Friday Fun: Camping Menu Planning for Vegetarians & Vegans

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Recent camping trips at Falls Lake State Recreation Park and in Black Mountain for the Black Mountain Monster brought up a new challenge: What do plant-based outdoor enthusiasts eat while on a camping trip? We discovered many dishes are quite tasty – just plan ahead and prep ingredients. (Assumption: You’re using a two-burner camping stove.)

Breakfast

  • Egg or tofu scramble with red potato hash browns and soysage
  • Oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and brown sugar
  • Scones with jelly, olive oil butter spread
  • Biscuits with jelly, olive oil butter spread
  • Bagels with peanut butter, jelly, olive oil butter spread or cream cheese

Lunch/Dinner

  • Hummus wraps with spinach, red peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes
  • Foil packets filled with sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, onions, kale and season to taste with salt & pepper
  • Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers
  • Black bean and brown rice tacos with avocado and salsa
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Chipotle Pimento Cheese sandwiches
  • Spaghetti with steamed kale/asparagus/broccoli/okra and dinner rolls
  • Curry/korma/dahl with basmati rice

Snacks

  • Dried fruit
  • Trail mix – I like to make my own usually with cashews, walnuts or peanuts with raisins, dried cranberries or cherries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips
  • Apples, bananas, oranges
  • Chips & salsa/dip
  • Carrots, cucumbers, red and green peppers, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Popcorn

Dessert

  • S’mores of course! We like Nutella or peanut butter on our S’mores
  • Grilled fruit
  • Chocolate bar

Here are a few tips:

  • Use heavy duty foil when making foil packets
  • Bring olive oil cooking spray
  • Prep as many of the ingredients ahead of time. Don’t waste time slicing cucumbers or chopping potatoes. Do all of the prep the day of your trip or the night before, not any sooner
  • Make ahead all of the sauces, spreads, and dips
  • Mix together your taco seasoning beforehand as well
  • Freeze whatever you can so it serves as an additional freezer pack until ready to use or is defrosted
  • Keep trail mix in the cooler so the chocolate doesn’t melt (lesson learned by yours truly)
  • Best of all, have fun exploring new campfire recipes!

What tried and true plant-based dishes do you enjoy most while camping?

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