before dinner, turn Crockpot to HIGH and toss in frozen tortellini, fresh spinach and parmesan cheese. Give it a good stir and cover and cook until it’s tender and hot.

4.) Serve it up and slurp it down. Top with parmesan or mozzarella cheese if you prefer more cheese.

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This recipe was sent in by Monique W. as part of our Crock-tober series. Because we featured her recipe here on the blog she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!  Send in your recipe and if we feature your recipe – you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card as well.

(This recipe is adapted from Heather Likes Food blog

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Need a Slow Cooker? I’ve found the best places to look are Costco and Amazon in terms of price and quality.  See all the current slow cookers available on Amazon at this time.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe

I’ve been on a roll trying out new crockpot recipes and yesterday I made this Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore – another big hit! My husband especially liked it, so we’ll be adding this to our meal rotation.

INGREDIENTS

3-4 chicken breasts, whole and fresh

14 ounce can of diced tomatoes (I used one with basil and oregano flavorings)

6 oz can of tomato paste

1-2 bell peppers, diced finely
I used orange and yellow peppers because green peppers have such a strong flavor

1 medium onion, diced very fine

3-4 minced garlic cloves

1 cup kalamata olives, sliced finely
If you don’t like the strong flavor of kalamata olives, leave them out. This flavor is prominent in the sauce, which we love, but you might not. The sauce will be tasty even without. 

1/2 cup red wine, I used a Cabernet, but any dry wine will do

1 tsp italian seasoning

Fresh basil for garnishing
This adds SO MUCH to the flavor, if you like fresh basil – don’t leave it out!

Fresh parmesan for garnishing

Optional – If I had mushrooms, I would have thrown those into the crock, too.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore - Chicken, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, wine and more, make this a delicious meal in your Crockpot!

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Place chicken breast on the bottom of the slow cooker

2.) Throw all other remaining ingredients (except basil and parmesan) into the slow cooker

3.) Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Once your chicken is cooked throughout it’s ready to serve! If you want to thicken the sauce up – cook for an hour without the lid.

4.) Serve over pasta or eat like a stew.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment if you give this recipe a try.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore - Chicken, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, wine and more, make this a delicious meal in your Crockpot!

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Slow Cooker Indian Stew


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Slow Cooker Indian Stew

I made this Slow Cooker Indian Stew for dinner tonight. Oh dear, did it hit the spot! It had the hearty, filling effect, without being a heavy high-fat recipe. Most of the ingredients are probably in your stockpile or freezer – making this an easy recipe to throw together on i-have-no-idea-what-to-make-for-dinner-days.

About an hour before serving the stew, I made a big batch of basmati rice in the rice cooker – timing both to be done about the same time. Ahhhh. . .between the fragrant basmati rice and the rich curry – my house smells divine.

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INGREDIENTS

2 – 3 large, fresh chicken breasts, whole (about 1-2 pounds)

1 medium onion. diced finely

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder

2 Teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (leave out if you don’t like spice)

2 cans (15 oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans (14 to 15 oz) diced tomatoes

1 cup chicken broth

Prepared separately – rice, if desired, I prefer basmati with this recipe

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Place whole chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker

2.) Add all ingredients. Give it a good stir.

3.) Place lid on crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours, until chicken is cooked completely.

4.) After chicken breast are cooked – take two forks and pull chicken apart – shredding it in the stew.

5.) Serve over hot rice. Try to only have one bowl – I dare you.

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I think this stew would be easily adaptable. If you prefer a vegetarian variation, replace the chicken with some of your favorite veggies or add another can of chickpeas (and sub broth of vegetable broth).

I think maybe I might try some diced celery, diced carrots or small cauliflower florets next time. Or small diced potatoes! You could also consider adding some coconut milk for a creamier consistency.  I’d love to know what variations you try!

This recipe was adapted from this Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew from Midwest Living.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment if you give this recipe a try.

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Whole Chicken Cooked in Slow Cooker Crockpot


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Whole Chicken Cooked in Slow Cooker Crockpot

One of the easiest ways to cook a whole chicken is in a crockpot! The possibilities are endless, but I’m going to share two of my favorite recipes for cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot.

First let’s talk about whole chickens, I also call them roasters – because that’s typically how people cook them (read my tutorial on roasting two chickens at once here). They are a VERY frugal protein – often costing $0.88/lb to $0.99/lb on sale. I like to stock up when under a pound and they freeze beautifully. Not only can you get a substantial meal from the chicken – but the bones and “leftovers” makes amazing slow cooker chicken broth. It’s the meal that keeps on giving. :)

Here’s how to cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker . . . 

INGREDIENTS

Whole roasting chicken – between 3-5 pounds
Fresh or thawed. Don’t try this with a frozen whole chicken.

2 medium onions, sliced in half

SEASONING

1 Tablespoon italian seasoning

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1.5 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon paprika – I prefer smoked paprika, but any kind works.

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon minced garlic – dried or fresh

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Seahawks Party Ideas


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Seahawks Party Ideas

It’s no secret that we are hardcore Seahawks fans in our house. Just for fun I came up with a list of recipes, foods and drinks I think would be fun a Seahawks party.  I’d love to hear what your favorite Seahawks-style foods would be, too!

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Blue and Green rice Krispies

Make three (or more smaller batches of Rice Krispies) and color them with food coloring. Layer them in a non-stick pan, preferably sprayed with non-stick baking spray. Add in blue or green sprinkles or Skittles. Get the details for Seahawks Rice Krispies Treats here.

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Russell Sprout Cheesy Dip

Think artichoke dip. But with brussell sprouts instead of artichokes. In honor of Seattle’s main man Russell Wilson this gooey dip can be served with crostinis, crackers or bread. Get recipe for Russells Sprouts cheesy dip here.

 

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Seahawk salad with blueberries

Watergate salad is such a very easy salad. And it’s green. Add blueberries and you have a green and blue dessert “salad.” My kids LOVE this recipe. Get the recipe for Seahawks Salad with Blueberries here.

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I Bleed Blue & Green Seattle Football T-Shirt – $12.99 shipped (reg. $19.99)


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I Bleed Blue Green Seattle Football T-Shirt

Groupon has these great I Bleed City Pro Football T-Shirts on sale for $12.99 (reg. $19.99) – this includes a great “I Bleed Blue Green” Seattle Football Shirt (pictured above)!  This shirt is being sold through Groupon Goods and ships FREE with orders of $24.99 or more.  Buy 2 shirts and get FREE Shipping.

Find it here:  I Bleed Blue Green Seattle Football T-Shirt

I Bleed City Shirts

If you aren’t a Seahawks fan, other team shirts are available as well.

Seahawks Gear

Be ready for the big game on Sunday with our big list of Seahawks Gear and Party Ideas.

(Thanks, Thrifty NW Mom!)

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