Chicken Marbella - Delicious, easy to pack and cook on the trail!

Chicken Marbella – Backpacking Meal

Everyone wants to eat good on the trail or when camping – I know I do! Let me tell ya, chicken marbella is some good eats! Chicken marbella is just solid, man, it’s a solid recipe. It’s not like a freeze dried, store-bought meal, like Mountain House, where you eat it and you still have this hole you want to fill. It’s just satisfying. And it’s totally packable too – let me tell you how it’s done… Oh, and you don’t have to eat this just on trail. Delicious at home or anytime!

Hearty, satisfying, easy but most of all delicious backcountry jambalaya you can enjoy while on the trail!

Backcountry Jambalaya – Trail Food

Backcountry jambalaya is my attempt to stay on schedule with my once a month backpacking meal series.  I think I’m doing great so far…two straight months in a row.  Yay me!  I only made this declaration of a once a month meal series about, oh, 10 months ago, so… Yeah. But I’m here for month two and I’m telling you, I’ve outdone myself.  Seriously.  Jambalaya doesn’t seem like something one would have while out on the trail, I know, but once I got this recipe right, I feel bad for myself that I’ve not made this sooner.  The wife and I…

Chicken Tortellini & Sun Dried Tomatoes - creamy, delicious lightweight meal for your next adventure!

Chicken Tortellini with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamy, delicious tortellini with dried tomatoes and chicken.  You’re gonna love this! I know you guys, I’m a little behind on this “once a month backpacking meal recipe” thingy! Give me a small break on this.   It’s only been 5011 degrees here.  Just firing up an alcohol stove can give you heat stroke. That being said, the wait is worth it. I think you’re gonna like if not love this recipe and it’s Management approved. What I have realized is that if I can get a wink and a nod from Management, then I’m good to go. Truth time. In…

Faux Biscuits & Gravy

Why faux?  Well, because the “biscuits” are gnocchi and the “sausage” is Morningstar Farms fake meat breakfast sausage.  Taste just like sausage by the way and you can find it in the hippie section of your local grocery store. I love real life biscuits and gravy.   I love Mountain House’s biscuits and gravy.  I can’t take real biscuits and gravy on the trail and Mountain House’s, well, it’s expensive for what it is and it’s like Chinese food – you’re hungry an hour after you eat it. So I decided to make my own. You may not like fake meats.…

Easy, delicious red beans and rice for the trail!

Red Beans & Rice – Backpacking Meal

On my youtube channel I’ve started a little once a month backpacking meal series.  Just to have something that’s more nutritious, filling, and sometimes lighter than the prepackaged meals you can buy. My little ditty for the current month is this red beans and rice.  I’ve been tossing this around in my head for some time, but beans … Every time I dehydrate beans it’s hard to rehydrate them in a timely manner. So on the back burner it went. Then I found some dehydrated red beans from Harmony House and decided to give those a whirl.  They rehydrate like…

Bean bark stew, one of my favorite backpacking meals. It's heart, totally satisfying, and completely delicious!

Bean Bark Stew – Backpacking Meal

BEAN BARK STEW INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup instant rice 1/4 cup bean bark* 1/4 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce leather* 1/4 cup dehydrated ground beef* 1/4 cup dehydrated mushrooms* 1/4 cup dehydrated mixed vegetables of your choice taco seasoning, 1 pack per pound burger seasoning to taste salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS For each of these, the bark, leather, ground beef, and veggies, I like to make a large batch and store for future meals. To make the bean bark: Pureé a large can of vegetarian baked beans. Spread it out on your fruit roll up/plastic tray in your…

Tasty red lentil and sweet potato dal is a perfect nutritious backpacking meal. It's also perfect for tonight's dinner! It dehydrates like a champ and is packed with nutrition!

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Dal

I have another lovely, truly lovely backpacking meal that you can dehydrate or…yes…Eat it for dinner tonight! When I make food to take hiking, a few of my go-to’s are vegetarian.  Meatless meals just make my body happy and they dehydrate really well.  They weigh practically nothing and when you’re hiking 15, 20 miles a day, that’s a biggie. But taste counts too…alot.  After hiking all day the last thing I want to do is eat rehydrated cardboard because real talk – I’m crazy-man hungry! This dal is something that I may cook for lunch or supper at home and…

Delicious BBQ spaghetti to dehydrate for your next hiking adventure! Or serve it up to the kiddos tonight for dinner!

Alabama Style BBQ Spaghetti – Backpacking Meal or Tonight’s Dinner

I’m getting ready guys. I’m just waiting for the weather to ease up a bit (it was 92 here yesterday and hot as the devil’s balls), so I can head out in the woods for a week. While I’m waiting, I’m getting my food situation together. Nothing against store bought dehydrated meals.  I’m a big fan of Heather’s Choice for her delicious, nutritious meals.  I love PackitGourmet – the chicken and dumplings and gumbo are seriously delicious.  I’ll even throw in a Mountain House meal every now and then.  But it gets old.  And unless it’s Heather’s Choice, after a few…

THE most delicious and hearty backpacking meal I take with me on the trail. Filling but doesn't weight you down and cheap!

Santa Fe Cheesy Beans and Rice

So if you know anything about me, you know that I’m always on the lookout for some awesome tasty recipes for backpacking meals. If you don’t know me, then let me just say this, I have tried a ton of DIY backpacking meals, some of them good some of them not so good. I’m always reluctant to share the good ones. Not that I’m being selfish it’s because, well frankly, it’s because the good ones are just that. Good. Not great. If I do run across a great one, then I’m gonna share it with you. Which is why I’m…

Bush Bannock

I just got back from a little local excursion to test some gear and while there I made some bush bannock.  No, clear your mind, it’s not that bush. It’s the bush as in outside, in nature. So what is bannock? Well, basically it’s a round flat cake/bread originating in Scotland, made from grain and baked on a griddle. It’s been around for ages too. Its first cited use was in 1000. If you’re interested and want to know more (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?)  Wikipedia is here for you. Aside from being old as dirt, it’s easy, quick, and…