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05-11-2015, 15:08
I've been vegetarian for years, any suggestions on vegetarian food for the trail

05-11-2015, 15:18
Store bought or homemade?

Tipi Walter
05-11-2015, 15:33
All my backpacking trips are in vegetarian or vegan mode. Weed thru my Trail Journals below and you may find some menu ideas.

05-12-2015, 11:46
I do a couple of couscous dishes with a freezer bag cook method. Couscous cooks a lot easier than rice. I don't have my recipes in front of me, but they'd be pretty easy to approximate with experimentation.

About half cup of couscous in a zip top bag. For a Mexican flavor profile, I add smoked paprika, powdered veggie boullion, homemade taco seasoning and dried onion. I add chopped smoked sundried tomatoes at camp. If it's not to hot to carry cheese, some shredded cheddar over the top is really nice.

For an Italian flavor profile, I add smoked paprika, 2 or 3 TBS Just Veggies, powdered veggie boullion, dried onion and dried Italian seasoning. I top this one with shelf-stable parmesan at camp after it's cooked.

If I'm needing extra salt, I pour in a small packet of soy like what you'd get from Chinese takeout.

The Kisco Kid
05-12-2015, 12:54
Tabouleh dinner, nuts and seeds for snacks. Good sources of protein.

05-12-2015, 18:35
Let' be realistic. Any meal is vegetarian until meat is added. The hardest item to get out there are veggies unless you dry them yourself. I started dropping the meat at one time and found that my pack suddenly became lighter. At one time I lived in a house that had an oven with a pilot light and I did a great job drying. However if you want to go all the way you can get a dehydrator. That is, unless you want to live on mac n cheese or ramen constantly.

05-12-2015, 19:10
Breakfast - oatmeal, seeds, nuts and raisins mixed in ziplock, dinner - rice noodles and broth mix. Nuts and dried fruit in between.

05-12-2015, 19:38
A good source of dried fruits and vegetables (and dairy and meats for that matter) is Emergency Essentials (http://beprepared.com/food-storage.html).

05-12-2015, 21:21
Let' be realistic. Any meal is vegetarian until meat is added.

Had to laugh at that. I've been vegetarian all my life, and people are always asking me what I eat for Thanksgiving. Uh, potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, tomatoes, salad, bread, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, kidney beans, macaroni & cheese, blueberry pie, cheesecake, deviled eggs, cottage cheese, broccoli, zucchini, fried okra, onions, mushrooms, rice, bananas, apples, popcorn. What don't I eat? Ground animal corpse.

Being vegetarian doesn't mean eating "weird" stuff, or nothing but "bunny food."

05-12-2015, 23:34
If you're ovo-lacto like me, add cheese and hard boiled eggs to all the above. I'm even stoveless and it works well for me--muesli (rolled oats, walnuts, raisins), tortillas, cheese, peanut butter, crackers, instant mashed potatoes, ramen, raisins, cashews, Fig Newtons are simple and available at most grocery stores near any trail.

05-26-2017, 10:05
my niece did the vegan thing

05-26-2017, 10:05
she had me eating vegan as well not to bad

05-26-2017, 10:05
oh and by the way oreo's are vegan...

05-26-2017, 11:19
oh and by the way oreo's are vegan...
The filling use to be made with lard..when did they change?

05-26-2017, 12:16
You can always add TVP for more protein.

05-26-2017, 12:46
You can always add TVP for more protein.

There are far better solutions than that crud. Pea and Hemp Hearts protein to name two products in my kitchen.

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05-26-2017, 13:20
Red lentils are one of my faves.

If you're pesca, sardines are a great source of protein and fat.

Tipi Walter
05-26-2017, 13:27
I'm currently on a cooked quinoa jag. Cook up bunches at home. Dry in dehydrator. Add to soups in the field. Excellent protein source. Also rely on organic peanut butter and pumpkin seeds and nut butters.

05-26-2017, 21:06

LOOK for posts from Tipi and Vegan Packer. Both have shared many excellent thoughts on the topic.


Check out Vegan and vegetarian packaged Mountain House type fare, get the ingredientire list, and make and tweak your own...less expensive versions.

