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Camping Food

July 15th, 2009

Last week we took a few days off and headed to the beautiful mountains of sunny Oregon. Soon after our reservations were made, my mind raced to the food. What was I going to pack for meals? Meals afterall, at least for our family, are of the utmost importance. We like to eat when we go camping!

I quickly grabbed a pad of paper and started making notes. "Hmmm, we need 5 dinners and breakfasts and lunches, plus snacks for 2 adults and 2 teens". Easy. Well maybe not easy, but totally do-able. And all vegan too.

I then turned to Everyday Dish for recipes. Yes, you read that correctly. I use this site as my own personal cookbook. For good reason too. All of my favorite recipes are conviently stored and ready to print at a moments notice. So here's the bulk of what I prepped ahead to bring:

1 batch of marshmallows (from the member's side), because we just HAD to have S'mores... plus dark chocolate and graham crackers

2 batches of the Smoky Link Sausages (also from the member's side of this site). They were ready for grilling and to put in the Jambalaya

1 batch Chickeny Seitan loaf (member's side of ED), sliced and ready for sandwiches

2 batches of the Whole Grain Pancake recipe (sans blueberries), from the archives of ED. I simply mixed all of the dry ingredients together and put them in an airtight zip-top bag. On the bag I wrote how much liquid needed to be added to prepare the mix. Easy, peasy, and much cheaper and healthier than a mix.

1 batch Homemade Maple Syrup (from the member's side of ED)

1 batch of Peanut Ginger Tofu Salad to keep in the cooler for quick snacks or sandwiches.

3 packages water-packed firm tofu for scrambles

Peanut butter and jelly

1 loaf of bread and crackers

Homemade granola (recipe from the archives of ED)

Dried pasta, canned organic chopped tomatoes and a package of froze4n meatless meatballs

8 ears of corn

Lots of vegetables for salads, all ready washed and prepped, including tomatoes, onions, avocados and lots off garlic.

Homeade salad dressing

Condiments for sandwiches and sausages

Earth Balance

Fresh fruit

1 Chocolate Zucchini Cake (member's side recipe)

Joe Joes cookies (from Trader Joes)

1 recipe Jambalaya (from the member's side), with the rice and sices all measured out in a bag. The veggies were cut annd prepped ahead of time, and I brought a copy of the recipe to prepare at the campsite in a cast iron Dutch oven

Canned baked beans

Packaged Asian soup bowls from Trader Joes. Easy to throw a couple into a large pot of simmering water, along with chopped veggies, cubed tofu, garlic, a dash of soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos and Sriracha sauce.

I think that this is pretty much the bulk of the food that we brought with us. We ate so well, and even had enought to share. The only other thing that I might pack next time would be a batch of the Spicy Peanut Noodles (from the ED archives), to have ready to go for dinner or quick lunches.

So, now the question is, what do you pack to eat when you go camping?