Plant-Strong Camping Tips

6th July 2017

It’s been a bit since I’ve taken you on one of my Adventures with Ami. We’ve relocated to California and I’ve been busy coaching in our private 20,000+ member Seven-Day Rescue Facebook group. California is an incredible place! So much to explore from the beach to the mountains and everything in between.  Last week, we camped in the Sequoia National Forest at the Quaking Aspen Campground.

Heading to the mountains for a camping trip doesn’t have to mean ditching your plant-strong plan.  With a little pre-planning and creativity, you can build tasty meals that don’t require refrigeration and keep you fully fueled for your adventures. Whether you are hiking or simply enjoying being in the woods or on the beach, convenient plant-strong meals make camp life a lot easier.

I start with a few simple essentials (all found on Amazon.com).

  • GSI Outdoors Fairshare Mug – Perfect for making Seven-Day Rescue bowls
  • Light My Fire Original BPA-Free Tritan Spork with Full-Sized Spoon, Fork and Serrated Knife Edge
  • Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition
  • MSR Alpine StowAway Pot – Perfect for boiling water or simmering oats, stew and more
The tools I use in camp

Then I pick some essentials from Harmony House Foods (order direct or find on Amazon.com).  They have dehydrated and freeze dried ingredients – perfect for bowl building the Seven-Day Rescue way.  You can buy items individually or in a sampler pack.  I like the sampler packs because you get small packets of a variety of ingredients. I also use freeze dried fruit, oats, corn meal, Rip’s Big Bowl cereal, Bob’s Red Mill Seven-Grain Hot Cereal, salt-free spices, nutritional yeast and some walnuts.

Harmony House Foods – Dehydrated ingredients – perfect for rescue bowls

 

Nine plant-strong meals for three days camping in the Sequoia National Forest

 

You can create your own meal ideas by adding dehydrated ingredients and spices to a zipper storage bag – I used quart sized bags here.  You could use sandwich sized bags though.  You could also make a large quantity of one type of meal and store in a different container if you don’t mind eating the same meal during your trip.

Here are my combinations for the meals shown above from top to bottom:

Note: Feel free to improvise – I did!

Camping Curry

  • 4 tablespoons dehydrated garbanzo beans
  • 3 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Seven-Grain Hot Cereal
  • 3 tablespoons dehydrated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated spinach
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated jalapeños (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

Cheezy Potatoes

  • 5 tablespoons dehydrated potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated spinach
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated celery
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated jalapeños (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • dash of black pepper

Mango Oats

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried mango
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 handful of walnuts

Lentil Stew

  • 5 tablespoons dehydrated lentils
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated carrots
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated celery
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated spinach
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated corn
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onions
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning (rosemary, thyme, sage and marjoram blend)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of black pepper

Italian White Bean Soup

  • 5 tablespoons dehydrated northern beans
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated spinach
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • dash of black pepper

Rip’s Big Bowl with Berries & Bananas

  • 1 cup Rip’s Big Bowl Cereal
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried bananas
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 handful walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal

Ecuadorian Dinner Bowl

Smoky Chili

  • 4 tablespoons dehydrated kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onions
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato powder
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated jalapeños (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Banana Nut Polenta

  • 1/2 cup fine grain polenta (corn meal)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried bananas
  • 1 handful of walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal

All of these meals can be made in one of two ways: add the dry ingredients to your fairshare mug or bowl and add boiling water, stir, cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes – or – add dry ingredients to the pot of boiling water, reduce heat and simmer for 5 -8 minutes,  remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Then enjoy!

Get creative! Make your own combinations tailored to your likes and dislikes.  Take a clamshell of fresh greens with you to add to your bowls if you are taking a cooler.  If you are backpacking – the combined weight of these 9 meals was 2.8 pounds and fit into a gallon size zipper storage bag. Happy camping!

~Coach Ami

3 days worth of plant-strong meals

 

Making Cheezy Potatoes in the Sequoia National Forest
Cheezy Potatoes cooling in the pot

 

Smoky Chili

 

Rip’s Big Bowl with berries and bananas by the morning campfire

 

Camping in Sequoia National Forest – Quaking Aspen Campground

 

 

 

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