Best Backcountry Meals and Adventuring for Dreamers

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Part of the fun of hanging out in nature is the communal eating. Fire, warm food, and community is where our ancestors connected, so it is fantastic to revel in the history. Most people like to think inside the box when it comes to camping food, but with a little planning you can have some great meals out there. Here are my top five favorite meals I’ve had out in backcountry, in no particular order.

PANCAKES

This is a perfect way to start the day. Pancakes are comforting, filling, and really easy to make. Just get a premade mix or make your own and add water or shelf stable non-dairy milk. I brought pancakes along when we did our first backcountry camp at Big Bend. It was perfect for the chilly October morning.

   Ryan cooking vegan pancakes

Ryan cooking vegan pancakes

HERBED MUSHROOM RISOTTO

Most of the time I find prepackaged backpacking food to be a bust. It’s either too watery or bland and, occasionally, foul-tasting. This risotto from Good To-Go is an exception. Perfectly spiced. Filling. Ultra creamy. This was a pleasant surprise when we were camping in Arizona.

GRILLED CHEESE AND TOMATO SOUP

Most of the camping I do is done in the late fall, early winter because Texas is too hot in the summer. Cold sandwiches just don’t cut it when you are dealing with cold or wet conditions. This is one of our favorite no fuss meals when we want comfort and something warming for the body. All it takes is bread, cheese (I use Daiya cheddar slices), non-dairy margarine or oil, and Pacific Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. I love it!

TACOS

If you want to feel super fancy, why not try out some tacos on the trail? All you need is some tvp, taco seasoning, and tortillas. Or if you want to get really fancy, grab yourself some dehydrated tofu scramble and have some breakfast tacos like a true Texan.

   Dehydrated tofu scramble from Outdoor Herbivore

Dehydrated tofu scramble from Outdoor Herbivore

GRILLED VEGGIES AND SAUSAGE

This may seem super pedestrian, but you can really create some great things with this. We’ve done grilled corn with all the fixings. I’ve done sausage and pepper packets. I’ve done sausage, veggies, and lentil rice. The possibilities are endless and there are so many vegan sausages out there right now to fit your needs or make your own!

   Big Bend October 2017

Big Bend October 2017

Now, let’s talk menu for day 2 of our vegan backpacking trip. There are some new things that I’ve tried. Both the scramble and cous cous are definite winners! The chia pudding was delightful. Recipe coming later this week.

DAY 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks)

   January 2018

January 2018

Part of the reason I chose this theme for the week is the joy I feel when I’m out on the road or camping in nature. There is a sense of calm and wonderment that takes over me. I find that I start to appreciate my life and all obstacles that led to me becoming the person I am today. There is no way your problems stay looming over you when you are sitting under a giant Ponderosa pine in Montana or staring at the vast desert of Death Valley.

Ryan and I have a tradition of taking a photo right before we hit the road on our trips. Every time I see one of these photos, it puts a smile on my face. I remember all the planning and anticipation leading up to that moment, and I see it as the starting point for us getting lost in all of those tiny moments on a trip. What about you? How do you make magic out of your adventures? Leave a comment and share some of your favorite camping meals! Happy MoFoing!