VEGETARIAN CAMPING FOOD: 15 QUICK, CHEAP & EASY RECIPES

VEGETARIAN CAMPING FOOD: 15 QUICK, CHEAP & EASY RECIPES

Vegetarian camping food should not mean you are stuck to soup and salads. Here are ways to adapt the recipes you love whilst on the road as well as a few other vegetarian camping recipes you maybe hadn’t considered! From breakfast treats to easy camping dinners, here’s our meat free favourites! Also perfect if you’re looking for vegetarian backpacking meals as these are cheap, easy and require minimal ingredients and time!

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VEGETARIAN CAMPING FOOD – BREAKFAST

Cheesy Scrambled Egg Croissant

One of the yummiest vegetarian camping meals to start your day. The trick to fluffy, yummy scrambled eggs is “low & slow” – low heat and stir slowly. Add in grated cheese & serve inside croissants.

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Crossiant With Eggs

Donut Toast

A very cheeky treat to start your day and one of our favourite vegetarian camping recipes for brunch as well as the perfect hangover cure! It is also a great easy camping meal for kids as who doesn’t love donuts for breakfast!? Simply crack 2 eggs in a bowl and whisk with a fork (you could add vanilla essence for added flavour.) Soak Slices of bread in the egg for a few minutes, turn over to ensure both sides are well saturated. Fry in a pan with butter until crispy. Sprinkle plate with caster sugar and flip bread on plate until covered in sugar to resemble a donut. Garnish with strawberries, blueberries or whatever you wish!

French Toast Topped With Strawberries

Banana & Peanut Butter Quesadillas 

One of our favourite easy camping recipes for breakfast and we’d eat these for lunch & dinner too they are that cheap & quick! Pop a plain tortilla in the pan on a low heat. Spread on a generous dollop of peanut butter. Slice up banana (by the time you’ve done this the peanut butter will have started to melt and go all gooey and yum) sprinkle on some cinnamon, fold the tortilla in half then half again.

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Bananas Quesadillas

Overnight Oats

One of the best easy camping recipes as you don’t even have to cook. Perfect for camping as this recipe doesn’t require a fridge or gas! Also fab vegetarian camping food as there are so many varieties you’ll never get bored. We use yogurt, peanut butter, mashed banana & cinnamon, mix in the oats, leave overnight and you’re done! You could also try cocoa powder & peanut butter for a Reece’s pieces vibes. Or carrot cake inspired with cinnamon, raisin & shredded carrot. Very easily adapted for vegan diets too – replace the yogurt with almond milk or soya!

Porridge

Pretty much the hot version of the one above, equally quick & easy and a vegetarian camping food staple. Mix in peanut butter and top with sliced banana and cinnamon for added energy and yumminess. If you’re feeling fancy try a strawberry cheesecake version – a dollop of cream cheese, squeeze of lemon, chopped strawbs and vanilla extract. Who said vegetarian camping food was boring?

VEGETARIAN CAMPING RECIPES FOR LUNCH

Quesadillas

Traditionally quesadillas were a way to use up leftovers/whatever was in the cupboard so they are the perfect vegetarian camping food to chuck in anything you have left at the end of your trip. Fillings could be the traditional kidney beans, sweet corn & cheese or for a more exciting wake-me-up try scrambled egg, avocado & hot sauce. How about caprese quesadillas made with mozzarella, basil & tomato? The options are endless.

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Vegetarian Quesadillas

Bruschetta

Another favourite easy camping recipe because you don’t even have to cook! Chop up fresh tomatoes, red onion and basil. Add to a bowl/jug/pan (whatever you have at hand) mix it with generous helping of olive oil, a splash of balsamic and some lazy garlic. Add to the bread and crumble over feta if you wish. Delicious, vegetarian camping food in less than 5 minutes!

Caprese Wraps

One of the tastiest vegetarian camping recipes for lunch is a simple twist on the Italian favourite, Caprese salad. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan, add a wholemeal wrap, then cover half the wrap in pesto, sliced tomato, mozarella and sprinkle with fresh basil. Flip the wrap in half and cook until the mozzarella goes gooey. Add a dash of balsamic glaze if you’re feeling fancy and taaada vegetarian camping food in less than 5 minutes! To save even more time, these are also delicious cold so are an ideal no cook camping meal!

