Backpacking into the wilderness brings a unique sense of adventure, but it doesn't mean sacrificing good food. With a little preparation and the right recipes, you can enjoy tasty and nourishing meals that are easy to make, even with limited equipment and lightweight ingredients. In this backpacking recipe guide, we've compiled five mouthwatering recipes that cater to various dietary restrictions, require minimal gear, and feature ingredients that won't weigh you down. Let's dive in and elevate your backpacking experience with delectable meals!
1. Trailside Oatmeal Power Bowl ~ Heather from the Hillsound Team
- 1/2 cup instant oats
- 1/4 cup powdered milk or milk alternative
- 2 tbsp dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
- 1 tbsp chopped nuts or seeds
- 1 tbsp protein powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- Combine instant oats, powdered milk, dried fruits, chopped nuts or seeds, protein powder, and salt in a reusable and resealable bag.
- At camp, boil water and pour it into the bag until the contents are covered.
- Seal the bag and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Mix well, drizzle honey or maple syrup if desired, and enjoy a nutritious and energizing breakfast.
2. No-Cook Mediterranean Wrap
- Tortilla or flatbread
- 1 small can of tuna (or chickpeas for a vegetarian option)
- 1/4 cup diced cucumber
- 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp crumbled feta cheese
- Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Lay out the tortilla or flatbread.
- Spread tuna (or chickpeas) on the center.
- Top with diced cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and chopped olives.
- Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Wrap it up and enjoy a refreshing and protein-rich meal.
3. Backpacker's Stir-Fry
- Dehydrated stir-fry vegetables
- Instant rice or quinoa
- 1 packet soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
- Dehydrated tofu or cooked, dehydrated meat (optional)
- Prepare instant rice or quinoa according to the package instructions.
- In a pot, rehydrate stir-fry vegetables with hot water until tender.
- If using, rehydrate dehydrated tofu or meat.
- Drain excess water from vegetables and mix in rice or quinoa.
- Add soy sauce and sesame oil, toss to combine, and enjoy a flavorful and filling stir-fry.
4. DIY Dehydrated Pasta Primavera
- Dehydrated pasta (pre-cooked and dehydrated at home)
- Dehydrated mixed vegetables
- Olive oil packet
- Parmesan cheese packet
- Italian seasoning packet
- Salt and pepper
- In a pot, rehydrate pasta and mixed vegetables with hot water until tender.
- Drain excess water and drizzle with olive oil.
- Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, toss well, and indulge in a simple yet satisfying pasta dish.
5. Nut Butter and Banana Tortilla
- Nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.)
- 1 banana, sliced
- Honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Spread a layer of nut butter on the tortilla.
- Place banana slices on one half of the tortilla.
- Drizzle with honey or maple syrup if desired.
- Fold the tortilla in half, creating a delicious and quick snack or breakfast.
Embarking on a backpacking adventure doesn't mean you have to settle for bland or cumbersome meals. With these five backpacking recipes, you can enjoy delicious, easy-to-make dishes that cater to your dietary needs and won't weigh down your pack. From power-packed oatmeal and Mediterranean wraps to satisfying stir-fries and DIY pasta primavera, these recipes will elevate your outdoor culinary experience. Prepare, pack, and savor the flavors of the wilderness while keeping your energy levels high and your taste buds happy.
Happy backpacking and bon appétit!