So we wanted to have a little variety here, since neither of us are huge oatmeal lovers. Alas, oatmeal is oatmeal. The base of each one was (I should have put granola):

  • oatmeal
  • chia seeds
  • hemp hearts

And then the different flavours were (sorry I didn’t measure anything):

1. Apple Pie: dried apples, slivered almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, slivered almonds

2. Never Be Blue: dried blueberries, slivered almonds, cinnamon, sugar

3. Chunky Monkey: dried banana, chopped pecans, cocoa powder, peanut butter powder, sugar

4. There’s an App-ricot for that: dried apricots, chopped pecans, sugar, nutmeg

5. I Love You Berry Much: dried blueberries, dried apricots, chopped pecans, cinnamon, sugar


  • sausage – I don’t usually like this but every day I was so happy to be eating this!
  • The Laughing Cow cheese (this stuff does not go bad :|)
  • crackers
  • Justin’s almond butter packets
  • flavoured tuna & salmon pouches – we rarely ate these. TOO MUCH FOOD (and I wasn’t a fan)
  • snacks: homemade trail mix (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, M&M’s), dried mango


So I’m not as good at the whole measuring thing, but Greg’s recipes have the amounts. Sorry! Also bear in mind that we had way too much food for 2. Important lesson: chicken bouillon cubes make everything taste better!

1. Couscous & Broccoli – adapted from this recipe.

10/10: And I don’t even like broccoli!

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous with herb blend
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • one 7oz Tyson premium chunk white chicken pouch
  • 2 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried broccoli, broken up
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

2. Fettuccine Alfredo – adapted from this recipe.

10/10: YES.

  • 2 cups quick fettuccine noodles
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • one 7oz packet of Tyson premium grilled chunk white chicken
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried potato flakes
  • 4 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons pesto paste from tube
  • 1 1/2 cups water

3. Pasta & Tomato Sauce

9/10: I did this all myself so it had that nice homemade touch, but a lot of work. Maybe could have been better with a chicken bouillon cube.

  • quick cooking macaroni (2.5 cups, dry)
  • tomato paste – dried, then ground to powder (680 ml)
  • dried onions (1/2)
  • dried peppers (1)
  • dried tomatoes (3)
  • dried basil
  • (sausage – we forgot to put it in though)
  • parmesan powder
  • (Greg added pesto paste to his)

4. Rice & Beans

2/10: This might have potential if you add chicken bouillon.

  • Minute Rice instant rice
  • black beans

5. Store-bought packaged food

??/10: We didn’t actually eat this.

I love FOOD | Pacific Crest Trail | California


2 thoughts on “The Menu

  1. in the oatmeal, powdered milk makes a huge difference, and maple sugar is a nice change to regular old sugar, also little packs of butter can be a nice treat. But switching between oatmeal and granola is also a good bet.

    In the pasta dinner you made, dehydrating prepared pasta sauce and adding dehydrated veggies and the could make it a bit tastier. Also bacon bits and parm on top! And hot sauce is always a nice treat if you like things a bit spicy.

    • Thank you for your suggestions! So nice to hear other people’s opinions on how to shake up the meals. I have read that some people put powdered milk, definitely going to try that and granola next time. We had meant to put sausage in the pasta sauce but we totally forgot, but we had so much food and we were so stuffed we probably couldn’t have don it hahaha. I’m sure my boyfriend would love the hot sauce idea but I cannot handle spicy at all, we did have some extra pesto paste and parmesan that we threw on our suppers for a little extra flavour.

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