Quick and Delicious Meals Even While In the Wilderness!

Yes, it is genuinely an issue to think about! Eating along the trail will be not as comfortable as at home, but that does not necessarily mean that you will have to depend on energy bars alone! What you need is a little bit of planning and you can treat your taste buds with a number of easy-to-prepare yet tasty meals during your trip into the wilderness.

And the first part of the planning is to…

Get the utensils

Yes, the backpack may get a bit heavy, but you want to eat well, don’t you? Here are a few things you will require:

  • Stove/Pack oven
  • Matches for the Stove
  • Funnel
  • Fuel bottle
  • Pots
  • Cup
  • Pot gripper
  • Spoon
  • Water container
  • Water purifier
  • Corkscrew

Next to packing the utensils,

A bit of pre-cooking is also required

To begin with…

  • Pre-mix the ingredients to the maximum extent possible
  • Place the foods in plastic containers
  • While packing the food, label the containers. This will help you to find and prepare the meals easily
  • Half-cook the veggies and rice or pasta
  • Keep the foods frozen as far and long as possible
  • Carry a pack of condiments and spices…to spice-up every meal of yours!

These little things will help you to enjoy good meals during the trip.


How about some recipes?

Who doesn’t like some Breakfast Scramble to begin the day with!

You will require

  • ¾ cup of mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup of freeze-dried eggs and bacon
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp dry milk
  • Cheddar cheese

Bring all the dry ingredients in a zip lock freezer bag. On the trail, you are just required to heat water and add to the bag and stir. Then, let it sit there for 5 minutes.

For the lunch, the Lemony Yellow Lentils and Rice can be a good idea!

This recipe needs

  • 1/4 cup instant rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder
  • 1/4 cup cooked and dehydrated yellow lentils
  • 2 packets True Lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

To enjoy this meal, bring all the dry ingredients combined inside a zip lock bag. On the trail, cover the ingredients with about ½ cup of hot water. Keep it for 5 minutes or until the rice and the lentils are tender. It will taste yummier with some salmon.

End the day with the tasty Alpine Pasta.

For this meal, you will require

  • 2 4.4-ounce Knorr Butter & Herb pasta packets
  • 4 ounces pepper-coated and diced salami
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
  • 5 ounces Gruyere cheese(grated)

Bring the tomatoes and the other ingredients in separate zip lock bags. On the trail, cook the tomatoes in boiling water until soft. Cook the pasta separately. Chop the softened tomatoes and after the pasta is cooked add all the ingredients and cook until done.

Who says if you are backpacking, you cannot have yummy beverages and desserts?

For example, the Spiced Cocoa Mix! This simple yet delicious beverage will require

  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp non dairy creamer
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Bring everything in a zip lock box and just add hot water to enjoy!

Here are only a few tips and recipes. But if you want to know more about the backpacking cooking and recipes, then look out for the Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’: Lightweight Trail-tested Recipes for Backcountry Trips. This book has more than just delicious recipes. And it is really helpful for the backpackers. No wonder it has received a high 4.3 star out of 5 at Amazon.com.


Eat well. Because when your tummy is happy, you will definitely enjoy the trip to the fullest! 🙂