camping food for vegheads
Spending time in the forest is my favourite. I always find myself full of energy and creative ideas after a weekend away. Meal time is a fun challenge while camping. It may not be as easy for those of us on a plant based diet as throwing a hotdog on a stick, but preparing a hearty camping meal is very rewarding.
It's worth buying at least a small cooler to store food in if you plan on camping for a weekend. We picked up a $15 mini cooler at our local grocery store and it's certainly getting used. I also suggest a simple camping pot set because they are made for cooking over a fire and will last longer.
Here are a couple of meal/snack ideas.
This is an easy go-to. I will prepare some chopped veggies like peppers, zucchini, spinach and jalapenos and throw in some sweet potato and tofu. I usually add lentils or chickpeas as well. I put everything in a tupperware container, drizzle it with olive oil and throw some of my favourite spices on there like rosemary and cumin. Cook everything in a pot over the fire. Easy!
2. Stuffed Peppers
I made this the last time I camped and it turned out really well! I prepared the stuffing before we left, mixing black beans, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and spinach in a tupperware with olive oil and a bit of curry powder. I cooked the rice over the fire separately from the rest of the stuffing and then combined the rice and other ingredients together when they were both ready. To cook the peppers I wrapped them in tin foil and let them sit over the fire for about 15 minutes. Yum!
3. Tofu Dogs
Sometimes it is nice to be a part of the hot dog roasting action! I enjoy the Yves veggie dogs and Tofurky Italian sausage. This is an easy meal and one of these dogs might compliment a stew nicely as well.
This is a perfect snack for camping because nuts fill you up and give you energy for your hikes. There are lots of good fats in nuts, and they're easy to transport. My favourite mix is cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
5. Lara Bars
These are my favourite protein bars because they are made with all natural ingredients and taste delicious. Packing a few bars in your day pack is a good idea for when you need a quick energy boost. You could also easily make your own granola bars.
6. Roasted Chickpea Snacks
Make these the night before and take them in a tupperware. They're a tasty and quick snack that will give you a dose of protein.