Camping season is upon us and I can’t wait to share winter tales with friends around the bonfire, have a cozy sleep under the stars and sit by the lake sipping on coffee, drinking in all the beauty of the landscape and scenery.
There’s so much I love about camping: the connection with oneself, the disconnection from the virtual world, the melodies of nature, the cool soil under my bare feet, and the food. Yes, the food! Indeed, food has always been a huge part of my happiness. I love cooking, discovering new recipes, creating new dishes or simply improvising with whatever I have left in the fridge.
I don’t subscribe exclusively to a plant-based diet however, after my travels abroad, especially my experience of Eid al-Adha in Morocco that was so wildly enlightening, I learned to really enjoy many plant-based options. I have learned to love dishes filled with veggies, herbs and spices and I really need to thank India for that.
A weekend in the woods is a great opportunity to get moving therefore, it is important to eat healthfully and fuel your body with the right nutrients in order to be capable of enjoying every activity. Hot dogs and smores are a classic, but they don’t give your body the energy it needs to sustain itself.
With a little bit of preparation, you can leave for your camping trip knowing you’ll have the food to keep everyone happy and healthy and come home feeling proud of how well you feel.
Below is a list of delicious and healthy, vegetarian camping meals packed with antioxidants and nutrients to prepare before your next camping trip.
1. Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Veggie Enchilada Bake
This delicious vegan dinner is loaded with sweet potato, veggies and quinoa. It’s filling, delicious and can be made a few days in advance then re-heated in a pot. Just top with your favourite garnishes and enjoy!
2. Tortilla Chip Crusted Tofu Tacos with Mango Salsa
Colourful and flavourful, these tacos are the perfect choice for a light, fresh and nutritious meal on a hot sunny day. Prepare the crusted tofu at home and add your toppings when you’re ready to eat!
3. Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers with Fried Halloumi + Curried Tahini Sauce
I fell in love with this recipe the moment I found it! I mean, Halloumi cheese in a veggie burger? As much as I’m trying to focus on plant-based foods, cheese is one I simply can’t resist. I’m French Canadian after all and cheese is in my blood. Prepare the patties, carrot slaw and tahini sauce in advance, then build up your burgers at your campsite. Simply reheat the patties and grill the Halloumi. For a vegan and gluten-free option, choose to have it without the cheese and opt for a gluten-free bun.
4. Grilled Mexican Egg Bowls
This healthy and yummy Mexican breakfast bowl is filled with sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado, cilantro and egg. Everything can be prepared at home and re-heated for breakfast. Just crack and cook your egg, add some fresh avocado and cilantro and you’re ready to enjoy! For a full vegan option, minus the egg.
5. Crispy Potato Tacos
I’m a big fan of fish tacos, but I have to admit that these crispy potato tacos are quite delish and a good alternative to fish. Prepare the crispy potatoes at home. When you’re ready to eat, just cook in a pan and add your toppings.
6. Roasted Cabbage with Walnut
This is a wonderful, sweet-tasting side dish that can accompany anything. Prepare the dressing at home and grill the cabbage on the barbecue or on a grill over the campfire.
7. Portobello Mushroom Burger With Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese
These burgers are packed full of veggies and are so colourful and flavourful. You can grill all the veggies at your campsite. For a vegan option, choose a dairy-free cheese (or no cheese at all) and pesto. Opt for a gluten-free bun if your prefer.
8. Foil Roasted Onions
These roasted onions are so easy to make and are a tasty side dish. Prepare the foil pockets at home, then throw them on the campfire, rotating accordingly.
9. Teriyaki Tofu and Pineapple Kebab
These teriyaki tofu and pineapple kebabs are such a fun summer dish. To be able to bring camping, I would prepare the skewers and marinade at home, and let everything sit in a food container. Once at your campsite, take the marinated skewers and grill each skewer 10 minutes, or to desired doneness. Use any remaining marinade as a dipping sauce.
10. Jackfruit and Pinto Bean Baked Taquitos
If you aren’t familiar with jackfruit, it’s the fruit from a jackfruit tree that is picked while young, before it develops a sweet taste. Once it’s cooked down a little bit you can shred it and it looks like pulled meat. Throw the jackfruit into these taquitos with some pinto beans and you have a meal rich in fiber and protein. The filling can be prepared at home. To serve them, re-heat the mixture in a pot. Then place it in the tortillas and roll them. Re-heat the taquitos on the grill et voilà!
11. Sticky Mango Paneer Kebab
I discovered paneer while travelling in India. I was so impressed by its level of versatility not common to most cheeses. Paneer is a great substitute for meat and is used in many dishes, just like these kebabs. This simple dish is so tasty and fresh, perfect for a hot summer day. Prepare the paneer at home, then leave to marinate in a ziploc bag or container. When you’re ready to cook, thread the paneer pieces alternately with the red pepper onto the skewers. Grill the kebabs for around 8 minutes, turning them every couple of minutes, until they are lovely and chargrilled on each side. Oh yum!
12. Grilled veggies in balsamic and honey
These roasted vegetables are easy, healthy and so easy to make. They are the perfect side dish or make enough to enjoy as an entire meal. To make this dish camping ready, toss all veggies in a bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Portion them in foil paper. At the campsite, simply put the foil pockets on the campfire and wait 30 minutes or so, flipping sides half way until the veggies are nice and tender then add remaining ingredients and serve.
13. Ginger Sesame Noodles with Vegetables
These noodles are delicious, filled with vitamins and so easy to make. They can be prepared at home and then re-heated, although I like mine cold.
14. One Pot Coconut Curry Quinoa, Lentil and Sweet Potatoes
This meal is in between a stew and a quinoa bowl. It’s all cooked together with some creamy delicious coconut milk and veggie broth, but all the liquid is absorbed so it’s not quite a soup. It’s also a really comforting meal that can be prepared at home and re-heated in a pot at the campsite.
15. Roasted Broccoli and Lemon Falafel Pitas
These homemade falafel are easy to make and have such great flavor! Prepare the falafel at home, then eat them in a pita with fresh toppings while camping!
16. BBQ Tofu and Chickpea Sandwiches
Not only are these sandwiches rich in flavour, but they are also filled with fiber and protein. Prepare the filling and coleslaw at home. Simply re-heat the mixture in a pot at your campsite, then put in a bun with the slaw and enjoy!
17. Chia, Acai and Strawberry Layered Breakfast Jar
18. Smokey and Cheesy Spiced Campfire popcorn
A tasty treat to make before dinner, this is a great snack to compliment your evening outdoors. Pull up a camping chair, make yourself a bowl of this popcorn, and watch the sunset with friends.
Now, who’s hungry?