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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Sep 7, 2010
Korea 1 1975

A large bowl of large curd cottage cheese, mix in about 1/3 jar spicy salsa. Protein, veggies, tasty, I showed this to a vegetarian friend of mine and he lived off of nothing but this for about 3 months!


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By Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Sep 8, 2010
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...

I'm not sure salsa counts as veggies. And I'm not trying to be closed minded, but that sounds vile. And I love salsa.


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By Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Sep 8, 2010
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...

On the other hand, peanut butter and ramen sounds like a pretty genius idea.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Sep 8, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

I haven't made it in years, but I used to make burritos with corned beef hash (canned), and scrambled eggs:

  • about a half dozen eggs -scrambled
  • 2 cans of corned beef hash (fry it, or warm it up in pot)
  • heated flour tortillas
(put scrambled eggs, and CBH in tortilla)

Pretty tasty, cheap, and quick to make- feeds 3-4 hungry people

FYI: It's delicious with salsa, but adds to cost, of course.


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By Dani
Sep 8, 2010
Middle pitch of Coors Lite

For one meal? Dar.


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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Sep 8, 2010
You stay away from mah pig!

No specific recipes to share; I usually just try to have a combination of complex carbs (brown rice or whole wheat pasta) with lean protein and whatever veggies I can find.

However, not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but Taco Bell salsa packs are a GREAT way to get free flavoring for your meals on the road.


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By Sorden
From inside the Bubble, Colorado
Sep 8, 2010
~Here to party~

Saltine cracker, pad o' butter, honey; delicious if not entirely nutritious.

All available for free at most ski lodge cafeterias, wrapped in convenient, individual to-go packets. Switch between honey and hot sauce and relish for variety. Survival food of days long gone by...making me now wonder if I was happier when I was poorer.

Alternative reply to this great OP question:

Surfing the samples at Whole Foods is gourmet dirt-bagging and somewhat more noble than grazing in the bulk items isle.


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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Sep 8, 2010
Korea 1 1975

I'm not sure salsa counts as veggies

I don't see much else in there but veggies...

salsa
salsa


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By T.Dailey
From Avon
Sep 8, 2010
Morning #1 of 25

Favorite Dirtbag meal...whatever is left on the table when the people leave.


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By Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Sep 8, 2010
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...

Upon closer inspection, you are right. There is some nutritional value to salsa, especially if you get some with black beans and corn. But the sodium is pretty off the charts.


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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Sep 8, 2010
Korea 1 1975

Only if you buy the canned or bottled stuff. If you make your own....mmmmm! I make a wicked peach salsa that will take the paint off your 57 chevy.


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By Dani
Sep 8, 2010
Middle pitch of Coors Lite

YDPL8S wrote:
I don't see much else in there but veggies...


Tomatoes: fruit. Peppers: fruit. Onions, cilantro, and anything else that doesn't involve seeds are veggies, though.

But salsa is still awesome.


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By Ed Wright
Sep 8, 2010
Magic Ed

Jon H wrote:
I'm starting a list of the best/cheapest dirtbag meal options. I figure this will come in handy for lots and lots of people on this site. Guidelines: No ramen, it doesn't even count as food. Cheaper is better. Assume it must be cooked with a whisperlite, leatherman, and a small aluminum pot. Highest points are awarded for nutrition, calories, ease of preparation, cheapest total cost, and ability to fill up a couple hungry climbers after a long day of climbing. My submission: Spaghetti with beans and meat. Cook pot of spaghetti, dump in pasta sauce, open can of black beans, dump in, dice up package of hotdogs, add to mixture. Eat. Total cost is about $4.50, can probably feed 2-3 guys, and full of protein, carbs, and fats. Total cook time is probably 15 minutes.


A slight variation on this is what I call Spaghetti with Bones and Mice (long story there). One can of Chef Boyardee spagetti, one can of kidney beans, one can of corn. Heat together in a pot. Done. Sounds weird but when you are hungry after climbing you'll love it.


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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Sep 8, 2010
ICE PIT 2011

Not the cheapest but dam good most under $5.

Pasta = Box of Noodles + Tomato Paste + Tomato Sause + Ground Beef

Hard Boiled Eggs + Pepper + Salsa or Chula Hot Sause (Not Hot but good flavor

Silver Dollars = Some Form of Meat + Potatos + onions + veggies + little butter + pepper..Wrap it up and through it on some hot coals for 15-20 mins

Oatmeal with Rasins and/or dried Cherries

One No. 10 Can of Peaches (Feeds 2-3 People) or Choclate Pudding (Feeds 3-6 along with massive stomack ake)... Not for a hiking trip only car camping.

Potatoes, Onions, Eggs, Peppers, hot sause in grittle or on a tortilla

Spaghetti-O's, Ground Beef, Crackers or Bread

Boil in a Bag Brown Rice, Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggies and Hot Sause

Trail Mix... Life Cereal, Rasins, Dried Cherries, Nuts, and Dried Mixed Berries.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Sep 8, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Meatball sandwiches are quick, and cheap to make- 5 bucks or so, and feeds 3-4 people.

Get some ground turkey, ground pork, or ground beef- roll some meatballs (smaller ones will cook faster- boil for about 10 minutes, make sure it's fully cooked before you drain water. Add a can, or jar of marinara sauce (inexpensive)- heat in pot with drained meatballs. Put in sliced French rolls or hoagie type bread.

