Backpacking/Camping Recipes

When my daughter decided to hike the Appalachian Trail, I bought bulk dehydrated and freeze dried ingredients and turned them into packaged meals.

Here are the meals and snacks she had…

Breakfast Rice
Brown sugar and cinnamon 9 grain cereal
Honey cherry 9 grain cereal
9 grain cereal
Hash browns
Coconut Cream Oatmeal
Cranberry-Orange Wheat Cereal
Cherry Almond Couscous
Date Maple Nut Oatmeal
Nature’s sausage
Snazzy Apricot Oatmeal
Apricot granola
Cherry granola
Hash brown fritters
Blueberry pancakes
6 grain pancakes
Cornflake bars
Western omelette
Fancy Granola
Tasty Omelets

Quick spuds
Tabooli salad
Potato soup
Thai soup
Wonton soup
Sweet potato soup
Creamy ham and potato soup
Curried vegetable couscous
Tuna ramen
Tuna and crackers
Assorted soup mixes
Tuna spinach couscous
Cream of mushroom soup
Chicken vegetable soup
Honey Peanut Butter
Sloppy joes
Chicken salad
Spinach cheese soup
Quick green soup
Cheesy quick spuds

Beef stew
Bean and bacon stew
Baked bean soup
Beef stroganoff
Dahl soup
Couscous curry
Beef rice
Polenta cheese soup
Mountain stew
Tortellini with sauce
Morrocan soup
Chicken parmesan
Sausage tortillas
Chicken rice
Polenta mush
Spanish rice
Ham and broccoli rice
Chicken vegie rice
Macaroni and cheese
Curried couscous
Lentil Stew
Herb and butter vegie rice
Minnestrone soup
Corn chowder
Scalloped potatoes
Split Pea Soup
Chicken curry
Chicken stew
Chicken stuffing
Baco spuds
Chili with chappatis
Beef jerky stew
Salmon patties
Tuna patties
Taco filling with tortillas
Bean Soup

Vanilla pudding
Chocolate pudding
Vanilla custard
Banana pudding
Cinnamon rolls
Apple bannock
Apple barley pudding
Apple crisp
Rice pudding
Raspberry almond bread
Date nut bread
Blueberry muffins
Banana nut bread
Apple raisin cinnamon bread
Fry bread
Chocolate mousse
Whipped topping

Creamsicle drink
Fruit punch
Apple drink
Pina colada
Russian tea
Coconut shake
Vanilla shake
Peach drink
Iced tea
Mexican fruit drinks
Soy milk
Mexican hot chocolate
MRE cocoa
Mint cocoa
Ibarra hot chocolate
Organic cocoa
Alaska cocoa
Spiced cider MRE

Hash Brown Fritters

8 cups dry hash browns
1 cup powdered milk
2 cups powdered egg mix
1/2 cup flour
1 cup bacon bits
1/2 cup dry onion flakes
1/2 cup dried pepper flakes
1/4 cup parsley
salt and pepper

Mix all together. Pack 1/2 cup per person. Rehydrate. Cook.


Fancy Granola

8 cups 6-grain rolled cereal
2 cups rolled brown rice flakes
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup oil
1 cup honey
1 cup maple syrup
2 cups slivered almonds
2 cups pecans
4 cups shredded coconut
2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups apricot dices
2 cups dried cherries
2 Tbsp. vanilla powder

Heat oil, honey and maple syrup until thin. Add grains and nuts. Bake on cookie sheets at 300 deg. for 30 minutes, stirring often. Add fruits and vanilla. Let cool. Pack.


Western Omelette

1 cup dried pepper pieces
1 cup dried onion flakes
1 cup bacon bits
1 cup dried mushroom pieces
1 cup sun dried tomato pieces
1 cup cheese powder
4 cups dried egg mix

Stir together. Package 1/2 cup per person. Let rehydrate, cook.


Chicken Curry

2 cups freze-dried chicken
1 cup dehydrated peas
6 cups instant brown rice
4 Tbsp curry powder
1 Tbsp black pepper
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup nuts
1 cup raisins

Add together everything but nuts and raisins. Pack 1/2 cup per person with a handful of nuts and raisins packed seperately. Boil water, add chicken-rice mix. Cook. Sprinkle on nuts and raisins.


Bean Soup

6 cups precooked dried beas
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 cup dried onion flakes
1 Tbsp dry mustard
2 Tbsp dry fried garlic
1/2 cup dried pepper pieces
1/4 cup dried parsley
1 cup cheese powder

Add all together. Pack 1/2 cup per person. Rehydrate. Cook.


Lentil Stew

3 cups lentils
1 cup rice
3 pkts. onion soup mix
3/4 cup carrots
2 cups potato dices
1/2 cup dried mushrooms
1 cup dried onion dices
1 Tbsp soup flavoring
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. black pepper

Use 1/2 cup dry mix with 2 cups water. Simmer until done.


Cherry Almond Couscous

2 cups couscous
2 cups dried milk
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt

Use 1/2 cup dry mix to 2 cups water. Let sit 10 minutes.


Breakfast Rice

4 cups instant brown rice
1 cup raisins
1 cup pecans
1/4 cup butter powder
1/2 cup maple sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt

Use 1/2 cup dry mix for 1 1/2 cups water. Simmer until done.


Tasty Omelets

Powdered eggs
Sundried tomatoes
Pepper flakes
Onion flakes
Dried mushroomsCheddar cheese powder
Powdered mlk
Cajun seasoning

Mix together. Use 1/2 cup dry mix. Add water. Let sit. Fry in oil or butter.


Split Pea Soup

4 cups split pea flakes
1 cup bacon bits
1/2 cup dry fried red onions
1/4 cup dry fried garlic granules
3 Tbsp. soup seasoning

Mix all together. Use 2/3 cup dry mix. Add 2 cups water. Simmer.


Snazzy Apricot Oatmeal

3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 cups diced apricots
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup coconut cream powder
1 1/2 cups powdered milk

Mix all together. Use 1/2 cup dry mix. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups boiling water and let sit….or simmer until done.


Honey Peanut Butter

1 cup powdered honey
1 cup butter powder
1 cup peanut butter powder

Mix all together. Seal in bags. Add water to consistency you like.


Date Maple Nut Oatmeal

2 cups powdered milk
2 cups instant oatmeal
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup maple sugar granules
pinch of slt
1 cup walnuts
1 cup chopped dates

Mix all together. Use 1/2 cup dry mix with 1 to 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Simmer or let stand 10 minutes.


Cranberry-Orange Wheat Cereal

1 cup slivered almonds
2 1/2 cups bulgur wheat
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup powdered orange essence
1 cup sugar

Mix together. Use 1/2 cup dry mix with 1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water. Let sit overnight.


Coconut Cream Oatmeal

1 cup powdered milk
1 cup instant oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup cream of coconut powder
1/3 cup shredded coconut

Mix all together. About 1/2 cup dry per serving. Add 1-1 1/2 cups boiling water. Simmer or let sit 10 minutes.


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