No meat is no problem.
No rule says vegetarian food can’t be spectacular. Many of us are so used to eating like an omnivore, we never consider trying vegetarianism.
However, there are some major benefits to eating vegetarian meals. Benefits that you can start to take advantage of, without sacrificing the joy we all experience when we eat delicious food.
To help you break away from unhealthy eating habits while you Getaway Well, we’ve put together a list of 25 vegetarian camping meals and snacks that you’ve got to try.
Before we jump into a few of the wonderful ways you can build vegetarian camping meals into your trip’s camping meal plan, let’s discuss some of the benefits of eating vegetarian camping meals.
Meat is easily one of the most expensive ingredients that you can include in any meal of the day. Cutting meat out of the equation immediately cuts back on the grocery bill for your trip.
In many cases, you don’t have to refrigerate vegetarian ingredients the same way that you would meat and dairy products.
This saves you the hassle of having to worry about ice while you’re camping and opens you up to tons of non-refrigerated healthy snack ideas.
Of course, one of the most obvious benefits of vegetarian camping meals is how healthy they are. Anyone who’s ever polished off a huge camping meal of hotdogs and hamburgers will attest to the fact that it’s a lot to digest.
Give your body some healthy fuel instead, and you’ll notice a substantial difference in your own comfort afterward.
Meat takes a lot of time to cook, and in many cases can be quite a precise science. Undercooking meat can be dangerous, which is a problem you’ll rarely find with vegetarian meals.
Plus, because you don’t have to wait for the meat to cook, many vegetarian meals are quick to prepare.
Meals that are heavy in meat often result in scraps and bones that end up in the trash. When you’re camping, those bones can be dangerous for local wildlife that are scavenging for food. Vegetarian camping meals solve that problem.
This recipe can apply to vegans as well when you pre-make some ‘egg’ mix with neategg. Then add some cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. Then just heat a skillet over the fire, dip your toast, and get toasting. Add some fresh fruit afterward, for a sweet way to start the day.
Another great use for JUST eggs, in case you’re a big fan of eggs for breakfast, and want an animal-friendly alternative. Pre-cup some veggies and shred some cheese, then just add everything to the eggs in the pan. Flip once and you’re done.
If you’ve got a busy day ahead of you, and you don’t want to bother building a fire to heat some breakfast, consider having some fruit and granola.
This saves you the time and energy you can spend starting your next camping adventure. Also, they also make great vegetarian camping snacks between meals.
Assuming you’ve got a little bit of extra cooler space, parfaits are a rich, satisfying camping breaking to start any day.
Just buy some cups with lids, layer your favorite fruit, yogurt, and granola or oats, and you’ll be ready for a quick, premade camping breakfast.
All you need to do is throw your favorite veggies and some eggs into a pan, scramble everything together until it’s cooked, and toss it all into a tortilla with some shredded cheese.
Best of all, you can even take these portable breakfast wraps on the go, so you don’t have to wait around while everyone eats.
Another simple recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare. Just pre-wash your chickpeas and pre-cut some veggies, then toss them in a skillet over the fire with some eggs.
This makes a solid protein replacement for breakfast meat when you’ve got a really busy day ahead of you.
It doesn’t take a lot of cooler space to bring along a carton of your favorite almond milk. That way, any morning that you don’t feel like cooking, you can pour yourself a quick bowl of cereal. The real question becomes, which cereal do you want to take with you on your trip?
Prepping some breakfast bars ahead of your trip is a great way to save yourself time in the mornings, while you’re camping. Hearty enough to get your day started but sweet enough to feel like a treat, these make the perfect vegetarian camping snacks and meals.
This recipe requires you to take some time ahead of your trip to prepare creamy cashew rose sauce and some par-cooked noodles, but if you do, then you can throw your ingredients into your pot to get them started.
Add your sauce and noodles, once everything else is partly cooked. Bring it all to a simmer and then remove from heat.
Remember: cream sauces burn if they aren’t stirred regularly, so don’t let them sit too long unattended!
Making a batch of your favorite vegetarian stew ahead of your trip offers a few advantages to you, including having to spend much time preparing to serve your meal.