  • You can fry the meatballs in a little olive oil instead of boiling if you have oil handy.


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By kachoong
From The Outback, Texas
Sep 8, 2010
Climbing at Frog Buttress

Jambalaya rice mix, summer sausage (spicey preferably), drained kidney beans, drained peeled tomatoes and, if you have it within 12 hours - sour cream! Peas are good too. Crap load of calories, taste, protein and carbs. One pot.

For pasta, pesto is awesome (lasts a couple of days).... add extra parmesan and kalamata olives (cost a little but goes a long way). Sometimes I'll saute asparagus and tomatoes before doing the pasta.


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By milehighfive
Sep 8, 2010

My favorite is hot dogs with beans and corn.

One package hot dogs
One can baked beans (maple with pork is an excellent choice)
One can loose kernel corn
Optional- bread/buns

Drain the corn then mix with the baked beans in the same pot and heat. Do whatever you want with the hot dogs- boil, grill, roast over a fire, dice and add to beans/corn mixture, etc. We prefer to grill or roast and pile the corn and bean mixture on top. Tastes great with whatever is on hand- bread, real buns, pitas, tortillas, etc. Total meal cost is about $5 and makes 4 servings at two dogs each. Two dogs on buns with corn/beans piled on top has to be close to 1000 calories, and you've got some carbs, starches, a lot of protein and whatever the corn is good for.

And for those who suggested scrambled eggs in your recipes, may I suggest that you bag them to avoid the cleanup. Crack the eggs into a zip lock bag and smash up, then drop into boiling water. The eggs cook right in the bag and you don't have a pan to clean. You can add all the fixins to the bag too and it makes a nice "omelet" or burrito stuffing.


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By milehighfive
Sep 8, 2010

Not as cheap is the italian sausage sandwich. Get some hoagie buns, italian sausages and mashed potatoes that can be made in the pouch by adding boiling water. grill the sausage, put it in the bun, top with mashed potatoes. Very hardy meal for a long cold day that has saved my soul on at least two occasions. The sausages are a bit expensive but if you have 3-4 people the cost of the meal comes down to about $3 each. I would guess 500-600 calories each.


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By Chris D
From the couch
Sep 9, 2010
Sign near the Third Flatiron

milehighfive wrote:
Crack the eggs into a zip lock bag and smash up, then drop into boiling water. The eggs cook right in the bag and you don't have a pan to clean.


Sounds good, but I have found that

a. it takes a long-ass time to cook eggs like this instead of just cooking them in a pan, and

b. inevitably water gets into the bag making the eggs damp and spongy.


Not worth being spared a dirty pan.


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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Sep 9, 2010

Fried egg sammich. 2 eggs, 2 slices whole wheat, season with whatever you have...taco sauce, salt/pepper, whatever. Cost about $0.50, healthy, filling, fast, vegetarian friendly (not that I care, but some might).

Quick oats w/ dried fruit & nuts. 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup fruit/nuts. Cost about $0.60. Healthy, filling, sustained energy.

Ramen is fair game. Given how much of it the east asians eat, you can't just rule it out because you don't like it. So: egg drop ramen. I prefer the chili lime shrimp flavor, two eggs (I toss one of the yolks).

PB and honey (conveniently mixed in one jar, e.g. Skippy pb&h) on english muffin, or wheat bagel. Cost: $0.75.

Protein becomes the biggest issue for me. Canned tuna w/ crackers as a snack helps ($0.60). Barilla makes a line of pasta that has twice the protein using a mix of wheat, lentils, spelt, etc. That's the only pasta I buy anymore...yellow box, many shapes (penne, angel hair, rottelle, etc)


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By doligo
Sep 9, 2010
Jose Cuervo Fruitcups dirtbag style

Depending on what part of country you are and on the season, avocados are a great way to spruce up any meal. A ton of calories, but healthy and satisfying. Avocado + tortilla = great lunch for just over a dollar. Add some cheap protein (hard boiled eggs) and more starch = hearty yummy meal for under $2.

I also like having few fresh jalapenos in my chuckbox. They're cheap, last long and add instant flavor to any boring meal.

My favorite protein/fat/calorie supply in the winter is Nutela.


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By bearbreeder
Sep 9, 2010

5.55 pizza at the ceasers in squamish

1 of them will feed u for da day


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Sep 9, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I stopped eating hot dogs awhile back because they aren't the best for you, but I miss them dearly.
To satisfy my craving for the dogs -every now, and then I've made chili dogs w/ veggie hotdogs. Not all grocery stores carry them, and there's a few different brands, but they usually run between 3-4 bucks for a pack of 8 or 10. P/U a can of chili of your choice, and some buns. Optional: diced onions, and grated cheese for topping.

Fast, fairly healthy, cheap, and yummy!


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By Eric Krantz
From Black Hills
Sep 9, 2010
smoke break, pitch 5 or 6 (or 7??) of Dark Shadows

Will S wrote:
Fried egg sammich. 2 eggs, 2 slices whole wheat, season with whatever you have...taco sauce, salt/pepper, whatever. Cost about $0.50, healthy, filling, fast, vegetarian friendly (not that I care, but some might).


Second person who classifies eggs as vegetarian. Some people call them chicken seeds, so maybe I'm wrong?

Poll question: are eggs a vegetable?


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By caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Sep 9, 2010

Eggs are an animal product, but they are not meat.


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