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“This high-protein meal reminds me of my favorite bistro foods,” our Trail Chef Jennifer Bowen says. “Complete the menu with a big chunk of your favorite French loaf with butter.” Prep is dead-simple, and even though you won’t have to wash a single dish, we bet you’ll want to lick the bag.
7 oz. box Fantastic World Foods instant black beans
½ cup bacon bits
2 Tbsp sliced green onion or 1 tsp onion flakes
½ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
½ cup croutons
Mix beans, bacon, and onions in a bowl. Divide mixture between two cook-in bags (see DIY Bag Bowls). Put croutons and cheese into separate snack-size bags.
On the trail
Boil 3 cups of water, then allow water to cool just slightly (about 90 seconds; too-hot water going into sealed bags may cause them to tear easily). Divide hot water evenly between bean-mixture bags, stirring to break up any lumps. Close and let sit for five minutes, stir again, then top with cheese and croutons.