Venture Into Vegan Camping Food Ideas

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Vegan Camping Food
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If you think of camping and campfires, the food that pops into your head is not typically vegan. You’ll usually think of sausages, s’mores, and easily storable cans with nondescript contents. Vegan food, however, is much better suited for the great outdoors. Not only does it store better, but it also eliminates the risk of food poisoning if you do not have a fridge, and creates less stinky waste.

Thinking of meals is always the hard part, but have no fear, as this article will give you 9 vegan camping food ideas to take with you to the wilderness. All of these meal ideas are designed for four average people or two very hungry campers.

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Fast & Easy Camp Fire Roasted Vegetables

To start off this list of camping meals, the fire-roasted vegetables are the ultimate easy, quick, and delicious meal. If you are cooking on your campfire, make sure to only use wood without any paint or other chemical treatment.

Ingredients:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Your choice of spices (paprika, turmeric, cayenne pepper, mixed herbs)
  • Olive oil
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot

Any other vegetables you wish to use are allowed. Celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini are great options. What you need to do is cut up all your vegetables into bite-size pieces and toss them all together into a bowl where you have mixed your olive oil and spices. This camping meal is extremely versatile and allows you to flavor it to your personal preference.

While they marinate, you will need to create your portable oven from the aluminum foil. Simply separate the aluminum into 6-inch lengths and then wrap fist-sized amounts of your vegetables in the sheet. Make sure it is well-sealed. This ensures you do not lose any vegetables to the fire. Then place it onto hot coals and wait for the fire to infuse your vegetables with a delicious smoky finish.

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A Vegan’s Campfire Favorites

Cooking anything on a campfire gives it a delicious smoky taste. It also means you do not have to use the communal kitchens or set up a camping stove. It’s always a great option after a long day of trekking. You can also do it simply to enjoy with beers and friends.

Here are some other great vegan-friendly options to cook up after setting up your tent:

Corn

You can cook corn directly with its husk still on, which acts as a great buffer from the hot coals and minimizes waste. However, be careful, as the husk is flammable and if you place it too close to a flame it will catch on fire and burn your corn.

Vegan Sausages

While you probably won’t be able to spear them with a stick and roast them like the meat alternatives, you can still set up a grill over the hot coals and let them sizzle away.

Tomatoes

Add some spices to a half-cut tomato and let the fire do the heavy lifting of infusing it with woody tastes. These can be cooked on a grill or on a heavy iron skillet directly on the coals.

Roasted Potatoes

Whether you prefer normal potatoes or sweet potatoes, there is nothing quite like a potato roasted in the fire. To create this meal, make some incisions in your potato and wrap it in aluminum foil. For ultimate and thorough cooking, you want to bury the potatoes in the coals of your fire. Depending on the size of your potato, the cooking might take up to an hour, so get them in early! Pair your potatoes with vegan sour cream, butter, olive oil, spices, salsa, or avocado.

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Quick Stir-Fried Rice

One pan and nothing else! This quick and easy camping meal is a great option for dinner as you can save any leftovers in Tupperware and have it for lunch the following day. Stir-fried rice is another extremely versatile meal which allows you to use any leftover vegetables you might have with you.

Ingredients:

  • Precooked rice
  • ½ cup soya sauce
  • 1 onion
  • Cooking oil

Pack Some Frozen Cubed Vegetables

Get your camping stove out and finely dice your onion. Then heat up the cooking oil and fry the onion until golden to allow its aroma to add dimension to your meal. Once the onion is ready, you can throw in the frozen vegetables followed shortly by the remaining ingredients. The soya sauce adds a little bit of flavor. However, do not be afraid to top your stir-fried rice with some hot sauce or chilis if you are feeling adventurous.

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Cook A One-Pot Creamy Pasta With Ease

There is truly a benefit of only having one pan or pot to clean after cooking camping food, which is why this one pot creamy pasta is the perfect meal if you are craving some comfort food.

