By Lindsey Segal
Quarantine cooking is remarkably similar to cooking in the backcountry: options are limited, substitutions are frequent, and creativity is paramount. Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader Lindsey Segal shares her favorite recipes and tips for making the most of whatever’s still left in your pack… er… pantry.
When you’re backpacking, you can make anything you would make at home normally but with fewer ingredients and supplies and no refrigeration. This makes it great quarantine cooking as well when you’re trying to avoid going to the grocery store often! The easiest way to meal plan for backpacking is to choose a grain base, protein and veggie toppings, and a sauce. These are all items that can last a while with/without refrigeration and you probably already have most of them in your house! Everything here is a suggestion, so get creative, use what you have, and season to your liking.
Here are some ideas:
|Quinoa||Canned chicken||Curry (1 small jar Thai Kitchen curry paste + 1 can coconut milk)|
|Pasta||Canned salmon||Peanut sauce (3 parts crunchy peanut butter + 1 part soy sauce + sriracha + garlic/garlic powder + onion/onion powder + ginger/ginger powder + salt + water to thin)|
|Rice noodles||Canned tuna||Pesto (2 parts fresh basil + 1 part olive oil + 2 parts garlic/garlic powder + 1 part cheese + salt)|
|Rice||Canned sardines||Green tahini sauce (2 parts fresh herbs (parsley, basil, dill, cilantro, mint, oregano, etc) or dried + 1 part tahini + 1 part lemon juice + water to thin + salt to taste)|
|Brown rice||Veggies (carrots, peppers, broccoli, onion, etc)||Hummus|
|Soba noodles||Chickpeas||Teriyaki sauce (1 part soy sauce + 3 parts water + garlic/garlic powder + ginger/ginger powder + brown sugar/honey)|
|Mac’n’cheese||Beans||Tomato sauce (canned tomatoes + garlic/garlic powder + splash of red wine vinegar + salt + red pepper flakes)|
To make sauces: chop all ingredients until fine and then mix all ingredients together. Season to taste and add water to thin.
Quinoa + canned chicken + carrots + onions + curry sauce
Couscous + veggies + chickpeas + spices
Pasta + canned sardines/canned salmon + sundried tomatoes + pesto
Rice noodles + veggies + peanut sauce
Mac’n’cheese + hot dogs
Wraps + veggies + hummus
Tortillas + rice + beans + tomatoes + cheese (burrito)
Sweet potatoes + beans + tomatoes + cheese + corn + onions (chili)
Tortillas + tomato sauce + cheese + onions + sausage (pizzadilla)
Brown rice + canned chicken + broccoli + teriyaki sauce
Quinoa + chickpeas + veggies + green tahini sauce
About the Author:
Name: Lindsey Segal Year in School: Sophomore Major: Public Health Hometown: Palo Alto, California Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking and Scuba Diving Favorite Camp Food: S’moredillas Ideal Outdoor Trip Destination: Trinity Alps in California If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Friends!