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White Sauce – A Versatile Base for Backpacking Meals

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Making sauces for Backpacking Meals might seem intimidating, but with a grasp of a few simple principles, you can make a basic white sauce and flavor it in a multitude of ways for gourmet cooking while on the trail. Cooking up a homemade mac and cheese on day five will make you a hero with any group!

The essence of a good sauce is a flavourful liquid and a thickener. To make my trail preparation easier, I typically combine as many ingredients together as I can at home, breaking up the recipe into manageable stages. I number the bags, hydrate in each bag during preparation and put the instructions in the outer bag.

White sauce can be combined with any pasta (or rice), flavor and protein, cheese or vegetarian ingredients you want. Essentially it is a creamy delivery system which, once mastered, can be used for surprisingly good meals with great ease. You can scale up the liquid portion if the oil/flour ratio is also scaled up.  Typically, one cup of liquid can be thickened to a medium white sauce with two tablespoons each of oil and flour.

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Farfalle Carbonara with Clams

3 – 4 oz. dried farfalle (bowties)

1 tbsp. Grapeseed oil (high burn temperature and perfect for camp stoves!)

1 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. flour

Bag 1 – 1 tbsp. Dehydrated onion flakes / 1 tsp. Freeze dried garlic (Litehouse brand is good)

Bag 2 – 1/3 cup milk powder / 1-2 tsp dried chicken or vegetable stock / 1 tsp. dried parsley / ½ tsp dried tarragon / salt / pepper. Medium size bag.

Bag 3 – 8 oz. can clams (dehydrated) / 1 tbsp. bacon bits / 1 tbsp. dehydrated roasted red peppers thinly sliced

Grated parmesan cheese to taste

Add water to Bag 1 and Bag 3 to cover and wait till fully hydrated. Cook farfalle while waiting. When cooked drain and transfer to the large zip lock the whole meal was in. Pour excess water (now flavored!) out of Bag 1 and 3 into Bag 2 and bring it up to measure one cup.

Place oil and butter in a saucepan and briefly cook onion and garlic (Bag 1). This opens up the flavors that dehydrating often traps. Using a combination of oil and butter helps prevent the butter from burning. Lower the temperature a little and put in the flour.  This is your thickener and needs to be cooked a minute or so to eliminate the floury taste. Watch that it doesn’t brown. Take off the heat and gradually add milk/stock (Bag 2), stirring to prevent lumps. Return to heat and add clams, bacon, and peppers (Bag 3). Bring to a light boil until thickened. Be careful not to burn the milk. Add drained cooked farfalle and grated parmesan to the sauce. Stir and enjoy.

Makes one large serving

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Healthy Outdoor Food – 2nd Annual Vegan Food Crawl

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Find healthy outdoor food options at the 2016 vegan food crawl.

 

It’s time to get stoked! Are you a long-time vegan, a new vegan or just starting to explore how to reduce the amount of animal products in your diet? Seattle Backpackers Magazine is committed to healthy outdoor food.  It’s time to get excited, connect, learn about healthy outdoor food, and have fun during the 2nd Annual Vegan Food Crawl at Downtown Bellevue on Sunday, August 14, 2016. This year’s lineup is something to get excited about as vegan has become more mainstream and offers so many delicious options.

As this new innovative food economy is rising, numerous new businesses and restaurants are working to enhance our food system by offering healthier, more sustainable foods. What a better time to experience this shift than joining others in a fun, community event walking all over Downtown Bellevue in hip matching t-shirts enjoying amazing vegan food, and finding out about some healthy outdoor food options.

Restaurant Line-up:

  1. Jujubeet
  2. Araya’s Place
  3. Moksha
  4. The Essential Baking Company

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Event Details:
Sunday, August 14th 2016
Registration: 10:30-11:30am @ Ashwood Playfield Park
The Crawl: 11:30am – 3:30pm

Price:
$30/per person (includes crawl menu and vegan food crawl t-shirt)

Registration Deadline:
July 29th, 2016
80 spots available

Registration Information Booths:

  • The Humane League
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • Mercy for Animals
  • NARN
  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest
  • Manitoba Harvest

 

Event Details and Registration:

www.veganfoodcrawl.com

 

Summer Book Review – Amazing Trail Recipe Book

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GOOD FOOD
For outdoor adventures
By Tanya Krezevka
230 pp. Available through Amazon or directly from Trail Recipes for $19.00

 

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Try these adventure tested meals in a new trail recipe book by trail chef Tanya Krezevska.

