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Old 07-13-2011   #1
silverthorne, Colorado
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Grand Canyon Meal Suggestions for DAY 16/17/19

I have Day 8/9 Breakfast Lunch Dinner Covered, Looking for any suggestions for day 16 dinner, day 17 breakfast/lunch and day 19 dinner

Trying to stay away from granola and chips/salsa


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Old 07-13-2011   #2
Golden, Colorado
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I had BBQ spare ribs on Day 24 one-trip. Baked and grilled them prior to leaving, had them vacuum packed, then deep-frozen, and stuffed into our largest cooler. All we had to prepare them on the river was boil the bag and dump on the sauce! Granted, it was a winter trip, but with proper care your coolers can hold ice that long. Drain them every day and make sure that there is a plastic separator keeping the block up off the bottom of the cooler and allows the water to drain. Those plastic things you put in a sink to keep the dishes from breaking work well. You can buy 300 pound blocks of clear ice from the Reddy Ice factory in Denver, and with an ice pick, chip them down to the appropriate size for each cooler.

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Old 07-13-2011   #3
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For Breakfast: Try quiona or couscous with dried apricots, cranberries, and mangoes with some nuts and canned coconut milk. Add some cinnamon and dried coconut on top if you want to get super fancy. It is a good change of pace from oatmeal/granola.

For Dinner: How about some bear creek chili or other soup like tortialla soup. You can buy canned chicken, some salsa, and a can of green chillies to spice it up some. Serve it with some Mexican rice.

For lunch: I suck at lunch. PB and J?
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Old 07-13-2011   #4
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On our trip we did Seafood Pasta Alfredo (caned seafood, alfredo mix, butter and shelf stable milk). Ham and scalloped potatoes (canned ham), Spagetti, and Chill.

All of these can be made with canned and/or shelf stable goods. Several milk companies make single serving size shelf stable milk cartons, that are great for the end of a trip, since you are only opening and using what you need. Take the big jugs of milk for the first part and then the shelf stable for the end.
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Old 07-13-2011   #5
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Canned ham and box scalloped potatoes sound great by day 19! Breakfast: Chiliquiles..bag of corn chips, rotelle (do not drain), 1-2 cans of diced green chilis, 1 can of hot sauce, 2 large tuna size cans chicken (do not drain), bag of grated cheese, 2 eggs/person. Take all but the eggs, chips, and cheese and put in a dutch. Bring it to a boil over a blaster. Add the chips, stir it in, cut the heat, top with cheese and put the lid on it and let it sit while you cook fried eggs to order. It's a great belly bomb..
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Old 07-13-2011   #6
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Second the Chiliquiles... that was a great breakfast!!
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Old 07-13-2011   #7
silverthorne, Colorado
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Im really liking the meal ideas!!!! Thanks
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Old 07-13-2011   #8
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Nothing crazy, but little to no cooler space used. Here are a few of our late trip meals from last year:

Jambilaya - Zatarains dry mix, sausage (dry, not refridgerated), canned veggie

Pad Thai - Thai Kitchen dry mix, canned chicken, canned veggie

Mexican bake - tortillas, canned ckn, cheese, green chili, beans layered in a DO

Stroganoff - canned beef, mushroom soup, extra mushrooms all over egg noodles, canned veggie

Favorite canned veggie was zuchinni in tomato sauce.

Desserts - Jello 'no-bake' packages with the shelf stable milk are well received late in the trip.

We did a lot of the Bear Creek dry soups for apps. Quick, easy and hearty. And, quesadillas filled with yesterday's leftovers!

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Old 07-13-2011   #9
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For breakfast - pancakes, eggs, and home fries. The eggs and potatos should still be good, and the pancake mix is shelf stable.
For lunch or dinner - pasta salad - the pasta can be cooked that morning for lunch, the onions should keep, and everything else can be canned. pasta, pesto, mixed vegatables, baby corn, olives, dressing, artichoke hearts, red onions, crab meat, tomatoes. Lite but really good.
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Old 07-13-2011   #10
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do not forget about cheez wiz in a can, an essential item of late-trip river cuisine

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