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hi all
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.
thanks
Robin

I've made things in foil packets before that were yummy--just put whatever veggies you want, seasonings, sauces, etc. in tin foil and wrap it up well.  Stick it in the coals and you have fresh roasted veggies!  Just make sure they are cut pretty small so they cook all the way through.

Have fun camping!

This is really good for fire baked apples.  Stuff the apples with cinnamon sugar and raisins or whatever you like and stick em in the coals. Yum yum. Anything cooked over a campfire is awesome though.  If you want a quick and portable dinner, the Indian food that comes in the foil packets work really well too.  Boil some water and throw them in and voila- Indian food in the woods!

Ooo!  That apple thing sounds delicious!  We might have to give that one a try!  Thanks!

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I was at REI today (picking up a trowel...) and I wandered into the camp food area--I'm praying i'll get a chance to go on a long thur hike next year so I wanted to see what they had--one of the brands had 5 specifically vegan dinners!!! I was so stocked!!! They are expensive though--$8.50 each!!!! That's a lot of cash for one meal--multiply that by 3 a day for 6 months and my whole budget will be spent on food! I guess I need to pick up an edible plants guide book...

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    And totally looking forward to it!  Will and I are going with my father and his new wife and 5 dogs.  I didn't really know my father growing up, so this will be our first holiday together (except for one Christmas at my grandparents when he inexplicably showed up when I was 15 or 16).

    I am soliciting ideas for food.  I've got the traditional camping stuff covered.  They aren't even close to v*gan, but are pretty open minded.  My step-mother even said she had a new recipe for a sweet potato sandwich that she's been holding onto for me.  That got me thinking about ways we could do something quasi-traditional, but still be camp friendly.  I'm thinking I could make a decent stove-top type thing for dressing; gravy is a cinch, sounds like she's got the sweet potatoes.  I'm thinking green bean casserole could be camp friendly with a few modifications.  I dunno.  Will and I even talked about bringing tofurkey slices.

    Anybody got any ideas?

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Sounds like so much fun! I'm totally jealous.

You could bake regular potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes or apples w/ brown sugar and cinnamon in the campfire.
Pumpkin pancakes? Pumpkin oatmeal? For breakfast? Or dessert?
How about a trail mix or granola with cinnamon, dried cranberries and pecans?
Hot spiced apple cider?

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I've made some wonderful blackbean chili to reheat at camp.  Not terribly traditional for thanksgiving, but delicious and hearty.  The blackbean and sweetpotato chilli on this site is very good and should work fine reheated on a wood stove or over a camp stove.

And of course, pumpkin pie should travel fine if cooked before you leave for the trip.

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definitely make cornbread in a skillet!

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Great ideas, guys.  Thanks!
  I'm really liking the apple-cinnamon thing.  I could cook it in a pot, but I wonder how it would work, potato-style (cored, filled w/ EB, cinnamon & sugar, wrapped in foil and dropped on the coals)?  I bet that'd work.
  I guess a lot of this could be made ahead.  I hadn't really thought about it in those terms, but there's no reason I have to make everything from scratch on-site.  I wonder what kind of cook my step-mother is?  I don't want to pawn too many things off on her, lest we are left with not actually being able to eat (you know  ;) ).
  pumpkin pancakes...damn, now I'm hungry.

definitely make cornbread in a skillet!

Hey, SB
I've never cooked cornbread over an open fire (just baked in an oven).  Any special tips?  It is pretty obvious?  Cover w/ foil and set on the coals?

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ND, you can definitely bake apples in foil cored and stuffed. Wait till the fire kind of dies down, then wrap them in foil and bury them in the coals. Delish!

I've never done cornbread, but I've done brownies and cake in dutch ovens. I bet that would work if you have one.

I agree about the planning ahead also - and camping always makes you hungry, so the more food the merrier, I say!

Still insanely jealous! Where are you going?

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Still insanely jealous! Where are you going?

The Appalachian Trail runs pretty close to our house, so we'll pick it up near here and probably pick a spot close by.  My new step-mother has a few nagging injuries from a bicycle accident years ago and I don't think she's much of a hiker (she's a hell of a chick, though).  Luckily in western NC, there's a lot of camping spots to choose from.  They're coming up the day before T-day and we'll finalize then.

Thanks for the great ideas.  I can't wait for baked apples in the fire.  oh goody goody.

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make fluffer nutter s'mores!

nutter butters with some ricemellow cream added inside (with or without a couple chocolate chips) and heat over the fire til the cookies get a little burnt... sooooooooo good and gooey..

