More beans, less franks. Freshen up your camp menu 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 a 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 might think!
Why eat vegetarian while camping
Cheaper: 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 of 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.
Combining the flavors of banana bread with the classic camping breakfast: pancakes! Topped with walnuts, sliced bananas, and maple syrup, these pancakes make rolling out of your sleeping bag in the morning just a little bit sweeter.