Campfire Series: Calzones!

We were supposed to go camping this past weekend, but ultimately decided that living in our own home without air conditioning this year has been camping enough for us so far. It didn’t stop me though from thinking about foods we have made in the past while camping though so I thought I would share some with you! Conveniently, last summer we were dog-sitting our pal Digby while camping so I took pictures of pretty much everything, including making some of our most successful meals!

On of our favourite things to eat outside of camping is pizza, so I did my best to create something in that realm suitable for a campfire. Using Pillsbury biscuit dough, we were able to make this happen! Here are the steps to follow:

On aluminum foil, spray some non-stick spray and then spread out some of the dough to make a circular shape.

Add your sauce and toppings. Bonus points if you remember to shred the cheese ahead of time and then put it into portioned containers before leaving for camping, like we did! It made many meals a lot easier to make.

Fold the dough in half and crimp the foil around the calzones. Cook them until you think they are done!

Take a pretty picture before you dig in!

All ready for eating.

Delicious!

One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet

Ready for serving!

I love nachos. I mean, who doesn’t love nachos? This One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet recipe from Damn Delicious is a perfect approach to dinner-worthy nachos and even has roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and corn to up the health factor. This recipe took about 20-30 minutes to make, and makes enough for about 6 servings. Next time, I think I’ll maybe go with 3/4 cup of basmati rice instead of 1 cup, but otherwise, the ratios for all the other ingredients were spot on.

Greek Quesadillas

The Greek Quesadillas from Damn Delicious were perfect for a hot summer night demanding of little oven-on time. The homemade Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce was particularly tasty and the flavour combo of the quesadilla was reminiscent of high end sandwich / Greek salad combination. And besides, you can’t go wrong with melted cheese.

Here are a couple photos from my attempt at this recipe:

I opted to use our Silpat instead of parchment paper but next time might experiment with it instead to see if it makes for a crispier bottom tortilla.

The tzatziki sauce is not pictured, but was a delicious dip to complement the quesadilla.

 

One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet

The One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet from Yellow Bliss Road turned out pretty well! I’d classify this one in the 20-minute-delicious-weekday meal category. I think I’ll tuck it away to try again sometime in the future with the proper Italian-seasoned sausage though; The grocery store that I went to didn’t have a lot of options so I went with a traditional Polish sausage, and it just wasn’t quite right. The combination of milk, canned diced tomatoes, and chicken stock was quite delicious and fragrant. Definitely a meal worth trying!

A “Pre-cheese” shot. I am always SUPER excited (actually) to not have to wash the colander. This recipe has you cook the pasta in the liquid but then to keep it and not strain it. 😀

Post-cheese, and ready for serving!

Maple Ginger Turkey Breast and mashed sweet potato

The quiche recipe and the pulled pork one from last week never ended up getting photographed because they were just wolfed right down after long work days. On the weekend though, we took the time to make the Maple Ginger Turkey Breast from Clean Eating and mashed sweet potatoes from Allrecipes.com. The entire home smelled like Thanksgiving and thankfully we thought both the items were really tasty and relatively easy to make. I think I’ll tuck these recipes away for fall, especially the mashed sweet potatoes, because they were just so creamy and delicious!

Thanksgiving in June.

Marinated Steak and Salad

On Wednesday this week we had to get up early to take our puppers Sally to doggy daycare. While Lenny made the trek out to their place, I marinated some steaks for us to have for dinner. This Marinated Steak recipe from Big Oven was a delicious complement to a salad with berries, feta, and strawberry vinaigrette. It was super simple and one we’ll probably have again sometime in the future. There is often a lot of garlic and onion seasonings that I can’t have in steak sauce so finding a different way to flavour the meat is always welcome!

Quite the summer meal, finally!

The Best Homemade Burgers

The Best Homemade Burgers from The Prairie Homestead proved to be quite tasty! From all the things we made from last week’s recipes, this one gets the highest rating for taste by far. We also lucked out that there were family sized trays of 50% ground beef 50% ground pork on sale, so we’ll likely be having these burgers again in the near future after we defrost the remaining portions.

Sorry for the shadow-filled photo, but we were eating outside and there was just no good angle for a quick photo without it.

Summer Grilled Vegetables

This was a self-made recipe that turned out really well and would be perfect for a long weekend meal. I’ve never been one to spice things easily on my own, by thankfully my husband Lenny is a superstar at this. For the roasted vegetables, we mixed all of the following together and then tossed them in a grill basket like this one:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • baby portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

It’s a welcome alternative to our standard side of sweet potato fries and is helpful to use up random amounts of vegetables left over in the fridge.

Summer grilled vegetables

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

This week I made the Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven. It was a tasty and easy variation on something we have pretty regularly. We’ve been making our own taco seasoning for some time (it’s hard to find one without garlic or onion in it), but this recipe offered a slightly different spicing that was still fantastic. If you are looking not to turn your stove-top on in the hot days to come,  you may want to consider some slow-cooker beef tacos!

Shredded beef tacos all ready for the rest of the toppings!

Italian Ricotta Cookies

These cookies smell divine, and their taste is not too far from that either. The Italian Ricotta Cookies from Love Bakes Good Cakes were relatively easy to make although I did end up cooking them for twice as long as was recommended, and they didn’t taste overcooked either. I made 47 of them so co-workers, hope you are ready for some fluffy and delicious snacks!

Here are a couple photos:

That moment when you realize you’ll need to vacuum the counter clean before wiping it clean…

 

Sprinkle cookies!