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Our favorite breakfast consists of
scrambled eggs & turkey bacon. I fry the bacon first & keep it warm near the
campfire, then fry the eggs (fresh only -- I had enough powdered eggs in the Army) with
cheese, spices & dried tomatoes. Toast the tortillas on the grill & garnish with
packets of Taco Bell hot sauce.
Other breakfast ideas
Instant oatmeal, Cream of Wheat,
etc. -- lightweight & easy to make (throw in a handful of raisins, nuts, or dried
Pancakes -- dry mix
Hashbrowns -- dehydrated (we fry
w/cheese & spices)
Bagels or English muffins -- toasted
on the grill
Granola or granola bar
Dried fruit (apples, raisins,
Instant hot cider
Lunch usually consists of snacking
(see snacks). Tuna is good (mix w/packets of mayo & mustard)
& put on bagels or crackers.
Other lunch ideas include:
Instant soups -- lightweight &
easy to make
Top Raman noodles
Gorp, trail mix
Canned fish -- tuna, sardines,
Our favorite dinner is pasta. We
buy 14oz packages of 3-flavor pasta at Costco. Put water in pot, pour in pasta. While
water is getting hot, I mix in a roll of dehydrated spaghetti sauce, spices, cheese, &
sometimes hot dogs. Feeds 3 hungry people.
On short hikes we'll bite the
bullet & take in steaks (grilled over the fire), corn on the cob (wrapped in foil
& cooked in the coals), a veggie, & dehydrated potatoes (fried). Mmmmmm -- GOOD!!
Almost always we'll have trout to
grill but you can't count on it. Ain't nothing like fresh trout cooked over the open fire
& eaten with your bare hands to get you back in tune with your primitive roots.
Other dinner ideas include:
Instant rice with onion & bell
Freeze-dried pre-prepared dinners
Macaroni & cheese
Tuna & noodles
Dehydrated or instant mashed
The best investment we made is
buying a dehydrator. We make our own jerky (delicious), dried fruit (apples, apricots,
pineapple, etc.) & veggies (tomatoes are great), fruit leather (strawberry/kiwi),
& dried pasta sauce.
Carla is a chocoholic so we pack in
a chunk of chocolate (bought in bulk) & marshmallows (roasted over the fire).
Additionally, we usually take instant Gatorade just to give a little variety from plain
Other snacks ideas include:
In small plastic containers,
we always carry
Oil (a little)
Instant or ground coffee
Packets of mayo, mustard, relish,
hot sauce, parmesan cheese, hot peppers, etc.