Food is important, especially in the outdoors where weather and exertion can put the body in a diminished capacity to perform.  Beyond the physical need to fuel the body, food is also an important aspect of positive mental attitude and resiliency in the wild.  Tanya Krezevska understands the importance of good food in outdoor adventures and has written a wonderful and informative trail recipe book for the rest of us.

Tanya is an avid backpacker, trail chef, and educated culinary artist.  Her trail recipe book provides a comprehensive guide of 101 field tested (from Nepal to Iceland) outdoor recipes, food planning advice, and food preparation tips.  The book is beautifully illustrated, well organized, and easy to follow.  A particularly helpful feature of Tanya’s book is the calorie count and prepared weight of each meal.  There is also a balanced blend of vegetarian and vegan recipes include in the book for those looking for meatless options

I tried the crunchy peanut butter oatmeal, a new twist to my standard oatmeal trail breakfast.  The meal was easy to make, tasty, and kept me fueled throughout the morning.  I also tried the pine needle tea, this great trail novelty is better than you might think and is fun to share with friends.  Tanya also provides more elaborate recipes for ambitious trail chefs; the section on wilderness baking and the outback oven is well worth the read.

One of the most helpful sections of this trail recipe book is the food planning chapter.  Full of helpful advice on preparing and packing meals, this chapter also provides multi-day meal plans.  The meal plans ensure you take healthy food on your trip and that you have the calories to complete your journey.  If you are looking for awesome food ideas for your summer outdoor adventures, this book is for you!

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Tanya Krezevska is founder of Trail Recipes, a food blog dedicated to outdoor enthusiasts. Her recipes have been published in Seattle Backpackers Magazine, MSR Drink Lab, Outdoor Adventure Guide Magazine, Go Outdoors, Est’ Magazine and others.

 

Vegan Backpacking Meal Plan: 3-4 Day Minimalist Style

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Check out this vegan backpacking meal, it has never been easier to be a vegan in the outdoors.  Photo Source: chscourier.com

Last week we covered vegan backpacking tips and tricks to optimize your outdoor performance.  This week I present a sample 3-4 day minimalist vegan backpacking meal plan.  Get your backpack ready, it has never been easier or more fun to be a vegan in the outdoors!

Breakfast Options

  1. Vega One, Vooluu, or other “complete shake” with hemp milk/water. Add in 1-2 tbsp. of hemp oil or flaxseed oil.
  2. Oatmeal (or overnight oats) with coconut oil/natural butter and hemp seeds
  3. Sprouted grain wrap with natural nut butter, hemp seeds and dehydrated fruit
  4. Buckwheat overnight groats with nut butter and hemp seeds

 Lunch Options

  1. Sprouted grain wrap with dehydrated refried beans, dehydrated veggies, cumin, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper.
  2. Sprouted grain wrap with dehydrated hummus, dehydrated veggies, sun-dried tomatoes, cashews, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich/Wrap (Chickpeas, sunflower seeds and smashed avocado with seasoning)
  4. Bombay Potatoes (Tasty Bite) with Brown Rice

 Dinner Options

  1. Vegan Tacos: Quinoa, avocado, dehydrated veggies, dehydrated refried beans and nutritional yeast served in a wrap.
  2. Vegan Burrito Bowl: Brown or wild rice, beans of choice, dehydrated veggies, seasoning of choice, salsa.
  3. Vegan Pasta – Koyo Organic Ramen noodles with pasta sauce (pasta sauce with nutritional yeast, veggies and olive oil blended in advance of trip)
  4. Curried Rice with Cashews –combine all ingredients in sealable bag pre-trip: rice of choice, curry powder, dried onion flakes, coconut sugar, veggie bouillon cube, garlic powder, turmeric and cashew halves. Eat out of bag or warm with a little water if available.

