No Meat? No Problem! Easy Camping Recipes For Vegans

Eating is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. You get to prepare food from scratch, cook it over a campfire or portable stove, and eat together while sharing stories.

Barbecued meat is the preferred food for most camping trips because they are easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients. But, vegans may find it difficult to enjoy conventional camping food. Hence, the need for these easy-to-do vegan camping recipes:

 1. Vegan Kebab

Can’t have meat but still need a good source of protein? Try Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs. Just like regular kebabs, marinade the tofu in a mixture of soy sauce, lemon juice and spices. The marinating time should be shorter than that of meat because tofu softens up faster.

Next, choose the veggies and fruits you want to compliment the tofu. All-time camping favourites are: onions, mango, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, peaches and pineapple. Skewer them and then grill.

Preparation time: 8 to 10 minutes per skewer

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2. Grilled Sweet Potato

When it comes to root crops, sweet potato is king. It’s rich in fibre, vitamin B6 and carbohydrates. This healthy eat also has low glycemic index and anti-inflammatory properties.

Start the recipe by slicing the sweet potato into wedges. Then, season with salt and your choice of herbs. Place it on the grill and turn every 3 minutes or so on each side. Use a fork or knife to check if it’s already soft and tender. When the potatoes are ready, remove it from the grill and serve.

Preparation time: 10 to 25 minutes

3. Corn on the Cob

Corn is a staple in camping trips. It lasts for a long time and can be cooked in many ways. Plus, it’s healthy and yummy. To grill, you need only to put the corn cob over burning charcoal, turning it every minute or so to avoid burning the kernels.

Another way to cook this camping favourite is to toss the corn wrapped in aluminium foil in an open campfire. It will also give the same effect as the corn was grilled. Add herbs and spices before grilling to amplify flavour. Our suggestion, add chilli and lime.

Preparation time: 3 to 10 minutes

4. Veggie Hotdogs

Being away from the city shouldn’t stop you from enjoying healthy, tasty veggie dogs. This easy to prepare snack is available in supermarkets. It’s so easy to cook, even your kids can make it with some guidance. You will need vegan buns, vegan hotdogs, mustard, ketchup and your preferred toppings like pickles, coleslaw and hummus.

To cook, simply skewer the hotdog and hold it over the fire. Rotate until it’s cooked equally. Pull it out of the skewer and into the bun. When cooked to your liking, just add mustard, ketchup and your preferred toppings.

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes

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5. Veggie Stew

Stews are great to keep you warm during those chilly evenings in the wild. To make one, you only need to bring canned vegan faves like vegetarian chilli beans, vegetarian baked beans, yellow corn, mushroom and tomatoes.

Mix the veggies together in a cooking pan or casserole and heat over medium fire. This dish is also good even when served lukewarm on a hot day.

Preparation time: 4 to 8 minutes

6. Yoghurt Parfait

This recipe is great if you travel with a campervan with fridge. Yoghurt parfait is ideal for a quick breakfast or snack. The recipe can vary depending on the fruit you want to add. Basic ingredients are yoghurt, cream, vanilla and vanilla. Adding egg and cereal is optional.

Put yoghurt into a bowl. Add cream and vanilla. Whisk it slowly until it’s thick. Put brown sugar on top of the mixture. Cover it with a plastic wrap or foil, making sure the edges are tightly sealed. Place it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. Take it out and add berries or your choice of fruit. Repeat the process depending on how many layers you like. Best served when cold and not frozen.

Preparation time: Less than an hour

7. Campfire S’mores a la Vegan

Campfire and s’mores are synonymous. Children and even some adults can’t have a campfire without s’mores.  Here is a simple s’more recipe that requires only three ingredients: chocolate syrup, Graham crackers and vegan marshmallow (look for Dandies’). Vegan marshmallows don’t contain dairy but can be pricier than regular brands.

To make this awesome treat, toast the marshmallow over the campfire. After toasting the marshmallows to your liking, cover it with chocolate syrup and place between the crackers. If you hired a campervan, cook the s’mores on the stove instead.

Preparation time: 4 to 5 minutes

Cooking your own food is one of the greatest joys of camping. It makes you feel independent and resourceful. For vegans, it’s a challenge on creativity. Hopefully, these easy camping recipes can add to your food choices when camping with your family.

If you prefer cooking using a stove than a campfire, hire a motorhome equipped with a small kitchen. Salamanda Travel can help you book the most competitive camper rental Australia has available. All you need to do is try our price comparison tool and get your road trip started today!

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