I came across a new food company, Outdoor Herbivore, recently. They are a vegetarian/vegan friendly company. We picked up a couple meals to try out:
I tried out the Chickpea Sesame Penne:
The packaging is very minimal – just a thin outer bag. If you like no excessive packaging this is a good choice. It reminds me of Packlite’s packaging. The bag is a shy 6×4″ and 6.5 ounces in weight. Fair warning: the bag is extremely thin. It is thinner than name brand sandwich bags. If you abuse your food in your bear bag/Ursack you could have a fail. So treat them carefully.
The meal prep is very straightforward: boil water, add dry ingredients and included organic oil to pot, stir well, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Suggestions: Let it sit for 15 minutes. The whole wheat pasta was a bit chewy still at 10 minutes but at 15 was perfect and still piping hot. If you are in cooler weather or above a couple thousand feet use a pot cozy. You could also speed it up by adding everything to the pot and bringing it to a boil, then following the directions for sit time. Or personally? Dump it into a quart freezer bag or a bag from PackitGourmet and do it FBC style. Everything in the meal is dehydrated so it works fine. Just give it 15 minutes sit time in the cozy at minimum.
The meal makes a lot. This is a “fill you up” meal, big enough even for a thru-hiker’s appetite.
Taste? Texture? The whole wheat pasta is nice, it doesn’t have the strong flavor that some types get (which I call the ‘cardboard’ flavor). It is pleasant and has a firm texture. The sauce is plentiful, covering the pasta in a creamy glaze. You won’t miss it not having dairy in it. The sauce for me tasted great but a warning: this may be a little too “granola” for some. If you enjoy salads and other dishes at say Whole Foods deli’s you will love it. If not…well this may not be the company for you. The side bonus is the majority of the ingredients are organic and they do not contain any artificial coloring/flavors or preservatives. I am looking forward to trying out the Basil Walnut Penne next!