Quick Grabs/Snacks:

These are imperative to keep your energy up, blood sugar balanced and your body in good shape all day. Great examples include:

  • Clean/limited ingredient energy bars or make your own!
  • Sandwich/wrap filled with natural nut butter
  • Half an avocado filled with hemp seeds
  • Homemade trail mix or gorp (good old raisins and peanuts)
  • Nuts (all varieties)
  • Hemp Seeds (Manitoba Harvest sells small packs or you can also buy in bulk and bag)
  • Sweet potato mashed with almond butter and vanilla plant protein powder
  • Dates stuffed with peanut butter

Resources

Looking for some of the items mentioned in this article for your next vegan backpacking meal?  Check out these websites.

Manitoba Harvest

Koyo Natural Foods

Karen’s Naturals

 

Vegan Backpacking Tips and Tricks for Optimal Performance

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Vegan BackpackingVegan backpacking provides an incredible way to rediscover our wonderful outdoors that is cruelty-free and healthy, in addition to connecting even closer to Mother Nature. If you are new to vegan backpacking, it may seem difficult, however with strategic planning, it’s easy and quite fun! Fueling with wholesome, nutrient-dense plant foods to maximize performance is exciting and important to understand when preparing for a backpacking trip in the backcountry. Knowing how plant-based food pairing works will not only strengthen your planning, it will also give you superpower energy when you are trekking and traversing with 40+ pounds on your back.

Here are some prized vegan backpacking tips to get you stoked about taking on the backcountry cruelty-free with vibrant energy.

First and foremost, plan!

When vegan backpacking, you need foods that do well with constant movement, longevity, and temperature changes. Plant-based foods make this easy as most options stand up well in this environment. Also, there are so many lovely earth-driven options that keep your food interesting! With that being said, knowing how to calculate energy density (calorie-to-ounce ratio) and what foods to pair together for maximum digestion and usability will not only give you the energy needed to tackle elevations and switchbacks, but lighten up your load.

Energy and Nutrition:

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  • All nutrients are important, however knowing your caloric needs is extremely helpful because it will most likely increase significantly once you hit the trails for a full day of exertion.
  • Aim for a protein-fiber-carbohydrate-fat variety with strong focus on fat.
  • Be mindful with higher glycemic foods: Foods with too much sugar will give you a quick boost, but they won’t help you for the long haul as your blood sugar will spike and plummet. Protein, fat, and fiber digest more slowly than carbs, and help keep you going longer.
  • Speaking of fat; it is the most energy-dense fuel and the preferred fuel for long-duration exercise. Also, fat consumed in the diet spares muscles glycogen. As a bonus, fat not only provides the fuel your muscles are using, it doesn’t weigh that much. When our bodies run out of fuel, they start using the reserve tank – then, it starts eating up important things you need like muscle.
  • Be on top of what you are consuming even when you don’t have a strong appetite to keep your fuel steady!

Vegan Backpacking Shopping List

If you are able to pre-cook and pack some foods in airtight bags as much as possible, awesome! However there are several healthy pre-cooked options available for convenience.

