We love it when readers share information and new ideas. Sonja contacted us recently about Food to Go and asked how many vegetarian recipes there were in the eBook. She is heads off on many multiday trips in Australia and was looking for some new ideas.
There is a vegetarian backpacking food section in Food to Go but it is not massive. We sent Sonja a copy to check it out i.e. if she was not happy, she did not have to pay for it.
The upshot of these communications was we did a swap, Sonja received a free copy of Food to Go and she sent us some great vegetarian bushwalking meal options!
Over to Sonja:
I have read your book, Food to Go. It is very good and informative. The examples by a range of bushwalkers is really interesting. I purchased two american trail food books (off amazon) that I believe were a waste of my money. Your book is very good and offers a range of good recipes and meal planning information.
I recognised some of the recipes from the dehydrated bushwalking food blog, as I used this blog to learn how to dehydrate meals and prepare portions for walking. I have adapted some of the recipes from this blog and also added my own to my walking menu list.
I didn’t add the red curry or pesto meals as you have these recipes – only difference is I make my own red curry paste, make the curry then dehydrate as a complete meal that includes fish sauce and palm sugar.
Marrakech curried stew
In one bag
1 x vegetable stock cube
1 Tbsp madras curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp dried shredded coconut
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup coconut milk powder (available from indian food shops)
1/2 tsp dried garlic
In separate bag
Add dehydrated red kidney beans (400gms can). Other options include chickpeas or cannelloni beans.
Dehydrated vegetables – suggested options include eggplant, sweet potato, red capsicum,
Add boiling water to red kidney beans and vegetables and soak for 20-30mins
Add sufficient water to spices to create sauce and add to vegetables when rehydrated.
Bring to boil
Serve with rice or couscous.
1 1/2 Tbsp Massaman curry paste (from supermarket or indian shop)
400ml coconut cream
400ml can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp palm sugar
1/8 cup tamarind water
1/4 cup raw peanuts
Method (at home)
Pour thick coconut cream into wok and stir in massaman curry paste and cook for 5 minutes. Mix in red kidney beans
Add remaining coconut cream, fish sauce, tamarind water and palm sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, cool then dehydrate curry
Place dehydrated curry in plastic bag and add peanuts. In separate plastic bag add a mix of dehydrated vegetables (suggested vegetables: sweet potato, eggplant, spinach, zucchini, pumpkin)
Add boiling water to the vegetables and soak for 20-30mins
Add sufficient water to curry to create sauce and heat. Add beans and vegetables when rehydrated. Bring to boil
Serve with rice (100g per person).
Lean minced meat and onion. Heat oil in wok, add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add small portions of minced meat to the wok and cook through (ensures the meat fries instead of boils). Remove from wok and prepare curry adding meat to curry instead of kidney beans.
The main benefit of dehydrated rice is the quicker cooking time and less fuel used on the trail. The rice is cooked in 5 minutes instead of 15 minutes.
Cook rice as normal, spread out on fruit dehydrating sheets and dehydrate for approximately 6 hours. Bag and just cover with boiling water in camp.
Food to Go is not just about dehydrating meals but it does contains step by step dehydration, testing , packaging and rehydration instructions with examples of many different types of food. The beauty of dehydrating your own meals is that it inexpensive, let’s you eat “home cooked” food and you can create a lot of variety. Dehydrated food will keep for weeks without spoiling and you don’t need to carry an esky or cooler box!
Keep an eye out for more of Sonja’s recipes, they will be posted here soon. And, a huge thanks to her for sharing these great ideas!.
Do you dehydrate your own hiking food?
Have you got any recipes that work well (with or without dehydration) to share?
Shoot us a note below, we whould love to share them.