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Lentil Veg

Hardy. Lentils make for a nice hardy meal. They are a nice source of potassium, fiber, and protein. They also helps alkalize the body, balance pH Levels, and manage blood sugar levels. But, not much carbs here. So, I included some rice. 

Ingredients
1/2 cup cooked and dehydrated lentils
1/2 cup cooked and dehydrated rice
1/2 cup diced dehydrated vegetable blend
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried lemon powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
Handful of dried Kale
1 tblsp olive oil

At Home
Pack the ingredients (except the oil) in a freezer bag. The oil will be in a separate container.

On the Trail
This can be a hot or cold meal.  If hot, bring water to a near boil then add enough water to cover the ingredients. Add the oil. Mix together with fingers than place in your insulated pouch for 15 minutes. Eat happy.

Tips
The lemon powder was made by thinly slicing three lemons with a mandolin and drying in the food dehydrator. The brittle slices were then powdered in a coffee grinder.

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.

The handful of dried kale or spinach is something I like to do to help put more minerals and vitamins in my trail diet. I use mostly greens from my garden, but picking up some fresh produce at the store and drying it works too. It's easy, cheap, and light... and your body will thank you.