Any kind of soup or stew would be easy. You could buy a million of those Bear Creek Soup packets or try making something.
THis potato soup is super hearty and you can choose not to add meat. I add some of the cheesy sauce from the box of scalloped potatoes. If you bought the generic stuff it would be pretty cheap and easy compared to everything else. Multiply by 12-13 though.
1 package white chicken in a pouch
1 package Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix
½ of a 5.25-ounce box of scalloped potatoes
¹⁄8 cup instant potatoes
~1/4 cup dehydrated vegetables (this is an add on from the original recipe. I usually just buy frozen veggies I like from the store and dehydrate them up and divide into small bags)
Place the scalloped potatoes and vegetable mix in one zip-top bag and the instant potatoes in another.
In a pot, stir the scalloped potatoes and vegetable mix into 2½ cups water. Boil for one minute uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for two minutes. Add the chicken and the instant potatoes, stirring slowly and continuously to thicken the stew. Once the instant potatoes are dissolved, let simmer uncovered for one to two minutes. Serve hot. Tip: Crumble in crackers for crunch.
curry is also a nice change. You would have to multiply this recipe by 3-4.
1 ½ cup lentils
7 cups water
3 tbs vegetable oil
1 cup fincely chopped onion
1 fresh green chili pepper minced
4 c peeled and finely diced sweet potato
1tb curry powder
1 tsp dried cumin
2 tbs grated fresh ginger
4 c diced cauliflower
2 c diced bell pepper
10 oz spinach
3 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 tsp salt
3 ½ couscous or instant rice
1 ½ c water to rehydrate
rinse lentils and cook in water for 30 minutes
in a separate wok cook onions and chili peppers
add sweet potatoes curry, cumin, and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes
add 2 cups of water with the cauliflower and bell peppers
cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender
drain the lentils and blend the lentils for 2-3 minutes (be careful here. I burned out the motor on my mom's blender. be sure to have enough liquid in it.)
when cauliflower is tender stir in the spinach lentil puree, lemon juice, and salt and simmer for a few minutes
pour 1 ½ cup of vegetable mix into plastic wrapped trays (7 trays)
each tray hss one serving
deyhydrate and separate into plastic bags
add ½ cousous into each bag
boil 1 ½ cup water and then add mix
cook for 5 minutes
wt 2 lb 2 oz
I do not know where I found this recipe and I hope I am not in the wrong by sharing it.
Have you ever tried daal? probably one of the most fiberlicious and protein heavy foods around. You could either make this ahead and dehydrate (more work on your part) or make it at camp (more weight)
For 4 servings. I think you might need 1-2 bags of lentils for this)
1 T. sesame oil or, alternatively, olive oil
1 cup finely chopped white onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T. finely chopped fresh ginger
4 cups water or vegetable broth. I like vegetable boullion from knorr. but I think I am going to try another poster's vegetable broth next time).
1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 t. cumin (if easier just substitute curry powder or use tumeric and cumin for all of these spices )
1 t. coriander
1 t. tumeric
¼ t. cardamom
¼ t. cinnamon
¼ t. cayenne pepper
1 t. salt, or to taste
2 T. tomato paste
1 can optional diced tomatoes.
If making this in camp I would wash the lentils at home first and pull out any funny things. dry it and rebag it.
1. saute the onion and garlic in oil
2. add the spices to the oil and heat them up. right now you should have your camp salivating
3. add the water or broth and lentils.
4. cook until lentils are done. red lentils cook very fast about 20 minutes
5. While it is cooking add tomato paste and if you had diced tomatoes I would add them here
I have never cooked this for a very large group. If I had my druthers, I would cook it at home first and then do that cozy thing you do for the chili. I have a tough time cooking grains for large groups and I am imagining lentils provide the same frustrations. I think you have done this enough to do ok though.