Cheesy White Bean Veggies over Rice
Any recipe title that begins with "Cheesy" is difficult to ignore. Any recipe title with the word "Cheesy" and "Veggie" is one you must take with you on your next backpacking trip. Those are the rules. I made that up. But, this one is definitely worth serious consideration. It smells yummy; it tastes yummy. One warning: be careful that you don't sit within smelling distance of someone who chose a manufactured dehydrated meal. There's a good chance they will become insanely jealous. Nobody needs that. Enjoy!
700 calories (with flatbread)
1/2 cup dehydrated cooked rice
1/2 cup dehydrated (canned) white beans
1/4 cup dehydrated vegetables
2 tbsp dehydrated broccoli
1 tbsp powdered milk
2 tbsp powdered cheese
1/2 tsp dried sage leaf
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp. corn starch
1 tbsp olive oil
Dehydrate cooked rice and white beans and place into a one-quart freezer bag along with veggies and broccoli. Combine all other (sauce) ingredients in a sandwich bag. Place sauce ingredients bag into freezer bag
On the Trail
Pore 1 1/4 cups of water of (near) boiling water into the freezer bag. Pour sauce ingredients and olive oil into the freezer bag, seal, and blend well by massaging with fingers. Place into an insulated pouch (see tips below) for 10-15 minutes. Remove freezer bag from insulated pouch, unseal the bag, place your nose near the opening and take in one satisfying smell before eating with near uncontrollable abandon. Flat bread goes well with this dish.
I like to use an insulated pouch (mentioned above). It allows me to save some fuel because I don’t have to bring my water to a full boil. It also keeps my water hotter for longer, helping extend cooking time. With dehydrated food, sometimes the longer soak time makes for more naturally textured food. A good inexpensive and lightweight pouch is the Big Sky International Insulite pouch. Or search the Internet for some DYI options. Prepare your meal, put it in the pouch, then go set up your tent. By the time your tent is all set up, your meal will be ready. Trail efficiency, baby!
Dehydrated foods can keep a while, but you start prepping your meals early you may want to use a vacuum sealer and then put them in the freezer.
I often dry my own veggies. But, an easy way to get a good variety of veg quick and easy is to buy some dried vegetable soup mix
One could buy powered cheese, but it usually comes in a size that's too large. One could make their own powdered cheese in the dehydrator, but this takes days and a lot of TLC. So, one easier way to get your powered cheese is to buy some Annie's Family Size Classic Mild Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese or any of your favorite off-the-shelf Mac-n-Cheese mixes. Take the cheese out and save the macaroni noodle for another meal. Annie's is nice because it's real cheese.