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Recipe Collection: Lunches

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You can make meals even easier by planning a breakfast or lunch at a local restaurant. Ask the park staff for recommendations.

Dogs in a Sleeping Bag

This makes a nice lunch, and kids will enjoy helping prepare and cook it. Refrigerated bread or pizza dough is available in most supermarket bakery sections. Since cooking times over coals can vary so much, it may be wise to check after about 20 minutes. When the buns are golden brown, they're done.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour


6 large-size wieners
1 package (small loaf size) bread dough
3 slices of cheese


Pinch off a ball of bread dough about the size of a small apple and flatten inside a folded sheet of aluminum foil until it is longer than the wiener and approximately 6 times as wide. It helps if you coat the ball with a little margarine first.

Place a wiener at one edge and add half a slice of cheese. Roll up and pinch ends together. Place on a greased pan. In the coals of your morning fire (or even last night's, as long as you still have hot coals) place 3 or 4 stones so that your pan will be supported about 4 inches above the coals, and put the pan on the stones.

Take a piece of foil (the wide, heavy duty kind works best) long enough to form into a cylinder that will fit over the pan and the stones, and close the top end. This is your oven. After about half an hour to 45 minutes, your cheesy dogs-in-sleeping-bags will be ready.

Servings: 6

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Grilled Tomato & Brie Sandwiches

These sandwiches make the most of juicy, flavorful summer tomatoes. Serve with grapes or carrot sticks


8 (1-ounce) slices 100% whole grain bread
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, halved
2 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard
4 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 1/3 cups packaged baby arugula and spinach greens
8 (1/4-inch thick) slices beefsteak tomato
Cooking spray


Prepare grill to high heat. Brush one side of each bread slice with oil; rub cut sides of garlic over oil. Spread 1/2 teaspoon mustard on each of 4 bread slices, oil side down. Top each bread slice with 1 ounce cheese, 1/3 cup greens and 2 tomato slices. Top each with remaining 4 bread slices, oil side up. Place sandwiches on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 2 minutes on each side or until lightly toasted and cheese melts.

as needed

Recipe from Cooking Light

Vanilla Yogurt Dip

This fabulous honey yogurt dip is bursting with flavor. Its a no-guilt cure for a sweet tooth


1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
3 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Gently mix together all ingredients. Serve with slices of fruit

Servings: 2

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