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We’re always looking for easy and delicious ways to feed a crowd at our family reunions.  It’s just no fun being the person left cooking or cleaning up while everyone else is having fun.  We used to cook Dutch Oven for every meal and then one year thought, Hey, this just isn’t fair, we want everyone to be part of the fun things we are doing.  So we decided to find some easy, no mess meals we could incorporate into our family reunions.

The recipes below are our family reunion favorites.  We like to have a big breakfast one morning and another morning do “Omelets in a Bag”.  It’s great for breakfast because everyone can eat on their own schedule.  We usually serve them with fruit in season.

“Tacos in a Bag” are perfect for your family reunion lunch.  Cooking the hamburger in advance makes them extra quick and easy.  We usually serve them with cold watermelon slices.

Omelets in a Bag

1-2 eggs per person
Meat- ham, sausage, bacon- precooked                                                                                             Vegetables- chopped onions, peppers, mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste

Individual quart sized, freezer, plastic zip lock bags and a large pot of boiling water

Each person makes their own omelet by putting their choice of ingredients into the zip lock bag.  Be sure to seal the bag and get as much air out of it as possible. Put bag in a pot of boiling water until eggs are firm and cooked- about 13 minutes.  You can usually cook eight omelets at a time.

NOTE: We use a permanent marker to write our names on the bags but sometimes they will come off,.  A pair of tongs works best for removing the bags from the pot when cooked or for turning the bags in the water.  For younger children you can set the bag inside a paper cup while filling to give it more stability.

Fruit Salad in a Bag

Add a can of fruit cocktail with juice, a can of pineapple chunks with juice, a cup of coconut, a box of instant vanilla pudding, and a banana to a plastic bag and seal. Squeeze the bag and serve the salad right from the bag.  For best flavor put in fridge or cooler to chill.  Kids can help make this salad.

Tacos in a Bag

Browned hamburger
Individual bags of taco chips or corn chips
Shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Sour cream

Take an individual bag of Doritos or othter taco chips and smash them up without opening bag. Then open bag and put in what you like on a taco from the ingredients above. Hold the bag closed and mix up. Eat right out of the bag.

Chili in a Bag

Canned or Homemade chili
Finely Chopped onions
Shredded Cheese
Individual sized Frito Chip bags

Heat Chili in a Dutch oven.  Put in Heaping spoonful of chili into chip bag.  Add cheese and onion (if desired)

Roxy A.
Yummy sounds great!!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!
Megan S.
Just for the record I've had these. They are great! You aren't getting plastic onto your food, you simply put your eggs into a ziplock bag and cook it in a pot of boiling water. I've never seen one boil and get stuck onto the food, and I've done this for years! Also the impact on the environment can be helped as well you can reuse the ziplock bags its not like the eggs or other food sticks to the inside of the bag, you can reuse them! I agree with the going green at family parties the best you can! Way to go for the recycling of the pop cans!
Great perspective Carol F. There are ways to go "green" at a family reunion too. We always have a box or bag for soda cans and then recycle them. The important thing is the time we have with our family.
Carol F.
Oh. for Pete's sake. I think these ideas are terrific. Let's face it. Boiled plastic a couple of times a year isn't going to hurt anyone. The EPA estimates that we all eat from 50 to 200 milligrams of dirt every day from food sources to the very dust we are cleaning up. As for the environment, I recycle everything I possibly can including broken appliances and old computers, participate in Freecycle and am a good steward of the earth. I think a couple of plastic bags a year, especially if I take them home and wash and reuse them, isn't going to make a remarkably large carbon footprint! Enjoy the time with your families!!
Constance C.
How can this be good for you? Boiling plastic? leeching onto your food?
Hmmm- considering that.
Heidi W.
The ease is appealing- but the impact on the environment is unforgivable.
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