July 1, 2012
I've been asked a few questions about how to camp as a vegan- and since 4th of July is right around the corner I figured this would be a good weekend to address some of those questions!
To start off-- it really depends on what type of "camping" you are doing. If you have access to a grill/fire pit (and most campsites have this either at your individual site or a group communal area), then you can make pretty much anything you would at home on a stove. All you need is a pot and a skillet plus foods/ingredients that are shelf stable (like canned beans and pantry items) and fresh items that don't need refrigeration, or last in a cooler. The good news is, most plant-based foods fit this bill so the possibilities are endless. The only thing you can't do is bake, though some people I know bake pizza and other breads on grills all the time.
If you're camping in an RV, it's even easier.
If you don't want to cook a lot, you can make things like canned soups, oatmeal (just add hot water!), vegetarian baked beans, canned beans, canned vegetables, fresh fruits. You can make PB&J sandwiches for hikes, buy the hummus powder you only have to mix with water. (They even have powdered soy milk online), dried fruits, trail mix, crackers and other non-perishable foods.
A friend of mine makes my 6-ingredient burgers and has "burgers" with condiments and buns. All the ingredients to make the burgers are non-perishable and they're easy to make at a campsite.
You just have to think a little outside the box, but camping doesn't have to be hard or complicated. You can also make baked goods at home and bring those, too.
Engine 2 also recently posted about how to stay plant-strong while camping. They even suggest roasting bananas instead of marshmallows for s'mores- such a great idea!
What are your go-to camping foods?