Table of contents
Opt for meatless products while camping to reset your mind as well as your body! A plant-based diet consists of vegetables, grains, and other foods that do not derive from animals. There are many types of plant-based diets, from the more extreme raw vegan diet to the flexitarian diet, when people aim to significantly reduce their meat intake (versus eliminating it completely). Whichever interpretation suits you, eating a diet rich in plant-based foods has a variety of physical benefits. Plant-based meals sharpen your mind and energize your body, especially after a good night’s sleep under the stars.
A Plant-Based Diet May:
If you want to implement a vegan menu for your next camping trip, look no further. There are endless options for plant-based and vegan meals to pack along with your Essential Outdoor Supplies.
Have questions regarding how to prepare, store, and cook foods while camping?
Click here to read The Complete Camping Food Guide: Prep, Storage, and More.
If you have a favorite non-vegan recipe, chances are you can swap out non-vegan ingredients for plant-based alternatives. Here’s an overview of easy swaps you can utilize to transform almost any meal into one that’s plant-based.
Many people new to plant-based diets are concerned about consuming enough protein in a diet that doesn’t contain meat. There are many plant-based foods that are rich sources of protein, including the following:
This one is obvious, but a banana, apple, bag of carrots, and other ready-to-go produce is easy, light, and most importantly, nutrient-dense.
Hummus is a filling snack that is packed with protein. Pair with pita, crackers, or veggies, like bell peppers and carrots. Make sure you have a cooler as hummus needs to be refrigerated.
Nuts and seeds are quite filling, and boast tons of protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. You’ll also find plenty of iron, zinc, fiber, and magnesium, depending on what nut or seed you choose. Macadamias, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are great for camping trips.
Skip the queso, and this beloved snack is completely vegan and delicious. Make your own guacamole for optimum freshness. Avocado is known for its good-for-you monounsaturated fats, fiber, and vitamins C, E, K, and B6.
Most granola bars are vegan, but make sure to check the ingredients. Some may contain traces of milk, or honey. Since bees produce honey, it’s technically not plant-based, but whether or not you eat it will depend on how strict you are with your diet.
Many kettle cooked chips are vegan, as well as Original Lays and even Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos. Most health food stores will have a plethora of vegan chips, but always check the label to make sure the chips don’t contain any cheese, whey, or lard. You’ll be surprised at how often these ingredients sneak their way into flavors you might not expect.
This non-perishable sweet snack is a great way to fuel your body while hiking and camping.
Believe it or not, Oreos are actually vegan. While they may not be the healthiest choice, indulge in moderation!
There are plenty of plant-based options to choose from, including jerky made from kelp, portobello, and even banana. Veggie jerky is an easy, smart and savory snack option.
Not all dark chocolate is vegan, so always check the ingredients label. But in general, follow this rule of thumb: the higher the cocoa percentage, the more likely it’s vegan. Super dark chocolate often does not use milk, so satisfy your sweet tooth guilt-free.
While vegan ingredient swaps are helpful to know, you don’t need to rely on non-vegan recipes. There are many completely vegan recipes to choose from. If you are dispersed camping or backpacking, stick to meals that require fewer ingredients and pans. No matter where you decide to pitch your tent, here are 15 easy vegan recipes that will make plant-based cooking a breeze while you bask in the great outdoors.
Everyone knows oatmeal is hearty and quick to make, but eating it plain can taste quite boring. Add your favorite ingredients to spice up a regular bowl of oatmeal.
Spice Up Your Oatmeal with These Ingredients:
While most people use eggs when cooking pancakes, it’s simple to avoid this ingredient. You’ll be surprised by how little you notice this missing ingredient. If possible, store the powdered and liquid mixture separate in airtight tupperware so it’s ready to go while camping.
` Ingredients (for 2 servings)
Eggs are one of the food items that many vegans struggle to give up. While you can’t replicate a runny yolk, it’s quite easy to replicate scrambled eggs using tofu. Here’s how.
