I ordered a big pile of freeze-dried and dried vegetables from Packitgourmet to supply myself with dinners on the trail that aren’t the usual garbage (ramen, instant mashed potatoes, Lipton sides, etc.). So far, my experience with Packitgourmet has been very good.
The meals I’ve packaged up mostly include cous-cous with some various vegetables and beans. Add a pouch of tuna or salmon, or some summer sausage for protein and fat, and a bit of olive oil, and I’ve got a simple 500 calorie dinner. High in protein from beans and fish, high in some kind of vitamins from the veggies, and very easy to cook (just add boiling water).
From what I’ve tested of the Packitgourmet veggies, stand outs include the dried carrots and tomatoes, freeze-dried peas and carrots, the black bean flakes, and the single-serving packets of olive oil.
An example of one of the dinners I put together yesterday:
-1/4 cup whole-wheat couscous
-1/4 cup black bean flakes
-2 Tbsp dried red beans
-2 Tbsp dried diced tomatoes
-2 Tbsp freeze-dried corn kernels
-1 Tbsp olive oil
This dinner cooks with just a cup and a half of boiling water, provides about 500 calories, and would probably go well with a handful of pepperoni, too. Chances are it won’t fill me up completely, but my strategy will be to pack heavy for daytime snacks and light on dinners. That way I won’t have to force down too much dinner in one sitting, and I can fill up on snacks (aka dessert) before going to bed.
In the next few days I’m going to start packing up several dinners, snacks, and packages of food that I’ll send to myself in the coming month.