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Backpacker Magazine – December 2001

Fast Food: A Backpacker's Guide To Grocery

A soup-to-nuts guide that'll get you through the supermarket and on the trail faster than you can say "express lane."

by: Susan Newquist

Grocery List

Here's what you'll need to feed two people on a weekend hike. See "2-Person, Weekend Meal Plan" on page 4.

Produce aisle

1 bulb garlic; 10 to 16 ounces trail mix; 2 to 3 ounces dried apples; 7-ounce resealable bag Dole CinnaRaisins
Cereal aisle
2 or 3 packets or cups oatmeal; 1 box of 8 granola bars (you'll need 6)
Cracker & cookie aisle
7-ounce resealable bag Ritz Snack Mix; 7-ounce resealable bag Mini Oreo cookies
Beverage aisle
1 canister Crystal Light (contains 6 tubs of drink mix; you'll need 2 to 4); 1 box flow-through coffee bags, hot chocolate packets, tea bags, and/or cider mix
Baking aisle
1 small bottle cooking oil
Rice & pasta aisle
1 package Rag? Express! Sweet Tomato and Garlic; 1 box Near East Creative Grains Roasted Pecan and Garlic
Soup aisle
6-ounce can chicken chunks
Paper & plastics aisle
Gallon-size zipper-lock bags
Dairy & bread aisle
12 medium tortillas; two 8-ounce packages cheese; 2 bagels
Deli case
6-ounce stick pepperoni

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Vegetarian T
Jul 09, 2012

One more idea for meals for vegetarians is to bring pre-roasted veggies that are prepped and ready to go. Cut yellow squash or zuccini into thin pieces for quick cooking on the trail. Toss them in a bowl with herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning and put on cookie sheet at 375 for 35 min. Let them chill in frig and put in small zip lock plastic bag and will keep for 3 days just fine on the trail. They do have some weight, but taste really great when you toss them in Annie's organic white cheddar mac and cheese. Nice to have fresh veggies on the trail.

Vegetarian T
Jul 09, 2012

I am a vegetarian and there are several meals that are offered by Annie's organics that are just great. It seems everyone is missing out on greens. Spinach is really lightweight and gives really important iron and minerals in food and can be used in wraps, soups, and Annie's Mac and Cheese dinners. You don't have to be locked into the meat thing.


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