Nuts I use peanuts (yeah, they're actually a legume) on rice with a variety of spices or dried fruits or on pasta - crushed with soy sauce and sesame oil makes a nice asian inspired noodle dish, or as peanut butter with soy sauce, sesame oil, cayene pepper or crushed red peppers and optional ketchup for a Pad Thai like dish. Try pistaccios and dates with couscous, chopped walnuts with olive oil, garlic, bread crumbs and parsley for a Mediteranean style dish. Cashews are great with curried rice, couscous, or rice noodles. The variations are endless. India, Asia, and the Mediteranean are great places to look for recipes.
If I wouldn't eat it at home, why would I want to eat it on the trail?
Don't remember where I found this on the web, but here goes:
¼ cup soy sauce 3/8 cup water 2 T liquid smoke 1 T onion powder or some grated fresh onion 1 t garlic powder or 1 clove crushed garlic ½ t ground black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper 1 T honey 1 lb. firm or extra-firm tofu
Cut and drain the tofu. Cut 1 lb. cube in half, then slice it into strips on its short side. Strips should be about 4-5 mm in thickness. They may look big but they’ll shrink to about ½ their size.
Mix all the marinade ingredients together well. Put the tofu in a single layer in a shallow baking pan or cookie sheet and pour the marinade over it. Let soak for several hours or overnight.
Drain excess liquid (may be reused) and dry tofu in food dehydrator or 200 degree oven. This will take 4 to 8 hours, depending on weather. Flip the tofu over hourly so it dries evenly. Dry until it is very chewy, but not crispy.
1) Blocks of Parmigiano Reggio with rye crispbreads or bagels 2) Vegitarian Natural High or Mary Janes farm backpacking meals 3) nuts, trail mix, etc. 4) dried fruit (apples, mangoes, etc.) 6) instant hummus, and pita bread or chips (look for "casbah" or "fantastic foods" brand dehydrated hummus in the grocery store) 7) Mac N' Cheeze
I like the instant Famous brand Refried Beans. Just add hot water - great for freezer bag cooking or conventional cook and clean pot methodology. Mych tastier than normal instant potatoes, and there are powdered cheese sauces to really perk them up.