Camping Food Ideas and Recipes
My partner and I will be cycle touring for 2 weeks next month, self-supported. I'd like to make some tasty, yet easy, meals. I'm leaning towards the kind that you premake at home and just add one or two ingredients at camp. We'll be able to buy some supplies en route.
Any ideas? We'll have a camp stove, pot, pan.
I am going camping in a park on a beach friday-sunday and with all omnis of course. We are tenting it but will have a cooler if we continue to buy ice. Cooking is not an option except a grill and possibly a battery coffee pot in my aunts camper. I was wondering if anyone had some good recipes and ideas for good food in the outdoors! I was think of browsing a few raw recipes and thought that would be easy if i did some prepreparing but i wanted to hear some of your ideas. It might even be a good chance to try out some good raw food! I am going grocery shopping tomorrow evening so all ideas are welcome.
as lame as it is: cliff bars, trail mix, nuts, fruit, veg, pb&j
as lame as it is: cliff bars, trail mix, nuts, fruit, veg, pb&j
Hehe. I was about to say the same. Especially the nuts part. Very filling...I particularly like raw almonds. Apples also keep very well. :)
will you be able to have a fire at all?
You can put veggie burgers and hot dogs in the cooler to grill...
Yum yum !
Hummus and some veggies(I adore celery) are also good. I make this garlicky, lemony, curry jalepeño hummus omg, so good!
yes there may just be a fire!
Okay, this is over a month away, but I'd like to test some recipes before I make the flight cross country to go to a festival w/ some omnis where there will be "primitive camping" available. Since it is 5 days long, we will be dividing up meals, and I'd like to have some things that I could pack easily and then cook/prepare at the appropriate time. Besides my breakfast cereal blend (farina, oatmeal, grits, cream of rice, protein powder, dried (soy) milk, sugar, cinnamon combined, then added to boiling water) and camp soup (dried stew veggies, quick cooking grain/small pasta, lentils, veggie bullion), I don't have anything!! Maybe some savory pancakes? Any thoughts?
I take it you need non-perishables... what about weight? Is there hiking (therefore carrying) involved? If not, I think I'd take some canned refried beans and corn chips/tacos/etc. Maybe some pita bread, pasta, powdered uncheese mix. Are you looking to impress the omnis or just have yummy food? 8-)
The only weight issue is that I'm flying, so preferably no canned goods. (otherwise, I think I have the boys willing to carry my stuff, if not, it's on wheels) Yummy food is the top priority, but I need these self-proclaimed carnivores to also WANT to eat what I make.... Thus far, I only know one in the group of four, and the others aren't very familiar w/ vegetarian food/cooking....So I'm imagining I'm going to be sending an email in the near future for the rest to read explaining just what it is that a vegetarian CAN eat!!
I plan on doing some camping myself ( new to vegan and struggling with the changes), when it warms a bit more... so I am interested in how your food experience unfolds. I found this link. it may or may not be new to you. Good luck! http://www.vegcooking.com/campingrecipes.asp
I love Fantastic Foods stuff cuz its super quick to prepare, you usually only have to add water, maybe a little oil or maybe a little tomato paste (comes in those tiny cute cans).. they will be really light to pack and you could even take them out of the box, cut out the directions and have it take up even less room (though you could use the box for fire fuel ;)) you will need a pan of some sort to prepare them in, but it seems like you would need that no matter what.. they have them at whole foods for sure and sometimes even at ralphs..
Since you have a little time to prepare, check out Apocalypse Chow by Robin and John (or Jon?) Robertson. It's a great book of things that you can make over a single burner or campfire with pantry-type foods. It's intended for natural disaster preparedness, but would be very easy to adapt to camping. It has some great recipes in it. I've made several of the recipes for my omni DH and he has enjoyed them.
I am going backpacking for six days beginning this sunday on Vermont's Long Trail with a bunch of carnivorous Boy Scouts. This is the first time I have been backpacking for any extended period of time since I went veggie over a year ago, and I really don't want to break my meat fast. I do, however, need a crap load of calories, carbohydrates, and protein to keep me going, and I was wondering if the good folks of vegweb had any creative recipes for lightweight, calorie-dense food. I'm already planning to bring a lot of nuts with me to snack on, so a more diverse range of suggestions would be much appreciated.
I was actually looking at the oh-so-expensive dehydrated backpack meals at the sporting goods store the other day. There was actually 4-5 different entrees that were vegan. Two dishes with some kind of peanut sauce, red beans and rice and I am drawing a blank on the others. Pricey, but sometimes when you are backpacking, it can be a real treat to have a hearty, hot meal.
I just made these: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=21646.0, adding some dried apricots, agave, and peanut butter. They were tasty, filling, and packed really well for camping. Not to mention I could have easily eaten the whole pan and nothing else all weekend. I love bringing brown rice, red lentils, and a spice mix for dinner: nutritious, and easy to carry. Oatmeal w/ dried fruit for breakfast. Peanut butter and bagels or tortillas w/ granola (those usually get eaten first). Tofu jerky. I've also done pasta with Dragonfly's Bulk Dry Uncheese Mix (recipe on this site) for dinner. I've gotten really good dehydrated corn chowder, 7-bean soup, and veg chili mix in the bulk bins at whole foods (just add hot water - type stuff).
Have fun backpacking! I'm jealous.
i just took my first vegan trip into the back country. this is the stuff that worked for me. i had 3 people who were very good sports about the thing and they were all satisfied on a 4 day kayak trip. you could portion out what you need for each day if needed. breakfast was instant oatmeal and grits. mixing them is real tasty and less sweet. for something different a spoonful of peanut butter is good. lunch was tortillas and pbj also sailor boy pilot bread is super good if you can find it, that may be hard outside of ak. dinner was couscous and packets of knorr vegetable soup mix if you cook this together it makes super dinner already spiced and cheep too especially if you are portioning it out into single servings, but make sure you give yourself enough to eat at each meal. also we had rice and beans made from packets found in the supermarket i think the brand was vego black bean and rice or red bean and rice.standby ramen is also good but bring some dried vegetables to mix in. you already probably have snacks in the bag but something you may look at is nella wafers. i read the labels and found one kind that was vegan, also seems like animal crackers or graham crackers have a good outlook but i haven't checked. at any rate, if you are creative and read labels you should find everything you need at the regular supermarket, don't forget the bulk section everything is dry already.
good luck and do us proud! make those omnivores jealous!
Nuts, seeds, seitan jerkey, dried soups (pea, lentil, etc) if you have access to hot water...
I am sure there are threads around here about camping/backpacking. Have to do some statistics right now, but I'll help you hunt if you don't turn anything up!
I'm making the seitan jerky, and I'll probably bring lots of instant brown rice with me for dinner. I made my own yummy marinade for the jerky, with hot pepper jelly, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. I'll go and buy some dried fruit at my local co-op and chow down on plenty of pecans along the way. Thanks for all the suggestions!