CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What is more fun than camping out and cooking over a fire? Although this week's dinners don't require a campfire, they will certainly make your family feel like they are eating a meal cooked over one. Each dish uses foil to create fun, delicious meals that can be prepared in the oven, on a grill or, if you are adventurous, over a campfire.
Chicken and Vegetable in Foil Packets
Makes 4 servings. Source: www.cooks.com.
1/4 cup olive oil
4 small sliced baking potatoes
1 green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 medium onions, sliced
4 chicken breasts, bone-in
Salt and pepper to taste
TEAR off 4 sheets of heavy-duty foil. Brush with olive oil. Divide vegetables evenly among the foil sheets. Brush with more oil. Top with chicken breast. Brush with remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper. Fold up foil in a series of locked folds.
GRILL over medium heat for 35 to 40 minutes or bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes. Open packages carefully and serve.
Nutrition information: 543 calories, total fat 24 grams, saturated fat 5 grams, cholesterol 130 milligrams, total carbohydrates 35 grams, dietary fiber 6 grams.
Chicken Mushroom Packets
Makes 6 servings. Source: www.cooks.com.
3 whole or split chicken breasts, boneless
Salt and pepper to taste
3 potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
4 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons cream of chicken soup
PLACE each chicken breast on a large piece of heavy-duty foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Divide potatoes, carrots and mushrooms equally among packets. Salt and pepper vegetables; dot with 1 tablespoon butter, put 1 tablespoon cream of chicken soup on top of chicken in each bundle. Seal foil tightly. Grill over medium low fire or in a 350° oven for 1 hour. Unwrap bundles and place on serving plates.
SERVE with cooked brown rice.
Nutrition information: 569 calories, total fat 25 grams, saturated fat 9 grams, cholesterol 82 milligrams, total carbohydrates 64 grams, dietary fiber 8 grams, protein 29 grams.
Makes 8 servings. Source: www.cooks.com.
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, sliced
8 medium potatoes sliced thin
1 pound carrots, sliced
16 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
Salt and pepper
MAKE 8 hamburger patties, 1/4 pound each. Place patties in large squares of heavy-duty foil. Place onion, potato, carrots and cheese on top of each patty. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pull sides of foil together. Folding top together, fold one end tightly. Pour a small splash of milk in packet to keep moist and to steam the potatoes and carrots. Fold other end and cook on a grill over medium heat until potatoes and carrots are tender.
Nutrition information: 617 calories, total fat 26 grams, saturated fat 15 grams, cholesterol 161 milligrams, total carbohydrate 41 grams, dietary fiber 7 grams, protein 53 grams.
Burger and Veggie Packets
Makes 4 servings. Source: www.bettycrocker.com.