Much of the route is very, very dry. 50+ w/o water is commonplace. As such I am already carrying large loads of water, but I see that load needing to be preserved for strict hydration (with an additive)and overall safety.
Maybe I am incorrect in assuming that focusing my water on strict, specified hydration as being more effcient than consuming the same amount of water as a cooked meal...?
I think you clarified it best that I am looking for:
"...a few meals that you can consume at waterless camps and still be reasonable edible."
Waterless camps will be frequent, and the 'rule' rather than the 'exception'.
Thank you for the suggestions. My normal menu does focus on eating whole, re-hydrated meals at midday (tabouli, bulgar, lentils, potatoes, rice, etc)by using a 2 C tupperware bowl with lid. That is a sound strategy in well watered environs.
However, I was hoping to find some other alternatives to 'bars' to get me through. Assorted nut butters is a great idea. Storage? A 1 L Zip Platy?
Further, my typical caloric breakdown for each feeding is:
Assorted Snacks: 1,000
Thank you again for your thoughts.
I'll leave you with four ideas.
If you are full-on serious about the no-water no-cook thing, I'd look at retort pouch food like Tasty Bites or MREs. They are enormously heavy but I find Tasty Bites are fine cold or cooked.
I'd also look really hard at some variation of peanut butter (or nut butter, or peanut butter and honey or jelly) sandwiches. Great calories-to-weight and nut butters and jelly make a complete protein.
If you can add water and let something sit, I'd recommend trying tabouli. You should be able to find some at your grocery store. Fantastic Foods, Casbah, and Near East are common brands. Mary Janes Farm also sells taboili mix on-line. Most taboili mixes require cold water and two hours of sitting time. If you take a 16oz nalgene jar with a screw-top lid, the sitting time can happen while you are hiking. Tabouli is good with feta cheese (or most any cheese), crackers, tortillas, tomatoes, cranberries, and nuts.
There are lots of recipes for "no-cook" pasta salads. You could use ramen noodles or mung bean noodles and soak them in that nalgene jar.