My Year of Lentils: A Survey of Packaged Vegetarian and Vegan Backpacking Meals (Gear Guide)
Mar 30, 2021 at 9:00 am #3706971
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Small and mid-sized companies are making increasingly delicious vegan and vegetarian backpacking food. This gear guide covers meals from six of those companies.Mar 30, 2021 at 3:14 pm #3707040
Wow. Food for the Sole’s slaw/salads sound great and come in at a very high cal/ounce. I’m glad to hear about these.Mar 30, 2021 at 7:26 pm #3707060dirtbagBPL Member
This was very good!!! Thanks for taking the time to do this write up!!Mar 31, 2021 at 5:15 am #3707081Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
Nice Job and a Big Thanks.Mar 31, 2021 at 9:51 am #3707107
I’m happy people are digging this gear guide. It was fun to test all these meals and see how far we’ve come from chili mac.Mar 31, 2021 at 10:54 am #3707119
I should note that during the course of my test Outdoor Herbivore changed its packaging and it no longer looks the same. Just FYI.Apr 1, 2021 at 2:06 am #3707238Jan RezacBPL Member
@zkoumalLocale: Prague, CZ
Is there’s something wrong with the affiliate link system, is it some new UL backpacking product or technique, or is it just a fool’s day joke? Now the article reads (and it’s not the only occurrence):
The rest of the companies I found by conducting a survey on the Backpacking Light forums and generic viagra gold usa online asking members to recommend brands they thought had the best vegetarian or vegan options.Apr 1, 2021 at 10:11 am #3707262Paul SBPL Member
I am glad to see more non-flesh alternatives available, and reviewed …thanks!
I don’t know why, but all the “just add boiling water” meals give me horrendous gas, and usually I end-up having to empty myself (#2) several times the next day. Very unpleasant, simply not doable for me, sadly. I wonder if anyone else has had this problem and whether they found a solution?
Until then, it’s Amy’s Mac and cheese….!Apr 1, 2021 at 10:32 am #3707263Ryan HumphreySpectator
Some of the purchased meals are insanely heavy on the salt. If your diet is usually lower sodium it can have that effect on some people.Apr 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm #3707329Paul LeavittBPL Member
Use Beano for the Gas. It is ‘My Year of Lentils’Apr 3, 2021 at 3:34 pm #3707579
This reminds me of the time I found a package of Textured Vegetable Protein in a hiker box and added it to everything I ate for a week. It…wasn’t a good result.Apr 4, 2021 at 7:25 am #3707623Mark FradkinBPL Member
<p style=”text-align: right;”>Great job Andrew providing us with high quality and tasty plant based meal and snack options!</p>
Thank you for all of the very useful and detailed information on those options. I will definitely use this guide to order backcountry food.
Mark FradkinApr 4, 2021 at 8:23 am #3707626Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW
Food For Sole is a solid brand to try for those who haven’t.Apr 4, 2021 at 9:38 am #3707634Michael GillenwaterBPL Member
@mwgillenwaterLocale: Seattle area
Thanks Andrew. This piece was on target for us. Vegetarian with a hard focus on flavor and spice.Apr 4, 2021 at 10:38 am #3707639
Hey Andrew/Sarah (or anyone else that he tried them). Any thoughts on how compact Food for the Sole’s slaws are? I’m guessing they would compress down well if repackaged into a ziplock baggie in a bear can. Any thoughts?Apr 4, 2021 at 11:50 am #3707645
I had to check and see if this was published on April 1. How is it possible to have figures like 207 calories per ounce…for the Thai Peanut Curry? Even 100% peanuts are only around 160 calories per ounce.Apr 4, 2021 at 1:26 pm #3707652
The first ingredient is coconut milk, which is close to pure fat.Apr 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm #3707655
The package says 420 cal from fat, and says it has 47g of fat. If we take their word for the latter**, it leaves 61g for carbs and protein. At 4 cal per gram that adds up to 244 calories. Total 664 calories. Not 790g.
**Not sure we should take their word for it, since their total of fat, carbs and protein adds up to 140g, not 108g!!Apr 4, 2021 at 2:05 pm #3707658
Re the Thai Curry, and one presumes their other meals, Pinnacle Foods seem to have taken their inflated ingredient weights and multiplied that out to get an incorrect calorie count (or an incorrect net weight)
47g of fat at 9 cal/gm = 423
68g carb at 4 cal/gm = 272
25g protein at 4 cal/gm = 100
Total calories = 795 . Pretty much the figure they claim.
So either they have grossly understated the weight or overstated the calories.Apr 4, 2021 at 8:29 pm #3707682Paul DavisBPL Member
@pdavisLocale: Yukon, 60N 135W
Andrew: Thanks for doing all the research for us vegetarians! Definitely ‘food for thought’!Apr 6, 2021 at 9:11 am #3707881Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW
Matthew K, I found the packages to be flat. so in theory you can roll them up, or put them on the wall of a bear can :-) Ans it’s not like you can destroy it too much ;-)Apr 6, 2021 at 12:36 pm #3707928
Thanks, Sarah!Oct 28, 2021 at 2:40 pm #3730858Bill in RoswellBPL Member
@roadscrape88-2Locale: Roswell, GA, USA
Andrew, thank you so much for writing a concise expose on your veg food experiences! Especially focusing on flavors, as I knew right where you were coming from. Having lived in TX for years my taste buds are hones for southwestern flavors. Now I know exactly which meals to get for my spicy food fix. And I’m an omnivore!
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