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These are my best ideas for backpacking breakfasts and dinners. The recipes have been extensively field-tested by me and by hundreds of clients on my guided backpacking trips. Some meals were immediately winners, but often I tinkered with the ratios and secondary ingredients to get them just right.

When creating these meals, I strived to make them:

  • Convenient
  • Low cost, and
  • Hearty

You will find that at-home preparation is fast and easy, that the ingredients are generally inexpensive and widely available, that common food restrictions (gluten, dairy, vegetarian) can be easily accommodated, that cook-time is minimal, and that the recipes are calorically dense and yummy.

Stir in the chocolate chips by hand or with a food mixer.

Snack Recipe: Raw cookie dough

As a thank you for helping her land a new job last year, an acquaintance dropped off a small but game-changing gift: a mason jar of raw cookie dough. It disappeared remarkably fast — it worked as a pre-morning run snack, a dessert after lunch or dinner, and all points before, after, and in between. […]

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Curry couscous with vegetables, raisins, and olive oil

Dinner Recipe: Curry Couscous

Like Pesto Noodles, this Curry Couscous recipe is a solid second-string backpacking dinner behind my All-Stars. Normally I make it with dried vegetables and raisins, but freeze-dried chicken and/or cashews work well, too. Meal stats Recommended meal weight: 5.7 oz Total calories: 703 Caloric density: 123 calories/ounce Ingredients 2.50 oz || Couscous 0.75 oz || Olive oil […]

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Pesto Noodles, another inexpensive and simple, yet hearty, backpacking meal idea. Add extra water for a tasty broth.

Dinner Recipe: Pesto Noodles

Pesto Noodles is not normally competitive with Beans & Rice or Thai Peanut Noodles for a group’s favorite dinner recipe, but it is a reliable third or fourth option in my backpacking cook book. And it’s certainly not to be overlooked: I’ve probably eaten more Pesto Noodles this summer than any other meal, because it’s still that good. Meal stats Recommended meal weight: […]

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A slightly soupy version of Thai Peanut Noodles, a reliable favorite.

Dinner Recipe: Peanut Sauce & Noodles

This Thai Peanut Noodle recipe competes with my Beans & Rice for the crowd favorite. It goes on nearly every single guided trip, and on most personal trips, especially if I have a prepared batch of sauce already in the fridge. The sauce is worthy of at-home use. Amanda and I have a container of it in the […]

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Rolled oats with craisins, coconut flakes, turbinado sugar, and butter

Breakfast Recipe: Oatmeal with Fixings

There are many breakfast recipes involving oatmeal. This is just another one — it’s not fancy, but it is received well, even by those like myself who are not “sweet” breakfast types. Also, the ingredients are inexpensive and easy to source. Meal stats Recommended meal weight: 4.50 oz Total calories: 560 Caloric density: 125 cal/oz […]

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