Day Two: Edge

Saturday, August 5, 2016 Swoosh, creak, clunk. Those were the sounds we woke up to this morning at 0600h. Swoosh as the waves came crashing ashore. The creak of the bear bin opening and clunk as it closed while campers one-by-one began to make their breakfast and started their trek on the beach to beat…

Mexican-Spiced Rice and Beans

Mexican-Spiced Rice and Beans Here’s the recipe for our day 2 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. All prepared ahead of time and placed in sealable bags. Tip: keep the main ingredients separate from the seasoning for ease of cooking.  Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 10 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup,…

Day One: Otter-ly Eager

Friday, August 4, 2016 0700h: We were up and took the last hot shower we’d have for the next seven days.We packed our bags, filled our water, had our oatmeal breakfast and headed out to the registration office for orientation at 1000h. The park staff went through history of the trail (started in 1906 as…

Creamy Kale and Parmesan Pasta

Creamy Kale and Parmesan Pasta Here’s the recipe for our day 1 dinner meal on the West Coast Trail. Makes 1  serving. Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Cook Time: 5 minutes. Equipment: measuring cup, measuring spoon, Ziploc bag, fuel, camping stove Ingredients 1 cup egg noodles (Egg noodles tend to have a little extra protein than…

Underrated Dehydrating

For the West Coast Trail hike, there was quite a bit of preparation required for meal planning. One of which was dehydrating foods. For the 8 dinner meals, I had dehydrated a variety of foods including vegetables and pulses. One reason is to decrease water weight, the other was to decrease the cooking time required…

Trailhead Oatmeal

I’m a breakfast gal. It’s one meal I cannot do without – if I haven’t had breakfast yet, my day has not started. This is an easy prep-ahead quick breakfast meal I used for our 7 day West Coast Trail trek, but works great for any work day as well.  Variety Trailhead Make Ahead Oatmeal…

Day Zero: Intro

Day Zero Intros. Meet the crew! Andrea, Fiona, Maxime and myself.

Homemade Cereal Nut Bar

If you’re one who likes Rice Krispie bars, you’ll dig this recipe for sure! But instead, rice cereal was swapped out for a lower glycemic index bran flake cereal, skim milk powder added and loads of nuts for a more satiating snack. Don’t be fooled, it definitely still falls into a “treat” category. But compared…

5 Step Date-Me Banana Bread

I’m not sure if anyone else is having the same issues of bananas ripening faster than I can eat them in this summer heat. Tip#1: If you want bananas to ripen slower, place separately from each other; whereas if you want them to ripen faster, place the bunch together in a brown paper bag and…

Endless Sides of Carrots and Peas

“Eat your veggies!” – we’ve all heard it. The ringing nag from your mother. And we know she’s right; there’s no doubt that eating more fruit and vegetables is hands down, the number one way to get healthier. But having salads all the time just to fill our “half your plate veggies” isn’t exactly the most appealing… so how can you continually include more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis in a way that is not just endless sides of steamed carrots and peas ? (As much as they go so well together, there’s gotta be some way to include more variety!… Afterall, we’ve got such a diverse group of food to choose from.)