Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Junior: Simple Meals badge

This is a blast from the past... Troop 70258 completed this badge with a journey sleepover and fieldtrip WAY back in 2013.

I worked with the nutritionist at our local HyVee grocery store to plan a tour and cooking class for the girls. It was really very cool.

Here is how we got it done:

1. Step up your skills with a pro 

HyVee covered this for us. We had a tour of the HyVee kitchens and spoke with a couple of the chefs about their daily routine and how they got into being a chef.

2. Breakfast – boil in the bag omelets

We did this for breakfast at the sleepover. If you haven't ever made boil in the bag omelets, they are so easy and so good and the girls get to customize their breakfast... great for picky eaters. We had eggs, ham, bacon bit, green onion, tomatoes, and two types of cheese. They broke their eggs into the ziploc baggies and then put in their ingredients and smushed it around until combined. I had the girls write their initials on the bags with sharpies and it did hold up through the boiling process.

My co-leader and I did the boiling in the hot pot of water part, because I was concerned about burns and... well... don't use a stainless steel pan. The bags will melt on the side. Aluminum pot would be the way to go... 

Here's a more detailed explanation:

3. Healthy lunch or dinner – HyVee to the rescue

The nutritionist at HyVee came up with a great menu for a healthy lunch for the girls. We made zuchinni fries, parmesan crusted chicken fingers, side salads, and a sherbert smoothie. This was really fun and the girls loved cooking in the HyVee kitchen.

4. Delicious Dessert – banana boats Friday night

A campfire treat! Definitely not the healthiest, but very fun. 

Slice a banana in the peel down the middle. 
Load up with mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows
Wrap in foil to resemble a boat
Cook over the campfire for 3-5 minutes. The longer, the meltier. Yummm... 

We ate those with a spon right out of the foil and peel.

5. Make you own meal – campfire Friday night

The girls were super excited to cook their own meal over the campfire. 

Corn on the cob
Soak your corn in the husk in water for an hour or so. Then, you can lay the corn in the husk right on your coals. Don't put them in the flames... around the edges works best. Turn every 5 minutes of so. When the husks begin to burn off, remove the corn. The cool part is, the silks will be gone. Butter them up and enjoy. 

Onion bombs (meatballs)
This is one of those foods that you really don't believe it until you see it... these are all over the place now on the internet with variations and bacon... We didn't use bacon. We wrapped in foil. The girls loved mixing the meat ball mixture and packing the onion. They could do most of this all on their own. I did help cut the large onions, because little girls and sharp knives scare me at times. 

Potato packets
The last food we had was a foil packet of potatoes. We chunked the potatos, added onion from the middle of the onions from the bombs, and salt/pepper, cheese, and bacon bits. Wrap up in your packet, tenting a little for steam, sharpie with initials, and toss on the coals. These took about 15-20 minutes. 

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