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5 Vegetarian Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

July 29, 2016

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Camping is hands-down one of the best outdoor activities.

Through such an intimate connection with nature, we are encouraged to relish in the beauty of the present moment. We drop our distractions and focus on the life around us. We find gratitude in the simple things, from a 100-year-old oak to our best four-legged friend.

One of our favorite things about camping? Creating delicious meals to eat beside a well-crafted bonfire. It’s fun to eat in the presence of nature, and preparing your own meals in the outdoors can inspire feelings of accomplishment.

And while hotdogs and s’mores might be the norm, we’ve made it a point to find delicious ways to stay healthy in the wilderness. Check out the recipes below, and nourish your body alongside the beauty ofMama Earth.

Campfire Oats

Next time you greet the morning sun and begin to craft your breakfast, go for oatmeal. It’s warm, soothing, and provides you long-lasting fuel that will come in handy when you’re jumping off docks or hiking through wildflowers. This recipe is a make-ahead, meaning you can bring along the dry mix and simply add it to a pot of boiling water later on. Even without dairy, the end result is creamy and sweet, creating a breakfast you’ll wake up craving.

African Vegan Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

After a day of outdoor activity, you’re likely looking for something hearty and comforting to help you refuel. If that’s the case, you need to try this sweet potato and peanut stew. Smokey and flavorful, this recipe comes together in one large dutch oven. The combination of natural protein and carbs tastes delicious, as well as providing you with the sustenance you need to gear up for the next morning.

5-Ingredient Granola Bars

On-the-go snacks are a must for camping. Your adventures might take you off the campsite, and you don’t always want to build a fire just to get some energy. Meet these simple and tasty five-ingredient granola bars. With a just a few wholesome foods, you can make a healthy snack before your trip and enjoy a nutritious treat for spur-of-the-moment hunger.

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Amanda Kohr is a 24-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the Internet via her blog at