Vegetarian Backpacking Recipes
by Steve Gillman
Ready to hit the
trails but without the beef jerky? Here are a few vegetarian
backpacking recipes you can try, along with some simple
Olive Oil Noodles
This is a simple recipe that you don't
need to write down. Bring a small bag of spices (whatever
kinds you like), some dried vegetables, pasta and olive oil.
Soak the dried vegetables while you are setting up camp.
Then cook them along with the pasta. Drain and add the
spices, salt and olive oil for a delicious dinner.
If you bring the thinnest pasta you can
find - something like angel hair spaghetti - it will save
some time, fuel and trouble cooking. If you want to dress up
the meal a bit more and you are backpacking in the
southwest, you can collect some pinon pine nuts to add.
Parmesan cheese is another nice addition, and can be carried
for days if kept out of the hot sun.
The Simplest Soups
Most grocery stores carry dry soups that
just require you to pour boiling water on them. The ones in
the cups take more space, but are still light and very
convenient. No dishes to wash except for your spoon.
Vegetarian options are limited with these,
but the good news is that there are a few. Even better news:
some of the tastiest soups-in-a-cup you can get are the
black bean varieties or lentil soups. Most of these have no
animal products in them.
Uncooked Vegetarian Backpacking Recipes
I personally don't like to cook. In fact,
I rarely even bring a stove when backpacking. Going without
cooked food means no stove, no fuel, and no pans. That's
less weight and fewer dishes to wash. But what about
vegetarian backpacking recipes for those of us who don't
want to cook?
Most snacks (with few exceptions like that
beef jerky) are naturally vegetarian. For example, mix any
number of dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips and cooked dry
oats for an easy trail mix. You don't have to be precise
about any of this or remember any recipes.
Peanut butter and wheat crackers is
another high-protein high-energy backpacking food. Bread can
be carried carefully and you can make sandwiches of peanut
butter and wild berries. I have done this with strawberries,
but peanut butter and
sandwiches are my favorite.
If you eat cheese it can be carried for
the first day without spoiling. Frozen "veggie dogs" can be
brought as well, and will thaw out in time to cook them over
the first night's fire. In other words, it doesn't have to
get complicated. You can make your own simple vegetarian
Copyright Steve Gillman. Get ideas for
Vegan Backpacking Food, and the free ebook, "Ultralight
Backpacking Secrets" (And Wilderness Survival Tips, as well
as gear recommendations, and a new wilderness survival
section, at: http://www.The-Ultralight-Site.com
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