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  • Grains and noodles: Be sure to add fat and or protein to these to increase the nutrition density. Checkout Tasty Bites, Seeds of Change and Koyo Organic Ramen. Trader Joes and Target also have nice options.
  • Lentils, beans and hummus: There are excellent products which are dehydrated, vacuum packed and in small cartons. Checkout Fantastic World Foods. Also, Trader Joes, Target, and Whole Foods have excellent options.
  • Dehydrated and vacuum-packed fruits and veggies: Karen’s Naturals is fabulous.
  • Wraps or breads: Get an extra nutrition boost by opting for sprouted grains, like Food For Life
  • Healthy Fats: Avocado, coconut oil, hemp seeds, nuts and seeds
  • Seeds, nuts, and nut butters: While you’re out exploring, eating a variety of seeds and nuts is extremely important for calorie density, fat, and protein. Try making your own granola/trail mix with a variety of flavor and superfood nutrition. Nut butters can be eaten with a spoon, in a wrap or in oats. Checkout Justin’s for individual serving packs.
  • Dehydrated and vacuum-packed meals: These are a good idea to pack since they are lightweight and nutritious. Great vegan options include: Outdoor Herbivore, Harmony House, Good To-Go, and Backpacker’s Pantry.
  • Clean/Limited Ingredient Bars: Bearded Brothers, Amrita Bars, Picky Bars, Pro Bars, Plus Bars, GoMacro Bars, and Vega One Bar are great options.
  • Green Drinks: An excellent brand is Amazing Grass. They sell a few single-serving options that you mix with water. These are a great way to get some micronutrients into you backpacking diet.
  • Vegan Complete Meal & Protein Powders: A great way to add significant nutrients to your day. Mix with water, in oats, etc. Several great options available in individual serving packets.
  • Fresh Veggies and Fruit: Depending on how long your trip is some sturdy fresh veggies and fruit can withstand room temperature for days to making you feel healthy along the trails. (I.e.: Apples, carrots, avocados) However, these do add weight so you may consider packing dehydrated options, such as Karen’s Naturals.

Next Week

Check back next week when I will give you an awesome 3-4 day vegan backpacking sample meal plan (minimalist style).  This plan tastes great and will keep you going strong on the trail.  See you next week!

Kristin

 

3 Freezer Bag Cooking Meals for Backpacking

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Freezer bag cooking is easy and can help you make great meals while on the trail.

 

Freezer bag cooking is a way to create and cook quick, simple, yet delicious, meals on the trail with no cleanup. It has become an extremely popular cooking style among ultra-lighters and just lazy hikers. The principle is very simple. All you need is to boil some water, pour the water into the zip lock freezer bag containing the dried ingredients, stir well and let sit for about 5-15 minutes or until fully rehydrated, then open and eat right out of the bag.

Although, I really do not normally enjoy eating from plastic bags, I found that on some trips, especially on those where you can experience the lack of water, this method of cooking with a freezer bag is quite functional. That’s why I decided to give it a try and have now adapted some of my favorite recipes for this type of trail cooking. Check out these delicious freezer bag cooking recipes!

 

NUTELLA AND HAZELNUT OATMEAL

Serves 1

You’ll need:
1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons full cream milk powder
1 mini-pack (15g/0.5oz)  Nutella™ chocolate spread
1 tablespoon toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

At home:
Mix oats and milk powder in a medium-sized zip lock freezer bag.
Pack the remaining ingredients separately.

On the trail:
Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil.
Carefully pour hot water into the bag with the oat mixture.
Stir well, close the bag, and let stand for 1 minute.
Stir in the Nutella, sprinkle with hazelnuts and enjoy.

 

SWEET COCO COUSCOUS

Serves 1

You’ll need:
1/3 cup  instant couscous
2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 tablespoon dried pineapple chunks, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon brown sugar, or to taste

At home:
Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized zip lock bag.

On the trail:
Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil.
Carefully pour hot water into the bag with the couscous mixture.
Stir well, close the bag, and let stand for 5 minutes.
Fluff couscous with a spork and enjoy.

 

WASABI MASHED POTATOES WITH TUNA

Serves 1

You’ll need:
1/2 cup instant mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon dried seaweed (wakame, nori or kombu)
1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce, or to taste
1 can/pouch (about 70g/2.47oz) tuna in water
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds (optional)

At home:
Mix instant mashed potatoes, seaweed and wasabi powder in a medium-sized zip lock freezer bag.
Put soy sauce in a small leak-proof bottle.
Pack the remaining ingredients separately.

On the trail:
Bring to a boil 2/3 cup of water in a pot.
Carefully pour hot water into the bag with dried ingredients. Mix well.
Stir in soy sauce and drained tuna chunks. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy.

 

The New Primal Beef and Turkey Jerky

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What do you look for in a jerky? Taste, naturally, and a fair price. We don’t typically eat jerky to be “healthy,” but we do eat it for sustenance and a quick energy boost with a long tail on the trail. I suppose we might also want to be sure the jerky we are eating isn’t laced with chemicals and artificial flavors that negate any caloric benefit. When I eat jerky, I want to eat the meat of the animal from which it was made, not other non-animal substances.

