I mentioned I’m a total tightwad right? The food section of Big Lots, or your local 99 cent store can provide really great hiker food. Stuff like cheap fig-newtons, instant soup, instant, cocoa, pudding, and sauce mixes. I avoid MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, and white flour, myself. I read the ingredients on labels and then do a quick cost to nutrition mental calculation…
**How I cook quinoa and buckwheat: let it all soak in a closed plastic container, shake it around. Wait a couple hours. Bring to boil. Remove from heat, put in pot cozy. Wait 10 min.
Cous-cous rehydrates just fine in about 15 min. and doesn’t require cooking. So if I want it hot I’ll boil the water first, then add the foods, then let it soak.
Today’s Taste test products from Big Lots:
Tortilla Soup $3, total contents are 2c.
1/4c soup, 1/4 c buckwheat, 1/2c water- soaked for an hour, brought to a boil, let sit 10 min.
VERDICT: Way to strong/salty, but tastes good! Next time try doubling the water and adding either more buckwheat, or try inst. mashed potatoes? That Tyson chicken from a foil pouch would be good too, could also all go in a wrap. SUCCESS!
1/4c soup, 1/4c quinoa, 1/2 c water- soaked for an hour, brought to a boil, let sit 10 min.
VERDICT: This is a No Go. Quinoa is a no-go. It’s hard and did not absorb the water. Apparently quinoa really needs to cook under heat.
1/8 c soup, 1/6c whole-wheat cous-cous, 1/3c water- NO HEAT
let all soak at least 10 min…. I waited about an hour.
VERDICT: a little too strong. Pretty boring, flavored cous-cous. Hmm: add some mayo and a tuna packet. Wow yum! This doesn’t need veggies or anything else (though that would be bonus) and this portion is perfect for one to wrap up in a tortilla. SUCCESS, Hello lunch! Great, cheap, repeatable!
With 1 or 2 mayo packets (1TBSP=45 cal, 4g fat), 1 tuna pack(5oz=120cal, 2g fat, 1 Mission wheat tortilla(130 cal, 3 g fat) 1/8c soupmix (50 cal):
Total cal 350 Total fat 9g.
Onion Wonion Dip $1.30
1/6 c wheat cous-cous, 1 TBS dip. Soaked, ate cold
VERDICT: Yikes! WAY too strong– try again once you buy more cous-cous
with Quinoa spaghetti