Having often been a solo traveler, I know there are a few creature comforts that are easy to miss while embracing life on the trail. Aside from family, friends, and social interaction it’s easy to miss food/meals that are beyond the typical trail fare. I like trail food as much as the next person, but even classy gastronomy like ramen and hot chocolate can only satisfy the tastebuds for so long. (Speaking of tastebuds, that would be a great name for a food show or blog about friends who travel around trying different cuisine from different places. This week on Tastebuds catch Lauren, Hopper, and Kristof as they head to Buenos Aires for the local alfajores and the fiesta del año)
So, with the holiday’s approaching I am here for the backpackers, the climbers, the hikers, and cave dwellers with a couple of lightweight, cost friendly, easy to cook recipes to capture the nostalgia of family dinners and holiday meals.
These recipes can be both vegan and non-vegan depending on your preference. Each ingredient comes in a vegan option.
Main Course = Holiday Bowl.
- Instant Potatoes
- Instant Stuffing
- Dried Cranberries
- Turkey Gravy Mix
- Canned Chicken/Tofurkey Slices (optional)
Heat water to hydrate the potatoes/stuffing/Gravy. Once hydrated, add ingredients to a bowl. Add in desired quantity of cranberries, and meat. Cover and let ingredients mingle. Grab a titanium spork (or other trail utensil, a stick perhaps) and allow this simple dish to warm your belly and the cockles of your heart!
Dessert = Holiday Bowl (but sweet)
- Instant apple cinnamon oatmeal
- Dehydrated apples
- Crushed Walnuts
- Brown Sugar (Instant brown sugar oatmeal will work if you have no brown sugar)
- Dried Cranberries
Heat water to make the oatmeal and rehydrate the apples. Once complete, add a scoop of brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, a handful of granola, walnuts, and cranberries, then mix ingredients together. If you have the opportunity to be extra boujee add a pad of butter to the apples while rehydrating. And if you want to be extra extra boujee, get your hands on a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top your mixture. It would be insane if you were on a trail and somehow came across some ice cream, but if you do, the result will cause you to dance and convulse in jubilation.
Some of my most memorable trail-life experiences come from the times when despite living and looking like a dirtbag, I was able to eat like royalty. Now, I’m not sure these dishes would constitute a royal feast, but they sure beat nothing.
So, if you are off on the trail this holiday season, these recipes won’t bring you closer to your loved ones, but hopefully they will at least get you closer in spirit.