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Wraps Stuffed With Tomato Basil Mozzarella

EASY CAMPING DINNERS FOR VEGETARIANS

Risotto

Fry up onion and garlic in olive oil. Add 1 cup of arborio rice and stir until glossy from the oil. Then mix 2 cups boiled water mixed with vegetable stock and slowly add to the rice, stirring continuously. Add peppers, spinach, peas, cheese – whatever you wish. Risotto is one of our favourite camping dinners because there is usually always leftovers for the next day or to share with your fellow campers.

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Risotto

Dahl

Not only perfect vegetarian camping food but one of our favourites after a long day as it is so quick, cheap and easy. Simply sauté chopped onion and garlic with olive oil. Add drained lentils & chickpeas. Mix in curry paste, spinach & chopped tomatoes. If desired, accompany with some roti or naan bread warmed up in a frying pan. Yet another vegetarian camping recipe that takes mere minutes!

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Dahl

Creamy Lemon & Pea Gnocchi

Not gonna lie, this is hands down one of the best vegetarian camping recipes we have ever made. The photos really do not do this delicious recipe justice but trust us once you try this once you’ll want to make it again and again! In one pan make the sauce using heavy cream, lemon juice from half a lemon, garlic, salt and pepper. Add in spinach and green peas. At the same time add gnocchi to a pan of boiling water. Leave both pans to simmer for approx 5 minutes. When the gnocchi rises to the surface drain and mix with the creamy sauce.  Once you’ve tasted this vegetarian camping food you’ll want to make it every day of the week!

Creamy Gnocchi With Spinach And Peas

5 Bean Chilli With Homemade Guacamole

Again one of the most easy camping dinners as you simply chuck it all in a pan and 5 minutes later you’re done. Use tinned 4 bean mix, baked beans, passata, chilli powder and/or paprika. Serve over nachos, in tortillas as burritos or in buns as sloppy joes. Homemade guac is so much better than the shop bought (and just as cheap) – smash an avocado with chopped red onion & tomatoes, add a squeeze of lemon, dash of olive oil, salt & pepper. We did say these were easy vegetarian camping recipes!

Nachos Topped With 5 Bean Chilli With Guacamole

White Bean, Coconut and Pepper Stew

This is the perfect vegetarian camping food for cold and drizzly days – a creamy stew with a little kick to keep you cosey. Chop 1 red onion, 1 red pepper and a tub of cherry tomatoes and chuck in a pan with olive oil, simmering until soft. You could use tinned tomatoes if preferred. Add haricot, cannolini and butter beans with a tin of coconut cream. Depending on your spice tolerance you could simply sprinkle in chilli flakes and seasoning as desired or we prefer to stir in a spoonful of Thai curry paste for an added kick. You could also add gnocchi if you have leftovers from the vegetarian camping recipes above.

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Dahl

Pesto Orzo With Grilled Halloumi

This vegetarian camping recipe can be eaten hot or cold as a delicious pasta salad style dish. Simply bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the Orzo as per the packet instructions (usually cooked identical to ordinary pasta.) Slice the halloumi and add to a pan with olive oil, cooking for a few minutes each side until golden. Drain the orzo and mix in pesto, tomatoes and olives if desired. Top with the grilled halloumi and if feeling boujee lavish on balsamic glaze.

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Pesto Orzo Topped With Grilled Halloumi

Avocado Pasta

We did say vegetarian camping food isn’t all about pasta but this is one of our  absolute favourite pasta dishes that we probably make once a week as it’s so easy! Mash an avocado in a bowl with squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon and fresh basil (or when camping, we’ve also used the tubed lazy basil.) Mash it all together. Cook up some wholegrain spaghetti, drain and add your avocado mix, throwing in some chopped cherry tomatoes to finish. Avocado pasta – et voilà!

Vegetarian Camping Meals - Avocado Pasta

Now you have a few vegetarian camping recipes to try you might be looking for some camping inspiration! We have tried and tested these recipes during some epic road trips such as our campervan trip in  New Zealand or our tour of The Great Ocean Road in Australia. Let us know which ones you try or if you have a favourite vegetarian camping meal we should add to our list!

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