As an added tip, if you freeze these meals before you go, they could take a day to thaw on your trip. This makes it a little easier to keep cold if you bury pre-portioned containers at the bottom of your cooler. Just heat and serve.
Full of beneficial protein to give you lots of energy while you’re exploring, all you need to do is add some quinoa, vegetable broth, chili powder, and cumin into a pot with some beans, tomatoes, and corn, then bring them to a boil.
Stir regularly until the quinoa is cooked through (about 20-25 minutes), and then you can mix in some cilantro and lime juice for additional flavor.
This one doesn’t require a pot at all, so we can call it a minus one-pot recipe. Just purchase your favorite veggie dogs or hamburgers, and cook them on the fire.
Simple, classic, and a lot healthier than their fat-laden alternatives.
Making vegetable quesadillas in a skillet on the fire is a quick and easy way to make a meal that feels more elaborate than it is. Just oil your pot or pan, lay your tortilla down, and then add your ingredients.
Finish with another tortilla on top, and remember not to flip until you can see that the cheese is melted – otherwise, it might fall apart on you when you try to flip it.
For meals that feel like you’re eating meat, few things come close to a nice thick cauliflower steak done over the campfire.
Throw some blanched potatoes, peppers, and onions in the pot alongside your cauliflower, toss in a sizable scoop of garlic, and let everything get nice and crispy on one side before you stir it. Yum!
If you’ve got a Dutch Oven handy, just layer your nachos and favorite toppings inside, and then put it on heat.
Keep an eye on the corners. When everything starts to get crispy and melty, they’re ready to eat.
This recipe absolutely knocks it out of the park. With a great combination of flavors, and only requiring you to use one pot to make two different parts of your meal, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another one-pot recipe that’s as flavorful as it is efficient.
Another great use for your Dutch Oven, you just need to bring all your ingredients with you, layer the lasagna into your pot, and get it on the fire.
Be sure to use no-boil lasagna noodles for this one, otherwise, they may not cook properly over the fire.
Exactly what it sounds like. Just pre-cut yourself some of your favorite fruits or veggies. Package them on water or wrapped in damp paper towels, and then enjoy a light, refreshing snack at your leisure.
Possibly the most classic vegetarian camping snack of all time, trail mix is a must-have on your camping list. You can either buy a pre-made trail mix or get the ingredients to make your own.
There are no wrong answers when it comes to trail mix.
There’s nothing quite like dippable vegetarian camping snacks, and hummus makes a much healthier alternative to sweet yogurt or dessert dips.
This also allows you to make multiple uses of all the pre-cut veggies you’ll probably be bringing with you.
Another classic snack that many of us remember from our youth.
All you have to do is boil some eggs for 10-12 minutes, and then keep them on ice until you need a protein-heavy, vegetarian camping snack.
Sometimes we need snacks that give us more than just a burst of sugar energy, which is why peanut butter protein balls are the way to go.
You can do these with or without mini chocolate chips. However, if you’re going to add a bit more sweetness to this vegetarian camping snack, then consider getting dark chocolate chips instead of milk.
Really any of your favorite granola bars will work, as long as you’re careful to read the ingredients before you click the buy button.
This is less of an issue for vegetarians than for vegans, but it’s always a good idea to make sure we’re checking the ingredients before we buy snacks anyhow. Often, when it comes to packaging, the old expression ‘looks can be deceiving’ applies to so-called healthy snacks.
Yet another childhood favorite that’s too often forgotten when we’re planning out vegetarian camping snacks.
Just cut and wash some celery stalks, fill their centers with peanut butter, and add some raisins or dried cranberries for a bit of added sweetness. Crunchy, savory, and sweet – an incredible combination.
All this snack takes is a bit of prep time making the mix before you leave.
If you do prepare the bruschetta mix ahead of your trip, be sure to drain your tomatoes after you cut them up, before you combine them with the other ingredients. Otherwise, your final mix could have a lot of liquid in it – especially after it’s sat for a while in your cooler.
There are a million ways that you can choose to eat healthy while you’re traveling, but the choice to continue making your health and diet a priority is something you have to make for yourself.
Thankfully, with ideas like these vegetarian camping meals and snacks, you’ll never be bored with your meals.
Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t have to feel like a chore, because when you’re still enjoying what you eat, you’ll always Getaway Well.