Friday, September 9, 2011

Vegan Camping

The summer is technically almost over, but that doesn't mean that camping has to end. At least in my area of the world, going camping is still a reasonable activity up to the beginning of October, and I plan on taking advantage of that fact!

I have definitely noticed a distinct lack of vegan camping how-tos out there on the internet, so I compiled my own mini list of vegan essentials, complete with recipes and inspiring photos, for you to use on your next camping trip.

These ideas and recipes are appropriate for the quintessential "car-camping" trip. If you're backpacking in the woods, or going on a trip for more than a couple of nights, you'll want to do things a little differently. If you're just on a trip to enjoy a campfire and the outdoors with some friends, this is the list for you.

Being both gluten-free and vegan presents a bit of a problem when it comes to mealtime at the campground. Back in the day, I would throw some Tofurky sausages into foil and, with a hot dog bun and sauerkraut, call mealtime done. Unfortunately, eating is not quite as simple now, but it can still be fun and just as delicious.

Try a Spicy Tempeh Reuben for a picnic lunch on your way to the campsite.

Grilled Kebabs are simple and delicious (chop up some veggies, toss them in oil and salt and throw them on a stick or a skewer, then place on the fire). And, if you decide to forgo the skewer, you've got basic grilled veggies instead.

Chips and dips (such as Vegan Spinach Pesto Aioli) are essential!

Coleslaw is always a hit.

Ice Cream Sandwiches may take a little work, but they are oh-so worth it in the end!

Check out The Vegan Backpacker for s'more ideas on how to fulfill your vegan camping munchies!

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