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Backpacking Dinner Ideas?

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Re: Backpacking Dinner Ideas?

Postby rlown » Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:05 am

RoguePhotonic wrote:I recently started including blue box mac n cheese with most of my resupplies also. It tastes just fine with no milk added. I'll boil it with maybe a cup and a half of water and you don't drain it. The best is yet again if you bring some cheese and then mix it in to make it more cheesy. Then throw in some red pepper flakes to spice it up.

Your spam thing would work with that dish as well. Brown the spam before the boil, remove said spam chunks, leave the oil in the pot, boil the pasta, re-add said chunks. A hard cheese sprinkle afterwords is a good touch. You can also carry some of that dehydrated sour cream powder to add to the mix.

I sometimes do a vat of mac n cheese at home, but I use Adele's precooked cajun sausage with a bit of char on it to give a little kick.

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Re: Backpacking Dinner Ideas?

Postby dave54 » Tue May 03, 2016 8:32 am

I hate ramen. It is basically junk food.(Have some noodles with your salt...)
But if you want to use ramen, make it the seasoning of the meal, not the whole meal. Throw in some dried mixed vegetables and instant brown rice to add some nutrition. Sprinkle some parmesan or romano cheese on top just before serving. If you have powdered egg mix in a little.

But if you are going to do all that you can skip the premade ramen and just make your own with instant soup mix and the above extras.

When you stop for lunch, put some dried bean, ric, and/or vegetables into a wide mouth bottle with a little water. It will partially rehydrate as it sloshes down the trail with you and be ready to heat and eat at dinner. Or do the same at breakfast with any leftover hot water. You can add a bouillon cube for flavor if you wish. There is a large variety of different types of rices and beans in most stores. Each one has a slightly different texture and flavor. Experiment.

Dehydrate your own, as mentioned above. And try different vegetables than the normal peas and carrots. Parsnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, jicama, et al are available in most large grocery stores. Be adventurous. You may find a new favorite. You will find a few dislikes too, so try new recipes at home first. I always tell my grandkids it's OK to have foods you do not like. Not OK to say you do not like them without trying them. I use the same rule for myself.

As mentioned above, there is nothing wrong with fresh fish, wild onions, and berries for dessert.
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Re: Backpacking Dinner Ideas?

Postby BSquared » Sun May 08, 2016 6:08 pm

Something I relatively recently learned to appreciate (thank you, Mary Maryland!) is the amazing things change caused by addition of a tiny bit of meat. A single-serving foil package of tuna, or a couple of tablespoons of Costco precooked bacon can do incredible things to an otherwise ordinary mac-and-cheese do-it-yourself dinner. Of course, a little fresh Parmesan doesn't hurt either ;) The tuna's heavy, of course, but you don't have it every night...
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