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Heading Outdoors? Time for Some PLANTSTRONG Camping!

Heading Outdoors? Time for Some PLANTSTRONG Camping!

As a young child, watching my folks pack up the tent, kayaks, and coolers in our Econoline van were the ingredients for a perfect camping getaway. 

As an adult, that same wanderlust has returned in a big way and, like many, I find myself itching to get away and escape into the woods for some hiking, reflection, and reconnection with nature. 

But one of the stress points for plantstrong campers hitting the trails is:

How do I continue to fuel my body properly when so much of what traditionally constitutes “camping food” revolves around such things as beef jerky and hot dogs?

And, even if you do go meat-free, so many vegetarian and vegan hiking snacks are rich in oil, sugar, and sodium. Sure, packing plantstrong food for a simple day hike is simple enough, but what if you’re camping for a few days and nights?

Fear not: There are several ways to do it … easily, deliciously, and certifiably PLANTSTRONG.

First, we recommend a few camping-friendly essentials from Amazon.

Next, you’ll want to order some dehydrated and freeze-dried ingredients from Harmony House Foods (order direct or find them on Amazon.com) – These light and portable ingredients are perfect for bowl and recipe building the PLANTSTRONG way. You can buy items individually or in a sampler pack. Sampler packs are fun because you get small packets of a variety of ingredients for plenty of tasty inventive combinations!

Once you’ve got your basic supplies, let’s head for the mountains and get cooking. 

 

Soup’s On! It doesn’t get much easier than a hearty bowl of Engine 2 Firehouse Chili, Thai Carrot Chickpea Stew, Indian Lentil Stew, or Creamy White Bean Chili on your camp stove, or cooked in a pot right over the fire pit. (Don’t forget to use only fire-proof cooking supplies.) No doubt, you’ll be the envy of the campground, especially if you toss these hearty soups over some leafy greens or rice. 

 

 

No Fridge? Don’t Fret. Try Cold Soaking.  Cold soaking is a staple amongst many long-distance backpackers thanks to its simplicity and ease. It eschews cooking over a flame for the simple use of good old-fashioned water to hydrate and prepare your food. Want a quick example and recipe? Let’s say it’s 4 p.m. and you’re about an hour out from dinner. Grab your container (emptied and cleaned plastic Talenti ice cream containers or peanut butter jars are particularly popular and easy), toss in some couscous, pine nuts, dehydrated vegetables, and dried apricots … add some seasoning (coriander and cinnamon anyone?), fill it to the top with water, seal it up and let it sit for about an hour.

 

 

When dinner time comes around, voila! It’s ready to go … soft, filling, and flavorful. (If you do insist on it being warm, you can still heat it up over a flame, but be sure to spring for a titanium container, which can double as a pot if needed.) 

PLANTSTRONG Pizza and Popcorn Night Under the Stars – How fun is it to cook up pizza right on the fire pit?! Our organic, whole grain, and oil-free PLANTSTRONG pizza crusts are made with whole wheat, naturally sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, and stone-baked for an authentic pizzeria taste – the perfect foundation for a PLANTSTRONG pizza. Top it with our Firehouse Chili, or even some of the dehydrated ingredients you brought and have heated up over boiling water. Onions, corn, tomatoes, spinach…the options are as numerous as the stars in the sky you’ll be admiring as you enjoy your piping hot creation.

After dinner, whether you’re settling in for a movie night or stories around the campfire, our whole-grain, unsalted, and oil-free PLANTSTRONG popcorn will satisfy any craving and have the kids shouting, “We want s’more PLANTSTRONG popcorn!” Need flavor inspiration? Here are five flavorful combinations for your popcorn treat. 

Breakfast of Camping Champions – A perfect day in nature starts with a great breakfast. We, of course, love Rip’s Big Bowl cereal, along with the new Multigrain Flakes- Date & Raisin Cereal topped with fresh or dehydrated berries, seeds, bananas, and more. Our desert-inspired PLANTSTRONG granolas also provide hearty sustenance all day for your favorite camping activities – kayaking, bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking, or even relaxing in that hammock with a great book.

 

Heading to the mountains for a camping trip doesn’t have to mean ditching your plantstrong 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 plantstrong meals make camp life a lot easier.

See a few of our other favorite recipes below!

You can create your own meal ideas by adding dehydrated ingredients and spices to a zipper storage bag. You could also make a large quantity of one type of meal and store it in a different container if you don’t mind eating the same meal during your trip.

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 or Multigrain Flakes

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

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

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!

Make your outdoor camping adventure delicious, easy, and convenient. Check out our growing assortment of products in our PLANTSTRONG food line. We ship direct to your door and you can save 10% when you subscribe!

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Heading Outdoors? Time for Some PLANTSTRONG Camping!

