What's your best light weight delicious meal recipe?

I love eating home made meals on a hike. But that also means I carry heavy on a multi day trail. My best meal is lentil curry and white rice made on a fire. Its warm comforting and tastes like home. What’s yours?

Small packet of instant Smash with enough powdered biltong, mix in 2 mini tub butters and I’m a happy hiker. Quick warm meal and loaded with enough calories to sleep well on cold nights.


This is a great topic, as I often find it really hard to find things in SA that work well for the type of hiking I do. So would be keen to hear anyone else’s tips and ideas.

If I can get away with it I just want to be adding hot water to a bowl and not cooking in the actual pot (Mess, effort and weight). This means I tend to end up having a lot of couscous with spices and frozen veg, plus olive oil to flavour.

Lunch has become all grain wraps and hard cheese of some sort, which is great. I have found little peanut butter sachets these days, so those might start working their way in as well.

The thing I have never been able to find in SA is dehydrated refried beans, which are fantastic. Flavourful and go well in any form. So if anyone has any leads, I would love to hear :slight_smile:

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For my curried lentils, I add some oil, garlic, ginger, salt and mixed curry spices and oil to lentils at home. And put it in a plastic jar that I can burn afterwards. At camp I just add about same amount of water and cook for 15 minutes. The rice is also salted at home, premeasured and taken along I a ziplock bag. I’ve made a meal for 12 people already like this on Amatola and the weight distribution worked out to about 80 grams pp.

Bring it to the boil, then wrap in towel, then in sleeping bag for 20 minutes. Uses less fuel, less chance of burnt food

Awesome :slightly_smiling_face: will do. Thanks for the tip :+1:t3:

If you hike a lot then the same meals do become tiresome after a while. There is several options see below:
Bachelor aka Easy
Just order it or buy it and pack it. An old getaway article summarises vendors that sell freeze dried or sun dried mixes. I like the raw food company best, but too each his own.

The do it yourself
If you have an oven then there is no veggy you cant dry. As both meat and fish can be pickled, dried etc. there should not be a meal you cant make.

The all inclusive wrap:

  • Wraps vacuum packed
  • Melrose/L cow cheese wedges
  • Packets tuna
  • mini cucumbers
  • pepedews/chilli

Try to mix it up by using salami sticks to replace biltong as meat.

Bacon veg pasta:

  • dried bacon bits
  • freeze dried peas
  • pasta Royco s. (three cheeeeeeeses)
  • pasta

Karoo fusion :wink:

  • biltong
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • sun dried mushrooms
  • sweet n sour Royco s.
  • Smash

Dehydrated ready-mixed-meals at www.therawfoodcompany.com. Just add water & cook. Tastes like home-cooked meals. Voted best hiking meals in the country by Getaway Magazine, twice.

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