Camping Life – Vegan Style

Camping Life Vegan Style
A skillet full of root veggies ready to bake in the BBQ

I love camping! I love the trees, the water, the quiet time, the time outdoors, the leisurely walks, the beaches, the campfires, playing games and eating great vegan food (that’s what we spend most of the time doing!). I love it all, each trip is unique, the location, the vibe, access to water, extra services or off the grid – always different and yet somehow the same.

Camping Life Vegan Style
Our new to us travel trailer. We love it, perfect for two, everything and more that we could need.

Last year we had our beautiful little Boler camper and we decided it was time to move on to something just a bit bigger. We ended up with a fantastic trailer (far more than we were thinking of), just perfect for the two of us; it suits us now and it will suit us 10-20 years from now too. We decided we wanted to get out there and do as much camping as possible this year, I just booked sites so that it would happen.

I am going on 9 years of being a vegan and my husband is going on 5. We have experienced quite a few camping trips and have learned a few things along the way. I thought it would be fun to write a blog on camping vegan style, I gotta say, camping as a vegan, it’s the best.

Keep reading is you want to find out more on vegan camping and my vacation….

Camping Life – Vegan Style

Camping Life Vegan Style
The view kept changing – one thing that stayed the same though was how beautifully unique each view was.
Camping Life Vegan Style
My sister’s back yard – a mini vacation to Salt Spring Island.
Camping Life Vegan Style
My new hat. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping Life – Vegan Style – oh we had such a great summer! So diverse and each trip enjoyable in its own way. You know that we ate well!

I thought it might be fun to share some our stories and also how we not only survive but thrive when we camp. With a bit of thought and a few simple techniques, you can eat healthy and have beautiful high energy food while you soak up nature – so good for the body and the soul.

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My two camping companions. My wonderful husband Brent and our recycled dog and love of our life Spunky.
Camping Life Vegan Style
The view on the way to the beach on Gabriola Island. Some spectacular sunsets.

This summer was filled with many camping destinations, some very urban (a different type of experience) and some right amongst the trees (my favourite type of camping). Regardless of where we go, I want the food to be good (healthy and tasty) and relatively easy to prepare. That’s my goal for all the things I do before I go camping. With a bit of planning, you have more time to relax and enjoy the people you are with or just be in nature.

 

The Sites

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This family of deer went by both morning and evening – I guess on their way to and from work?

As I write this, I am looking out over the estuary in Parksville on Vancouver Island, so quiet, lush and filled with all types of life. We’ve seen a number of deer and fawns and a huge blue heron. In the evening, the waterway fills up almost to the campsite and we see more deer on their way home, making their way through the water and plants.

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Here we are on one of the 3 bays at our campsite in the Regional Park on Gabriola Island. That’s our friend Joe in the middle.

The campsite I thought I loved the most was the Regional Campground on Gabriola Island, which is a short ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo. What I love about this place are the rock formations, the 3 unique bays, the community, the vibe, well I love just about everything.

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I could take a million pictures. Nature is so beautiful!
Camping Life Vegan Style
This was an out of the way campsite and yet close to home. I love this lakeside forestry campsite.
Camping Life Vegan Style
Every experience, unique and amazing.

Our very last trip of the year turned out to be the absolute best. We went to a beautiful island called Quadra Island and stayed at the Wei Wa Campsite located right on the ocean. Being on the ocean was spectacular and the vibe of the campsite was very laid back with everyone doing their own thing. It was so peaceful. Internet access was only available at the registration office, so most of the time I was disconnected and it felt wonderful!

All in all, we had 8 unique camping adventures this year; next year we’ll try more places. I could camp on the Gulf Islands for my whole life and not see everything there is to see. It’s just beautiful being close to home and enjoying what is right here in front of us.

The People

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My good friend Mel and I resting in the shade.
Camping Life Vegan Style
My husband Brent and our granddaughters Jessica and Shay Lynn – spending some time with each other.
Camping Life Vegan Style
Joe and Ethne our new friends came to visit us a few times this summer. Old people taking a selfie – always good for a laugh.

Camping is a wonderful time to spend with the people you love. This summer we were fortunate to have time with many of our family and friends…feeling blessed. Here some pics of the people and experiences we had on our summer vacation adventure

 

 

The Food

Now let’s get down to business and talk about what is really important – the food – in particular the vegan food. We ate like kings and queens!

