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SUNBELT Banana/nut granola

Needs cooking: no 
Good for: one month


(Submitted by Bob(Longhaul), March 2000)


  • SUNBELT Banana/nut granola
  • $1.99/pound


WiLd bEans & Rice

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: over one month
Just heat up a pack or two to give you substantial energy throughout your hike. It can be quit filling and very inexpensive. Just pick up a bag at your local grocery store. Its a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Simple, yes I know but it is very light weight and a great source of carbohydrates (energy).

(Submitted by MAL, May 2000)
  • There is nothing more important than energy while hiking or taking long trips. Wild beans and rice is without a doubt an essential while hiking. All that is needed is already prepared packets of rice that needs boiling.
  • $0.79/serving


Quick and easy

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: a long time
Read instructions

(Submitted by chris, May 2000)
  • Continental Noodle meals


Mushroom/Noodles in Brown Sauce

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one week
Boil water and cook noodles. Set aside.
Sauté halfed mushrooms in Margarine about 10 mins.
Add sauce packet and sliced Jerky and follow cooking directions for sauce. Cheese/Tomato sauces work as well and the mushrooms weigh next to nothing and are a treat and very filling.

(Submitted by Mark, May 2000)
  • Bag of Noodles (I prefer large flat ones)
  • Pint of fresh mushrooms
  • Knorr's Brown Sauce
  • Beef Jerky sliced very thin
  • Margarine

Morning After Beans

Needs cooking: yes
Good for: one day

First make sure you use VanCamp's Pork & Beans and KRAFT cheese or it won't turn out! Put cans of beans in a pot, simmer. Chop up onion and jalapeno slices and put in the beans. I like to brown the sausage first then cut it up and put in the pot. Take the cheese slices and cover the top of the beans and then let all cook. Stir when the cheese starts to melt. I usually eat with corn bread I have cooked at home and hauled with me. This stuff is great. You can always leave out the jalapenos and it still tastes good! It makes enough for two adult men and one adult female.

(Submitted by Kurleycue, March 2000)


  • 3 Cans of VanCamp's Pork and Beans
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 slices of Kraft cheese
  • 1/4 cup of jalapenos slices
  • 2 links of sausage

Chipped Beef and Gravy

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: over one month
Place all ingredients in your bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water. Mix, cover, and let sit for 5 min. Fluff and enjoy!

(Submitted by Cindy, May 2000)
  • 1 cup instant potatoes
  • 1 pkg sausage/beef gravy mix
  • 2 T powdered milk
  • dried beef/jerky


Trail Chili

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: over one month
Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Toss all of it in at any point. Simmer for about 3 minutes or until it reaches the density you like. The canola oil returns the fat taste, adds no flavor of its own, and makes all the difference in the world

(Submitted by Larry, May 2000)
  • 1/2 cup dehydrated hamburger
  • 3 tablespoons of my favorite seasoning (Adams, from
    Austin and Chili Bowel, from Tulsa, combined)
  • 1 tablespoons dehydrated chopped onions
  • 1 package Top Ramon noodles (throw the flavor pack away)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


Couscous with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one week

At Home: Place all ingredients in a zip-locking bag except cheese (bag it by its lonesome).

On The Trail: Place ingredients (except cheese) in a covered bowl, bring 1-1/2 cups of water to a boil, add to bowl, cover and let sit 4 minutes.

Serves one

(Submitted by Maggott, May 2000)

  • 1/2 C. couscous
  • 4 sundried tomatoes (minced fine)
  • 3 dried mushrooms (sliced thin)
  • 1 chicken buillon cube
  • 1/2 T. onion flakes
  • 1 t. parsley flakes
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 oz. grated parmesan cheese
  • About $3.00/serving if you bargain shop


Soft Bean Tacos

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one week
Add water to taco hamburger substitute (can be found in health food stores as a vegetarian meat substitute; it already has the seasonings in it - or you can bring seasonings along and use regular hamburg substitute) and simmer/boil for 15 minutes. Put on tortillas. Cut some chunks of the leftover cheese from lunch and put on top. Dress with taco sauce (compliments of Taco Bell condiments cabinet; we found "Hot" not to be a good idea).

