14 Just Add Water & Fast Backpacking Meals From Around The Web


You might be getting sick of eating the same boring meals and snacks every time you’re out on the trail or camping. This post is to give you some new meal ideas. I’m not exactly a master backpacking chef (I do my best) but I have manged to find some excellent recipes from others.

Most of the recipes listed will require preparation, this is something you can do before you leave home. Some can be vacuum sealed for longer storage or you can simply put them in a zip lock bag.

With the prep done before hand some will only need heat and water to be cooked while others take a few more steps but should be made quickly and easily.

Here are 14 easy to make backpacking meal ideas from around the web.

1 Curried Ramen Bowl

This curried ramen noodles dish will help warm you up. As all that’s needed is coconut milk powder, noodles, curry paste and water, it’s an easy one to prepare. View the Full Recipe at trail.recipes

2 Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai

Another Asian dish, this time it’s chicken and shrimp Pad Thai, a classic Thai dish. This meal requires much more work at home to prepare it and a bit more effort at camp. If you love your pad thai it will be worth it. View the Full Recipe at thrueat.com

3 Queso Fundido Beef Taco

Part taco part burrito this Queso Fundido Beef Taco is a great fast food option. Don’t let the recipe intimidate you, it’s actually pretty simple to prepare at home and even easier to cook once you’re at camp. View the Full Recipe at thrueat.com

4 DIY Healthy Instant Oatmeal Recipe

This healthy instant oatmeal recipe only requires hot water and a few minutes to cook. It combines Rolled oats, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Brown sugar, Freeze dried berries and Dried blueberries. Mix as much as you’ll need and pack in a bag to be made on the trail. View the Full Recipe at theforkedspoon.com

5 Homemade Just Add Water Pancake Mix

With this pancake mix recipe all you’ll need to do is add 1/2 a cup of water and 1 cup of pancake mix to start frying up some delicious pancakes. View the Full Recipe at practicalselfreliance.com

6 Cottage Pie

I think there is nothing better than some hearty cottage pie at the end of a long day. This trail recipe will have you prepare 3 bags at home, 1 instant mash, 2 beef and veggies and 3 the bouillon, tomato past, pepper and thyme. You can have the cottage pie ready on the trail in around 15 mins. View the Full Recipe at thrueat.com

7 Creamy Mushroom Soup

Soup is great for a quick fix or lunch. This creamy mushroom soup recipe is very simple and can be prepared in minutes. View the Full Recipe at trail.recipes

8 DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups

These DIY oatmeal cups are a much cheaper alternative to store bought options. Costing around $0.36 instead of $2.00 per cup is a nice saving. With the ingredients of instant (quick) oatmeal, flax seed meal, chia seed, brown sugar and cubed freeze dried apples it tastes good too. View the Full Recipe coffeewithus3.com

9 Fish Wraps: An Easy, Healthy Lunch

I know fish isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but if you like sardines you’ll find these wraps a conveniently tasty lunch idea. As the sardines are tin packed you won’t have to worry about them going bad. View the Full Recipe at champagne-tastes.com

10 Honolulu Curry

Another simple camp recipe from trail.recipes the honolulu curry can be made in only 10-15 mins. View the Full Recipe at trail.recipes

11 Tuna Couscous Bowl

This simple Tuna Couscous recipe uses couscous, tuna, and a few packets of mayo and relish. All you’ll need to do is boil water and add the couscous to cook for five mins. Add the tuna, relish and mayo to taste. View the Full Recipe at champagne-tastes.com

 12 Easy Power Muesli

Muesli is a well known “go to” trail and camping meal. Making your own can prove to be a cheaper and arguably better tasting alternative. Give Champagne Tastes Easy Power Muesli recipe a go. View the Full Recipe at champagne-tastes.com

13 Trail Chili

Chili is one of my favourites especially when it’s extra cold outside. Once the recipe has been prepared at home all you’ll need to do on the trail is add water and heat in a pot. View the Full Recipe at trail.recipes

14 Creamy Spinach Soup

This creamy spinach soup recipe is perfect for a warm lunch or snack. Mix instant mashed potatoes, full cream milk powder, spinach powder, onion powder and vegetable bouillon powder into a zip lock bag. On the trail add water and heat for 5 mins. View the Full Recipe at trail.recipes