Plant-based Power Prep: Reimagining Cuisine with Camp Master

In recent years, there’s been an unmistakable surge in popularity of the plant-based eating movement. From resolute vegetarians to health-conscious omnivores, more people are embracing plant-derived ingredients and recipes. But why are even non-vegetarians opting for veggie meals on their adventures? Simply put, they’re a blend of taste, health, and sustainability. Join us as we dig a little deeper into the plant-based revolution and how you can fuel your next adventure with Camp Master!

Benefits of Going Plant-Based on Adventures

1. Cost-Effective:

·       Affordability: One of the main advantages of opting for plant-based ingredients during your adventures is the potential cost savings. While it’s true that some speciality vegan products or imported fruits and vegetables can be pricier, basic plant-based staples like beans, grains, and vegetables are often more wallet-friendly than their animal product caloric counterparts.

·       Meal Flexibility: Another financial benefit is the adaptability of plant-based meals. Ingredients like rice, beans, and pasta can serve as the foundation for numerous dishes, allowing adventurers to mix and match based on available produce without buying a variety of different proteins.

·       Less Waste: Unlike meat, which can spoil quickly if not refrigerated, many plant-based foods, especially staples, have a longer shelf life, reducing the chances of wastage.

2. Health Boost:

·       Nutrient Dense: Whole plant foods are dense in essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. These nutrients not only promote overall health but can aid in quick recovery after strenuous activities.

·       Digestion: Many plant-based foods are high in fibre, promoting better digestion, which can be especially important during physically demanding adventures. No more mid-hike sore tummies!

·       Lower in Saturated Fats: Plant-based diets are typically lower in unhealthy saturated fats which can benefit heart health and overall wellbeing.

3. Sustainability:

·       Lower Carbon Emissions: The production of plant-based foods is generally associated with fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the production of meat. By choosing plant-based, you’re actively reducing your ecological impact. Look at you go, eco warrior!

·       Water Savings: Animal agriculture is water-intensive. By opting for plant-based meals, you contribute to water conservation, which is especially poignant during camping or hiking when water resources may be limited.

·       Preserving Natural Habitats: Reducing demand for meat can lead to less deforestation and habitat destruction, which often results from expanding pasture lands or growing feed crops.

4. Diverse Flavors:

·       Culinary Exploration: Vegetarian and vegan cuisines span the globe, from the hearty stews of Africa to the flavourful stir-fries of Asia. Adventures provide a perfect opportunity to explore these diverse dishes. try something brand new with your palate, too!

·       Ingredient Variety: A plant-based diet encourages the use of a wide variety of grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, leading to meals that are not just tasty but also colourful and visually appealing. We love a pretty plate.

·       Spice It Up: With the multitude of herbs and spices that complement plant-based dishes, you can customise your meals to your preferred flavour profile, be it spicy, tangy, or savoury.

Camp Master Gear: The Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Plant-Based Cooking Outdoors

Embracing a plant-based lifestyle does not mean compromising on the thrill of outdoor cooking. In fact, with innovative gear tailored for this very purpose, one can prepare delectable vegan dishes amidst nature’s serenity. Camp Master understands this passion and offers a variety of equipment designed specifically for plant-based cuisine. Here’s a deeper dive into our culinary gear:

1. Portable Braais: The Veggie Grilling Essential

The Camp Master Portable Braai is the beating heart of any outdoor gourmet kitchen!

·       Benefits: The beauty of a portable braai is its convenience. Compact and easy to transport (it even folds up into a briefcase), it allows vegetable enthusiasts to take their grilling adventures anywhere.

·       Features:

·       Even Heating: Ensures veggies, tofu and the like are cooked uniformly, preventing any charred surprises.

·       Adjustable Grates: Helps in controlling the distance from the flame, suitable for delicate vegetables and marinated tofu slices.

·       Pro Tip: Using a marinade or a light brush of oil on vegetables and tofu can bring out more intense flavours when grilled.

2. Potjie Pots: A Veggie Gourmet’s Dream

The Camp Master Potjie Pot is a must-have for all the one-pot heroes of the campsite.

·       Benefits: Traditional in design but versatile in use, potjie pots are perfect for slow-cooking plant-based dishes over an open flame.

·       Features:

·       Durable Cast Iron Construction: Retains heat well and ensures even cooking, making it ideal for stews and curries.

·       Tight-fitting Lids: Lock in moisture and aroma, allowing for a rich infusion of flavours.

·       Pro Tip: Before cooking, season your potjie pot to create a non-stick surface. This enhances the flavours and prevents ingredients from sticking to the pot. So, don’t stir it too much! Let the flavour brew!

3. Cooler Boxes: Keeping It Fresh On-the-Go

Camp Master’s cooler boxes are a cut above the rest. Functional, durable and available in loads of shapes and sizes, they’re an iconic SA outdoorsman staple.

