The stars put on a show for free

There's nothing better then an inexpensive get-away. Camping fits that bill. I was super excited to head back upstate, this time with my man and a couple friends of ours. We left early on a Friday and took the bus from Port Authority. Luckily it was pretty stress free. The hardest part was being on the subway with our packs on. 

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My man and I had just purchased a couple of pie irons, so we were excited to try them out! Not sure what a pie iron is? Pie Irons are small square, circular or rectangular cast iron pans clamped together to make grilled sandwiches, fish, meat, burgers etc. Pretty much anything you'd cook in a fire, can be made in the pie iron. We broke ours in by making egg and cheese sandwiches with a side of potatoes and field roast.  

Our first pie iron breakfast.

Our first pie iron breakfast.

Although we were only there for 3 days, it felt like 3 weeks! Each day was so relaxing. It felt great to be in nature again. One of the last dinners I made was Tilapia Parcels in foil (I've made these at home in parchment paper as well).  They turned out great on the grill. 


Tilapia Parcels (Serves 4) 

You will need: 

4 pieces of parchment paper or foil (If using foil on the grill, double wrap it, so it doesn't leak)

4 cups of spinach

4 pieces of frozen or fresh tilapia

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 lemon sliced into half moons 

1 bunch of asparagus

2 cups of cherry tomatoes sliced in half

1/4 cup of parsley for garnish (optional) 

1. Preheat oven to 375°

2. Thaw out tilapia if frozen.

3. Place pieces of parchment or foil onto table and place 1 cup of spinach on each parcel.

4. Place Tilapia on top of fish.

5. Divide minced garlic between all 4 parcels and place onto fish

6. Add 3 slices of lemon onto fish.

7. Place 4-5 pieces of asparagus around fish, on each parcel.

8. Divide halved cherry tomatoes between all 4 parcels.

9. Wrap each parcel and cook in oven for 20-25 minutes until fish flakes with a fork.

10. Sprinkle with Parsley (optional)

Serve immediately

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What is your favorite camping dinner? Where do you like to get away? Let me know in the comments below.