Camping Life Vegan Style
Pre made veggie burgers and some corn on the cob. Perfect!

This summer I have been taking a Culinary Program through Rouxbe and I was travelling quite a bit for work so I decided to double up. I had assignments for school (recipes to practice) and they became the foundation of many camping menus, saying me a lot of time. I usually take a bunch of food with me and then just figure it out from there, that can work too.

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Did I mention corn on the cob?
Camping Life Vegan Style
Pan fried burritos – use up all the leftovers, add some fresh stuff and you are in business.
Camping Life Vegan Style
A simple open faced sandwich!
Camping Life Vegan Style
I pre-made the pasta and then made a very simple sauce at the campsite. Elegance for sure.
Camping Life Vegan Style
I made our favourite recipe from Oh She Glows – Almond Chocolate Chip cookies – they were a hit!
Camping Life Vegan Style
The red sauce pre made or bring a jar of pasta sauce, boil up your favourite pasta with a few fresh veggies from the garden and you are in business
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This was one of several soups I made ahead and froze for camping. So perfect for lunch or dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned, our camping menu was built around my assignments through Rouxbe. On one trip, the menu was built around a variety of sauces I had created as a result of my program. Indonesian marinade became a tofu dish. On another trip we ate a lot of pasta! I made manicotti and ravioli and froze them. I just had to thaw it out and add another component or veggie. Soups that I had made for school were frozen and we brought those too…frozen soups also help with keeping things frozen in your cooler! Bonus!

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Fresh organic veggies from our garden, washed and ready to pack for camping.
Camping Life Vegan Style
Purple potatoes, basil and spinach fresh from our garden.
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Sauteed plums and apples fresh from our yard. Serve with vegan yogurt or cashew cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also bought vegan dogs and burgers, snacks, fresh fruit and lots of veggies of course. On the fruits and vegetables, I focused on maximising the use of what was growing in my garden and yard, what was seasonal and fresh at our local farmers’ market and attempted to get as organic fruits and vegetables as possible. I cleaned all my fruit and veggies and stored them in a bin with paper towels to protect each layer and absorb and moisture.

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Another wrap – full of leftovers inside. Yummy!
Camping Life Vegan Style
Baked root veggies smothered in protein packed gravy. Recipe on the blog.
Camping Life Vegan Style
Who doesn’t love a good skewer BBQ’d with all your favourite veggies, tempeh and tofu?
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For one trip I made some olive tapenade and some savoury cashew cream. Great on crackers when friends drop by.
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Quesadilla for the win!
Camping Life Vegan Style
Soak your chia seeds or oatmeal the night before and then serve with seasonal fruits and nut milk. A high energy way to start your day!
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Veggies, tofu, coconut milk, vegan bouillon and a few spices and you have a one pot vegan meal fit for anyone! Salad on the side with rice. A winner!
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Macaroni and BBQ’d veggie dogs! Camping paradise! The mac and cheese was the Daiya brand, so easy to make and really tasty. Serve with your favourite side salad and you are good to go my friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use leftovers. We would make our dinner and plan to have leftovers for the next day for lunch with the other fruit, veggies and snacks I had brought.

Create a list. I am in the process of developing a list of things I need to do, bring and buy for camping. A general always bring list….bathing suits and towels or trip specific items such as frozen soup. This way I can feel calm and confident that I haven’t missed anything we really need and a few nice to have things too. Hey who says you have to suffer when you camp? Its best when you are comfortable and relaxed, warm and in nature.

Most important tip of all! Have fun, be present, enjoy your life!

Camping Life Vegan Style
Spend time with those you love!
Camping Life Vegan Style
Eat what is in season and eat the rainbow!
Camping Life Vegan Style
Be yourself and hang out with the people that love you just the way you are.
Camping Life Vegan Style
Smell some flowers, eat some flowers, hey just hang out with flowers – each one has it unique style and beauty.
Camping Life Vegan Style
Ya gotta love this! That’s what I call hanging out with flowers!
Camping Life Vegan Style
If you get a chance, take part in the family timed tests for going down the water slide.
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Dance a little in the forest, especially if you are wearing a tie dyed dress – almost mandatory then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your turn to share a tip?  Any tips for fellow or emerging vegans?

Camping Life – Vegan Style

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