This week we are taking the camper on a mini vacation to Michigan. We don't have much planned, just heading up North and seeing what kind of adventures we can get into. Anytime we take a camping trip, my first priority is always food. What's for dinner? What are we going to have for lunch? What food do I need to prep ahead of time? How many snacks am I going to need? The heart of every trip is pretty much food.
Since so much emphasis is placed on what we eat, I spend extra time preparing for our culinary experience. I first brainstorm what foods I plan on making, whether that be at home, ahead of time, or during our trip. Next, I make a list of what I need to buy and what foods I already have that I need to remember to bring (for instance soy sauce or condiments). I then head to the store and try to stick to the list, but of course usually buy a few extra goodies. After stocking up on groceries at Fresh Thyme, I prep whatever meals need made (if any), cut fruits and veggies, add seasoning to containers etc. The last step is super important...remember to grab all the food I bought and made! I've learned the hard way on this one. Veggie burgers just aren't the same without the patties.
For this trip, one of the meals I prepped ahead of time were these colorful Veggie Couscous Jars. Super simple, convenient, to-go meals. I was able to put together these healthy jars in 20 minutes with just a few simple ingredients. Not only are these great for camping, but also school lunches, snacks on the go, and any other time you need to grab a quick bite to eat.
Couscous takes only 10 minutes to cook, which makes this a great base for this convenient recipe. Red pepper, corn, cucumber (first one picked from my garden!!), and red onion were a great combo, but this recipe is pretty flexible.
Lately I've been trying to repurpose jars that I empty from my fridge. I have a collection of pickle, salsa, kimchi, and banana pepper jars I put to good use for this recipe. Even though I recycle at my house, I still feel bad tossing my empty jars into recycling when they could be used for so much more.
To top off these delightfully delicious meals, I used a tahini based dressing. This refreshing dressing made with tahini, lemon, garlic, and liquid aminos gives this dish a flavorful punch.
Check out the full recipe below. Feel free to add any additional veggies that strike your fancy.
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