Ingredients:

  • 27oz of soy milk
  • 7oz of mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 6oz of dry pasta
  • Vegan cheese (optional)

To prepare this meal, you will start by frying up finely-diced mushrooms and onion until they are golden. Then you will add the soy milk along with all the spices, mustard and nutritional yeast. Once everything is mixed in well, add the pasta and keep mixing it until the pasta becomes soft. You might need to add water to the mixture, so keep an eye on it. To finish off the meal, simply sprinkle in the vegan cheese and add salt to taste.

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Try Some Assorted Avocado Slices Of Bread

This camping meal is ideal for breakfast or a quick lunch. It also allows for maximum versatility to use leftover items in your fridge or cooler. 

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red onion
  • Olives
  • Jalapeños
  • Mushrooms
  • Hummus
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

The beauty of avocado is that it can act as a replacement to butter and make the perfect foundation for just about anything else you want to put on your bread. So spread that avocado, sprinkle some salt and pepper, squeeze a few drops of lemon and add any other ingredients you wish to include. Another great benefit of this camping meal is that you can make every piece of bread different to cater to all your friends’ preferences.

Instant Noodles

Roll In With Vegan Wraps

If you are planning to go hiking or heading to a waterfall, it’s a great idea to bring some snacks and meals along with you to keep your energy high. Here are a few ingredient combinations for the perfect wrap:

  • Roasted sweet potato, cauliflower, hummus, fresh lettuce, and tomato.
  • Black beans, corn, bell pepper, carrots, avocado, and mango sauce.
  • Avocado, cucumber, carrot, fresh lettuce, sliced green onions, and falafel.
  • Crispy satay tofu, spinach, carrots, cucumber, and sliced avocado.
  • Roasted chickpeas, bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, vegan sour cream, and fresh dill.
  • Quinoa, guacamole, tomatoes, black beans, corn, bell peppers, and salsa.
  • Lentils, lettuce, avocado, yellow bell pepper, mint leaves, and tomatoes.

There are numerous other combinations available, but hopefully these will give you some inspiration for easy camping meals.

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Try Out Some Vegan Chickpea Shakshuka

Yet another one-pot meal, but this time a middle eastern inspired vegan version of the delicious shakshuka. Best eaten with toasted bread and hummus, this one-pot meal will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Olives
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder 
  • ½ cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom

To create this dish, start by frying the garlic, bell pepper, and onion in cooking oil. Add all the spices to allow the vegetables to soak up the flavor. Then throw in the diced tomatoes and let it simmer for 10 minutes. After that, add the chickpeas and olives for protein and saltiness. Let the whole mixture simmer for another 10 minutes, then add some salt, pepper, or other spices to taste.

An Easy One-Pot Vegan Chili

This one pot chili will only take you 30 minutes. It stores well and it’s packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Pair it with rice, fresh avocado, or stick it in a wrap!

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • A couple of finely sliced chili (it depends on how hot you want your chili to be)
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 cup of red kidney beans
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

In a pot, heat the oil and add finely chopped onions, carrots, garlic, and celery until the vegetables get soft. Then add the tomato paste and fry until it turns into a darker shade. That is your signal to add bell peppers, finely sliced chili, canned tomatoes, and vegetable stock. Then you can add the rest of the ingredients and let the whole mixture cook on low for 15 minutes. Before serving, squeeze ½ of a lemon and add salt to taste.

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Whip Up A Snap Peas & Rice Noodle Salad

This dish takes no time at all and is a perfect salad for a hot summer day. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of snap peas
  • 4 medium-sized carrots
  • A bunch of coriander
  • 2 cups of edamame beans
  • 2 servings of rice noodles
  • Ginger
  • ¼ cup of sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ lime 
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil

Toss your vegetables onto the pan for a quick fry while soaking your rice noodles according to the packet’s instructions. In a separate bowl, mix the sauce. Once all components are ready, then you can mix this salad together and enjoy the flavors.

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