DofE Expedition Lunch Ideas
DofE EXPEDITION LUNCH IDEAS
Lunch on your DofE expedition should be an easy meal to prepare. You should plan to take a cold lunch to save the time of getting stoves out, cooking and washing up; and because you are unlikely to stop in a place suitable for all this anyway. Consider a deconstructed sandwich idea where you carry all the ingredients and eat them seperately.
Lunch should contain approximately 30% of your daily calorie intake.
Lunch on your first day can be sandwiches - These can be prepared at home before your DofE expedition starts.
Breads - Wraps, pitta bread, fajitas and naan breads are already squashed so do not go flat in your bag.
Primula cheese in a tube, babybel or pre-sliced cheese is a great addition to your lunch menu and 1 tube could be enough for a couple of lunches. Add some frankfurters or sliced pepperoni sausage or tuna from a packet (not tinned) to your wrap for additional filling.
Ready-to-eat meals with crackers or oat cakes - It is possible to buy ready-to-eat meals like pasta or couscous. These already have flavours added to them and can be eaten cold. Eat the meal with crackers or oat cakes to bulk the meal out.
Dried meats - Pepperami, chorizo, beek jerky etc are all great sources of protein and fat. Do not bring meats from the fridge section of the supermarket. It could go off in the heat and give you food poisoning. The only exception might be frankfurters if you eat them soon on your expedition as they are salty and pasteurised to kill any bacteria. Once open they are not safe - so eat them all!
Fish - A tin of sardines, mackerel, tuna in sauce, oil or brine. These are really tasty and nutritious and can be eaten straight out of the tin saving on washing up.
NOTE: Pack some snacks to have with your lunch like nuts and raisins or cereal bars. Pack some re-sealable lunch / freezer bags to put your lunch in.
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Get organised and then organised some more….
To make the process of planning your expedition food menu easier, plan with your team mates. If each tent team plans their menu and cooks together, the task when you arrive in camp is far easier and establishes a good team work ethic. It will also mean you can reduce the number of stoves you may have to carry.
Pack your food in to separate bags for each day and waterproof them. Write on the outside which day it is for and then share the load evenly with your team mates.
Wednesday 8th of March 2017