A Kid Favorite meal at our house is Fettuccine Alfredo. Whether you make your Alfredo sauce from scratch, or from a prepared noodle mix, the kids always think it turns out great! They like it either plain or served with broccoli or chicken. Then we plate it with a side of vegetables, fruits, or salad.
This week we took their favorite food outdoors and made Campfire Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.
My 12 year old son has been learning to cook on his campfire kitchen. He gathers wood from dead trees and fallen sticks. Then breaks, chops, or splits the wood into smaller size pieces for his campfire.
Cooking is such a good skill for everyone to have.
And knowing how to cook and boil water over a campfire with sticks you gathered yourself is a valuable skill that could save your life in a crisis.
He did a great job cooking outside on his campfire. The chicken turned out tender, with a hint of smoke from the wood fire. It was juicy inside and delicious! He loved how it turned out and gave it two thumbs and a pocket knife up!
Recipe Ingredients & Directions:
Directions: Rub olive oil and chicken and sprinkle with seasoning. Cook over campfire until desired doneness.
Alfredo Pasta Mix (or make from scratch)
(Optional: Milk or powdered milk to mix with water if desired)
Directions: Boil water and add butter and milk. Then add pasta mix with seasonings. Follow directions on package.
Note: When cooking outside on a campfire, the prepared pasta mixes are quick and easy for kids to prepare. However, if you desire to cook the Alfredo from scratch, it is easy to do. Here is a simple recipe that is easy and would only add a couple of additional steps when cooking on a campfire.
Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch.
Fettuccine (or other pasta)
Sea salt (pinch)
Butter (1 stick)
Parmesan Cheese (finely grated, about 1 1/2 to 2 cups)
Directions: Cook pasta in boiling salted water until done. Remove pasta from water. Reserve 2 cups pasta water and discard the rest. Mix together 1 cup hot pasta water and butter until melted. Next slowly add Parmesan cheese, and continue mixing until completely mixed. Next add pasta and coat with cheese mixture. Add more pasta water until all pasta is coated with sauce and has reached the consistency you desire.
Peas (or broccoli)
Directions: Bring water to a boil and cook to desired doneness. Fresh, frozen, and canned peas all cook very fast!
Blueberries (grapes or fresh fruit of choice)
Directions: Rinse, dry, and chill until ready to serve.
Note: Blueberries or grapes are easy to serve. No prep needed! They don’t need peeled, or sliced. Just rinse and serve. Kids love them!
Romaine Lettuce, shredded or diced carrots, diced cucumbers, dried cranberries, diced tomato, shredded cheese, sunflower seeds or cashews, Italian dressing (or their favorite dressing).
Directions: Chop, wash, dice all of the salad ingredients ahead and keep chilled until the rest of the campfire food is ready to serve. Then just plate it and top with favorite dressing as desired.
Note: Different kids like different items in their salad. Use what ever salad fixings your kids like, and skip the salad but use a carrot stick or sliced cucumber (not touching anything) if you have picky eaters.
The older four kids like their Alfredo pasta with the chicken added into the pasta dish, and the younger two kids like to have their chicken “outside” of the pasta and not touching anything else. So we serve it both ways. I also serve the kids food on trays with sides that are small and easy to hold so they are less likely to drop their food. The older kids can choose a tray or eat on regular plates like mom and dad. However you serve this dish, it is sure to please.
Everyone agrees, that Fettuccine Alfredo is a Kid Favorite!