Thursday, July 19, 2012

hobo dinners: a summertime meal fit for two

When Jacob and I were "homeless" for two weeks in between ending our lease in MI and moving to Chicago, we stayed with family. I haven't had to experience that in quite some time, and it was hard to not feel like I was constantly in the way. We tried to have minimal items with us, which really only included a suitcase of clothes and a few food items.

We tried to have minimal food items with us, and we also were trying to use up a lot of what we had.

I introduce to you:

Hobo Dinners

They look simple, and that's because they are. Jacob's mom used to make them, and boy was she a smart lady. 

All it takes is meat, vegetables, and some Italian dressing. One evening for dinner we split a chicken breast between the two of us and tossed in baby whole potatoes, carrots, corn, onion, tomatoes, and green beans. Some of these items were canned, some were frozen, some were fresh. 

You make two decent sized tinfoil pouches, fill them up with all your tasty ingredients, drizzle nicely with Italian dressing, and let them cook. We normally would cook them in a 350 degree F oven till the chicken itself is done, but we decided to start them off on our little charcoal grill. 

While it was fun and would work perfectly, we moved them into the oven so we could be inside and bug-bite free. 

So there it is. A simple, cost-effective meal. Great anytime of the year, anywhere. Even camping would be fun! Kind of a perfect meal for us two while we were "homeless". 

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