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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Lunches/Snacks

Knock off more miles after a tasty trail-side lunch.

by: Genny Fullerton and Kristy Holland

Alpine Pasta
Alpine Pasta

Alpine Pasta
Easy, Cheesy, and Delicious

2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
2 4.4-ounce Knorr Butter & Herb pasta packets
4 ounces salami, diced
6 green onions, chopped
5 ounces fontina cheese

In camp
Pour one cup of hot water into a bowl, add tomatoes. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain tomatoes; chop with the salami, onions, and cheese. Add all to noodles after five minutes. Stir until pasta is done. Serves two.

Backpacker’s Pantry Chicken Vindaloo
Authentic Indian spices (ginger, coriander, cinnamon, and turmeric) give this hot-water-prep chicken and rice entrée a kick that’ll help heat your afternoon. You can make it with or without the included oil packet to adjust the fat/carb ratio; adding oil makes it 120 calories heartier and adds 14 grams of fat. $9 (2 servings);

Enertia Trail Foods Chipotle Tortilla Soup
One serving of this south-of-the-border flavored rice meal packs 66 grams of carbs—perfect for a midday pick-me-up. It’s also heavy on electrolyte-replacing sodium (one serving has more than 1,400 milligrams). Prep it at camp in the morning, tote it in an insulated container, and steal energizing sips on the go. $5 (1 serving);

Packit Gourmet Kickin’ Chicken Hot Wings Wrap
“Like taking your favorite wings joint into the backcountry,” says one tester about this spicy tortilla filler made with mix-in mayo and hot sauce packets (included, but BYO tortillas). Ten-minute cold-water prep yields a tasty, trail-friendly meal. $6 (1 serving);

Zing Nutrition Bars
Preservative-free snacks are less apt to freeze into rock-hard blocks, and Zing’s 100-percent natural energy bars optimize the fat/protein ratio for a long-lasting kick. Testers love the chocolate peanut butter and cashew cranberry orange. All six flavors are wheat-, gluten-, and soy-free (and several are dairy-free, too). $32 (12 bars);

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