Many first time travellers feel that Australia is a world of its own. Indeed, the island continent that is also a sovereign country is both enigmatic and enticing to people who haven’t yet stepped foot in the legendary land down under. However, all a person needs is a hired campervan and they’ll surely be able to take in what this amazing country has to offer. That includes good food even without meat!
Yes, you can absolutely prepare a wonderful meal in the Outback on a hired motorhome. All you need is just a few simple ingredients, some imagination, and inspiration from the widely visited destinations in the country – the state capitals!
Here, we have compiled a few simple vegan dishes that would surely make your mouth water. These dishes would surely be great on your next campervan holiday.
BBQ in Brisbane
A holiday in Australia would be incomplete if do not even turn on the grill and cook a mean barbeque. You can actually buy a variety of vegan meats in the market that could be transformed into an amazing grilled dish.
Nowadays, they even create vegan meat that is inspired by different fish and animal varieties like beef, pork, and turkey. These meats are even made with a variety of plant-based ingredients. So, you’re sure guaranteed that these are premium gluten free products.
Head to The Green Edge when you are in Brisbane for your vegan needs. They claim to be the largest vegan store and café in “Bris Vegas.” Check their shop in the city located at Cnr of Lutwyche Rd & Le Geyt St Shop 2B/229 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor, QLD, 4030.
As for the side dish, you can try making salads that are simple to make using citrus extracts, wine or vinegar for dressing. Then add some salt and pepper to taste.
Steaks in Sydney
BY Jeff Gunn
Some tourists can’t get enough of their beef. The best dish one could think of when talking about beef is steak! However, did you know you could turn vegan meats into fantastic tasting steaks? Well, there are awesome meat substitutes sold in various vegan shops in the city.
One of those shops is The Cruelty Free Shop. Their shop is located at 83 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037. The “mock meats” could be bought at affordable prices and could easily be prepared into a fine dish.
As for the side dish to your vegan steak. Why not try out vegan mashed potato for that delicate yet satisfying meal. Substitute plant-based milk, like soya milk for the traditional cow’s milk. You can even add some olive oil into the mix to enhance the flavour.
What’s amazing with vegan dishes is that you can never go wrong with your nutrient intake. These foods are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals without the nasty (and sometimes deadly) bad cholesterol!
Muffins in Melbourne
After a hearty meal, care for some dessert?
You can bake vegan muffins while on the road. You just have to substitute your animal based products with plant-based ingredients. Try vegan butter for a new twist to your banana crumb muffins. Of course, don’t forget the vegan based milk. You also need to substitute flax egg (made from raw flaxseed) for your chicken eggs.
If you are hesitant to bake in a campervan, did you know you can bake on an oven top burner? How about baking in a microwave oven? Well, you can check YouTube for some very neat tricks in baking without an oven. As for your mobile kitchen, our campervans and motorhomes are built with a kitchen that could literally cook-out a feast.
If that still did not convince you, we’ll there is a vegan bake shop nearby. Just head to 151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale 3032 and visit the Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop. They prepare vegan cakes and other baked goodies.
Apples in Adelaide
Afterwards, head to Adelaide for some apples!
Adelaide Hills is a popular stop for, well, Adelaide Hills Apples. The fruits grow abundant during the autumn season. The apple industry has also evolved with time. You would now be seeing machines used in the harvesting of the gorgeous reds. The Adelaide Hills also propagates different kinds of apples like the Fuji, Pink Lady, and Sundowner.
BY Suzette – www.suzette.nu
And what better way to enjoy apples other than turning it into a delectable apple pie. All you need for your vegan apple pie are these six ingredients – 4-5 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced, 1/3 cup vegan margarine, softened, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp grated nutmeg, and 1 pre-made 9-inch pie crust.
For the ingredients, head out to the Everything Vegan at 172 Goodwood Road
Goodwood SA 5034. Surely, you’d be able to find the things you need to bake that delicious treat!
Pasta in Perth
When you head out to Perth, you might want to prepare some pasta while enjoying a romantic sunset with that special someone. A one pot vegan pasta dish might just do that trick in order to tighten your bond.
All you need are these ingredients: 12 ounces dry pasta; 1/2 small eggplant, cubed; 2 cups cremini or button mushrooms, sliced; 3 cloves garlic, minced and divided; 1.5 cups vegan marinara sauce; 2 cup water; 2 tsp sea salt + more for eggplant; 1 tsp ground black pepper; and 2 Tbsp olive oil. You might also want to add parsley or basil as garnish.
All these ingredients can be bought in one roof in Perth. Go to La Vida Vegan Grocery at 290C Cambridge Street Wembley WA 6014 for the ingredients you’d be needing for you one pot dish before heading to the beach.
Dinner in Darwin
Enjoy a wonderful dinner in Darwin while you drench yourself to its tropical climate.
BY Stacy Spensley
There are a lot of healthy meals that you can prepare for your vegan dinner. Try smashed bean and avocado club. How about preparing curried eggplant with tomatoes and basil? Vegan pasta dishes are also easy to make and are absolutely wonderful for that intimate dinner.
You can buy the freshest organic ingredients in The Greenies Real Food at Shop 12, Rapid Creek Shopping Village, Darwin. They have a variety of organic and gluten-free products that would make your planned vegan dinner an absolute hit!
These are just some of our top picks for a vegan feast while you’re exploring Australia. Of course, you can make your own list or modify some of the ingredient, even shop around the city. Explore all your options when you head out to each city’s central market in order to get the choicest ingredients for those vegan dishes prepared in a hired campervan.