(Submitted by Tina, May 2000)
  • 4-6 Soft tortillas
  • 1 bx Taco Hamburger Substitute
  • Cheese
  • 1 pkt. Taco Sauce
  • $2.00/serving


Dried Tortellini/Ravioli

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one week
You can find dry mini ravioli and tortellini at Trader Joes and even Costco. They are so yummy and much easier to cook than other pastas, like spaghetti which turns to mush at higher elevations. They take from 10-15 minutes to cook. They can be eaten with just olive oil, or with a tomato sauce made from homemade tomato leather or a couple Tablespoons dried tomato powder (+herbs spices, garlic) from Alpine Aire.
Trader Joes also sells something called Jaipur Vegetables which comes in this foil pouch which you submerge in boiling water for like 5 minutes and you have this yummy Indian curry potatoe veggie goulash which we discovered is really tasty mixed with the above pastas. Yum! Couscous is also yummy mixed with ravioli &
tortellini. As you can tell these are quite versatile. You won't regret them. Don't eat corn pasta, yuck! Eat gourmet!

(Submitted by tard, May 2000)
  • Dried tortellini
  • Dried Ravioli
  • olive oil
  • tomato leather
  • dried tomato powder (Alpine Aire)
  • couscous
  • Jaipur veggies


Sorta Shepherds Pie

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one month

Package everything but mashed potatoes together.

To prepare: Bring four cups of water to boil. Add everything but instant mashed potatoes. Simmer 7-8 minutes. Add instant mashed potatoes, cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, let sit for minute. Feeds 2 VERY hungry hikers.

(Submitted by Eddi, April 2000)

  • Knorr Cream of Vegetable Soup (envelope)
  • 1 envelope chicken gravy mix
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 3/4 cup mixed dried veggies (I add potatoes, carrots, peas, onions)
  • 1/2 cup or more instant mashed potatoes
  • optional ingredients: small can chicken, Textured Vegetable Protein or freeze dried chicken.

Easy Pasta Dinner

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one week
Not fancy, but it requires min. cooking time, is
cheap, packs easy, and readily available at most
any grocery store.
Recipe: Boil water, add dry ingredients to re-hydrate add canned meats to warm up

(Submitted by Don, April 2000)
  • Lipton Pasta Dinners (from grocer's shelf)
  • Dehydrated vegies and/or TVP as desired
  • can also use canned chicken or tuna if weight is not a problem


Onlance Pasta

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one month

Place all ingredients in frezer bag. It will store in the refrigerator for an extremely long time. It will keep in your pack for months.To prepare remove spoon, napkin, film canister, garlic & ketchup from freezer bag.
Peel and finely chop garlic and place in bag.

Empty contents of ketsup and film canister in bag.Close bag and mix ingredients by shaking and needing the bag.Bring one cup water to boil and pour into bag.

QUICKLY squeeze most air out of bag, reseal the bag, mix slightly and wrap it up in your sleeping bag or jacket, etc. and leave for 10 minutes. Do not peak, heat must be retained!

Open bag, roll down top of bag and eat out of bag using free spoon. Use napkin as necessary.
When done, place remnants of items previously removed from bag during preparation, seal bag and place in pack for proper disposal at an appropriate place.

The heart healthy meal is tasty, filling, chewy and crunchy.

(Submitted by Lance, June 2000)

  • 1 qt Heavy Dty Freezer Bag
  • 1 1/4 cup Mueller's microwaveable pasta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Spice Island Italian seasoning
  • 1 heaping Tbs Kraft grated parmesean cheese
  • 1 x 35 mm film canister full of olive oil
  • 3-6 cloves garlic
  • dash of crushed red pepper
  • dash black pepper
  • 5 pkts ketchup - Burger King or McDonalds (free)
  • Get a free spoon too.
  • Get a free napkin too.
  • 1/3 cup Planters brand trail mix(nuts, Seeds, Raisns)
  • $1.25/serving


Tasty Jumble

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: one day

Open cans of corn and tomatoes.
Using the water squeezed from the cans, plus any additional water needed, boil the rice.
Be sure to have excess water in the pot.
Add remaining contents of corn and tomatoe cans.
Chop and add garlic. (bug repellant)
Let the mix come up to temperature and boil off any additional water.
Add seasonings from Spanish rice mix last! (important for flavor considerations, never follow instructions)
Have strips of chicken soaking in a mix of olive oil and seasonings in a plastic containier.
Cook chicken and set aside.
Add to cooked mix.