Cereal is one of the easiest breakfast options for plant-based eaters. Swap dairy milk for a milk alternative, and pour into a bowl. As always, make sure to check the label as many kinds of cereal include hidden plant-based ingredients that you might not expect it. In addition to avoiding cereals that use animal products, try to avoid cereals with more than 5 grams of sugar per serving.
Another easy and filling option, vegan cream cheese is available at most grocery stores and tastes convincingly close to the real thing. Toast your bagel on the stove, or just have it plain. Top it with avocado, capers, or onions if you are craving a more “deluxe” meal.
A good ole’ PB&J is an easy vegan treat that you can make ahead of time and will keep for days. Sweet and savory, a PB&J is a great camp food, but venture beyond this classic for more options. In this day and age, the grocery store is full of vegan alternatives to meat and cheese, making it simple to prepare a totally vegan deli sandwich. Keep in mind, vegan meats and cheeses are highly processed. Try to use these “meats” minimally and include plenty of veggies.
Vegan Deli Sandwich Ingredients
You can make almost any sandwich into a wrap! A PB&J or deli wrap will do, but a Mediterranean wrap will pamper your taste buds during a long day of hiking, biking, or boating.
Mediterranean Wrap Ingredients
Chop up your favorite veggies; add your favorite beans and grains; and top with a vegan dressing, such as olive oil and vinegar or even simple lemon juice. A salad can be conveniently brought along to your day’s adventure in secure tupperware. Make sure the lid is tight, as any leakage in your backpack can make quite a mess.
Vegan Cobb Salad Ingredients
If you’re spending a portion of the day at the campsite, make tacos for lunch! Tacos are relatively light on the stomach but packed with flavor. Fill tacos with whatever veggies you please. When cooked correctly, seasoned jackfruit can have a similar texture to shredded meat. Sweet potato and black bean tacos are another favorite; this vegan twise on tacos is filling, flavorful, and ridiculously healthy. Bonus, none of these ingredients need to be refrigerated.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos Ingredients
Using just one pot, make an easy dinner that’s as tasty as it is filling. After a long day of activities, this meal will come together with almost no effort.
Feeling a bit lazy? Campfire foil packets have minimal setup with basically no clean-up! Simply wrap whatever veggies and potatoes you want in foil, and place the packets fireside on hot coals. There’s something about cooking your meal straight on your campfire that is sure to please any outdoor enthusiast.
Originating in China, tofu is found in many Asian foods, including stir fry dishes. Tofu contains a good source of protein, all nine amino acids, iron, calcium, and more. Incorporating tofu into your camp stove stir fry helps create meat-like texture. Pair with one to three veggies of choice, and enjoy.
Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry Ingredients
Marinate veggies and tofu with your favorite sauce, place on the grill, and enjoy. Barbecue, teriyaki, lemon, or even a vegan Italian dressing make great marinades. Pack with colorful veggies for a vibrant summer favorite.
BBQ Tofu Skewers Ingredients
Beans and rice is a versatile dish that draw influences from many countries and cultures, including Italy, Mexico, India, and the United States. A staple of Louisiana cuisine is creole food, including Creole-style red beans and rice. While this recipe may not be entirely authentic, the camping version of this spicy dish will refuel you for adventures ahead.
Creole-Style Red Beans and Rice Ingredients
This classic campsite meal can easily be made vegan by swapping out meat patties for veggie patties. There are plenty of burger substitutes available, from sweet potato-based to faux meat. Black bean patties are a tasty, healthy alternative to traditional beef burgers, and are loaded with potassium, fiber, and protein. Place on the stove, and add your favorite burger toppings. While camping, the easiest option is to buy patties at the store, but you can also make your own patties.
Classic Black Bean Burger Ingredients
Whether you’re looking to omit animal products from your diet entirely, or you’re exploring how to reduce the amount of meat you consume, eating plant-based meals will benefit your health as well as the environment. Protect our planet by shopping sustainably, including the food you eat and the clothing you wear. Choosing to purchase high-quality garments will extend the life of your clothing, and reduce clothing waste. Read the KÜHL standards to learn more about the main positive practices we respect.
Check out our trail chef styles: