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    Andrew Marshall
    Moderator

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Companion forum thread to: My Year of Lentils: A Survey of Packaged Vegetarian and Vegan Backpacking Meals (Gear Guide)

    Small and mid-sized companies are making increasingly delicious vegan and vegetarian backpacking food. This gear guide covers meals from six of those companies.

    #3707040
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    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.

    #3707060
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    This was very good!!! Thanks for taking the time to do this write up!!

    #3707081
    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan

    Nice Job and a Big Thanks.

    #3707107
    Andrew Marshall
    Moderator

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    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.

    #3707119
    Andrew Marshall
    Moderator

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    I should note that during the course of my test Outdoor Herbivore changed its packaging and it no longer looks the same. Just FYI.

    #3707238
    Jan Rezac
    BPL Member

    @zkoumal

    Locale: 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.

    #3707262
    Paul S
    BPL Member

    @pula58

    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….!

    #3707263
    Ryan Humphrey
    Spectator

    @telvin3d

    Paul S

    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.

    #3707329
    Paul Leavitt
    BPL Member

    @paleavitt1

    Locale: Midwest

    Paul S.

    Use Beano for the Gas.  It is ‘My Year of Lentils’

    #3707579
    Andrew Marshall
    Moderator

    @andrewsmarshall

    Locale: Tahoe basin by way of the southern Appalachians

    Paul S.

    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.

    #3707623
    Mark Fradkin
    BPL Member

    @mfradkin-2-2

    <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 Fradkin

    #3707626
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    Food For Sole is a solid brand to try for those who haven’t.

    #3707634
    Michael Gillenwater
    BPL Member

    @mwgillenwater

    Locale: Seattle area

    Thanks Andrew. This piece was on target for us. Vegetarian with a hard focus on flavor and spice.

    #3707639
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    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?

    #3707645
    John D
    BPL Member

    @polynya

    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.

    #3707652
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    The first ingredient is coconut milk, which is close to pure fat.

     

    #3707655
    John D
    BPL Member

    @polynya

    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!!

    #3707658
    John D
    BPL Member

    @polynya

    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.

    #3707682
    Paul Davis
    BPL Member

    @pdavis

    Locale: Yukon, 60N 135W

    Andrew: Thanks for doing all the research for us vegetarians! Definitely ‘food for thought’!

     

    #3707881
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: 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 ;-)

    #3707928
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Thanks, Sarah!

    #3730858
    Bill in Roswell
    BPL Member

    @roadscrape88-2

    Locale: 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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