My Plan to Not Starve
I’m sure this hike is going to kick my ass in all sorts of ways I haven’t even thought of yet, but starving won’t be one of them. At least I hope. I’ve read about meal preps until I thought my head was going to explode – buying bulk and mailing everything, dehydrating, buying in town, breaking every meal down to the number of calories and grams of protein.
After all of that, I settled on my own system that feels right to me. (Mad props to all of you that did manage to dehydrate everything, I’m sure I’ll still be super jealous of your meals.)
So my plan?
I created 6 base recipes that I’ve memorized. They allow for me to substitute ingredients so I can shop at a Whole Foods or a gas station without stressing out too much on every detail. That’s cheesy chicken quinoa in a spinach wrap below. Nom! Other recipes: spicy bacon mac and cheese, chicken pesto wraps with pine nuts, Italian mashed potatoes with pepperoni and cheese…clearly there’s a cheese trend here.
My cooking setup?
I’m opting to only use my jetboil for heating water and instead, cooking all my meals in quart-sized ziplocks held in a koozie. (Huge shout out to Bison from REI in Indianapolis for the cooking koozie idea. It changed my life.) If you’re curious, I took a sun reflector for a car, gorilla tape, and some Velcro for the koozie.
I’ll be buying food as I go, repackaging in zip locks, adding water, chowing down on some amazing combinations, then zipping up the mess and packing it out. Did I mention my tic-tac spice pack that not only rhymes, but adds flavor? (Again, props to the hikers before me for this idea.)
We’ll see how this goes…I’m feeling good about it. I’ll still be taking a multi Vitamin and chugging all the green smoothies I can when I find them to stay healthy-ish, but here’s to some tasty meals in between!
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