Heading Outdoors? Time for Some PLANTSTRONG Camping!

As a young child, watching my folks pack up the tent, kayaks, and coolers in our Econoline van were the ingredients for a perfect camping getaway. 

As an adult, that same wanderlust has returned in a big way and, like many, I find myself itching to get away and escape into the woods for some hiking, reflection, and reconnection with nature. 

But one of the stress points for plantstrong campers hitting the trails is:

How do I continue to fuel my body properly when so much of what traditionally constitutes “camping food” revolves around such things as beef jerky and hot dogs?

And, even if you do go meat-free, so many vegetarian and vegan hiking snacks are rich in oil, sugar, and sodium. Sure, packing plantstrong food for a simple day hike is simple enough, but what if you’re camping for a few days and nights?

Fear not: There are several ways to do it … easily, deliciously, and certifiably PLANTSTRONG.

First, we recommend a few camping-friendly essentials from Amazon.

Next, you’ll want to order some dehydrated and freeze-dried ingredients from Harmony House Foods (order direct or find them on Amazon.com) – These light and portable ingredients are perfect for bowl and recipe building the PLANTSTRONG way. You can buy items individually or in a sampler pack. Sampler packs are fun because you get small packets of a variety of ingredients for plenty of tasty inventive combinations!

Once you’ve got your basic supplies, let’s head for the mountains and get cooking. 

 

Soup’s On! It doesn’t get much easier than a hearty bowl of Engine 2 Firehouse Chili, Thai Carrot Chickpea Stew, Indian Lentil Stew, or Creamy White Bean Chili on your camp stove, or cooked in a pot right over the fire pit. (Don’t forget to use only fire-proof cooking supplies.) No doubt, you’ll be the envy of the campground, especially if you toss these hearty soups over some leafy greens or rice. 

 

 

No Fridge? Don’t Fret. Try Cold Soaking.  Cold soaking is a staple amongst many long-distance backpackers thanks to its simplicity and ease. It eschews cooking over a flame for the simple use of good old-fashioned water to hydrate and prepare your food. Want a quick example and recipe? Let’s say it’s 4 p.m. and you’re about an hour out from dinner. Grab your container (emptied and cleaned plastic Talenti ice cream containers or peanut butter jars are particularly popular and easy), toss in some couscous, pine nuts, dehydrated vegetables, and dried apricots … add some seasoning (coriander and cinnamon anyone?), fill it to the top with water, seal it up and let it sit for about an hour.

 

 

When dinner time comes around, voila! It’s ready to go … soft, filling, and flavorful. (If you do insist on it being warm, you can still heat it up over a flame, but be sure to spring for a titanium container, which can double as a pot if needed.) 

PLANTSTRONG Pizza and Popcorn Night Under the Stars – How fun is it to cook up pizza right on the fire pit?! Our organic, whole grain, and oil-free PLANTSTRONG pizza crusts are made with whole wheat, naturally sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, and stone-baked for an authentic pizzeria taste – the perfect foundation for a PLANTSTRONG pizza. Top it with our Firehouse Chili, or even some of the dehydrated ingredients you brought and have heated up over boiling water. Onions, corn, tomatoes, spinach…the options are as numerous as the stars in the sky you’ll be admiring as you enjoy your piping hot creation.

After dinner, whether you’re settling in for a movie night or stories around the campfire, our whole-grain, unsalted, and oil-free PLANTSTRONG popcorn will satisfy any craving and have the kids shouting, “We want s’more PLANTSTRONG popcorn!” Need flavor inspiration? Here are five flavorful combinations for your popcorn treat. 

Breakfast of Camping Champions – A perfect day in nature starts with a great breakfast. We, of course, love Rip’s Big Bowl cereal, along with the new Multigrain Flakes- Date & Raisin Cereal topped with fresh or dehydrated berries, seeds, bananas, and more. Our desert-inspired PLANTSTRONG granolas also provide hearty sustenance all day for your favorite camping activities – kayaking, bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking, or even relaxing in that hammock with a great book.

 

Heading to the mountains for a camping trip doesn’t have to mean ditching your plantstrong 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 plantstrong meals make camp life a lot easier.

See a few of our other favorite recipes below!

You can create your own meal ideas by adding dehydrated ingredients and spices to a zipper storage bag. You could also make a large quantity of one type of meal and store it in a different container if you don’t mind eating the same meal during your trip.

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 or Multigrain Flakes

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

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

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!

Make your outdoor camping adventure delicious, easy, and convenient. Check out our growing assortment of products in our PLANTSTRONG food line. We ship direct to your door and you can save 10% when you subscribe!

Rip's Big Bowl Cereal

Heading Outdoors? Time for Some PLANTSTRONG Camping!

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