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Ahhh, lunch!  The most boring meal of a typical backpacking day.

If you're like me, lunch on a backpacking trip is typically a total non-event. All morning long, you've been munching on GORP or some other trail mix with maybe a Nature Valley granola bar along the way....then comes the lunch stop, and what's there to eat?  More of the same GORP or granola bars!

Nobody wants to stop long for lunch, so cooking is out, and nobody is going to pack loaves of bread and cold cuts, so a little creativity can go a long way.

How about some faux pizza?  Awesome!


  • Flour tortillas
  • Tomato paste (tubes work best for backpacking)
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Manchego cheese

Squeeze some tomato paste on a tortilla. Smear it around. Add a few slices of manchego cheese and a few slices of pepperoni. Wrap it, eat it, make another.

If you can't find tubes of tomato paste in your local grocery store, you can order them from Kroger: https://ship.kroger.com/p/070796400100/cento-all-natural-tomato-paste 

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We do pizza bagels or pizza muffins

  • Bagel half or English muffin half - they hold up okay in the pack and are more filling than tortilla
  • A squeeze bottle of pizza sauce (the Scouts "drank" whatever was left after the muffins were gone)
  • Pepperoni
  • Your choice of cheese stick - or dry Parmesan for lactose intolerant


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