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Happy campers eat wholefoods

02/04/2013

capsicum egg ringsI’ve just come back from a delightful little camping trip to Cunningham’s Gap in southern Queensland. While I really do love to rough it when I go camping, this trip was a luxury affair with a Weber Q barbecue, gas stove and gas camping oven, in addition to the traditional campfire.

bestbrook mountainThere are so many reasons why getting outdoors and going camping is good for your health.  Here’s my list.

camping vego breakfastIn between the horse riding, hiking through the beautiful forest of the Scenic Rim and taking afternoon naps, we cooked and ate some really great food altogether as a big group of friends.  There wasn’t a tin of baked beans or packet of Deb (instant potato mash) to be seen. And you don’t need the fancy cooking gear to cook like this – a campfire, butane stove, hot plate and a few pots will go a long way.

So here’s a snapshot of just some of the great wholesome camping food (all with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options) we enjoyed on this trip:

  • Tofu and vegetable Thai red curry with rice (plus there was enough leftovers for lunch the next day).
  • Peanut butter, avocado and salad gluten-free wraps.
  • Scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes cooked on the barbecue.
  • A ‘hangi’ style meal with loads of vegetables: sweet potato, potato, pumpkin and corn served with a grilled chickpea and spinach patty.
  • Leftover vegies from the hangi meal cooked into bubble and squeak, with mushrooms and eggs cooked in capsicum rings on the barbecue (pictured).
  • Gluten-free chocolate berry cake baked in the gas camping oven for dessert.

Have you got some tasty camping recipes based on whole foods? I’d love to know about them.

For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health at her Broadbeach clinic and is the Chinese Medicine Senior Lecturer at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Gold Coast campus.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    02/04/2013 2:47 pm

    Sarah, I was just wondering if you knew how I could put my green leaves in to the juicer and have them properly mooshed up. I have tried several times but they end up on the side of my juicer instead of liquefied. Do I need another juicer?

    Thanks and glad to hear you had a great time camping.

    Amy

    • 02/04/2013 3:18 pm

      Hi Amy, that’s a good question. I’m not big on juicing, I have the occasional one now and then but would rather eat my fruit and vegies. I think greens can be bunched up tightly to juice them better but if you want to do a lot of this you may need to look for a more specialised juicer. Hope this helps.:)

  2. Natalie permalink
    04/04/2013 7:04 pm

    If yours is a centrifugal juicer, greens won’t juice exceptionally well. Masticating juicers work better for greens. P.s Very much agree that you don’t need fancy equipment to make wholesome food.

  3. 19/05/2013 2:05 am

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