VEGETARIAN CAMPING RECIPES
Uh oh, your worst nightmare, this year’s camping trip someone has invited a friend that’s vegetarian, and you’ve never cooked anything without meat in your life!
Well never fear because here you can find some simple ways to prepare food for veggie friends while camping without sacrificing flavour or enjoyment. Watch out you might want to buy more than what is necessary for the vegetarians as you’ll probably find yourself wanting a bite too!
Now in supermarkets everywhere there are plenty of vegetarian alternatives to favourite camping food. You can buy vegetarian burgers, sausages, hot dogs and bacon in easily identifiable packages and cook them right alongside the other food on the grill.
Unfortunately, not everyone is satisfied by having food that pretends to be meat. Replace the abovementioned foods with portobello mushrooms, eggplant, tofu or cauliflower.
In case cauliflower is confusing you as something easy to grill, you will need to cut it not into florets but instead as ‘steaks’ – keeping the core intact so that it keeps together on the grill. A good idea would be to brush them with garlic oil before grilling, and serve with parmesan and breadcrumbs sprinkled over the top.
MEALS WITH VARIETY
There are plenty of meals where it’s possible to involve everyone in the preparation process so that they can each choose what ingredients they like and want more of, which means you can cater for all sorts of dietary requirements. Some that are perfect for camping are as follows:
BAKED POTATO WITH TOPPINGS
Wrap your potatoes in foil and bury in the coals of the fire. When ready slice open into quarters and push in at the bottom to spread out the potato and make it ready for all the delicious toppings. Some popular ones for vegetarians are sweet corn, mushrooms, black beans, coleslaw, boiled egg, and of course shredded cheese and sour cream.
A popular vegetarian taco that will have everyone wanting a try is to make it with butternut pumpkin and portobello mushrooms. This works best with a spicy sauce such as adobo or chipotle. Top with freshly chopped red onion and coriander.
By kebabs, I mean putting ingredients onto a skewer, and while you might be used to buying them pre-made, getting the ingredients ready and letting people pick and choose before placing on the grill is a good way to go. Be sure to buy some zucchini, cherry tomatoes, red onion and halloumi which of course will also go well with whatever meat you may have marinated for the occasion!
Do you have any other great ideas to cater for vegetarians on a camping trip? Share your ideas below.