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Shirataki? Shirawhati? Shirayummy.

The sleeping bags, the sunscreen, the tank tops, the portable chargers- there is a lot to pack for camping at a festival. Food is a big part of the camping experience, and with the right preparation it can be another source of the communal festival fun. Easy, healthy, tasty, inexpensive recipes are totally possible. Bananas, apples, crackers, jerky, and peanut butter are easy staples to have on hand. But working with your friends to cook something you are proud to eat together is a lot more satisfying. To start, what about a no boil, stir fry that can be loaded with meat but also works for vegetarian and gluten free diets?

When camping, the joy of pasta consumption is almost ruined by the years it takes to get water to boil. That is where shirataki noodles come in. These no-cook, tuber based noodles will ensure you are back to the stage without missing the band. Find them in the refrigerated section of the grocery store (particularly Asian grocery stores, in the section by the tofu), for about $3 a package.  I am sharing these slimy noodle imposters with you, because besides not requiring any cooking, they soak up sauce and provide an easy base for whatever you are craving.  The best part about pasta is the sauce and other crap you get to put on it, right? And in case you were trying to look hawt in that leotard, these noodles have 0 grams of fat while also containing fiber and vitamins.

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Despite my apron collection I am not a chef, but I have some suggestions on how to prepare these noodles. Keep the package in your cooler, though you don’t have to be as careful as you would be with meat. Open the package, drain the liquid, and rinse them real good. Then technically you can eat them. That’s it. But, you probably don’t want to do that. Instead, make an Asian inspired sauce ahead of time in a plastic bottle. You can thrown in any combination of what you might have on hand: soy, garlic powder, white vinegar, chili oil, white sugar- even peanut butter for that dan dan noodle-esque preparation. You can stop there and simply combine, or- heat up some oil in a pan, add that sauce and sautee some veggies, like mushrooms, scallions, onion, and even meat. Then add the noodles to the pan and toss. Think stir fry, but with even less stirring and less frying.
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Not feeling the Asian flavors? While my personal favorite treatment of shiratakis is soy based, you can treat it how you would any other pasta. Heat up some easy pasta sauce on your stove top and add the noodles once it gets hot. Parmesan cheese keeps well when camping, just keep it out of the sun and don’t forget the grater if you buy it in block form.

Want another no cook pasta-like recipe? Here is another item to add to the Asian grocery store shopping list- summer roll/ wrappers. These round sheets are made from rice flour. They become soft and pliable once dipped in hot (but not boiling) water. Lay them out on a plate and fill with any combination of veggies, meat, herbs, and sauce, then roll up like a burrito. Once you get good at the folding, you are guaranteed an instagram worthy shot.

Fly Food Tips:

• Pick up shirataki noodles and summer roll wrappers at an Asian grocery store
• Prep a killer sauce at home. Try: soy, garlic powder, white vinegar, chili oil, white sugar, and peanut butter
• Purchase mixable veggie and meat options to throw in

Happy eating,
Jamie, your Firefly Foodie Expert

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