Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Vegan Campsite Meals at Bonnaroo

Yesterday, I shared all of the delicious eats (and musical highlights) enjoyed inside Centeroo, the festival grounds at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Fest last weekend in Manchester, Tennessee. Tonight, I've got a round-up of stuff I ate at our campsite.

We stay in Guest Camping every year, which is quite a step up from Bonnaroo's General Camping area. It's reserved for artists and press, and the entire campground is shaded (there are no trees in general camping). Plus, we get free showers, and there are some cool perks (like air-conditioning and wifi) in the nearby media tent. Soooo grateful for guest camping!

Here we are after setting up camp. You can see my shiny orange Subaru Crosstrek in the background. Her first roadtrip!! Also, check out our Obama tapestry that we found on the ground at Bonnaroo last year. Ground score!!

I wish I was one of those campers who cooked amazing, rustic meals every night. But I'm not. I'm a convenience camper, and most of my meals consist of oat cups and soup cups. I bring a camp stove for boiling water for my cups. But I try to work in some fresh fruit and veggies too.

Breakfast most mornings was oat cups with nut butter packets and fresh blueberries, which I picked up at the Manchester, TN Walmart when we arrived in town.

I used to bring instant coffee and boil hot water on my campstove to make coffee, but who wants hot coffee when it's 90 degrees outside? These days, I pack cold brew and little boxes of soymilk to make iced coffee.

Lunches were typically soup or noodle cups, like these Dr. McDougall's Pad Thai Noodles.

And this Dr. McDougall's Tortilla Soup.

The soup cups are usually 200 calories or less, which does not make a meal. So I supplemented with big ole salads! I had lots of lettuce in my CSA, which I picked up on Tuesday before we left. I packed the mixed baby greens in our cooler, and I picked up a can of chickpeas, some chopped cauliflower & carrot "rice" blend, and some Just Ranch dressing at the Walmart when we got there. I made salads like these every day! Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day outside than a cold salad with vegan ranch.

I also kept some hummus and baby carrots in our cooler for snacking, but I didn't get pics. Ooh, and let's not forget my Sunday morning breakfast, which wasn't oats but Dr. McDougall's Vegan Chicken Ramen!!

As for snacks, I had trail mix, Earth Balance popcorn, I Heart Keenwah puffs, Kettle Bourbon BBQ chips, Bugles (!!!), and some homemade Cheesy Kale Chips that I made in the dehydrator at home before I left. I used my CSA kale for these! 

I love that I was able to use most the CSA veggies that I worried might go bad while I was gone! All in all, I feel like I ate pretty well at the campsite this year. Made up for all that fried goodness I bought out in Centeroo. 


Unknown said...

Those are some totally legit camping meals- i’m a longtime fan of those Dr. McDougall cups! There’s a fairly new variety that are quinoa salads that are really tasty and a bit more filling. Great idea with the cold brew, and probably better than instant coffee anyhow (well starbucks via is pretty good)
What a fun couple of days!

janna said...

I’ve always wanted to go to bonaroo, ever since the first one, when I worked at a grocery right by the interstate in Nashville and we sold out of beer! As in all beers in stock. I remember thinking that this was a real event that wasn’t stopping anytime soon

Sarah said...

Oooh the camping area sounds so nice! Air conditioning is always a good thing in the gross summer heat. I love the McDougall's soups so much and breakfast porridge cups are a great camping convenience! I love the Just Ranch dressing and your salads look awesome! A perfect way to use all of those greens.

vegan peace said...

Sounds so fun! I'm sure you guys needed the fun! I love your new car, so pretty!!