Since NoKey and I are getting ready to tackle another thru hike in 2017 I thought I'd start sharing some recipes with my readers. A few years ago, when we took off to do a series of smaller thru hikes, I decided to attempt home dehydrating all our meals for a few reasons. Home dehydrated meals are economical and a lot more healthy than just eating a few of the same Lipton Sides over and over again. It keeps your tastebuds and your wallet happy!
One of our favorite recipes a few years back turned out to be Hawaiian Rice. This also was the first meal we ever ate out on the Benton MacKaye Trail. I wanted to eat it first because I was entirely convinced I'd hate it. This one, however, became an instant hit! Every time we'd see it in our resupply boxes we'd do a happy dance. Check out my recipe for Hawaiian Rice below!
Hawaiian Rice (1 Serving)
1/2 cup home dehydrated brown rice (cooked in veggie stock)
2 tbsp home dehydrated pineapple
1 tbsp home dehydrated bell pepper (broiled and blackend before dehydrating)
1 tbsp dried onion flake
1 tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
2 tbsp bacon bits or ham-flavored TVP
1/2 tsp ham base
Add the rice, pineapple, bell pepper, onion flake, coconut, salt, and ginger into a sandwich size zipper bag and mix well. Add the bacon bits/TVP and ham base to a snack size zipper bag and mix well; seal the bag. Add the small zipper bag into the larger bag and seal shut.
Separate the two bags. Add the contents of the large bag to your cook pot and cover with water - you are just covering the ingredients here, no need to measure. Stir and then bring to a boil. Stir and then remove from the heat. Add the contents of the smaller bag and stir again. Let meal sit for 5-10 minutes until it reaches your desired thickness and consistency and enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from Chef Glenn's Hawaiian Shrimp and Rice. I cannot recommend his website enough if you're looking to learn how to make your own backpacking meals!
Have you made your own dehydrated meals before? How did it go?