The Summer of Vegan: BBQ + Camping 101

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We have all been that person at the summer BBQ. Carrying an extra tote bag full of stocked Tupperware containers, we meticulously arrange our food on the side while everyone gets to dig into the main spread. Usually the token Veggie Platter offers some opportunities for us, followed by the inevitable slew of questions from curious party-goers. ” You’re vegan?” ” Do you have chicken?” ” What do you think about Humane Meat?”

This summer, it’s time to turn the tables. This round up of some of the most tried, tested, and true recipes from The Vegan Project are bound to please all your BBQ + patio party needs. Throw one or two of the dishes on the main spread, kick back, and let the satiated (vegan) palates ensue.

 

Quinoa burgers: http://www.theveganproject.com/quinoa-burgers/

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Next, we move to the camping conversation. For those of us based in BC, we know that our province has a wealth of options for overnights and last minute weekend get-aways. When you need to grab-and-go to make a reservation, food needs to be efficient, transportable, and nutrient-dense. These meal tips for vegan camping meals are an amended version of an article originally published on The Vegan Project last year; with some edits and new additions.

 

 

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.

hummus

* 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.

 

Feel free to share your BBQ/ camping favourites in the comments below, or email your photos to zoe@theveganproject.com to be included in the next feature.

Happy cooking + happy camping!

Zoe || @zoemarg

Comments

  1. Hi Zoe, great post, some ideas I would have never thought of in here! May I suggest protein powder as an addition to any of the above meal categories? There are some decent “clean” ones out there. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, ands pack a lot of nutritional punch relative to how much storage space it takes up. And of course, most varieties are enriched with B12 and other essential vitamins and minerals. They also tend to have less sugar then their bar-form counterparts. What’s your take on protein powder for camping?

    • Tim- thank you so much for the positive feedback, and apologies for the delay! I would stand behind your suggestion 100%, depending on the protein powder. While a lot of them can pack a nutrient-dense (and convenient) meal punch, a lot of them do have hidden ingredients and fillers. One of my favourites is the Raw Cocoa Kiss from Garden of Life. Once in a while, mixed with peanut butter and some seeds, it’s the perfect meal, snack, and camping go-to!

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