Campfire Cooking: Hobo Bundles

Create this deconstructed meal for a hearty dinner around the campfire. Tin foil makes this meal simple to make and cook, and you can eat right out of the packets, which means less time doing dishes.

Try to find the vegetables in this meal at your neighborhood farmers market. You can find carrots, potatoes and onions nearby in the summer and local, fresh vegetables are better for your health. Carrots help protect against cardiovascular disease, are rich in Vitamin A and provide much-needed antioxidants. Food ranking systems list potatoes as high in fiber, manganese, potassium, copper and Vitamin C when baked like this. Be sure not to load down potatoes with extra toppings like cheese, sour cream or bacon bits, this adds extra calories. Onions are rich in sulfur-containing compounds and polyphenols which contribute to a healthy diet.

Check out Grace Derocha, registered dietitian and health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, explain the health benefits of this recipe below.

This recipe is courtesy of Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger here at A Healthier Michigan.

Photo Credit: Michael Miller, A Healthier Michigan

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Makes 4 servings

  • 1 lb very lean ground beef (anything too fatty and your food just sits in a pile of grease)
  • 1 large potato, scrubbed clean and peeled or not peeled, and sliced thin
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • season salt
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • butter

Hobo Bundles

1. Divide the ground beef into four equal portions.
2. Place them each onto their own sheet of aluminum foil. Shake a bit of season salt, garlic powder and pepper over the meat and add some sliced or diced onion.
3. Lay on some slices of potato. Sprinkle with a bit of season salt and some garlic powder.
4. Add carrot sticks and place a knob or two of butter on top.
5. Carefully bring up two of the sides of foil and fold-over to seal, leaving a pocket of air if possible. Seal the ends and place on the grill over low or medium low heat or place directly into camp fire.
6. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through. Rotate every 5-6 minutes. Alternatively, bake the meal packets in a 350 degree oven.

Nutritional Analysis:
Amount Per Serving

• Calories 353.8
• Total Fat 15.3 g
• Saturated Fat 8.1 g
• Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
• Monounsaturated Fat 2.4 g
• Cholesterol 86.9 mg
• Sodium 704.5 mg
• Potassium 1,314.6 mg
• Total Carbohydrate 23.4 g
• Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
• Sugars 4.0 g
• Protein 26.8 g
• Vitamin A136.2 %
• Vitamin B 120.2 %
• Vitamin B 621.6 %
• Vitamin C 38.4 %
• Vitamin E 2.2 %
• Calcium 4.1 %
• Copper 7.6 %
• Folate 7.2 %
• Iron 17.2 %
• Magnesium 8.2 %
• Manganese 15.7 %
• Niacin 7.8 %
• Pantothenic Acid 4.5 %
• Phosphorus 9.0 %
• Riboflavin 4.4 %
• Selenium 2.0 %
• Thiamin 8.5 %
• Zinc 3.4 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

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