Eating well on an outdoor adventure

This past weekend my husband and I spent some time with the Chemeketans in Smith Rock, OR for a little R&R on the rock.  It was amazing – such a display of nature’s beauty.  Check it out at Sunset

Historically, climbing trips are an excuse to binge out on whatever one would want because, hey – we’re exercising so much, right.  I love climbers but man, do we love our junk food….. look here, I almost feel victim to the deadliest climbing food of all: Cheddar stuffed sausages on big fat white buns.  Whew….near miss!

Good thing I was saved by all the healthy stuff I brought, like bison burgers and veggies.  I actually learned a lot about my commitment to wellness this weekend, because I had tons of tempting foods around me and i simply did not want to eat them.  The greatest part was that I did not want them simply because I don’t feel well when I eat them.  This was a huge shift for me, as usually I’m driven by the calories or “good” vs “bad” mindset and that usually leaves me stressed.  However, over the past couple of years, I’ve been able to let that go and see my relationship with food from a place of personal serenity and simplictity.  It just happens to be that for me this means no refined carbs, no “joining in” with the crowd to eat simply because I want to fit in.

So, I’m pretty excited about the meal I made (no pics, sorry), because it was pretty resourceful for the circumstances and the supplies I had available.

Smith Rock Sautee

  • 1 tbsp butter, as “taken” from the Smith Rock cafe at your breakfast meal earlier (Plan A was to bring some butter or oil, but I forgot it!)
  • Two colored bell peppers, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1 tbsp all purpose seasoning or Spike, or something of the like
  • 1 lb buffalo burger patties

1 sauce pan and 1 coleman stove are all you need to make what turned out to be a fabulous meal that served 3 hungry climbers, with augmentations of hummus/veggies/salsa/chips/watermelon.  I’m telling you – climbing makes you pretty hungry.

Fire up the coleman and put the saucepan on med heat.  Add the butter and the veggies.  Cover with a lid or whatever you have around.  Stir and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add the spices.  Cook another 2 minutes and then remove.  Set in a plastic camping bowl on the table. In the same saucepan, crumble up the 3 buffalo patties and pseudo-stir fry them.  because they are lean, you are going to have to stir a lot.  Cook for about  7 minutes.

Serve the buffalo and veggies with some watermelon wedges and an ice cold drink of your choice (beer was the choice for most this evening.  I stuck with water because it was seriously 101 degrees all day and I was pretty toasted).  Enjoy under the setting sun with good friends and good stories.

And who ever said that living off-white had to be painful?  our meal was the envy of the table 🙂