Note: This is less of a recipe and more of an idea of something easy to make while bike touring / backpacking.
I often have a fun time contemplating what would be a fast, easy and light-weight meal to make while backpacking, camping or in this case, while bike-camping. Rarely will you find me following any sort of recipe- I tend to just throw things in a pot. Take that as a warning in advance that my recipes may be vague, but that just makes it more fun and creative for the both of us.
Advice: Choose tortillas over buns or a loaf of bread. They take up much less room, you can cram a bunch of food in them and you won’t smash them in your pack.
I use a Trangia (27-7 UL/HA) cooking set. Plus I took the handle off of a miniature wok-like pot that is slightly larger than the Trangia pot I replaced it with. It comes in handy for two people. Plus, it’s a safe-for-you-and-the-environment-non-stick pan. I’m sure I’ll get super nerdy about the stove after I’ve used it more and can give a better review.
On to the recipe!
Vegan Sloppy Joe’s – While Camping
- Couple of cups of TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
- Use the same amount of water (1:1 ratio of TVP:water)
- Little can of tomato paste
- Spice pack made for sloppy joe’s (or mix your own!)
- an onion
- couple of garlic cloves
- bell pepper of your color choice
- olive oil
Use medium heat. I put on the simmer ring and adjust it open half way on the Trangia. If you are using a campfire, set up some logs so it’s not right on the coals or directly in the flames. Add a bit of olive oil to the pan, then add the onions, finely chopped. Let those soften while you chop up the pepper and garlic. Add the pepper to the pot, let it soften a bit and then add the garlic. Once all that is sauteed to your liking put in a couple of scoops of TVP- eye it out to your liking, and an equal amount of water. I also add in the spices and and tomato paste at this time. Cover it if you can, but make sure to stir it occasionally. It’s complete and ready to eat once all the water is absorbed.
Pile it onto a tortilla, add some fresh onions or any other toppings that you may have with you and devour it!
They will taste like the best food you’ve had in a long time if you bike half the day in hilly terrain with all of your gear, arriving to the campsite just before the sun is setting. I think it was 40F and windy when we ate these. They were warm, filling, and packed with protein.
Granted you can find sloppy joe/tvp mix at your local health food store that is light weight/ just add water, but it’s cheaper to just have a bag of TVP that you can use for other recipes as well.