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Sep 8, 2010
Middle pitch of Coors Lite
For one meal? Dar. Dani
Joined Jun 23, 2009
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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.
camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
1,369 points
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.
Sorden
From inside the Bubble, Colorado
Joined Sep 25, 2003
99 points
Sep 8, 2010
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
I'm not sure salsa counts as veggies

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

salsa
salsa
YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Joined Aug 7, 2003
933 points
Sep 8, 2010
Morning #1 of 25
Favorite Dirtbag meal...whatever is left on the table when the people leave. T.Dailey
From Avon
Joined Oct 28, 2008
94 points
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. Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
138 points
Sep 8, 2010
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
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. YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Joined Aug 7, 2003
933 points
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.
Dani
Joined Jun 23, 2009
21 points
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.
Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
332 points
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.
sunder
From Alsip, Il
Joined Apr 19, 2009
844 points
Sep 8, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
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.
Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Joined May 25, 2005
4,468 points
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.
kachoong
From The Outback, Texas
Joined Jan 22, 2010
190 points
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.
milehighfive
Joined Sep 8, 2010
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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. milehighfive
Joined Sep 8, 2010
0 points
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.
Chris D
From the couch
Joined Apr 14, 2009
2,185 points
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)
Will S
From Joshua Tree
Joined Nov 15, 2006
1,262 points
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.
doligo
Joined Sep 26, 2008
408 points
Sep 9, 2010
5.55 pizza at the ceasers in squamish

1 of them will feed u for da day
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
1,931 points
Sep 9, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
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!
Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Joined May 25, 2005
4,468 points
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?
Eric Krantz
From Black Hills
Joined Feb 21, 2004
469 points
Sep 9, 2010
Eggs are an animal product, but they are not meat. caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Joined Nov 21, 2006
1,896 points
Sep 9, 2010
johnL wrote:
Like semen or poop.

poop is a waste product, so I guess eggs are semen then.
caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Joined Nov 21, 2006
1,896 points
Administrator
Sep 10, 2010
El Chorro
A climber named Rachel showed me "The Concoction" at the Red a few years ago; Black Beans, Corn, Diced Tomatoes. Each can you buy has two servings of whatever is inside so mix it all together and it ends up being a lot of food... two to three climbers for about $5. I've since added things like Jalapeno Peppers, Green Peppers, Cheese, and a lot of the time I'll wrap it in whole wheat tortillas. Make a ton and eat the leftovers for breakfast!

I have lived off of nothing but peanut butter, honey, stolen fruit and sardines. Costs $2 to $5 a day depending on how much you eat.

I have become a pretty big canned meat connoisseur. Chicken, Tuna, Sardines, Herring, Albacore, Spam, whatever. Lots of protein, about a dollar a can. Mix with pasta or eat plain.

Chili is also really good and usually pretty cheap.

Also, eggs, cheese, salami and pepperoni do pretty well w/o a fridge.

Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
1,468 points
Jan 25, 2011
Me
For Breakfast:
Potato flakes
dolop of butter
bacon
garlic salt
extra points: green onion (dried)
Requires preperation, cook bacon untill crispy, add to potato flakes, butter and garlic salt (all in a zip lock baggie). great b-fast out on route... just add water.

Brice
Portwood
From Your moms house last night
Joined Sep 6, 2010
48 points
Jan 25, 2011
A tad pricier than a few previous recipes, but it would be a nice treat!

Breakfast Sex:
Fry bagel ( butter)
Fry onion and dehydrated hashbrowns
Put all together with cheese

Consume quickly so no one steals it

Gado Gado:
Cook pasta
Add peanut butter and whatever spices are laying around
Soy sauce
brown sugar
vinegar

A NOLS specialty
Chris90
From Unity, Maine
Joined May 30, 2010
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