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Its in the Bag- Easy, No Mess Meals For Your Family Reunion

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

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

Individual freezer plastic bags with some sort of seal or lock (some name-brand makers of these bags don’t recommend their bags for boiling so look for store brands or off-brands)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- usually 13 minutes.

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 one gallon 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 and smash them up without opening bag. Then open bag and put in what you like to eat on a taco from the ingredients above. Hold the bag closed and mix up. Eat right out of the bag.  When you’re done just throw the bag away.

Aunt MO

“Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are alike, except that on Father’s Day you buy a much cheaper gift.”

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    • Megan

      Love these ideas! I tried tacos in a bag and plan on trying omelets soon. The tacos were GREAT!

    • Janice Shanks

      The Omelets in a Bage are great. We use them all of the time when we hunt in the fall. It’s pretty much the only way to take eggs camping/hunting during the winter. We make them up before we go & feeze them. Then just boil them in the morning and “Breakfast is served” Before, no matter how we tried to keep the eggs in the shell from freezing, by the middle of the week, they were.

      The Tacos in a Bag, we call them Traveling Tacos, because you easily can walk around eating them.

      Both recipes are awesome!

      Another one is the wishing well. Take an orange with peeling still on and keep squeezing it for a long time. The longer the better. Then cut a small (size of a pencil) hole in the peeling. Insirt the old fashioned stick candy (I like the peppermint best) into the hole and begin sucking it as though it were a straw. After a few minutes, it actually will become a straw and you can suck up the orange juice you made from squeezing the orange earlier. Great for hiking!

    • Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I’ve also heard Tacos in a Bag called “Walking Tacos” which goes along with your theme of traveling. I have never heard of “Wishing Well” oranges but they sound wonderful and you can bet they’ll be on the menu at the next reunion! Thanks for taking the time to share!

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