Backpackers, let me pick your brain: I'm planning for the Appalachian Trail!
I'm looking for suggestions for ultralight (read: DRY) meal ideas.
For example, I just came up with this one:
Prepare at home and blend:
1 part ground sesame seeds
3 parts chick pea flour
garlic salt to taste
I still have to try to make it while I'm in civilization and see if the ground sesame seeds will get the job done so I don't have to haul tahini around (and its premixed- just add water).
So yeah, on the trail, I'd add it to boiling water and let it simmer for 5 minutes or so, and there it is: fresh, warm, instant hummus.
Of course, if there's a packaged instant hummus out there, I'm interested in hearing about that, too.
My biggest challenge is to get PROTEIN!
I've got TVP, soy flour, freeze dried soybeans...
I've noticed vegetarian jerky and it looks pretty good. I'll probably buy a bulk collection of vegetarian jerky and keep it in my bounce box (the box you mail up the trail to the next post office).
you can buy dry hummus mix in the bulk food section whole foods or most other hfs...it also comes pre packaged..one brand is Manischewitz..I know there are others as well...there are also dry nature burger mixes, chili mixes and tabouli mixes..just add water.
the only kind of veggie jerky that i like is the primal strips brand. the other ones smell way too dog-foodish to me and i can never even finish them - ughh. trust me! the flat, smooshed looking primal strips!!
Stonewall's Vegetarian Jerquee RULES!!!!!!! Fantastic Foods makes a ton of stuff that you just add water to. Taco meat, falafel, sloppy joes(use ketchup packets instead of tomato paste), hummus, soups, and chili. You could also maybe bring ramen noodles and those dried veggies-just add water. Also, you can buy refried beans that need to be reconstituted, and they are actually really good.
Stonewall's Vegetarian Jerquee RULES!!!!!!!
we'll have to agree to disagree.. but i guess if you enjoy eating stinky, super chewy pieces of styrofoam that's your prerogative...
primal strips are the only way to go! not primal sticks, not jerquee - only primal strips - unless you wanna completely lose your appetite which would mean you wouldn't have to bring much food at all..
Stop by my house when you get to Massachusetts Upper Goose Pond cabin. ;)b
Have you looked into sites/books like:
I've used these two books while camping for easy food prep, and some of the recipes are really good.
Good luck on the trail! How exciting! ;)b
Do you have a dehydrator? When I backpack, I like to eat beans and rice. I cook them at home, then dehydrate them and package them in baggies. If I'm hiking late or really hungry, I stop about an hour from camp and add one of the baggies to a bottle of water. That way when you get to camp, all you have to do is heat for a couple of minutes.
I can't remember if anyone already mentioned tvp, but that's an option too...it can be rough on some people's tummies though. But if you like it, you can dehydrate marinara sauce, then rehydrate it at camp with the tvp for "sloppy joes"
Yay for the Appalachian Trail! If you pass through western Maryland, get in touch. I'm on facebook and myspace - part of vegweb groups on both sites.
~ :)>>> from an Appalachian mountain dweller 8-)