Outdoor Cooking - Field RamenJun 16, 2021
I often get asked what the best thing is to eat when out camping, what the best boil in the bag is and how much people should eat. The truth is, depending on the intensity and duration of your trip, eat what you ENJOY.
Of course, we need to replenish glycogen by eating carbohydrates, we need to repair and recover our muscles by eating protein and we need to rehydrate by consuming salt and lots of water.
So here is my favourite recipe for a meal out on the hill, it's delicious, simple, quick and nutritious. High in protein, carbs, electrolytes and hydrating, this is a go-to for me.
Field Ramen and Chocolate Quinoa Pudding:
INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
150ml soy sauce
2cm chunk of ginger, grated
1 vegetable stock cube (or stock pot)
1/2 lime, juiced
1tsp white miso (or a miso soup sachet)
300ml hot water
2x nests vermicelli rice noodles
Assorted mixed and chopped vegetables (mange tout, spinach, sweetheart cabbage, chard and leek)
A handful of edamame beans
Generous amount of chopped coriander
2x 1/4 lime wedges
Quinoa Chocolate Pudding:
100g cooked quinoa (prepared packets are super convenient here)
1 scoop of protein powder (or a sachet of instant hot chocolate)
Assorted mixed dried fruit, chopped dates and chopped nuts
15g chopped crystalized ginger
It all starts with preparation at home. Chop all the vegetables up ready to eat and put them in a Tupperware box, equally, mix all the sauce ingredients together and add in the hot water to allow everything to dissolve into the mix.
When you are in the field, bring some water to the boil, the more water, the better in my opinion, but don't fill your cooking pot more than about 1/3 of the way here.
Add the prepared ramen sauce mix in and bring to the boil.
Add the vermicelli noodles to the boiling liquid. Meanwhile, split the prepared vegetables between two pots, mugs or bowls to serve. Keeping the vegetables raw will add a freshness and satisfying crunch to the dish.
Once the noodles are soft, add the chicken (or any other protein source you want) and simmer for 4-5 minutes until completed warmed through.
Pour the hot broth over the top of the vegetables and add even amounts of noodles and chicken to each portion.
Finish with a squeeze of lime and you are in for a treat!
While you are enjoying your ramen, quickly swill out the pot and add approximately 300ml of water on to the boil. Add all of the ingredients into the pan (prepare this in advance so that everything is in the same pot), and simmer gently for 5-6 minutes until warmed through and the quinoa is cooked and the fruit is soft.
And that's all you need to do have have a delicious filling meal on the hill, packed with protein, energy and electrolytes!