Contest: Submit your favorite recipes, win a bidet

For the 2022 guiding season we’re looking for a new breakfast and new dinner recipe to replace two of our longstanding meals, the Coconut Chia Oatmeal and the Backcountry Chili.

The two winners will be entered into a drawing, and the first chosen will have their option of taking the Plan Like A Pro online course or receiving a Luxe NEO 120 Bidet, which Luxe sent me unexpectedly after I posted about a Christmas present. The other winner will receive the other item.

How to enter

To submit a recipe, complete this form. The deadline is Wednesday, January 19.

The form will collect your name and email, which will not be sold or added to my newsletter; and then asks for either a link to the recipe(s) or text with ingredients and preparation/packaging instructions.

Recipe ideas left as comments will not be considered.

You can submit up to two recipes (a breakfast and a dinner, or two breakfasts, or two dinners), so send us only your best.

How to win

In general, we are looking for recipes that are:

  • Incredibly tasty;
  • Made of easily available ingredients (locally or online);
  • Calorically dense, by having fats and no/little water;
  • Mostly shelf-stable, for up to several months;
  • Vegetarian, or easily made vegetarian;
  • Allergy-friendly, or at last accommodating of allergies with simple ingredient substitutions; and,
  • Reasonably economical, but not cheap.

Oils, sauces, butter, and/or cheese are acceptable ingredients — and perhaps even encouraged. Many of our other meals include them, so we’re familiar with packaging, carrying, and distributing them.

Finally, these new meals should be different from our existing breakfasts and dinners. For example, I’d be more interested in a mac-and-cheese dish than a beans-and-rice dish, since we already have one of those.


Leave a comment below.


  1. Lindsay on January 12, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Are Canadians eligible for the prize? I’ll share my recipe in any case 🙂

    • Andrew Skurka on January 12, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      Good question

      The bidet, no, but Plan Like A Pro, yes

      • Lindsay on January 17, 2022 at 9:51 am

        Thanks Andrew! Also, mine is a one-pot recipe.

  2. PP on January 14, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Should this be a one pot wonder or can I use a fry pan or 2nd pot ?

    • Andrew Skurka on January 15, 2022 at 6:32 am

      One pot please

  3. Andy on January 15, 2022 at 11:31 am

    I know this probably isn’t the format you’re thinking but these happened to be in my newsfeed this week (coincidence?), just passin’ the info,

    – Start of a Shepherd’s Pie?

    – HMG Oatspiration,

    – Whole Foods Chili, (I’d go black and red at least)


  4. Steve on January 26, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Are you going to be posting winners of the contest? I’m very curious to see what fun recipes were submitted?

    • Andrew Skurka on January 26, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Yes, we will. We had 107 submissions, so it’s taking Matt some time to sort through them.

  5. Lanny on February 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    I missed the contest, but plain dried ramen, whatever soup base you’d like (I usually go with a spicy curry or thom kha paste, but you could probably use anything salty), powdered coconut milk (high in sugar and fat, very calorically dense), and whatever protein and veggies you want to pack. Broccoli/carrots and shelf stable tofu is easy to find, but I just pack regular baked tofu if I’m not trying to have it last past the first few days. Everything is easily available online or at Asian grocers.

    The key take away is the powdered coconut milk…hearty soup base, delicious hot beverage, life-saving nectar for hypoglycemia, light as can be, packaged waterproof in perfect sized quantities, and friggin’ delicious. My experience with health food store powdered coconut milk sold as “keto creamer” has been sub-par. The Thai and Philippines manufacturers are where it’s at, though they do contain milk derived casein as an anti-caking agent.


  6. [email protected] on February 22, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Also missed the contest, but what I have done on long trips (bicycling in my case), When I resupplied, I got a package of pancake mix, peanut butter and jelly (both of which also dehydrate successfully). Next morning, I, of course had pancakes (& jelly), but also made up the rest of the pancake mix, and made PB&J using the pancakes instead of bread. The PB&J pancakes lasted a week in the summer with no issues (high altitude 6000+).
    Another option I did was Campbells clam chowder (New England style) as a sauce with macaroni. While cans are not feasible for backpacking, the chowder does dehydrate.

  7. Curtis Ware on January 8, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Was a winner selected and their recipes pubkished, also any chance we can see the other entries?

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