I’m obsessed with camping. I would live in a tent if I hadn’t already adopted a cat that would for sure abandon me in the outdoors. So here are 8 easy vegan recipes to make your next camping trip delicious & cruelty-free:
1. Veg Hot Dogs – When I went camping for my birthday, I downed something like 14 veggie hot dogs. Clearly I love the Lightlife brand, with lots of mustard and relish, please. Put the dogs on a stick, hover them over the campfire for a few minutes, and enjoy! People may be confused or even grossed out (lol) by your veg dog – remind them that animal hot dogs are made from trimmings of pigs, chickens, cows, and tracings of plastic, bone, and rodents have been found. Don’t believe me? Just watch an episode of “How it’s Made” on the hot dog production process. Not to mention, the World Health Organization classifies processed meats such as hot dogs as carcinogenic (aka potential to cause cancer). I’ll stick with my soy protein.
2. Veg burger – There are sooo many brands of veggie burgers these days. If you want to be super healthy, give Bubba burger’s veg burger a try. If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol and be kinder to the planet, but really love the taste of animal flesh, give the Beyond Burger a try. If you really don’t give a fuck so long as it doesn’t harm animals in the process, just see what’s on sale. Put the burger over a fire until browned, then put on a bun and top it with whatever ya want! – Onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, mustard are always good go-tos.
3. Pasta Salad – Pasta salad is always a refreshing dish, especially when you wake up piled in sweat from sleeping in your humid tent. I suggest making this dish beforehand, that way it’s ready to eat once you arrive at your destination. All you need is pasta, vegetables, and Italian dressing. My favorite ingredients to use are:
- Tri-colored bow tie or rotini pasta
- Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
- Black olives, sliced
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Vegan Italian dressing (I use zesty Italian)
To Make: Cook the pasta, slice the vegetables, mix it all together in dressing and let it marinate in the fridge overnight. Serve the next day and enjoy!
4. Avocado Dill Potato Salad – Again, this dish is best prepared before your trip. It’s refreshing, tasty, and much healthier than a “traditional” potato salad. You’ll need:
- 6 potatoes (I use a mix of red and gold potatoes)
- ½ onion (yellow or white), diced
- 1 avocado, mashed
- ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp fresh dill (packed down), finely chopped
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Tempeh (optional), crumbled
- Salt & pepper
To make: Place potatoes in a pot, fill with water, and add heat until potatoes become soft. Grease a pan in olive oil and crumble tempeh bits into the pan until crispy. Mix all ingredients together and let it sit overnight.
5. Bean Burritos – Surprisingly, I don’t see many people chowing down burritos while camping. All you need is a can of beans with an easy opening tab (looks like the tab on a can of soda), tortillas, and some avocado & hot sauce for added flavor. Pour the beans over a camping pan and hover over your fire until cooked. Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy! If you want to put more work in, boil and add some rice.
6. Vegetables & Soy Sauce – Broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower are delicious veggies that are perfect for lining onto a kebab and lightly cooking over a fire. Once cooked, mix them all together with some soy sauce and enjoy!
7. Peanut Butter & Berry Sandwich – A healthier take on a classic. What’s easier than putting some peanut butter on bread and throwing a bunch of berries on it?
8. Tofu Kebabs – My all-time FAVORITE camping food. My boyfriend made these for me and it is hands-down the best camping food I ever had. You’ll need:
- Sriracha tofu (sold pre-made at Trader Joe’s, or you can buy a block of extra firm tofu and marinate it in sriracha sauce for about 4 hours).
- Bell peppers
- White Onion
- BBQ Sauce (make sure it doesn’t have any weird animal products listed in the ingredients!)
To make: Slice the vegetables and mix them in BBQ sauce. Cut the tofu into cubes. Stack ingredients onto a kebab holder and hover over your campfire until ingredients begin to blacken.
If you’re going to enjoy mother nature’s beauty, you better respect and try to preserve her. Clean up after yourself whenever camping, and cook with ingredients that are sustainable. “Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.” Learn more at: http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
Have a happy, healthy, wonderful weekend (hopefully outdoors)! =]