Breakfast In No Man’s Land

Ideal BreakfastAh, the smell of fried bacon, the sweet aroma of fresh brewed coffee, and the beautiful image of scrambled eggs nestled right next to some puffed up biscuits all smothered with gravy is an unimaginable breakfast treat. Unfortunately, the breakfast selection takes a real nose dive when bicycling in No Man’s Land for days on end.

I really enjoy the packaged dried dinner and dessert meals, but was less than satisfied with the breakfast food selections. It is hard to pin point the exact reason but after trying 5 different ones I decided to peddle my bicycle up a different road. I will say that the cold cereal meals were good, but I felt they were expensive when compared with the cost of making my own.

Next, I tried some of the ‘instant hot cereal’ mixes. The taste was pretty good, but they just didn’t fill me up in preparation for the day ahead.

Sooooo, I developed two simple pouch breakfast meals (one hot and one cold) that are quite filling and pretty darn good; best of all, they are easy to assemble from readily available ingredients.

Breakfast Ingredients

The cold breakfast:

  • 1 cup granola type cereal with dried fruit (Quaker Real Medley has several selections)
  • 1/3 cup instant non-fat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts
  • place contents in a 1 quart freezer bag
  • when ready to eat – add 1 cup cold water, stir up, let set about 5 minutes
  • 4.2 ounces dry weight

The hot breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup instant oats
  • 1/3 cup instant non-fat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts
  • a small pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried fruit (raisins, cherries, blueberries, etc) in a Ziploc snack bag
  • place contents in a 1 quart freezer bag
  • when ready to eat – mix the dried fruit & add 1 cup boiling water, stir up, let set about 5 minutes
  • 4.0 ounces dry weight

Pouch MealThese breakfasts can be fixed in less than 10 minutes, quickly eaten, easily cleaned up, and everything put away without an undue amount of fuss and muss.

Making these breakfasts up on the road isn’t all that difficult. A coffee cup can be used to approximate the measurements, and dried fruit can be kept in the original container if snack bags are not available.

Instant coffee, tea bags, or instant milk can be added to the breakfast if you are getting a tad tired of water. For hot tea, I purchase teabags that come individually sealed versus the bulk or paper wrapped bags. The sealed bags seem to keep the tea somewhat fresher tasting.

Good luck with whatever breakfast food you fix when on the road between towns. If you try these I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I do.

2 thoughts on “Breakfast In No Man’s Land

  1. Good question, Anna. Any containers and the 1 quart freezer bags can be cleaned and reused. While ‘on the road’ the containers can be rinsed out to remove food residue; when a suitable supply of hot water is available they can be properly cleaned and prepared for reuse.

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