Meal On the Go
If you’re hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, biking, etc. you may not have access to a pantry or a kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat beef jerky and trail mix all day. You can still have the benefit of a “home-cooked” meal, without having to pack a picnic basket and silverware.
This recipe came at my dad’s request and was designed with the avid sportsman (or woman) in mind. With the innovation of the squeeze-pouch, baby food and kids’ snacks for moms on the go just got easier. But my dad wanted something similar he could take hiking or hunting, so I came up with this recipe because it is organic, healthy, filling, and delicious! It has a good mix of carbs and proteins, and it’s very easy to make.
You could also do protein drinks, smoothies, soups, yogurt…anything you don’t mind freezing and eating later!
It is perishable, but you pack it frozen so it takes a few hours to defrost, and you can throw a couple of them in your cooler in place of ice packs, so you end up saving space and reducing weight.
All you need is one of these…
…and some of these
(…reusable food pouches at amazon.com.) They’re around $14 for 8 of them. I like this brand the best because you get the most for your money, and they have all the features a reusable pouch should (easy to wash, easy to fill, easy to open, easy to heat up, etc.)
So here’s the recipe. Enjoy your adventure!
- ½ cup quinoa
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 - 2 tomatoes, diced
- Cilantro, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat half of the butter in a large griddle to bubbling, and toast the quinoa until golden brown.
- Once the grains start to "sprout," add the onion and a little more butter and a splash of broth, and sautee for a few more minutes until soft. Then add the garlic and cook for one minute.
- Add the rest of the chicken broth, black beans, lime juice, tomatoes, and cilantro, and cook for another few minutes, adding salt and pepper at the end.
- If making a meal on the go, puree the mixture in a little bit of broth until you get the consistency you like.
You can blend this up as little or as much as you like. It’s totally up to you (and what will fit in the pouch)! The cool thing is, if you have toddlers or infants, just puree it and freeze. They’ll love it! Mine sure do! Click here for more baby food recipes in a pouch!