Think 1

One Pot that is.
Backpackers are the masters of the one pot meal. One pot meals are also a great way to prepare meals in a cold weather environment.
Planning and preparing is made simple and the results are delicious.
Keeping Scouts warm starts with what they eat. When they prepare good meals, they eat better, when they eat better, they stay warm and have a great experience camping in the cold.

So start getting them thinking about the 1 pot meal.
Here are some benefits right up front.
First. Less mess. This means, less to clean up.
Second. Easy to prepare. As long as you are committed to preparing things at home, the one pot meal can literally take 5 to 10 minutes to prepare. Less hassle and less time.
Third. Good meals that everyone will like.
And finally, Less to carry. This is always a hit in our Troop.

Planning and preparation is the key. A simple idea of what you need, especially in the cold, what you like, and where you are going will dictate the contents of your meal.
Start with your Carbs. You are backpacking, or camping in the cold. You need to replace the energy that you burned all day. Grains are great for that, so look at pasta’s and rice. But you can turn to others too, cousus is a great substitute for rice.
Then pick a meat. Chicken, Salmon, and Ham all come inconvenient pouches that do not spoil. You can precook hamburger too, throw it in ziplock bag and freeze. An easy reheat, add macaroni noodles and some cheese and corn, and you have a nice one pot casserole. Hot, tasty, and filling.
Adding veggies is a must to. You want to ensure you are getting the vitamins to go with your meal, especially on longer trips. A good way of getting your veggies in is either dehydrating your veggies, or just using frozen or dried veggies. Corn, peas, or even mixed vegetables are easy and quick to cook. Transfer your veggies from their original bags to ziplock bags based on the serving size. Reconstituting the veggies in your meal is as easy as adding it to the pot.

So its real simple… it is as easy as 1-2-3.. Carb (Noodles, Rice, Potato), Meat (Hamburger, Ham, Chicken, Salmon) and a Vegetable (Corn, Peas). Get water boiling and voila!

Here is a good recipe to get your started.

Bacon And Pea Alfredo Pasta
recipe and photo from

In a zip lock sandwich bag:

8 ounces small pasta shapes (cook time under 7 minutes)
1/2 cup freeze-dried green peas

In a zip lock sandwich bag:
1 packet Alfredo sauce mix
1/2 cup dry milk
1 Tbsp butter powder
1 tsp dried chives
1/2 tsp diced dried garlic
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Also bring:
1/2 cup shelf stable crumbled bacon (about half of a 3-ounce pouch)
Parmesan cheese

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 2 liter pot.
Add in the pasta and peas and cook for time on pasta direction.
Turn off your stove.
Carefully drain off the remaining water, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water for the sauce.
To the pasta, add the water back in along with the contents of the sauce bag and the bacon. Stir well. Put your pot back on the stove and bring to a boil over medium flame. Stir for a minute or two, till the sauce thickens, lowering the heat to low after it comes to a boil.

Pull of the stove and add in the Parmesan cheese.

Serves 2 normal sized appetites.

Bon apetite!

Cooking is simple when you take the time to plan and prepare. It could be the difference between a cold and warm camp out for you and your Scouts.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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