Guess it's time for me to contribute something, considering how much great info I've picked up on this forum.
First: I do all my own food, mostly because I get off doing it. Gives me a sense of impowerment, I suppose. The only equipment I use is an electric coffee grinder, a cookie sheet and my oven. (When I can borrow a commercial dryer, I use it. Saves electricity.) The coffee grinder is for pulverizing EVERYTHING. When you're ready to eat, just add hot water, stir and let set. For the no-fuss hiking I prefer, works just fine.
The "Recipes": Go to a good food coop (e.g.) and buy some of the following in the bulk section---Dehydrated:corn chowder;split pea soup mix; dried red bean mix; black beans;lentils;veg.soup mix---anything that says,"just add hot water" and looks like you would want to eat it on the trail. Also, dehydrated potatoes (Barbara's is by far the best);cous cous;instant oatmeal;fat-free powdered milk,e.g. Mix and match to find combinations you like.
Then go buy whatever veggies you like (lots of different ones). Cut'em up, dry'em, mix them together, run'em through the grinder till they're powdered. Add one big, heaping spoonful to each pre-packaged mix, add lots of whatever spices you like and store in the freezer till you're ready. I take about six different mixes with me, just add hot water and eat up. It's filling enough that I can never eat more than a large cup full. I also buy turkey *BEEP*,slice'em thin, dry'em, shred and use for snack food.
How many calories in all this? Don't know. Do know I'm never hungry, so suppose that must mean something. Light, compact, and (important) tasty.