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Hello, all! :) In a nutshell, some mates and I are going to a three-day music festival at the end of the week, and since I ship out for basic training on August 12th, I'd like to make the even special; no usual prepackaged foods and simple grill stuffs. I'd like to stay relatively simple, but I was wondering if anyone has any stew, soup, chili, etc. (anything) recipes that they'd like to share with me for that end. If at all possible, I'd like the recipes to kind of (there's wiggle room) meet the following criteria:
-Able to cook over a campfire or be made without one all together (Non-electrical site)
-Ingredients that keep relatively well for a day or two (we've got a BIG cooler)
-A little easy on the wallet would be nice -Able to be bought in recyclable packages in cans
-Flexibles recipes (as in I can use leftover ingredients for another night and add a spin on it)
-Able to be made in BIG quantities

That last one is because I plan on extending the food beyond our own little group to include anyone that'd like a bowl of something warm and good. Anyone going to Schwagstock 41 is more than welcome to bop on by ;)b. Any recommendations for easy-to-make yet very tasty sides would also be mucho appreciated. Thanks for any help!

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soups and stews. i would make those all the time camping back in the day.

i think anything you normally make that is a one pot meal can be made over a campfire with some planning. like if you grind up stuff for sauces so you can just add water and heat (like dragonflies bulk uncheese mix). baked potatos are easy to make in a fire also and go well with one pot meals like chili. leftovers can be eaten again by adding more stuff to make a stew (add the chopped taters, some more tomatos and whatever you want, liquid).

food to cook on a stick - make some seitan sausages. kabobs. yumm.

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bring a large frying pan in addition to your big stock pot and you can fry up some pancakes in the morning!  all you need is some pancake mix, oil and water.

one of my favorite parts of camping is roasting veggies over the campfire!  Bring some foil and wrap up garlic, onion, tomato, peppers, etc.

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A lot of people might have plates, but not all will have bowls.  That's a consideration if you're bringing enough to share.

I go to a music festival each year and we don't usually cook.  We snack more.  Between the hanging out and messing around and drinking, there's just not time.  We have wrapped potatoes in foil and put them in the fire and then had them the next day.  This year I'm bringing sweet potatoes for the fire.

Breakfast Ideas
-granola and a box of almond milk
-banana nut bread you made ahead of time
-oatmeal

Lunch Ideas
-peanut butter sandwich with jelly or agave syrup (compact and transportable)
-fruit
-chips (for the sodium if you're outside sweating a lot)
-celery with almond butter
-instant hummus

Dinner Ideas
-spaghetti with marinara sauce
-cornbread you made ahead of time
-if it's hot, bring potato salad ingredients ready to go and a sealed jar of Veganaise and mix it together at camp
-dal with veggies

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Hi everyone!  I'm going on a five or six day camping trip with friends and I need suggestions for food.  I'm the only vegan in the group, and the rest are all pretty much carnivores, so anything I want I'll have to bring.  I've got a camp stove and an ice box, but that's about it.
So far I've got:
Veggie dogs
Potato barley soup (made it the other day trying to clear out the fridge; I can heat it up on the camp stove)
Apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
Veggie chips and sweet potato crisps
Nuts and trail mix
Vegan pancake mix

Anyone have any other good, campsite friendly ideas?
Thank you!  :)>>>

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Last year I was in a similar situation and started this thread about it. hope it helps!

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I bought this book a number of years ago to give me ideas:  http://www.amazon.com/Lipsmackin-Vegetarian-Backpackin-Christine-Conners/dp/0762725311/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250091154&sr=1-16.

I made a few things out of it that I thought were very easy and very filling.  Most of what I tried were easy things to mix up and portion out into individual baggies.  I just added water at the beginning of the day and it was ready to go by lunch.  For example, couscous with herbs, dried bean flakes with seasonings, etc.  I'm not explaining it well, but it was definitely worthwhile.  You might want to see if your library carries it or flip through it at a store to see if it looks interesting.

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It sounds like you're car camping.  That makes it easy.  I find that campers usually snack more than have meals.  That makes it easier.  People wake up at different times, so if you're going to do breakfast, it will more likely be lunch, eh?  Unless you're with a go-gettum hiking group of early risers.

For breakfast, oatmeal is good.  If lunch is on your own, pb&j or fake meat with cheez and dill is okay.  For dinner, something vegan that people can add to, like foil pouch meals you cook in coals.  Everyone can put what they want in their own pouch.  I think what you should shoot for is them having a multi-item meal where one item has omni stuff and the rest is vegan safe, so you can have a complete meal, too.

If you do a search for camping you'll come up with a lot of threads about food ideas, including:

Looking for some camping recipes...
A Thanksgiving Camping Trip
What to bring for camping w/ omnis?
Going camping.. need food ideas
Vegetarian meals that require no refrigeration and no heat
Camp Fire Goodies!
Going camping! Need food ideas...
Help....Camping with meat eaters.....
easy camping 'recipes'?
Backpackers, let me pick your brain: I'm planning for the Appalachian Trail!

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I always like to throw a few Tasty Bites in. There are lots of vegan varieties and they're really filling! Everyone has given lots of great suggestions so far!
:)

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Thanks everyone!  I used lots of your ideas and ended up making a pile of these cornish pasties (http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=20745.0) with potato and veggie sausage filling for breakfast.  Cheers!

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