Whether you are a thru-hiker, section hiker, ultralight or heavy weight, one constant every backpacker will face is, “What will I eat on the trail?”
Our challenge is finding something that tastes better than cardboard, can be made from a few ingredients, and requires less than a commercial kitchen to make!
Here are a few trail meals that are light to carry, easy to make and actually taste good!
The name came about when I made a shopping list that my wife took to the store. I wrote dr peach on the list for dried peaches. She called me from the store asking what doctor peach was?
This high protein breakfast tastes great hot or cold and is easy to make. Add to a zip lock bag:
1 cup (or more) High Protein Granola Mix.
Sliced Dried Peaches to taste (2-3 per bag).
Brown Sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons Powdered Milk
Just add hot or cold water and breakfast is served! Dr. Peach can also be eaten dry from the bag while walking!
Bacon Cheese Grits
This recipe can be made hot, or cold soaked depending on time or season. I confess, cold soaked grits are nasty!
2 packets of Quaker Instant Grits
¼ cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3-4 pieces of Bacon Jerky chopped up.
2 tablespoons Powdered Milk (optional)
Add hot water for desired consistency. I like my grits to be almost a solid lump!
The cheese will keep for several days under most conditions.
While not truly a breakfast by most standards, this is a quick way to get up and walking on a cold or rainy morning.
1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials
2 packets Instant Coffee
Add both ingredients to 12-16 oz of water in your water bottle and shake!
You could also down a bag of Dr. Peach while walking and sipping!
Sundried Tomato Tuna Couscous
½ cup of dried Couscous
1 package of EVOO Sundried Tomato Tuna
1 sliced Avocado
Fritos to taste.
Add the couscous to your cold soak jar along with enough water to fully cover the couscous. Allow it to soak for 20-30 minutes before adding the tuna and avocado.
This recipe can also be made using hot water instead of cold soaking. If you are making it hot, add the tuna along with the water.
Slice the avocado into small chunks. Don’t cut the avocado before you are ready to use it because it will turn a very nasty brown color.
Top it off with a chunk of cheese and you are a trail gourmet!
Hot Spicy Chicken Red Beans Rice
Feeling a little Cajun on the trail? This is one of my favorite recipes.
½ cup Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice
1 package Starkist Creations Buffalo Spice Chicken
Fritos to taste.
Add the red beans and rice to your cold soak jar along with enough water to generously cover the mixture. I would recommend 3-4 hours of cold soaking. I usually prepare the mixture at my lunch break and let it soak until dinner time.
Just add the chicken, Fritos and an optional chunk or two of cheese and dinner is served!
Zatarain’s makes several different varieties of rice so take some time to experiment!
Leave a note below and share your favorite recipes for the trail!