Bring up to temparture and enjoy.

(Submitted by Mike, July 2000)

  • One can corn
  • One can tomatoes
  • One Spanish rice mix
  • 8 oz chicken
  • Two garlic cloves
  • 10 oz chicken breast
  • Salsa
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings


Jambalaya Mix

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: over one month
Simply follow the instructions on the box. The recipe calls for sausage but is still the best ultralight hiking meal in the world without.

(Submitted by timmyG, July 2000)
  • one box of jambalaya mix
    beef, chicken, sausage, etc...
    items can be found at a super walmart for dirt cheap.
  • $0.79/serving


Chicken Spanish Rice

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: over one month
Cook spanish rice mix per directions. When 1-2 minutes from being done add a can of chicken and a small jar of spanish olives and enjoy!
Will feed 4 people who have hiked a medium hard trail all day, or three big eaters, or 2 big eaters who have been hiking a long trail for several weeks and are fat depleated.

(Submitted by Sandy H., July 2000)
  • One bag Lipton spanish rice mix
  • One Can Chicken
  • one jar green spanish olives
  • ~$1.75/serving

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Chocolate-Coated Banana Chips

Needs cooking: yes 
Good for: over one month
At home: Mix together all dry ingredients and store in a resealable plastic bag. Carry oil separately.
On the trail: Heat oil in frying pan. Add bannanaa-chocolate mix and fry until chocolate melts. If using cocoa mix instead of chocolate chips, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of water. Watch mixture doesn't burn.
A resupply variation: Use fresh bananas, split and sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips, wrap in aluminum foil, place on glowing coal till hot and gloppy.

(Submitted by Chet Fromm, May 2000)


  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (or package of cocoa mix)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • water (optional)


Easy Trail Mix

Needs cooking: no 
Good for: one month
Add peanuts, M&M's, and candy corn in a large zip lock bag and shake. Seperate into smaller bags for use on the trail. A great quick snack.

(Submitted by Mark H., April 2000)
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • Plain M&M's
  • Candy Corn


Energy Candy

Needs cooking: no 
Good for: over one month
Put all the ingredients into a plastic zip-lock bag and squeeze it until it is well mixed. Add powder until it reaches the right consistency.

(Submitted by Azelb, July 2000)
  • peanut butter (organic)
  • powdered milk or soy milk
  • honey or molasses
  • fruit
  • nuts



Glucose'n Milk

Needs cooking: no 
Good for: over one month
I went for a long one day hike with no other food than some whole milk powder and glucose.
This was mixed in equal parts, and added to a water bottle, shaken, and consumed as a drink.
This was very good for that task, but I would not recommend to only take this on a long, multi-day hike.
Could be a good 'emergency' ration, packed in a tight plasic bag.
Both the milk powder and the glocose are very good foods for high activity. Whole Milk Powder can be purchased from, but it's not the instant type ;-(


  • Whole Milk Powder
  • Glucose

Juan de Fuca Lemonaid 

Needs cooking: no 
Good for: one month

In the cup or container of your choice, mix a few ml's of the lemon concentrate with water, and add a couple of teaspoons worth of Splenda. If you container has a lid, or if using a ziplock bag, close it up and shake the *&$!!** out of it.

The kids thought this was fabulous, particularly on the last day of a one week hike.

(Submitted by Ernie, March 2000)

  • lemon juice concentrate (the kind that comes in a plastic lemon) This is not light per se, but it makes a ton of juice
  • 'Splenda' sugar replacement - ultra light stuff
  • water

unknown quantity per 'lemon' 

Dehydrated Wine

Needs cooking: no 
Good for: one day

Add 28 oz filtered water to your container, add 4 oz grain alcohol and half a package of crystal light. Shake, enjoy. This is equivalent to drinking 5 or 6 beers. Works great and comes in handy on extended trips or for ultralight trips.

(Submitted by Lou, May 2000)


  • Crystal Light
  • Grain Alcohol
  • Water



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