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Ginger & Orange Bulgur with Veg

Bulgur is a type of whole-grain wheat. Compared to enriched or refined wheat, this stuff packs a harder vitamin, mineral, fiber, antioxidant, and phytonutrient punch. Its’ low in fat, which isn’t great for the trail – so be sure to add some oil.  It’s a hearty source of protein. Bulgur has a been a friend to tables in Turkey, India, and the Middle East for a long, long time. If you’ve had tabbouleh, you’ve had bulgur.  Congratulations. Now, let’s eat!

300 calories

Ingredients
2 tsp canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 cup bulgur, rinsed
2 tsp brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/3 cup slivered almonds
2 tbsp dried chopped chives
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup dried vegies
1 tbsp olive oil

At Home
- Zest 1 orange
- Juice both oranges and add water to the juice to measure 3 cups total.
- Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 min.
- Stir in bulgur. 
- Add the orange juice, brown sugar, salt, and vegies; bring to a simmer and cover.
- Cook until bulgur is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Add soy sauce, almonds, and orange zest 
- Dehydrate at 135 degrees F. for 6 hours or until crispy
- Place the dehydrated bulgur and dried vegies in one-quart freezer bag.

On the Trail
Bring 1 cup water to a boil (or near boil) and poor into freezer bag. Add olive oil and seal. Blend well by massaging with fingers and then place into an insulated pouch (see tips below) for 15 minutes. With spork in hand, open freezer bag and devour. Tortillas will go well with this dish.

Tips
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!

I often dry my own vegies. But, an easy way to get a good variety of veg quick and easy is to buy some dried vegetable soup mix

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.