Editor’s note: We asked Food For The Sole Co-Founder, Henry Mosier, to share with us his top 5 favorite backcountry meals. Forced to choose among the several delicious contenders made by the small Bend, Oregon brand, he joked that it was like we had asked him to pick a favorite kid. However, we nonetheless eked an answer out of him! Here’s what he chose and why!
1. Roasted Sweet Potato with Kale and Quinoa
Net Weight: 4.2 oz. - 121 Calories/Oz. - 510 cal, 19 g protein, 17 g fat, 76 g carb.
Hearty, healthy, and oh so filling! It always surprises me how satiated I feel by this meal even after a long day. The ingredients really soak up the water and become voluminous. I also love this meal for the simplicity of ingredients; it reminds me of a famous energy bar that took the scene by storm with its minimal ingredients <3
2. Lentil Walnut Pilaf with Kale
Net Weight: 5.4 oz. - 102 Calories/Oz. - 550 cal, 22 g protein, 35 g fat, 43 g carb.
It's really the red wine vinaigrette that soaks into the lentils as they cool down after the cooking process that does it for me... What an incredible blend of bright tangy flavor mixed with the earthiness of lentils and kale. It also works so darn well as a cold-soak; I add the desired amount of cold water to the bag, place the bag in an outside pocket of my backpack and hike for another 40 or so minutes until I find a nice place to sit down for lunch and voile, I have a refreshing lentil salad ready for my consumption!
3. Zesty Miso Broccoli Slaw
Net Weight: 3.5 oz. - 166 Calories/Oz. - 580 cal, 15 g protein, 47 g fat, 35 g carb.
One of the more zangy (I might have made that word up?) flavors on our menu, the orange juice/ rice vinegar/ ginger/ miso dressing packs a serious punch! The broccoli takes a bit longer to rehydrate, but it's so very worth it, as the cold-soak meal does such a great job satiating the fresh salad flavors we crave on the trail. It also makes for a killer ramen bomb to boot ; )
4. Curried Cauliflower Salad
Net Weight: 4.3 oz. - 133 Calories/Oz. - 570 cal, 17 g protein, 29 g fat, 67 g carb.
Right in line with our other meals, this colorful spiced salad is filled with plant-based goodness, keeping you fueled and feeling good. Finish it off with the included crunchy chickpea topping and you've got yourself a refreshing and delicious salad ready for your next adventure. This is a new meal for us and I'm dying to try mixing it with couscous for extra stoveless filler on a big day!
5. Triple Peanut Slaw
Net Weight: 3.2 oz. - 178 Calories/Oz. - 570 cal, 21 g protein, 43 g fat, 34 g carb.
This is the OG Food For The Sole meal, and the ultimate in caloric density! My mom (Julie/ Co-founder) made this for my JMT hike some 7 years ago, when she first picked up the food dehydrating hobby. I had explained to her that my friend and I would be hiking without the use of stoves. Julie rose to the challenge and blew our expectations out of the water with this creamy/ crunchy delicious peanut slaw. It will forever have a home in my heart...
One of our employees adds the Triple Peanut Slaw to instant rice and sprinkles on dried mango or crystalized ginger to fuel her big backcountry days!
I picked up some of the peanut slaw and the sweet potato from their booth at PCT days last week. Yummy!