When it comes to backpacking food ideas for lunch, some like it hot and some like it cold. I cook hot lunches using dehydrated meals for longer backpacking trips, but on shorter trips where food weight and spoilage are not a big factor, fresh foods work just fine.
I fix hot lunches on longer trips because I already have the stove and pot in the pack. Might as well make full use of them. My hot lunches are the same dehydrated meals that I cook for dinners and they meet my requirement of being light-weight, compact, and well-preserved. And, of course, delicious!
Meals with rice as a base ingredient are my first choice for lunch. When I eat a hot lunch such as BBQ Bean Bark Stew with rice, beef, vegetables and bean bark, I get a noticeable power surge and feeling of well-being about 30 minutes after getting back on the trail.
Cooking a hot lunch is more difficult when it’s raining. On those days, I get by with my snacks and keep hiking until conditions improve. But on nice days, I like to relax, take my boots off, and enjoy a hot meal!
What’s your favorite backpacking lunch?
Use the form at the bottom of the page to share your best backpacking food ideas for lunch and I will post them here. You can share a list of your favorite types of backpacking lunches, a complete recipe or some tips that work for you.
Here is the first backpacking lunch recipe shared:
Shared by Erika Klimecky from Seattle, WA:
Salmon is one of the highest quality proteins around and being a Seattle local, it's almost a requirement! Curry has anti-inflammatory properties and cherries relieve pain. And I love crunchy fresh fruit on the trail.
All of this comes together for my favorite trail lunch. It's perfect on Day 2 of a long slog when your body needs the lift. As a bonus, the only tool that gets dirty is a stirring utensil (I use my camp knife) so there is no cleanup.
Open the top of the salmon packet and add the two mayonnaise packets and curry powder. Stir well. Squeeze it out onto the bread then press the celery, cherries and apple into the sauce. Close the sandwiches and hand one to a friend.
I minimize trash on the trail by packing the curry in a small bit of cellophane and place it inside another small bit of cellophane with the bread. I pre-cut the celery and apples, combining them in a snack-sized Ziploc bag. For cleanup, all that remains is the salmon and mayo wrappers and the cellophane. They tuck nicely inside the Ziplock that the apples and celery were in.
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