Meals to Cook When Hiking

Hiking is a favorite type of activity for many people. Traveling through mountain ranges and forests brings a lot of positive emotions. In addition, you can be alone with nature and enjoy the silence. Considering the length of the hiking trip, you should think about food in advance. You can, of course, buy a couple of MRE packs and a flameless warmer. But what if you want to cook a culinary masterpiece in 20 minutes? Here are meals to cook while hiking.

Chili Mac and Cheese

This smoked macaroni and cheese dish is as simple as possible to prepare. Cook it over an open fire or a charcoal grill. You need to boil water and add some beans. Wait 10 minutes and add noodles. After all the ingredients have boiled for another five minutes, you can add cheese and chili powder. The proportion depends on your culinary preference. The main advantage of this dish is its simplicity. You need to add all the ingredients in turn. It is worth noting that you are best off choosing instant macaroni, so you don't have to wait long.

Jerky Noodles

The second recipe is also fairly simple. You need to boil water and add rice noodles. After fifteen minutes have passed, you can pour out the water and add beef jerky and peanut butter. Whisk all ingredients and add salt or pepper as desired. The butter adds a pleasant astringency, and you can enjoy every bite of beef jerky. But do not forget to take all the ingredients for the hike in advance.

Also, you should pack all your things in a backpack so as not to be left without lunch in the forest or the mountains.

Mediterranean Couscous

The third dish is also very simple and will suit even beginners. All you need to do is add the ingredients one at a time. Boil water, add couscous and wait about 10 minutes. As soon as you see that the groats are ready, you should drain the remaining water, grate the cheese and add the pesto mix. Stir all ingredients and add 5-10 olives.

This dish has a delicate aroma and is very easy to prepare. It will take you no more than 20 minutes to complete all steps. Any student can use this recipe to enjoy a delicious meal somewhere in the woods near the tent.

Chicken and Rice

What could be simpler than this dish? You need to buy pre-cooked chicken cut into small pieces. Boil water and add broccoli. Once five minutes have passed, you can add instant rice and wait 4-6 minutes. Pour the water out of the pot and add chicken, soy sauce, and olive oil. This type of recipe does not require salt or spices, but you can add any ingredient if the dish's taste seems inferior to you. In general, even a child can prepare all the ingredients according to the instructions.

Eggs and Bacon

If your plans do not include a long stop in one place, then you can eat eggs and bacon. Boil water and add powdered eggs. Stir the powder until smooth. Next, you can add bacon bits and mashed potatoes. As you can see, it will take you no more than 10-15 minutes to eat deliciously and not waste time on complicated culinary processes. You can even bring a flameless heater and some water with you if you don't want to stay in one place for a long time.

Trail Mix Butter

Imagine that you wake up in a tent somewhere on the side of a mountain and observe a beautiful coniferous forest. Most likely, you don't want to spend about an hour preparing complicated dishes. Boil water and make coffee. Next, you need trail mix, peanut butter, and honey. All you need to do is take a plate and stir all the ingredients. It will take you no more than a minute to start eating. This breakfast is full of vitamins and minerals. Plus, you get enough energy to continue your hike.


Here's another great option for those who love quick breakfasts. Sprinkle powdered milk and add cereal or granola and dried fruits. Pour boiling water over all the ingredients. Wait about five minutes and start eating. Such a simple dish will be a great addition to tea or coffee.

Final Words

When you walk through the woods or climb a mountain, you hardly want to burden yourself with complex culinary recipes during a lunch halt. All the dishes on the list are quite simple to prepare. It will take you 5-20 minutes to start eating. Plus, you will be surprised by the delicate taste and texture. Now hiking will become even more comfortable for you.


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