One of the easiest and most versatile recipes for camp is Spaghetti. If you have access to a real stove (dorm style camping), cook the noodles at camp. If you don’t – cook them at home, lightly oil them (so you don’t have a block of spaghetti), and bag them. Bring in your cooler. Or wait an hour for the water to boil 2 pounds of noodles to come to a boil over a fire or propane stove.
Now, get some serious nutrition into your girls. Don’t buy a jar of spaghetti sauce – especially if you can’t pronounce the ingredient list. Buy canned crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and season with Italian herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Even Brownies can help make this sauce from “scratch”. When the girls are older and more adventurous, add sauteeing bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms to the recipe. Or add some shredded carrots or zucchini when they aren’t looking. Or add some spinach leaves – call it basil. 🙂
For a troop of 12 girls with 2-4 chaperones, you will need about 30 oz. of crushed tomatoes and 12 oz. of tomato paste. Thin with water to desired thickness.
For meat eaters of all kinds, heat a package of frozen turkey meatballs in a frypan by themselves. But if the vegetarians went home early, you can heat them up in the sauce, so they soak up the yummy flavor.
If you are cooking over a fire, toast up some garlic bread wrapped in super strength foil. Definitely serve salad – you would be surprised how girls go for a salad. For a dozen girls and chaperones, I usually get one bag of salad, a cucumber, some carrots, and cherry tomatoes. Italian and Ranch dressing. Or if you are only going to get one, Ranch. We usually have it salad bar style at the table, so each girl gets what they like. I don’t press them to eat some of everything, but I tell them I expect them to eat at least one serving of veggies – and that’s in the sauce, but I don’t tell them that! My pickiest will grab a few baby carrots and some ranch, while the rest will get a full salad.