unlike a lot of the "eat cold ultra lighters" we met in the mountains last summer, we boil water in the morning and at night, or wherever we do cook the main meal of the day (sometimes away from camp to fool the bears). Good food keeps the motivation high. I have two kids to keep happy on the trail...
Mornings hot chocolate, hot oatmeal, or oatmeal bars (cheap at the super market)
Second breakfast: home made cereal (oats, granola, lots of dried fruit, extra sugar, almond flakes, etc) with dry whole milk powder, sometimes also with "instant breakfast" drink mixed in. That's usually our real breakfast. Instant breakfast with milk powder also as drink without the cereal.
Lunch - crisp bread with various toppings, from tuna in the pouch to Chorizo Saussage.
PM snack - Cliff bars, Pemmican bars, etc
Supper - mostly Ramen Noodles (but repacked with flat extra pasta, not the curly stuff that sucks up space in your bear caniste), added dehydrated chicken (bulk caninster from saratogatrading.com), some extra seasoning, olive oil. Als like the Knorr instant beans, dirty rice mix, etc - all these meals cook in 5-7 mins and save fuel. We did have a few commercial dehydrated meals - of those we only liked the Mountain House Beef Stroganoff and their Chili. Fancy Thai and organic dehydrated dishes we tried at places where other hikers left these things behind were not so grand. Another thing we really liked last year were some flour tortillas with heated shredded-beef out of a pouch. Have to find a dehydrated version of that shredded beef, though.
Nutella is an AWSOME alternative to peanut butter - my kids love it, while they hate peanut butter. Eat with crackers, or straight out of the jar as snack. High fat, high carb.
Other snacks: Haribo Gummi Bears, Sharkies, Blue Diamond flavored Almonds, more Cliff Bars (we didn't buy any, but each hiker food depot pickup had dozens in the left-behind bin...)
Drink - lots of Gatorade, about 2 quarts per day for the three of us, some non-sugar lemoade powder to reduce the amount of boring plain water, coffee in the am (Folgers Singles), Hot chocolate, Cappucino drink mix, some non-sugar Kool aid we used with very small amounts of sugar just to flavor water.
Add to that Thermotabs for potassium chloride, multi-vitamins, a few gummi-vitamins, and the usual chocolate bar treat to be consumed at the food depot pickup because it melts in the pack.
This year I'll pack some Scho-Ka-Cola if I can find a reasonable price for that stuff around here.