TW dehydrated quinoa idea is a winning vegetarian trail staple.

Tipi Walter
05-26-2017, 21:16
I went on the Outdoor Herbivore jag when her meals first came out and purchased a couple dozens meals and could not eat several of them. Why? Because she used (uses?) nutritional yeast in her ingredients---to mostly replicate dairy and/or meat. I can't stand it---but others might like it.

05-26-2017, 22:06
If not wanting nutritional yeast, which some Vegans and vegatarians include because it's a complete protein with all 18 essentail amino acids including the ones which are bodies don't make, and some hard for Vegans to get viatmins like maybe B12, etc, which is why she adds it, select options without it. The ingredient lists and nutritional profiles are available to peruse before buying. I like the nutrional yeast free entrees too - Lemongrass Thai Curry(made with instant BROWN RICE), Blackened Quinoa(best with some added chopped scallions and cheese even if it's Vegan or vegetarian cheese), Pea Nutty Match Sticks(consumed warm or cold), Chickpea Sesame Penne(had this last night on the trail with some fresh chopped scallions and garlic).... A simple cold or warmed Vegan trail meal: SOBA noodles(buckwheat noodles - gluten free) with tahini, which it is traditionally made with sesame oil and sesame seeds served cold, or , no MSG soy sauce packet, red pepper fakes, and a nut butter of one's choosing. Adding fresh scallions takes it up a notch. A warmed version could add fresh ginger, small slivers or matchsticks of daikon(Japanese radish, asking at a Sushi place they have always give me some spiraled) or carrot, dried ****akes, wakame seaweed(optional), and packet of Edwards& Sons No MSG Tofu Dried Miso soup packet.

05-26-2017, 22:10
Another nutritious option which I'm doing now on trail that I've added to my last two nights trail foods is trail grown sprouts. https://outdoorherbivore.com/trail-sprouts/ Sprouts are nutritious and easy to grow even on this rather dry East Texas hike.

Luna Anderson
11-14-2017, 04:58
My favorite is Campfire Nachos, it's easy and takes a little time to prepare

11-14-2017, 11:10
You can get flavored TVP (not bad, really) and freeze dried shredded cheese from places like Honeyville. Works especially well if you're cold-soaking.

11-14-2017, 16:12
I have been a vegetarian since I was 15, 20 years ago! Yikes!

Store Bought: Mary Jane's Farm has delicious prepackaged meals. The black bean and corn chowder is one of my most favorite ones.

Home Made: Lip Smacking Vegetarian Backpacking book has good recipes. So does FreezerbagCooking (dot com).

Or you can just take flour tortillas and things to put in them. This is what I default to.

Also, there is a brand of dehydrated soup with Bear in its name. I like their cheddar broccoli. And I will also bring Better than Bullion cubes to sip a cup of broth if it is a chilly night.

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11-14-2017, 16:15
Oh, and I TVP (unflavored) *everything* when hiking. You cannot taste it. You won't be able to detect it except in thin broths, but it adds protein which is hard for a vegetarian to get on the trail, especially in warmer months (cheese melts).

Also, mooch (nutritious yeast) which adds a slight cheese flavor. Good b vitamins in that one.

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11-14-2017, 17:38
Oh, and I TVP (unflavored) *everything* when hiking. You cannot taste it. You won't be able to detect it except in thin broths, but it adds protein which is hard for a vegetarian to get on the trail, especially in warmer months (cheese melts).Also, mooch (nutritious yeast) which adds a slight cheese flavor. Good b vitamins in that one.
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mm, nutritional yeast.

11-15-2017, 10:29
backcountryfoodie on instagram is a great reference for ideas on ultralight backpacking food. She is a vegeterian makes all her own meals with a strict ultralight cal/oz ratio.

Which Way
11-15-2017, 10:44
We are dehydrating food now for our 2018 thru-hike. I bought a few books that helped. My wife's favorite is "The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook" by Tammy Gangloff. Others that are good "Recipes for Adventure" by Glenn McAllister and "The Appalachian Trail Food Planner" by Lou Adsmond. While these are not vegan, they have given us some good recipes, and we have tweaked several to make them vegan. We purchased an Excalibur dehydrator, which is excellent.