S’mores & More: Vegan Camping Cuisine 101

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Tis the season for road trips, overnight adventures, and unplanned excursions galore. With an abundance of camping options just minutes (or hours) away from Vancouver, us veggie people need to be prepped with nutritious, filling options, that will not only sustain energy for the outdoors, but not require extensive preparation of extensive refrigeration.

Here are a few options for every meal, that are easy to prepare, pack, transport, and share (if you wish!)

Breakfast

* Overnight oats: these are a consistent favourite, due to easy preparation, opportunity for lots of variety and flavours, and when it comes to camping- the ability to prepare in advance! Overnight oats consist of equal parts oats, and a non-dairy liquid of your choice. Steel cut oats may be used, but ratios should be adjusted slightly to use more liquid. Almond milk is your best option; combine with cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of coconut sugar, and prepare individuals portions (1 a morning) in mini Mason jars, or Tupperware. Throw ’em in the cooler and hit the road.

* Next level Almond Butter Bowl: (remember: if you have limited cooler space, things like almond/peanut butter and almond milk can be stored without refrigeration- provided that they have not been opened yet!) A few spoonfuls of almond butter, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon hemp hearts,  1 tablespoon ground flax, and 1 sliced banana.

* Campfire Breakfast Skewers: prepare cubes of extra-firm, marinated tofu that can be easily used for any meal. Combine these with potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, and pineapple, for a campfire-friendly take on a tofu scramble/hash dish.

Lunch

* Meals and meal options will depend directly on your camping set-up, storage options, and personal preferences 🙂

* Salads are my default for lunch, and if I’m camping I try to avoid things like tomatoes (easily squished), and any leafy green such as lettuce or spinach that may wilt quickly.

* Prepare containers of raw cauliflower florets, radishes, steamed mini potatoes, slivered almonds, green onions. Mix with salt, pepper, a dash of oil, and Dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, and you have yourself instant potato salad.

* Carrot sticks, celery sticks, and hummus: always, everywhere, no-fail option.

* Rice cracker “sliders”, built from rice crackers or cakes, sliced Smoked Tofu (pre-packed and no additional prep required), Dijon mustard, and additional toppings of your choice.

Dinner

* Refer to marinated tofu chunks from above! Skewer with vegetables and campfire cook, for a classic, easy main dish.

* Don’t underestimate the power of canned beans or lentils. Lentils, black beans, lime juice, cilantro, parsley, onions, and a side of corn chips is all you need. Avocado is a heavenly addition (to anything), but keep in mind that like tomatoes, they will be fragile and need to be transported carefully.

* Veggie burgers/ veggie hot dogs: classic, lots of options to choose from, and satisfying!

TIPS:

1) When everyone else busts out the smores, have this recipe from our friends on hand: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/06/vegan-campfire-smores-ooey-gooey-good.html

2) Personally I don’t eat them on a regular basis, but some of the fake “lunch meats” are great to have on hand for quick snacks, rolled up with a bit of mustard on the go.

3) Remember: almond milk is your friend. Store unopened packages without refrigeration, and individual tetra packs are available at most shops.

4) As much as I love them, smoothies and fresh juices do not keep well past a day. (Again this will depend on your set up!)

5) Most large stores will also sell individual packages of peanut butter or almond butter that are backpack sized and perfectly portioned.

 

Above all: be open to new ideas, be creative, and enjoy!

If you have any vegan camping go-tos, feel free to leave your feedback in the comments below.

 

Happy travels,

Zoe

zoe@theveganproject.ca

ig. @zoemarg

 

 

 

 

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