Eating Well in the Great Outdoors

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Howdy! It’s Tanya, Tejal’s Veggie editor and enthusiastic understudy. Whereas she’s on trip this week, I’m diving into some reader emails. The query on so a lot of your minds proper now: How does one eat nicely exterior this summer time?

Collect ’spherical the fireplace, campers, as a result of it’s time to share some recipes and suggestions.

My companion and I’ve been tenting these days (teardrop trailer with camp range) and noticing the simplest meals have been very heavy on meat and carbs: sandwiches, pasta, grilled sausage, burgers, and so forth. Any good concepts for vegetarian dishes that wouldn’t be a ton of prep and in addition use components that will maintain up for a couple of days in a cooler? — Char B.

Silken tofu, simply prepared, often is the best choice of all. I additionally haven’t stopped desirous about this cold tofu salad since we printed it final summer time, and I believe it fits your wants particularly nicely. The dressing is made with shelf-stable staples that you would be able to combine in a jar forward of time. From there, you simply want a package deal of silken tofu, which can maintain up in a cooler with out difficulty, and a few tomatoes and peaches, which don’t require refrigeration. Wrap the mint for garnish in a humid paper towel, tuck it right into a zip-top bag, and retailer it on high of all the pieces else within the cooler.

For summer time themes, what about chilly or room temp noodle salads to convey to picnics? Like soba noodles with a soy or vinegar dressing and plenty of veggies, some sort of western pasta salad, and another delicacies. — Caitlin I.

Based mostly on the feedback beneath it, this recipe for vegetable noodle salad with sesame vinaigrette is certain to be a success. It has noodles (we name for angel hair, however soba noodles would definitely work), each soy sauce and vinegar, and loads of tender greens. Different choices: a Basque-inspired orzo salad that’s much more scrumptious at room temperature and a modern spin on macaroni salad that can rival something you may seize at a deli.

As a vegan with two vegan children, I haven’t had a lot luck discovering good recipes or concepts for vegetarian/vegan picnics and even campfires. Any posts within the Veggie about this may be nice! — Allison

For picnic salads particularly, tahini is your buddy! This vegan potato salad is creamy and filling, and it will get solely higher because it sits. Ditto this lemon-tahini slaw, which might hang around for hours with out dropping its luster. Every might be made forward, packed up and simply transported to a park or seashore.

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