Monday, July 6, 2015

Family-Friendly Backyard Camping Menu

This Family-Friendly Backyard Camping Menu has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OutshineSnacks #CollectiveBias

To me {and so many others}, camping is an essential part of the summertime. This was our first year taking all four of our kiddos to the great outdoors {ages 2-6} and it was quite the learning experience! The kids had a fantastic time and got an absolute kick out of sleeping under the stars, in a tent, out in the wilderness. And while my husband and I got had a great time watching our kids playing and enjoying our campground under the trees, it was a lot of work. Just being honest here; between setting up campsite, teaching the kids campground etiquette and basics and preparing food - it was far from relaxing. So, we decided to make our next camping "trip" a little easier on ourselves and create a little campground in the comfort of our own backyard. We pitched a tent, filled the patio fire-pit with wood and busted out the fold-up outdoor chairs to set-up "camp". Since we were at home I didn't need to pack an ice chest {score!} and was able to pick up some special snacks that we wouldn't normally be able to enjoy while camping without a freezer.

I made a little Family-Friendly Backyard Camping Menu, complete with an appetizer, main course and after dinner snack. We enjoyed Skewered Petite Potatoes with several dipping sauces as a starter then Honey-Mustard Chicken Campfire Sandwiches with Foil Packet Green Beans for dinner. I also grabbed a box of new Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars to snack on after our meal. Summertime camping with a delicious frozen snack? Now that is what I am talking about!

Skewered Petite Potatoes are quite possibly my favorite side/appetizer to make on a grill. They're easy to make and my kiddos enjoyed the novelty of potatoes on a stick, with dipping sauces. I just skewered the potatoes, drizzled the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder. On the grill these potatoes only took about 12 minutes to cook, being turned over 1x halfway through cooking. 

These Honey-Mustard Chicken Campfire Sandwiches are something worth talking about! We made them for our Backyard Camping "trip", but they are perfect for regular camping as well. They are packed with deli-sliced chicken, provolone cheese, tangy honey-mustard and crunchy fried onions - stacked upon each other, wrapped in foil and heated until the cheese melts. These sandwiches are not only extremely delicious, they're also so much fun to make!

I'm pretty sure Foil Packet Green Beans are served at campsites nationwide - they're good for you and a cinch to make while cooking outdoors. I add a little garlic powder, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper to mine but have seen thousands of different recipes online if those ingredients don't suite your fancy.

Although s'mores are a camping staple, they're not really healthy - so I decided to pick a snack that is satisfying and makes us feel good about eating. The Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars were the perfect solution! Outshine Fruit Bars are already a favorite of our kiddos, so these yogurt bars were a total delicious surprise for them. I love that they are made with simple, honest ingredients designed to help you shine - from the fresh fruit to the 100% real yogurt! My family has been enjoying Outshine fruit bars for years and we love their different varieties {Outshine Fruit Bars, Outshine Coconut Waters Bars and Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars}, these Simply Yogurt Bars being no exception. The Simply Yogurt Bars contain no high fructose corn syrup and are a good source of protein and calcium. And they taste amazing. So creamy, full of fruity flavor and a refreshing way to shine brighter with our snacks! 

Outshine is all about feel-good snacking. That's why they're helping provide 1 pound of produce to local food banks and sharing cool savings when you take their snacking quiz. To help contribute and get a $1 savings, take the snacking quiz at  Also, from June 1 through July 31, every specially marked box of Outshine Simply Yogurt bars purchased helps get one pound of produce to local food banks. Plus, they are committed to giving the food to communities where produce is hardest to find.

I purchased my Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars at Walmart!

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