Eating vegetarian while camping can be a struggle if you are thinking of normal camping food. Burgers and hot dogs don’t make for a vegetarian-friendly meal, and you don’t want to find yourself foraging for berries to stay full.
Fear not my vegetarian comrades! You might have to get a little creative, but there are actually a lot of vegetarian recipes you can make while camping. We will not starve on our next camping trip! Here are some tips to enjoy a camping trip if you’re a vegetarian.
Foil dinners are a perfect meal for the vegetarian camper. You can use them with a grill or over a fire. Plus, each meal is wrapped up for each person, which is great for vegetarians! You can add almost any kind of vegetable or fruit, and meat eaters can add meat to theirs if they want. The foil protects the food from contacting the meat!
To make a foil dinner:
You’ll need a long piece of aluminum foil, any seasonings, your vegetables of course, and some butter or oil to keep your food from drying out. You can also wrap a whole potato or an ear of corn in foil to grill if you have a grill top. If you don’t have a grill, place your foil meal beside the fire. Don’t touch the foil with your bare hands once it’s started cooking (it will become extremely hot). Turn them often to ensure that your food is evenly cooked.
Another way to cook vegetables is to put them on skewers (or kabobs) and either put them on the grill or near the edge of the fire. Cut the vegetables you want to use, making sure they are small enough to cook but not so big that they fall off. Wrap the kabob in multiple layers of foil if you are going to put it next to the fire. Cook until your kabob is tender or lightly browned.
You’ll need Tortilla chips, beans or vegetarian chili (optional), cheese (vegans can leave off the cheese or use a cheese alternative), peppers, tomatoes, or any other topping you want. The best way to cook campfire nachos is using aluminum foil. Tear off a long piece of foil and fold the edges so your nachos stay in place. Spread the chips in the foil, pour beans or chili, sprinkle cheese, and add any vegetables you want to include. If you are using beans don’t forget to bring a can opener! Place your nachos (in the foil) on the grill. When the cheese is melted, remove from heat.
If you have a grill, you can easily cook pasta over a campfire. Boil the water and add the pasta. Use another pot for the sauce and vegetables if desired. The pasta and sauce will have a campfire taste and give you the carbs you need for that nature hike afterward. If you plan on making pasta, remember to bring pots and a strainer.
Sandwiches or wraps are easy to fix and make a great alternative if you can’t get a fire going. Old fashioned peanut butter and jelly, egg salad, or a veggie sandwich can make a great lunch. If you have a fire, toast it over the fire. Grilled cheese can be another easy meal if you have a fire to use.
Side note: The way you cook will affect your whole trip. If you are just using a fire with no grill over the top, you can forget about using a pot. If you have a portable grill or the campsite has one, you might have a few more options. Knowing how you’ll be cooking ahead of time can make a huge difference.
Don’t forget to bring any pots, skillets, aluminum foil, etc to make sure that you have a way to cook your food. If you are traveling with carnivores, they most likely aren’t going to bring anything special that you’ll need.