No Meat Meals!

There is a ton of information out there about different foods that are great for taking on the trail. During my searches however, I found it difficult to find information for vegetarian backpacking food.  So I decided to get a dehydrator and make my own meals! Above is an image of 3 days worth of food we frequently carry in our packs. (Note: we carry an extra protein bar and dinner just in case we get super hungry.)

I am always experimenting with new recipes to see what works and what doesn’t. I thought I would share some of this info to help other vegetarians tackle the trail in style.

We prepare for three meals for each day with dinner being the heaviest.  For breakfast we will usually pack oatmeal packets and some coffee or herbal tea. Lunch is usually something uncomplicated since I prefer not to pull the stove out mid day. We typically pack protein bars, dried fruit, and an energy booster. Dinner is always the best meal of the day. These meals are usually the ones I spend most of my time on during preparation. Below I have listed a couple of meals that we pack often.

One of my first recipes that I tried was a stew like recipe that is delicious and wallet friendly. Instead of most backpacking stews that include beef, I decided to substitute the meat with black beans.


  • 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15oz can veg-all
  • 15oz can black beans
  • cup quinoa

½- Chopped oion (optional)

This makes approximately 4 servings

Recently I decided to take one of our favorite vegetarian meals and experiment with dehydrating it. Those of you who are vegetarian may be familiar with Gardein products. We favor the Mandarin Orange “Chicken” meal on top of rice. I was not sure how the soy product would dehydrate and reconstitute but I am sure glad I tried it because it is delicious!

backpacking meals

The “chicken” does take on a more rugged texture depending on how long you boil it on the trail, but it doesn’t affect the flavor. We get two servings out of each Gardein pack.

Feel free to share your own personal backpacking meals and I will continue sharing our favorites so follow if you would like to see more. As always if you have any questions just ask!

-The Lazy Hiker