Help with an idea!

lgwmab
lgwmab Posts: 274 Member
This weekendmy fiancee and I are going to our camper, with his son, sons GF, and their 2 daughters. I will not have alot of room in the camper. We decided on Spaggetti and noodles, figured a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old should have no problems. I'm trying to avoid alot of clean-up, and prep work, so I'm thinking of making the noodles at home, and reheating in the microwave. Also browning the ground beef at home, and in the camper putting it in a slow-cooker with the spaggetti sauce to warm up, and flavor blend. I also think this will avoid the sauce splatter that is popular with spagetti. My fiancee thinks I should just make everything up their , that the flavors won't be right. Any ideas, or input would be great! (French toast, and sausage on an electric griddle for breakfast both days.) I'm a former short-order cook at a local restaurant, so I can handle alot of different cooking techniques.

Thank you for any help you can offer.

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  • melaniecheeks
    melaniecheeks Posts: 6,349 Member
    Sauces or other stews and soups made in advance tend to improve in taste, so I think your plan sounds fine.
  • stefchica
    stefchica Posts: 257 Member
    i would just probably cook the noodles there, make the sauce and stuff ahead. noodles are better the day they're made right then and there, that way when you are reheating the sauce and just plop the al dente noodles in the sauce they can soak up all the yummy goodness of the sauce
  • dls06
    dls06 Posts: 6,774 Member
    Grill a lot of chicken, cut lettuce, store it all in bags and make tacos. Cut tomatoes when you get there. Use low carb tortilla's, low fat yogurt and shredded cheese. I make speghetti ahead of time and freeze in single serving bags. It cooks up fine when I add it to the sauce for a few min. I think it's fine.
  • lgwmab
    lgwmab Posts: 274 Member
    Sounds good! Thank you everyone for all your help. I'm going to have to try the chicken taco one day. I did a pork taco, and my fiancee was ot all the impressed with them.
  • noneya2010
    noneya2010 Posts: 446 Member
    Will you have access to a grill? We grill more at home than we cook in the house! If so, you could grill some chicken and corn on the cob and serve with salad....

    Also with little ones, bring along some turkey hot dogs - quick, simple and mess-free!

    We also do fajitas alot on the grill, buying the pre-marinated meat from a local hispanic market. Then you can grill some bell peppers and onion in some foil, and serve with shredded cheese, cilantro and greek yogurt in place of sour cream on a tortilla. You could even make some homemade salsa ahead of time.
  • lgwmab
    lgwmab Posts: 274 Member
    We do alot of grilling, but in Wisconsin Dells it is getting kinda cold, we have also had a lot of rainy weekends. So i'm trying to plan safe, hope it's nice out, and not rainy, so I can get some outside work done.
  • I'm probably pickier than a 3 yr old about spaghetti. I refuse to eat spaghetti that has been mixed with spaghetti sauce and then refrigerated (ends up bland and dry). I also won't eat mushy pasta or veggies at all (just say no to MUSH!!!).

    To get me to eat left over spaghetti my Grandma (I was a kid) would put a serving of plain cold spaghetti noodles in a colander. Then she would boil water and pour it over the noodles until hot (doesn't take much). The meat sauce was micowaved separately. Throw some spaghetti in a bowl, top with sauce and some parm cheese and it was like she had just made it that night. Good luck!
  • noneya2010
    noneya2010 Posts: 446 Member
    We do alot of grilling, but in Wisconsin Dells it is getting kinda cold, we have also had a lot of rainy weekends. So i'm trying to plan safe, hope it's nice out, and not rainy, so I can get some outside work done.

    Cold?!!! Oh how I wish us Texan's had a bit of that "cold!" It's still been 95 here this week! Which I guess is cold compared to the 110 we were having all summer!!

    I know our neighbors think we are crazy because we are always outside grilling! Even during the once a year snow!! (Yes, seriously!!)