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Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Just-add-water Group meal ideas on 11/07/2008 09:13:49 MST Print View

I know, I'm lazy, and I could probably search and find something, but oh well. I'm looking for some no-cook meal ideas, that ideally would be pre-mixed with store components, divided up amongst the group, and hot water added. Any ideas/links/sources? Thanks for the help.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Just-add-water Group meal ideas on 11/07/2008 09:21:20 MST Print View

I usually just make up my own using couscous, pasta, rice or potato flakes but that site is great for recipes or just inspiration.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Food on 11/07/2008 13:43:07 MST Print View

I should have added that it needs to be something kids under 14 will eat too, not that they wouldn't eat the things you mentioned. I'll check out the web site.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Here is one: on 11/07/2008 17:24:52 MST Print View

I'd cut and paste it, but it is a long one ;-) Nic over at forums gave me the idea and I tweaked it. It does take a little prep at home but works out.

If you are doing a group consider breaking the dinner down into courses on who carries/preps what:
appetizer (hey you got hungry kids!)

A really popular recipe I get asked for often is cheesy bacon mashers. Cheap and good. Pudding in a bag is always snatched up......

Most teen guys like pasta, potatoes, rice, cheese, meat......make it simple and they will chow down.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Cheesy Bacon Mashers on 11/07/2008 17:31:49 MST Print View

Cheezy Bacon Mashed Potatoes

In a quart freezer bag:
1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes
1/4 tsp salt, if desired
1/3 cup instant milk
3 Tbsp cheese sauce powder
Shelf stable bacon, to taste (2-3 Tbsp or more), leave in package.

Add the bacon to the dry ingredients.
Add 2 1/4 cups near boiling water. Stir well, let cool a bit and eat.
Serves 1 - 2, depending on how hungry. 1 for logger sized appetite, 2 smaller or if other food is present.

Notes: Shelf stable bacon is found in the meat department as well as near the salad dressings. Hormel is one brand and there are others. You can find it at Target as well. Most bags are around 3 ounces. If you divide a bag between 2 meals that works well. Once you open the bags, use them up within a day if outside.
As for cheese sauce powder? You can get it in bulk bins and online. You can also use cheddar cheese. If you look in the cheese aisle they sell cheddar cheese in packs like string cheese. Use 1-2 per bag. Dice it up and fold in with water.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Group on 11/09/2008 00:56:31 MST Print View

Thanks Sarah!

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
energy bars on 11/10/2008 16:53:58 MST Print View

Joe - a great food addition is the homemade energy bar.

You will find my recipe at

Scroll down to Snack #3 Blueberry-Banana Peanut Butter Bar

The nice thing is that you can get a few people in the group to make them using different fruit/nut combinations and that adds to the variety.

Monty Montana
(TarasBulba) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Cheesy Bacon Mashers on 11/10/2008 20:00:06 MST Print View

Sarah, I was just wondering, since you undoubtedly have encyclopedic knowledge of suppliers, if you've ever run across Wilson's Compressed Bacon Bar or the Compressed Beef Bar. Each was about the size of a small bar of soap but equivalent to a lb of the undried, uncompressed meat. Once, every mountain shop that carried Kendal's Mint Bar also carried Wilson's. Now you can find neither in this country, but I'm told that Kendal's is still available in the UK. Ever run across Wilson's?

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Bacon on 11/10/2008 21:09:03 MST Print View In-Laws go to England often (next month I get to go collect all my Kendal bars that my MIL brought back! Yay!). I will have to ask her if she has seen the bacon or beef bars - I remember those when I was young here.
You got my mind wandering now!

This past summer I ordered a huge order of Kendal cakes from England. Oh man, do I miss them! Paying as much for shipping though was wallet crimping ;-)

Daniel Greenhouse
(dghouse) - F
Wilson's Bacon Bars on 03/12/2011 15:41:51 MST Print View

I remember well the Wilson's Bacon Bars fromt he 1970s, but I just discovered a Costco product that may well serve the same purpose. It is crumbled (albeit not compressed) dry cooked bacon stored at room temperature until the package is opened. I just tried some and it is an excellent product. My guess is that you could carry some backpacking for many days in a cool climate without worrying about spoilage.|6221|90641&N=4047570&Mo=99&No=39&Nr=P_CatalogName:BD_115&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=...

Edited by dghouse on 03/12/2011 15:42:51 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Bacon on 03/12/2011 15:57:58 MST Print View

How about a Westland Bacon Bar, 2 oz? Pre-fried bacon - diced & prepped, in a foil pouch. There is one sitting in my kitchen since about the time of the Truman Administration.