I’m looking at you, Slim Jim.

The New Primal beef and turkey jerky passes almost all of those tests. The one it does not pass—price—is forgivable given The New Primal’s commitment to offering a pure, ethically-produced, additive-free, delicious, dehydrated meat product.

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I tried all three varieties of The New Primal jerkies – original beef, spicy beef, and turkey. Each was quite tasty. The normal beef jerky has a nice, light peppery flavor that is beef-forward instead of spice-forward. The spicy beef isn’t too spicy. My heat-averse wife even enjoys it. The turkey jerky is the best turkey jerky I’ve ever tasted, not sweet or peppery but lemon and ginger-lit. Neither the beef nor the turkey jerky are dry in the least.

One thing I studied in college was food science, and if you want to continue to enjoy Thanksgiving, you should not learn how poultry are farmed in the United States. The fact that The New Primal raises their turkeys free-range in a stress-free environment is remarkable.

The New Primal beef and turkey jerkies are kind of expensive, dividing out to just over $3/oz. For the quality of the jerky and the peace of mind that comes from knowing I’m eating meat and not other chemicals, and from knowing the meat was produced ethically, I think it’s worth it. Jerky is always kind of expensive. At least The New Primal jerky isn’t costing me my clear conscience too.

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Pictures of The New Primal’s farm are much more interesting than pictures of me masticating.

The jerkies are packaged nicely as well in a durable, thick plastic, resealable pouch. I never worried about the packages opening up in my pack while I was hiking.

In summary, The New Primal jerkies provided me the delicious boost of energy I was looking for on the trail and it did it without making me wonder whether or not what I was putting into my body was doing more harm than good. Bonus – I also knew The New Primal was taking care of their animals as well. It’s a little expensive, but not egregiously so. I recommend it highly.

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Ingredients:

Original Beef

Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Aminos, Honey, Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Less than 2% of: Smoked Sea Salt, Garlic, Onion, White Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Ginger, Black Pepper

Spicy Beef

Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Aminos, Honey, Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Jalapeno Peppers, Cayenne, Smoked Sea Salt, Garlic, Onion, White Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Ginger, Black Pepper

Turkey

Turkey Breast, Honey, Pineapple Juice, Water, Apple Cider Vinegar (Apples & Water), Smoked Sea Salt, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Ginger,  Granulated Onion, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Paprika

Types tested: Original Beef, Spicy Beef, and Turkey

Types Available: Original Beef, Spicy Beef, and Turkey

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya Recipe

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Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a classic one-pot Creole dish with a beautiful mix of strong flavors and great textures. It could be made with ham, chicken, shrimp or oysters, depending on what ingredients you have on-hand. This smoked sausage jambalaya recipe is quick and easy to do and makes a really tasty dinner on the trail.

 

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small shallot, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 handful (about 50g/1.76oz) smoked sausages, sliced
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
3-4 pcs canned pimentos, drained and sliced
1/3 cup quick-cooking rice
Salt

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On the trail:

1. Heat the olive oil in a pot, add onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft.

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2. Add sausages, and sauté until browned.

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3. Stir in tomato paste, Cajun spice mixture and pimentos. Cook for another 1–2 minutes; then pour in rice and 2/3 cup water.

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4. Bring to a boil. Season to taste and simmer for 10 minutes – stirring occasionally – until rice is done and all liquid is absorbed.

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* Serves 1 * Easy * 20 min * Pot * 179g (6.31oz) * 569kcal *

Easy Trail Tiramisu

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Trail Tiramisu

Tiramisu is one of my family’s beloved sweets, and I’ve always dreamed about having it in the backcountry, too. The original recipe requires fresh products and lots of preparation. So, I’ve adapted it so it can be just as tasty, but more suitable for cooking and eating outdoors. This super simple version of the classic Italian dessert lets you make this restaurant favorite even on the trail.

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp vanilla custard powder

3 tbsp full cream milk powder

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp instant coffee

1 tbsp Amaretto liquor

6 pcs ladyfinger biscuits

1 tsp cacao powder

At home:

Combine vanilla custard powder, milk powder and sugar in a small resealable bag.