·       Benefits: An essential companion for any outdoor trip, cooler boxes guarantee your plant-based ingredients remain fresh and appetizing.

·       Features:

·       High Insulation Capacity: Maintains a cool interior environment, ensuring veggies and fruits retain their freshness and nutrients.

·       Sturdy and Waterproof Design: Protects your produce from external elements and accidental spills.

·       Sectioned Storage: Helps organise and separate different food items, preventing cross-contamination.

·       Pro Tip: Place ice packs or frozen water bottles at the bottom, middle, and top for an even cooling effect. Remember to drain any melted ice regularly to keep the contents dry.

Venturing outdoors doesn’t mean compromising on the quality or taste of your plant-based meals. With Camp Master’s range of equipment, you can seamlessly combine the joys of nature with the delights of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, ensuring every meal is an event in itself. Whether you’re savouring a grilled vegetable skewer by the campfire or indulging in a hearty vegan curry under the stars, Camp Master ensures you’re equipped for the ultimate plant-based culinary experience.

Mouthwatering Plant-Based Recipes for Camping

1. Veggie Skewers Ingredients:

·       Bell peppers (red, green, yellow), cut into chunks

·       Zucchini, sliced into rounds

·       Mushrooms

·       Cherry tomatoes

·       Red onion, cut into chunks

·       Olive oil

·       Salt and pepper

·       Marinade (optional): garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs


1.       Marinate the vegetables in olive oil, salt, pepper, and additional marinade ingredients for at least 30 minutes.

2.       Skewer the marinated veggies alternately on wooden or metal skewers.

3.       Grill on the Camp Master Portable Braai until they are tender and have a slight char on them. Rotate occasionally for even cooking.

4.       Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice or your choice of sauce.

2. Lentil and Vegetable Stew Ingredients:

·       1 cup dried lentils

·       2 carrots, diced

·       1 onion, diced

·       3 cloves garlic, minced

·       2 potatoes, diced

·       4 cups vegetable broth

·       2 tomatoes, diced

·       2 tsp cumin

·       Salt and pepper to taste


1.       In a potjie pot, sauté onions and garlic until translucent.

2.       Add carrots, potatoes, and spices, stirring for another 5 minutes.

3.       Add lentils, tomatoes, and vegetable broth.

4.       Cover and let simmer over low flame until lentils and vegetables are tender.

5.       Serve hot with crusty bread that you made in your Camp Master Bread Pot!

3. Chickpea Salad Ingredients:

·       1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

·       1 cucumber, diced

·       1 red bell pepper, diced

·       1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

·       2 tbsp olive oil

·       1 tbsp lemon juice

·       Salt and pepper to taste


1.       In a bowl, combine chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, and parsley.

2.       Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

3.       Chill in cooler box until ready to serve.

4. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Ingredients:

·       4 large portobello mushrooms

·       2 tbsp olive oil

·       1 tsp balsamic vinegar

·       2 cloves garlic, minced

·       Salt and pepper to taste


1.       In a bowl, mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.

2.       Brush this mixture over the portobello mushrooms, ensuring both sides are well coated.

3.       Grill on the Camp Master Portable Braai for about 5-7 minutes each side until tender.

4.       Serve as a main dish or in a bun as a vegan burger.

5. Vegan Wraps Ingredients:

·       Tortilla wraps

·       Hummus

·       Roasted veggies (bell peppers, zucchini, onions)

·       Fresh greens (lettuce, arugula)

·       Avocado slices


1.       Lay out a tortilla wrap and spread a generous layer of hummus.

2.       Add roasted veggies, fresh greens, and avocado slices.

3.       Roll the wrap tightly and slice in half.

4.       Serve with a side of salsa or any preferred dipping sauce.

With these recipes, your camping meals will be both nutritious and delectable, making your outdoor adventure even more memorable. Yum!

Tips for Storing and Prepping Plant-Based Ingredients

·       Storage: Use breathable bags for veggies and store them in cooler boxes to avoid spoilage.

·       Preparation: Consider pre-cooking grains or beans for quicker meal assembly during your trip.

·       Portioning: Pack ingredients based on the number of meals to ensure lessened wastage.

Embracing the Plant-Based Revolution in the Wild

From the mountain tops to forested valleys, plant-based cuisine is making its mark. With a myriad of benefits and unmatched flavour profiles, it’s no wonder campers are opting for veggie-packed meals. So, on your next adventure, we encourage you to experiment – and perhaps discover a new favourite recipe.

Have you got a plant-based recipe that’s a hit? Share your innovative plant-based camping recipes and experiences with us on our Instagram and Facebook. And don’t forget to gear up for your next trip. Find all your Camp Master essentials at your nearest Builder’s Warehouse, Makro, or Game. Happy cooking Camp Masters! Bon Appetit!


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