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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.

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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Polenta with air-dried peppers, parmesan, olive oil, and tomato powder

Dinner Recipe: Polenta + Peppers

Inspired by the finest restaurants in Tuscany…no, not really. But this is a tasty backpacking dinner recipe — filling, flavorful, unique, and packed with calories. Meal stats Recommended serving weight: 5.6 oz Total calories: 700 Caloric density: 125 cal/oz Like instant potatoes, polenta absorbs a significant amount of water, at a 4:1 volume ratio. So this meal cooks […]

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Cheesy potatoes, a hearty and large-volume backcountry breakfast recipe

Breakfast Recipe: Cheesy Potatoes

Of all the breakfast recipes that I have tried out on my backpacking groups, Cheesy Potatoes is a regular favorite. On the sweet-or-savory scale, it’s decidedly savory, due to a bland potato base that is flavored with cheese, green chilies, and bacon, plus some whole milk for creaminess. Credit to Amanda for developing this recipe. […]

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