Pack instant coffee, biscuits, amaretto liquor and cacao powder separately.

On trail:

1. Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil. Mix hot water with instant coffee and set aside to cool.

2. Pour vanilla custard mixture into the pot and gradually add 3/4 cup cold water. Place pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least one minute until the custard thickens. Then immediately remove from heat and leave to cool. Stir in Amaretto liquor.

3. Pour half of the crushed biscuits into the mug. Drizzle with half of the coffee. Spread half of the custard over the ladyfingers. Repeat layers. To serve, dust with cocoa powder.

Paleo Meals to Go Review

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Paleo Meals to Go

While I am firm believer that everything tastes better in the backcountry, finding lightweight options that provide ample calories, but don’t add bulk to your pack, can be a challenge. Adding in dietary restrictions or specialty diets can make dining al fresco on the trail even trickier.

On a recent trek through Las Flores Canyon, I took along a variety pack of freeze-dried backpacking meals from Paleo Meals to Go – created by a Denver-based mother/son team. While I don’t adhere to the paleo diet, I seriously appreciate the lack of preservatives and other added junk often found in dehydrated meals. If you require gluten free, grain free, milk free, soy free meals, or just prefer all natural ingredients in your food, these meals might appeal to you as well.

Paleo Meals to Go offers four different meals; Summit Savory Chicken, Mountain Beef Stew, Cliffside Coconut Berry and Palisade Pineapple Mango – all packaged in resalable, lined paper bags that are easy to pack in and pack out. The meals can be cooked “stove top” or straight from the package with the addition of boiling water. I chose the latter option for a less-mess, easy clean-up option and had no complaints other than the occasional sticky fingers (hand, really) from digging deep into the pouch to scoop out dinner. (The packaging suggested cutting down the bag to a smaller size after cooking in it. I should have listened.)

Paleo Meals to Go

Summit Savory Chicken: There are a ton of ingredients in this one, like: chicken, green peppers, onions, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, mushroom and spices. This meal has great flavor, but I found it a little dry (especially compared with the Mountain Beef Stew). I tried adding a bit more water, but it didn’t seem to change the texture of the chicken much.

Mountain Beef Stew: This one tastes like home cooking – I could hardly tell it was Paleo or came from a package of freeze-dried ingredients. The garlic-infused blend of beef, onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery and spices were savory and delicious. Make sure you shake the package well before you add water or you’ll get huge pangs of the garlic and salt.

Cliffside Coconut Berry: This was a nice change from my usual backcountry breakfast of instant oatmeal or dehydrated eggs. With the same consistency of hot porridge, the coconut flakes, almond flour, nuts and berries cooked together into a super-sweet breakfast that stuck to my ribs. The fruit rehydrated really well, which was impressive.

Palisade Pineapple Mango: Another fruity breakfast option, this meal has great texture from the pineapple, mango and banana. It smells amazing, and certainly tastes better than plain ol’ oatmeal – but that’s what sugar does. (Editors Note: Paleo Meals To Go pointed out that while the meals are high in sugar it is naturally occurring sugar from the fruit. There is NO sugar added to any of the Paleo Meals To Go menu items.) I also loved the addition of flaxseed, which is a great source of fiber.

Bottom Line:

Paleo Meals to Go taste great – especially the Mountain Beef Stew. They are lightweight, take up very little pack space and are ridiculously easy to make. The lack of preservatives, gluten and other non-paleo ingredients are a huge plus. The flavor of the meals was as good or better than other freeze-dried meals I’ve taken into the backcountry, but at a price point of $13 per meal, it’s not something I could commit to for regular backpacking trips.

If you would like to try out Paleo Meals To Go  for yourself, be sure to use the coupon code SBM5 to receive 5% off of your order! 

Tech Specs:

Date available: order now online at paleomealstogo.com, new options including Bedrock Beef Chili, Canyon Chicken Chili and Apex Fruit Snacks coming soon.

MSRP: US $12.99/package

Dimensions: weigh 3-5 oz./package

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