If you are looking for great vegan food for camping ideas, you will find them here! Regardless of the destination, premade food is the easiest to heat up when camping. Of course, grilling is also a great option, but planning ahead makes cooking in the woods much more manageable.
Our kids recently decided to go camping but needed a little help with what to eat. Vegan food for camping, although some think is impossible, is easy. I don't know if the kids needed advice or if they wanted me to cook for them. Even though I know the honest answer to my question, I enjoyed helping the kids plan and cook for their outings.
So, let's talk about breakfast. First, I suggested preparing Southwest Tofu Scramble, Potato Hash, fruit, and bagels with Vegan Cream Cheese to make it easier. Since I know of an oil-free baker close to home, I grabbed a couple of dozen bagels and made some Carrot Lox and some veggies for the bagels. Although carrot lox may be a little fancy, I love it, so I taught them how to make it.
I suggested pre-made Vegan Chicken Salad, Chickpea Tuna Salad, Oil-Free Hummus, and Tabbouleh Wrap for lunches. So first, we made the salads, and then I packed oil-free wraps and some extra vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, and lettuce to add to the wraps or make Vegetable Sandwiches.
Since the kids planned to grill, I made the dinner suggestions easy to pack and even easier to grill. For instance, we pre-made Vegan Coney Chili Sauce for veggie dogs. And then, the kids wanted Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers instead of veggie burgers, which surprised me. So next, we marinated tempeh for two dishes: Tempeh Grilled and Tempeh Kabobs. Camping, however, is not complete without Vegan Sloppy Joes!
Carrot dogs or your favorite veggie dogs work well for this vegan chili sauce recipe, which can be made ahead of time and reheated quickly.
Grilled portobello mushroom burgers can also be marinated and prepped in advance until ready to grill.
Marinating tempeh, for example, can be done in advance and grilled like steaks in minutes.
I packed tempeh kabobs for camping, cut and marinated the tempeh, cut the pineapple and red onions beforehand, and packed them separately.
Vegan sloppy joes, for instance, can be made ahead of time and reheated quickly on the grill or over an open fire.
Make-Ahead Salad Ideas
- Ketchup: I buy organic ketchup whenever possible
- Mustard: I like yellow but love Dijon mustard, so I always take both.
- Pickle Relish: I like dill pickle relish, but if sweet is your thing. I suggest a plastic squeeze bottle, so you don't have any glass.
- Whole-grain Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns: I'm spoiled with a vegan bakery that bakes without oil. But, I suggest buying buns from your local grocer's fresh bakery section. Believe it or not, most fresh baked bread is oil-free.
So, the next time you plan to go camping, vegan food for camping is easier than you may think. The kids had a blast, and they had plenty of healthy vegan food to eat!
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