Entrées

Recent Entrée Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Next Mile Meals Italian Meatball

Next Mile Meals are made low carb for ketogenic dieters, but omnivores will appreciate them too. The Italian Meatball Dinner has a lot more than meat going for it with vegetables, cheese, and most importantly, lots of great flavor. Next Mile Meals specializes in low carb meals for the ketogenic adventurer because it grew out of one hiker's attempt to stay on the diet while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail back in 2017. The meals she made for her hike were well reviewed by other hikers along the trail… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
AlpineAire Foods Chicken Tropicana

A tasty, dehydrated offering that succeeds where most others fail. I was very surprised when I saw that some of the AlpineAire offerings received low scores. My first experience with their food was perfect. For the most part, when I use dehydrated meals, the recommended water amount either turns it to soup or leaves it extremely al dente. That was not the case here.  I tried the Chicken Tropicana and it was great. The water was completely absorbed and the food itself was well hydrated and recognizable,… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Trailtopia Jambalaya

Trailtopia Jambalaya has a good taste but a strange aftertaste. Eating the two-serving package for dinner around 7 p.m. filled me up enough that I wasn’t hungrier than usual 12 hours later when it was time for breakfast. I brought two Trailtopia meal entrées on an overnight campout at the summit of Coburn Mountain, Maine, last weekend, and had the Jambalaya for dinner. Before I get into the meal itself, what I really liked was the packaging—the top is on a long side so you don’t have to stick… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Mountain House Beef Stew

I decided to use bread, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, and Mountain House Beef Stew to create a dish I called Brotato Stew. For a trip I was provided one package of Mountain House Beef Stew to review. The challenge was to create a dish using the beef stew as an ingredient. With one package of beef stew, a package of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, and some Ciabatta bread I create Brotato Stew. Bread + Potato + Beef Stew. I divided up the meal amongst six people and ate the meal as an appetizer. It ended up tasting… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Packit Gourmet Dottie's Chicken & Dumplings

Good flavor, but terrible aftertaste. I purchased a large variety of different meals from several manufacturers to find what we would like to bring on several upcoming bikepacking excursions. This was the worst so far. The initial flavor is good, but there is a strong chemical aftertaste. We separated the meat and found it to be the culprit. My wife purchased freeze-dried chicken breast from another company and it had the same chemical taste. Almost like it was marinated in paint thinner before… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Good To-Go Kale and White Bean Stew

Vile, horrid and unfit for consumption. There's nothing redeemable to say about this, even though it was "free" as part of a sample pack...couldn't even return it for credit. I added bacon bits to try and taste something—the white beans or kale even absorbed that flavor. Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Good To-Go Kale and White Bean Stew

Good To-Go Kale and White Bean Soap is good option for people looking for a reasonably lightweight backpacking food that tastes and looks like real food (because it is), is good for you, is gluten-free, and a vegan product. Overview First off I need to confess that I am not in any way a foodie and am one of those people who get excited when the McRib is back on the menu at McDonalds, so keep that in mind as I share my thoughts on Good To-Go’s Kale and White Bean Stew. The Good To-Go Kale and White… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
AlpineAire Foods Rice Burrito Bowl with Beef

A tasty, filling meal you can be nom nom nomming in 15 minutes. Ingredients are all FOOD, no added chemicals—all minerals and nutrients are naturally occurring in the ingredients. Received as part of my Reviewer of the Month prize package. Today I went snowshoeing for a couple hours, and decided to bring along the AlpineAire Rice Burrito Bowl Flavored With Beef and eat it for review. From the pouch front: Cilantro lime rice flavored with real beef, black beans, corn, red & green bell peppers… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew

A tasty Indian stew that reminds me of a classic (but slightly less spicy) Dal. As I’ve written with the other Nomad reviews: this is my new favorite brand of dehydrated backpacking food. Ingredients: Potatoes, Carrots, Red Lentils*, Coconut Milk*, Onions, Peas, Sundried Tomatoes*, Olive Oil*, Garlic*, Spices*, Sea Salt*.   *Certified Organic Ingredient. Nutrition: (for the 100-gram package) Calories 680, Carbs 93g, Sugars (10 g), Protein 24g Prologue: When I was messaging back and forth with… Full review

Next Mile Meals Buffalo Ranch Chicken added Feb 10, 2020
$14 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Next Mile Meals Italian Meatball added Jan 22, 2020
$14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
AlpineAire Foods Chicken Tropicana added Mar 22, 2019
$9
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Trailtopia Jambalaya added Mar 22, 2019
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Good To-Go Kale and White Bean Stew added Jan 12, 2019
$8 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Provisions Organic Savory Grains Mushroom + KAMUT added Sep 26, 2018
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Kathmandu Curry added Jun 15, 2018
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew added Jun 15, 2018
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Hungarian Goulash added Jun 15, 2018
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Irish Shepherd's Pie added Jun 15, 2018
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain House Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole added May 9, 2018
$11
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony House Gourmet Soup & Chili Blends Sampler added Jan 29, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
OMeals Brown Rice, Quinoa & Lentils added Dec 4, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna added Nov 14, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Chicken Fajita Bowl added Sep 10, 2017
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Southwest Black Bean & Corn Salad added Aug 25, 2017
$7 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Trailside Black Bean and Cheese Burrito added Jun 27, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili added Jun 17, 2017
$7 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Potato Samosas with Mango Chutney added May 4, 2017
$7 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Pizza Margherita Wrap added May 2, 2017
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Valley Food Storage White Bean and Lime Chili added Apr 4, 2017
$12 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Campfire Meals Rice & Chicken Tortilla added Dec 19, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Nicoise Salad with Salmon added Oct 17, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Charros Beans & Rice added Oct 17, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Piccata & Tagliatelle Pasta added Oct 17, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings added Sep 22, 2016
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Just In Case 5-Day Kit added Aug 1, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Pad Thai added May 10, 2016
$8 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Indian Vegetable Korma added May 10, 2016
$8 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
AlpineAire Foods Rice Burrito Bowl with Beef added Mar 19, 2015
$9 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
AlpineAire Foods Wild Quinoa Pilaf With Hemp Seeds added Mar 19, 2015
$7 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Classic Marinara with Penne added Dec 16, 2014
$8 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
AlpineAire Foods Southwestern Style Masa with Beef added Sep 28, 2014
$9
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
AlpineAire Foods Key Lime Chicken added Sep 28, 2014
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
AlpineAire Foods Mesquite BBQ Seasoned Chicken with Beans & Rice added Aug 28, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Libby's Seasoned Beef Crumbles added Apr 19, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Good To-Go Thai Curry added Apr 14, 2014
$8 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili added Apr 14, 2014
$8 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Good To-Go Herbed Mushroom Risotto added Apr 14, 2014
$8 - $13
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Richmoor Homestyle Chicken added Jul 30, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primal Spirit Primal Strips added Apr 15, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hungry Hikers Sheppard's Pie added Sep 22, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Chicken and White Bean Chili added Apr 1, 2012
$8 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain House New Orleans Style Rice with Shrimp and Ham added Feb 20, 2012
$7 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Natural High Thai Chicken added Mar 31, 2011
$7 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Enertia Trail Foods Rainier Rice added Nov 16, 2010
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Enertia Trail Foods Pinnacle Pasta added Nov 16, 2010
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Enertia Trail Foods Parker Pass Potatoes added Nov 16, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Miles Outside Organic The Day Hiker added Nov 10, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Barilla PLUS Penne Pasta added Oct 18, 2010