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April 4, 2011

It is time for another update from your friendly neighbourhood vegan avenger!

This past week, we had a camp to attend (Venturer Assembly, my personal favourite as a Scout Leader). Lots of fun had by all. But that has nothing to do with my adventure. This adventure is all about being Vegan!

We left on the Friday, and my car ended up eating dinner en route at a Subway Restaurant. Easy enough – veggie sub, no cheese, on Italian Bread (as detailed many times before, true bread has no eggs, and neither does this one). With a water to drink. Simple, easy.

Saturday. Now this is a bit different. For brunch, the Venturers ate lots and lots of bacon and eggs. I ate Spelt Raisin Bread. Which is fine, as I love the stuff.

Dinner. Well, it is hard to describe what dinner was. So I will show you:

Yes, I see Ribs, Salmon, Chicken, and Sausage. In my head, I am singing like the Sound of Music: “Chicken and Sausage and Salmon and Ribs, These are a few of my Favourite Things!”

Of course, I can’t eat any of that! There was some grilled veggies on the side, and corn on the cob as well. But for me, I made Quinoa Medley. Recipe is as follows:

Quinoa Medley

  • 1 bag Quinoa (mine was from Costco – not sure the size, but it was big)
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 onions, sliced and chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic (the whole bulb, not a clove), thinly sliced
  • 1 thing of bok choy, sliced and chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and chopped
  • S&P, and grilling spice, to taste

In large pot, pour twice as much water as you will use quinoa. As this was camp, I was making a ton of it. Not just for me, but for everyone, as it was the side dish. Kind of like having rice with dinner. When water boils, add quinoa, and cook until the water is absorbed, and the quinoa is done. Stir occasionally  to avoid the stuff sticking at the bottom. Once done, remove from heat. Add the black beans, kidney beans, chick peas, and diced tomates, and stir, mixing all those flavours together. Cover and let sit.

In skillet, add oil. Fry up the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Once they get nice and golden, add the bok choy and zucchini, and stir fry them up, until the bok choy reduces significantly, about 5-8 minutes. Add them to the quinoa pot (oil and all), and stir until it is nicely mixed. Add the spices to taste.

Serves 40ish people (as a side dish).

For snacks, I had the Cosmic cookies (which I wrote about last month), which for the record went over very well. Many people sampled and all agreed that they were fantastic. We also had some oranges as a snack (the Venturers preferred oranges to apples for this camp), so I did have one (blood oranges rule!)

A great side story to all of this. We had the corn on the cob. However, our group of 20ish people simply could not finish all the food that was prepared. So the chef for the evening (the other leader, not me, I did prep and the Quinoa) starting calling out to other camp sites offering food. Well, between offering ribs and corn, we had a rush of other campers. At one point, 3 Venturers from Midland (I think) came over. Very nice polite teenaged girls. Anyway, I started talking with them, and one mentioned that they could not eat gluten, and another was born and raised vegetarian. So thanks for the corn, but they could not eat anything else. Naturally, I piped up “would you like some quinoa?” The look of sheer amazement in the fact that not only did I know what it was, but I had some, at camp no less, I think it made their camp (at least a small part of the camp). We spent the next 20 minutes discussing Veganism, and all the different rules and food and what not. It was a very cool camp moment. I told them about the blog, and I hope they check it out!

Good times!

  1. Neil permalink

    I don’t know Frank. That is some incredible willpower you have! I’ve been on Rob’s meat-offs (5 meat chili anyone?) and I just don’t think I’d have been able to resist!

    • I have to be honest, the ribs were really hard. Especially since I pre-made the BBQ sauce Sunday and Wednesday (2 batches – sauce is not vegan). Smelling my favourite rib sauce on the fire ribs definitely made me crave…

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