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Gear Review: Backpacker's Pantry Cuban Coconut Black Beans and Rice

Bring the fruity flavors of the tropics to the backcountry with this vegan meal from Backpacker's Pantry.

One tester gave this dish the ultimate compliment: “I wouldn’t have known this was freeze-dried,” he said, shoveling spoonfuls into his mouth after an all-day hike. The vegan meal provides complete protein (17 grams) by combining beans and rice (both simple proteins) in a light, sweet-savory, Caribbean-inspired, coconut- and banana-flavored sauce.

The hearty, fiber-rich (30 grams), and carb-heavy (88 grams) meal left testers full-bellied and satisfied—though some suggested adding a packet of chicken for a chunky boost, and hot sauce (not included) to balance the fruity base. $7 (2 servings); 9.8 oz.; backpackerspantry.com

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