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Quick and Easy Hiking Meal

Embark on a mouthwatering adventure with the Trailside Veggie Stir-Fry, a delightful culinary creation that blends flavours, colours, and textures perfectly. This vibrant dish celebrates nature’s bounty, featuring a medley of fresh and crisp vegetables that come together in a sizzling harmony. 

With each bite, you’ll go to the great outdoors, where the aroma of the stir-fried vegetables mingles with hints of fragrant herbs and spices. So whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply craving a wholesome and delicious meal, the Trailside Veggie Stir-Fry is the perfect fuel to satisfy your taste buds and energize your adventurous spirit.

Trailside Veggie Stir-Fry


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 zucchini, sliced into thin rounds

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 cup broccoli florets

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)

Instant rice or precooked rice (for serving)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat.
  1. Add the sliced onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 2 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  1. Add the bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli florets to the skillet. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  1. Whisk the soy sauce and honey/maple syrup in a small bowl. Pour the sauce over the vegetables in the skillet. Toss to coat the vegetables evenly—season with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Continue stir-frying for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the vegetables are well-coated.
  1. If desired, sprinkle sesame seeds over the stir-fry and stir briefly to combine.
  1. Remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool down for a few minutes.
  1. Serve the trailside veggie stir-fry over instant or precooked rice, dividing it into portions for each hiker.

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious hiking meal!

Note: If desired, you can customize this recipe by adding other vegetables or protein sources such as tofu, tempeh, or cooked chicken. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your taste preferences.

Cooking time: Approximately 15 minutes

This recipe is for a quick and convenient meal during your hiking trip. First, pack the necessary cooking equipment and ingredients before your adventure. Then, enjoy your meal in the great outdoors!

Jennifer Williams | Editor-in-Chief

Spring 2024

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