Consider this your guide to the best meals and snacks to bring on camping trips this summer. Since these recipes are all plant based, you won’t have to worry too much about refrigeration. Keep reading for healthy, delicious, and filling ideas for all of your summer campouts!
Probably the easiest and most classic camping breakfast. Pack plain instant oatmeal packets and add toppings yourself. Some of my favourites are cinnamon, raisins, peanut butter, bananas, and pumpkin seeds.
Another simple meal- either make your own or, if you are in a pinch, buy some from the grocery store. There are so many recipes for homemade granola out there, but this one from the Oh She Glows blog is a favourite. Top with almond milk, fruit, and nuts to keep you full until lunch!
You can pre-make these before your trip and simply wrap them in foil to transport them. Just heat them over your stove or campfire when you are ready to eat! Feel free to customize them to your liking, but this vegan tofu scramble burrito recipe is a great starting point.
If making your meals ahead of time is your thing, this is a great option. The base recipe is simple; combine equal parts of oats and your favorite non-dairy milk and leave overnight in the fridge. Make it a more exciting meal by adding different ingredients to give them more flavor. Some of my favorites include peanut butter and banana, snickerdoodle, blueberry, and carrot cake.
peanut butter and jam sandwiches
An oldie but a goodie: this one is self explanatory.
chickpea salad sandwiches
A new take on the classic tuna salad sandwich, made with chickpeas. These are the perfect lunch to keep you energized for an afternoon of outdoor activities. This recipe for chickpea salad packs well and tastes great on a sandwich with lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, and pickles.
pesto pasta salad
Pasta salads are easy to make, portable, and filling. Customize as you like, but this recipe for pesto pasta salad is delicious.
Quinoa is a well known superfood with many proven health benefits. Just half a cup of quinoa packs 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fibre, making it a great choice to keep you full through long days of activity. Quinoa salads can be very simple; just dice your favourite veggies, add them to a bowl of quinoa, and toss with oil and vinegar. One of my favourite recipes uses quinoa in place of the traditional bulgar in tabbouleh.
Hands-down, my favourite camping meal! There is nothing like cozying up next to a campfire with a warm bowl of chili. This campfire chili is filling and satisfying- but you can also make your favourite recipe beforehand and simply heat it up when you’re ready! Toppings are definitely the best part of this meal; I like to top mine with green onions, avocado, hot sauce, and tortilla chips.
tofu and veggie kebabs
Kebabs are an awesome meal for when you feel like cooking over the campfire. I usually pre-make a marinade for tofu and bring it with me in a small tupperware. I also pre-cut my veggies and bring them along in a ziplock bag- this makes the meal come together much more quickly! My favourite tofu marinade uses this recipe for peanut butter tofu, but there really are so many delicious marinade recipes out there.
Another great meal for when you are cooking over the campfire. You can make veggie burgers at home and bring them along, or grab some at the store. This is another meal meal that is made by the toppings, so be sure not to forget your favourites. Lettuce, tomato, ketchup, relish, and avocado make up my favourite burger!
Because nobody likes to go hungry between meals, make sure to have lots of snacks around to nibble on throughout the day! I always bring chips and salsa, precut veggies, crackers, and homemade hummus to munch on while dinner’s being made. I also like to make a batch of quinoa energy bars and peanut butter granola bars to have on hand throughout the day, but you can totally get away with your favourite store bought energy bars. Last, but definitely not least, bonus points for vegan s’mores!
What are your favourite meals to make while camping? Let us know in the comments!