Eating vegan while camping doesn’t have to be difficult. However, with the limitations of cooking in the great outdoors, it can be difficult to know what to bring and how to make the most of your time on vacation. So here are some easy, delicious, and nutritious make-ahead ideas that will help make your trip even better!
I’ll start with the no-brainer: oatmeal! Oatmeal is a great customizable option suitable for many taste preferences. You could do warm oats on a fire or propane stove. Or, even better, make overnight oats ahead of time.
Protein Overnight Oats (Serves 4)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups nondairy milk
- 1/3 cup vegan protein powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Toppings of your choice, such as fruit, nuts, and nut butter. I used apples, peanut butter, cinnamon, and raspberries.
- Mix all the ingredients together except for the toppings.
- Separate into four containers and place in fridge or cooler for at least five hours. When ready to eat, garnish with toppings and enjoy!
A packed lunch is a great way to make the most of your trip. Take it along with you on your hike or have a beach picnic without having to go back to your site and make lunch. Try making veggie and hummus pinwheels!
Veggie Pinwheels (Serves 4)
- 4 tortillas
- 3/4 cup hummus
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 bell pepper sliced into spears
- 1/2 a cucumber sliced into spears
- Spread 3 tbsp of hummus across each tortilla, then place the spinach across the wrap, leaving the perimeter of the wrap exposed (this will help the pinwheels stay intact).
- Place carrot, pepper, and cucumber in parallel rows. Roll tortilla into the pinwheel shape and cut into eight slices.
One of the best parts of camping is grilling on the fire. Veggie burgers or veggie sausages are always an amazing camping dinner. You can also make corn and potatoes on a fire grill. But, if you want to try something a little different, make tofu kebabs!
Tofu Kebabs (Makes 8 kebabs)
- 1 block of tofu
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 zucchini
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 red onion
- 8 mushrooms
- Press tofu to get out all excess liquid. Mix garlic and liquid ingredients together to make the marinade. Cube up tofu and then place with marinade in an air-tight container for at least five hours in a cooler or fridge. Then, cut up vegetables for kebabs.
- I would bring the veggies separately from the tofu in the marinade, and assemble when ready to grill!
Produce! Some produce does not hold up well while camping, as it can get wilted or bruised very easily. Luckily, certain fruits and veggies do work very well, so you can still eat healthy snacks. Good camping fruits include grapes, apples, and oranges. Also, some good vegetables are celery, carrots, and bell peppers. You could also bring trail mix, crackers, or energy balls!
Energy Balls (Makes 12)
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup nut butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in fridge for about an hour for the mixture to harden slightly. Form into balls about 1 1/2 inch in diameter and they’re ready to eat!