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Weekend Menu: Vegetarian

Eat for energy minus the meat with this three-day, two-person meal plan.

by: The Backpacker Editors

Friday Dinner
Cheddar Cheese Chowder

  • 1/2 cup dehydrated potatoes (or dehydrated hash browns)
  • 1/3 cup dehydrated onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1/4 cup margarine or clarified butter (or 2 ounces olive oil)
  • 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

At home: Combine dehydrated potatoes and onion in zip-top bag. Pack clarified butter (or olive oil) and cheddar cheese separately. Combine other dry ingredients in a zip-top bag.

In camp: Boil 2 cups of water, and add potatoes and onion and simmer 10 minutes until vegetables are rehydrated. Stir in margarine. Add flour mixture a tablespoon at a time, stirring well. Add cheese. Simmer until soup thickens, stirring regularly.

Saturday Breakfast

  • 2 cups organic oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Saturday Lunch Veggie Bagel Pizzas

  • 4 bagels
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 8 tofu cubes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

At home: Store all ingredients separately.

In camp: Spread tomato sauce on bagels, place in pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes, tofu, and cheese. Cover to allow cheese to melt. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Serves 2.

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Paul s.
Sep 17, 2009

I'm a veggie!!! I love it...

Kathy F
Jul 30, 2009

I made the Savory Corn Fritters this past weekend on a car camping trip. The taste was very good - I would make them again. I had a problem with them cooking too quickly, however. My stove did not adjust well in the wind - the flame would be too low and would threaten to go out, I'd raise the flame, then it would be too high and would burn the food! I recommend keeping an eye on the fritters which, since they cook quickly, should not be a problem (I was taking the tent down while cooking, so much for multi-tasking). I also used a full handful of dehydrated corn instead of carrying a can of corn, and successfully carried a whole, fresh egg "coddled" in a straight-sided measuring cup in a zip-loc. I would definitely make this again, it was easy and tasty - I'd just keep a better eye on them and leave the tent tear-down to my husband!

Apr 10, 2008

Look on pages two and three. The recipes are there. I thought the same thing :)

Kerry Heck
Apr 10, 2008

I think it's fantastic that you included a veggie menu, but I wish you included the recipies that went along with the shooping list.
Would you be able to send me the recipies?


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