In 3 days I will be on my way to Black Rock City, the mejestic location that holds the annual arts festival, Burning Man.
If you are unintiated, it is a week long festival out in the desert in Nevada attracting some 70,000 people annually. And it truly is everything you can’t imagine.
This is my second time attending the event (you can read about my first time HERE) and I feel so much more calm and at ease about the planning process. Unlike my first year where all I brought were canned garbanzo beans, fuji apples and candied nuts, this year I made raw vegan cheesecakes to give away as playa gifts, and I prepared this vegan fried rice to freeze and eat on the playa.
Figuring out what to do for food is only one aspect of planning for an event where radical self relience is the name of the game, but it can really add to your overall experience in the pixie dust land of Burning Man.
And by pixie dust, I mean DUST! Lots and lots of dust.
This post has the recipe for this easy vegan fried rice as well as tips to on the best way to prepare, and pack your food so it lasts throughout the week! Just because you are in the desert camping doesnt mean you can’t eat healthy, wholesome and delicious food. No hot dogs or doritos over here!
To prepare food for the Playa, its important to think ahead.
You want to create meals that freeze and defrost well. Think- chili, rice and beans, fried rice, pad thai, Indian or Thai curries, and even smoothies.
Portion out your food so that each morning you can pull out only what you will eat that day in the morning so it has time to defrost and be ready to eat by lunch or dinner. This recipe makes 5 portions for me, however yours might be bigger or smaller depending on your needs. Generally speaking, because it is so intensely hot, and I will most likely be out exploring the playa, I will eat less then I usually would hence the 5 portions instead of… like 3. 🙂
Preferrably you will have two coolers, one for drinks and one for food (or three like this post suggests). You will most likely be opening your drink cooler much more than your food cooler, so this keeps your food frozen and less likely to spoil. If two coolers is too much, no worries, as long as you get dry ice to put at the bottom of your cooler. Dry ice, along with reguarly replacing the ice that you buy at center camp, should keep your food frozen. Here is a helpful article about using and handling dry ice for camping.
I used ziplock bags to portion out my meals, and froze them in advance. If you have a vacuum sealer, use that. I am not that fancy yet so ziplocks it is!
Other items I am bring to the playa to eat: marinated olives, not yet ripe avocados, fuji apples, baby carrots, candied nuts, raw veagn desserts, canned beans, grapefruit, indian curry from trader joes (those $2 ones in the boxes, non refridgerated).
Recipe for Vegan Fried Rice loaded with Vegetables HERE
If you have gone to Burning Man, I would love to know- what is your favorite thing to bring and eat on the Playa??
In a large frying pan or wok, heat the coconut oil over medium low heat and add the red onion. Stir constantly until they are translucent and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
Add in the broccoli florets and stem and cook for 1 minute. Add in all the remaining vegetables and stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes, adding more coconut oil if needed.
Add in the oil, tamari, mirin, and maple syrup if using and stir to combine.
Lastly add in the fried rice, turn the heat up to medium and stir occasionaly for another 2-3 minutes. Taste test and adjust as needed.
IF COOKING FOR BURNING MAN: Remove from the heat and cool completely. Portion out into 3-5 plastic ziplock bags and place in the freezer until ready to pack up the cooler and head to the Playa!