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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

user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Next Mile Meals Italian Meatball reviewed Mar 21, 2020
$14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
AlpineAire Foods Chicken Tropicana reviewed Aug 21, 2019
$9
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Trailtopia Jambalaya reviewed Jun 1, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Mountain House Beef Stew reviewed Apr 29, 2019
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Packit Gourmet Dottie's Chicken & Dumplings reviewed Mar 2, 2019
$6 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Good To-Go Kale and White Bean Stew reviewed Feb 27, 2019
$8 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
AlpineAire Foods Rice Burrito Bowl with Beef reviewed Dec 30, 2018
$9 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew reviewed Dec 13, 2018
$11
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Provisions Organic Savory Grains Mushroom + KAMUT reviewed Dec 13, 2018
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Irish Shepherd's Pie reviewed Dec 6, 2018
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Hearty Stew with Beef reviewed Nov 27, 2018
$7 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Kathmandu Curry reviewed Nov 24, 2018
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nomad Nutrition Hungarian Goulash reviewed Nov 22, 2018
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain House Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole reviewed Jul 31, 2018
$11
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki with Rice reviewed Jun 22, 2018
$9
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony House Gourmet Soup & Chili Blends Sampler reviewed Jan 29, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
OMeals Brown Rice, Quinoa & Lentils reviewed Dec 4, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce reviewed Nov 27, 2017
$9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles reviewed Nov 25, 2017
$8 - $9
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Cashew Curry reviewed Nov 18, 2017
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna reviewed Nov 14, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Pasta Primavera reviewed Sep 26, 2017
$8
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Chicken Fajita Bowl reviewed Sep 26, 2017
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Good To-Go Thai Curry reviewed Aug 30, 2017
$8 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Southwest Black Bean & Corn Salad reviewed Aug 25, 2017
$7 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Just In Case 5-Day Kit reviewed Jul 18, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Trailside Black Bean and Cheese Burrito reviewed Jun 27, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili reviewed Jun 17, 2017
$7 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce reviewed May 21, 2017
$9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala reviewed May 8, 2017
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Potato Samosas with Mango Chutney reviewed May 4, 2017
$7 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Packit Gourmet Pizza Margherita Wrap reviewed May 2, 2017
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Valley Food Storage White Bean and Lime Chili reviewed Apr 4, 2017
$12 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili reviewed Mar 16, 2017
$8 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Chicken Piccata & Tagliatelle Pasta reviewed Feb 6, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Nicoise Salad with Salmon reviewed Feb 3, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Campfire Meals Rice & Chicken Tortilla reviewed Dec 19, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Charros Beans & Rice reviewed Oct 17, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Noodles & Chicken reviewed Sep 21, 2016
$32 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Pad Thai reviewed Jul 11, 2016
$8 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Indian Vegetable Korma reviewed Jul 11, 2016
$8 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Libby's Seasoned Beef Crumbles reviewed May 9, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Chicken and White Bean Chili reviewed Feb 20, 2016
$8 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
AlpineAire Foods Chicken Gumbo reviewed Feb 20, 2016
$8
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Backpacker's Pantry Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Beef reviewed Nov 19, 2015
$6 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (4)
Mountain House Macaroni & Cheese reviewed Oct 14, 2015
$8
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Good To-Go Classic Marinara with Penne reviewed Aug 29, 2015
$8 - $13
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain House Chicken Stew reviewed Aug 10, 2015
$36 MSRP