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Mahalo Trail Mix

This Mahalo Trail Mix was inspired by my trips to Hawaii to visit my husband’s family.  Mahalo means thank you, and I’m thankful for the warm, friendly family I’ve inherited through my marriage.  I could not ask for better in-laws. On Oahu, ginger plants grow everywhere, and

Salsa Leather – Dehydrate for the Trail

Make your own salsa leather.  Similar to fruit leather, this salsa leather can be reconstituted on the trail with a little boiling water.  Add it to soups, freeze dried meals, or dig in with some chips and avocado!  Use your favorite store bought salsa to get started

Turkey Trail Tacos

Impress your campmates with these Turkey Trail Tacos.  Pan fried tortillas, fresh avocado and salsa verde seasoned turkey come together for a taco truck style dinner.  You’ll need a small fry pan, and some time to dehydrate the turkey and pico de gallo at home, but it’s

Dehydrate Your Own Macaroni Pasta

Save money and make your own instant macaroni for your favorite backpacking meals!  If I’d have known how easy it was to make “instant” pasta, I would have done it years ago.  I used to just boil regular pasta on the trail, and feel guilty about draining

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach and Tomatoes

Adapted from Bon Appetit We recently moved to Seattle to continue our outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest.  In the past, B and I have usually gone alone on most of our backpacking trips, but since joining the Mountaineers, it has become apparent that we will have

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These pumpkin seeds are vegan and gluten free, and make a nice change from the regular peanuts, almonds and cashews in traditional trail mixes. Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Makes 2 cups 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp olive oil Juice from 1/2 a lime 1/4

Almond Coconut Stuffed Dates

If you’re getting tired of energy bars, try these Almond Coconut Stuffed Dates.  We combined almond butter, toasted shredded coconut, and dates to make a high energy trail snack.  The fat from the almond butter and coconut provide long lasting energy and the dates provide the natural

Taste Test: Smoked Three Bean Chili

On short, last minute trips, when we don’t have time to cook up a batch of our favorite recipes, I like to test out the current backpacking brands on the market.  I saw Good-To-Go featured at the Outdoor Retailer Convention, and thought their recipes looked good.  They

Chicken Paprika

One of my friends is Polish American.  Her favorite comfort food is Chicken Paprika aka Paprikash.  My family is both German and Polish, and I have unhappy memories of boiled cabbage and kielbasa growing up as a kid.  My family never made Chicken Paprika, and that is

Thai Red Curry with Rice

Spicy curry paste, savory coconut milk, and chunks of chicken make this a perfect dinner for a cool Fall evening in the backcountry. Back in April, Brook and I both decided to try the Whole 30 challenge.  For a month, we cut out all sugar, dairy, grains,