More beans, less franks. Freshen up your meal plan this year with a few of these delicious vegetarian camping food ideas.
While many traditional camping meals can be very meat heavy, there’s a lot of compelling reasons to consider a more vegetarian approach instead. Below are few of the reasons why we prefer to cook vegetarian meals while camping, plus a bunch of our favorite vegetarian camping recipes. It’s a lot easier than you think.
Why Eat Vegetarian While Camping
Cheaper – Straight up, meat is expensive. Especially if you’re conscious about shopping for organic and humanely raised options. Incorporating some vegetarian meals can help lower that grocery bill before heading out to your campsite.
Less refrigeration – Bringing raw meat camping means you really need to be on top of your cooler game. Sealing everything in contains, packing enough ice, refilling when necessary, and making sure not to leave anything out for too long. While not all vegetarian meals eliminate the need for a cooler (some do), it certainly reduces your overall risk of foodborne pathogens. Reduces overall stress, too.
Feel better – We’re no dietitians, but after a couple days of eating hamburgers and hot dogs, usually, we aren’t feeling too hot. Most traditional camping meals tend to be pretty heavy, which is fine for a day or two, but it can take a toll on the system after a while. So we like to put a vegetarian twist where we can to make our camping diet a little more sustainable.
If you need a little inspiration on how to incorporate some vegetarian meals in your camping routine, we’ve got a few ideas to get you started. Check out the full list below.
Grilled halloumi cheese, sweet Hawaiian rolls, a fried egg and spicy mayo come together to make a fantastic quick and easy camping breakfast. Get the recipe.
Using relatively shelf stable ingredients, this vegan French toast is perfect for when you’re camping without a cooler. Get the recipe.
If you’re looking to reinvigorate your morning bowl of oats, give this spiced apple and seeds version a try. Get the recipe.
A protein packed update to breakfast hash, this chickpea and vegetable breakfast skillet is a healthy way to jumpstart your morning. Get the recipe.
VEGETARIAN LUNCHES / SNACKS
These bliss balls are a whole-foods alternative to pre-made trail snacks! Get the recipe.
If you’re looking for the perfect portable camping snack this summer, look no further than these Vegan S’mores Granola Bars. Get the recipe.
A beloved happy hour classic, now being served at a campground near you. What better way to end the day outside than with a cold beer, warm campfire, and a big pot full of cheesy nachos? Get the recipe.
VEGETARIAN CAMPING DINNERS
Toothsome sweet potatoes, assertive poblano peppers, and flavorful black beans, wrapped up in a crispy corn tortilla. These vegan tacos deliver a smoky southwestern sensation with each and every bite. Get the recipe.
Combining red lentil pasta with garlicky sauteed kale, this super easy one pot camping meal delivers a ton of protein while still being completely vegetarian. Get the recipe.
If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, AND healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegan sweet potato peanut stew. Get the recipe.
An easy cornbread recipe that cooks up in a cast iron skillet over your campfire. Perfect with a bowl of chili on your next camping trip! Get the recipe.
Combining healthy sweet potato and bean patties with smokey southwestern spices, these vegetarian burgers are the perfect excuse to fire up the grill! Get the recipe.
Layers of baked pasta, crunchy edges of melted cheese, flavorful tomato sauce, and fragrant Italian seasonings. Can anything come close to the mouthwatering perfection that is lasagna? Get the recipe.
Roasted peppers, blistered red onions, and grilled halloumi cheese. Get the grill fired up and try out these delicious vegetarian tacos the next time you go camping. Get the recipe.
This DIY vegetarian chili uses non-perishable canned ingredients, making it a perfect go-to pantry meal. Get the recipe.
Packed with protein and flavor, this simple one pot meal is not only healthy but incredibly filling as well. Get the recipe.
Get that crunchy oven-baked taste from your mac & cheese by using a blowtorch. Get the recipe.
If you’ve never made pizza while camping before, then this campfire pizza Margherita is the perfect place to start! Get the recipe.
A vegan kebab with a French twist, this campfire Grilled Ratatouille is a great way to incorporate some vegetables into your camping diet. Get the recipe.
Grilled sweet potato “steaks”, roasted peppers and onions, and a New Mexican chile marinade, these vegan campfire fajitas are a new take on an old classic. Get the recipe.
Soft cinnamon spiced apples, crumbly topping, and a sweet syrupy sauce, all baked to golden brown perfection inside a Dutch oven, this apple cobbler is a great dessert to enjoy around the campfire. Get the recipe.
Learn how to make campfire banana boats: a classic camping dessert and beloved campfire tradition. Get the recipe.