Simple, delicious eating during long weekend in the mountains
January 8, 2017 10:30 AM   Subscribe

My sister and I are spending a few days/nights in the mountains with easy access to a grocery and a small kitchen (with stove, oven, microwave) in our cabin. She is vegetarian, and I am not, but I am game for eating only vegetarian for our trip. What are some simple, delicious meals we can enjoy together? Bonus if they're also healthy!
posted by lucyleaf to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I've had success with recipes from the website Oh She Glows, which focuses on vegan foods, and Minimalist Baker, which is vegetarian and/or vegan.

I love this lentil curry (we made it as a stew without rice).

And this tofu scramble was really good.

Have a great trip!
posted by shortyJBot at 10:47 AM on January 8, 2017

I'm a big fan of these vegetarian stuffed peppers (I add mushrooms to it). Quite easy to make and delicious!
posted by Blissful at 10:49 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Nolita style avocado toast from Smitten Kitchen. SK's vegetarian section has lots of simple, delicious recipes.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:57 AM on January 8, 2017

I enjoy Real Simple for my vegetarian dinners and hearty food. Their recipes are actually filling.

Also, if you want to cook a fancier dinner one of the evenings, I love this recipe for mushroom bourguignon. It's also not going to require any fancy equipment, just a big pot and chopping supplies(the ingredients are easily found too,and the leftovers for it are just as good as the first time eating it). You also get to drink the remainder of the wine you don't use, so that's a bonus.
posted by InkDrinker at 11:11 AM on January 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

Anything made by Bear Creek is easy and fast to cook and oh-so amazingly delicious and comforting, especially in the winter. I'm especially fond of their Darn Good Chili, tasty with or without added meat. Sold in most supermarkets, I believe. The only thing to be aware of is that if you're engaging in snow sports, you'll likely need a lot more calories than you can get just from soup and chili.
posted by halogen at 11:45 AM on January 8, 2017

I make this roasted cauliflower & broccoli soup without the bacon and using veg broth instead of chicken. So good on a cold day!
posted by nuclear_soup at 12:28 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Highest amazingness-to-effort ratio recipes I know of:
-Roasted vegetables.
-Homemade ricotta.
-Cream biscuits.
posted by the_blizz at 1:23 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

I like a Thai green curry with sweet potatoes and green beans, like this one, for a veg meal.
posted by vunder at 3:35 PM on January 8, 2017

My wife has had great success with this vegan 5 ingredient sweet potato black bean chili recipe - its pretty straight forward to make, scales up extremely well (we've fed 15 people using two pots before) and tastes even better if you reheat it on subsequent days.
posted by simonw at 3:58 PM on January 8, 2017 [4 favorites]

That sweet potato black bean chili is a huge favorite in our house.

This 5-ingredient lasagna is a nice framework to start from. Note: don't buy special "no boil" pasta - just buy pasta and soak it in warm water for 15-20 minutes.
posted by Lyn Never at 4:43 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

This white bean and spinach dish is delicious and can be made vegetarian with a veggie sausage and a vegetable broth.

Quiche is an easy dish too - here's one of my favorite ones.
posted by hydra77 at 6:04 PM on January 8, 2017

Tuscan White Bean and Wheat Berry Soup!

There are lots of variations, use water instead of chicken stock. I think cabbage is wrong, but kale sounds fine. Pretty sure the recipe I used to do used Swiss Chard. I think adding tomatoes is wrong, but I won't judge you! Overall, this is the yummiest winter soup, EVER.
posted by jbenben at 6:39 PM on January 8, 2017

Made this kale and mushroom lasagne last night - it was delicious. One of us made the bechamel, the other made the mushroom filling, took about 20mins total prep time then 30minutes cook time (we halved the quantities).
posted by tinkletown at 12:19 AM on January 9, 2017

When I go winter camping, and am confined to a fire or small cookstove, I take along only foods that need to be rehydrated or otherwise boiled in water. I know that sounds gross, but there are freaking delicious meals that come out of this.

Health food stores in my neck of the woods have bulk bins full of things like dehydrated split pea soup and seasoned mashed potatoes in flake form. Grab a few tofurkey sausages and vegetables to dice and toss into the pot and, boom, vegetarian winter wonderland that feels like camping comfort food. We do the same with all manner of ramen noodles, bouillon cubes, gravies, etc.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 12:10 PM on January 9, 2017

Response by poster: These answers are ALL MY FAVORITES. Sorry for shouting, but I'm so excited! Thanks for your feedback everyone! I wish we could stay long enough to try it ALLLL!
posted by lucyleaf at 1:47 PM on January 9, 2017

A yummy dip - it's great for crackers, corn chips, tortilla chips, bagel crisps, pita chips, pretzel thins, whatever! Super easy to throw together. The oil & vinegar + sugar for a bit of sweetness makes it just divine.

Texas Caviar

+2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
+1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
+2 small cans shoe peg corn, drained
+1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
+2 jalapeno peppers, finely diced
+2 stalks celery, finely chopped
+1/2 vidalia onion (or any sweet onion), minced
+1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
+1/2 cup vinegar
+1/4 cup sugar

1. Combine beans, peas, corn, bell pepper, jalapeno, celery and onion in a large bowl.
2. Heat oil, vinegar and sugar in small pot over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.
3. Pour mixture over beans and veggies and stir well. Marinate/cool in the refrigerator overnight for best results.
posted by bologna on wry at 2:23 PM on January 9, 2017

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