My fellow guide Jared Drapala introduced me to this breakfast couscous recipe. It has now become my go-to for Mt. Baker trips. It's delicious, easy to prepare and tastes WAY better than instant oatmeal. All you need are the following ingredients:
- 1 package Near East Plain Couscous
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons dehydrated milk
- 3 handfuls almonds (whole or pieces)
- 3 handfuls dehydrated fruit
One batch with these ingredients will make 3 single-serving breakfasts. To prepare before you go into the backcountry, lay out 3 sandwich bags. In each bag put 1/3 of the package of couscous, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of dehydrated milk, 1 handful of almonds and 1 handful of dehydrated fruit (which you can dehydrate yourself or just buy in the store).
Once you are in the backcountry, all you need to do is bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil and add in the contents of a single sandwich bag. Cook for 10 minutes and stir regularly to make sure you don't burn the bottom of your pan. And voila, you have breakfast couscous! YUM.
--Shelby Carpenter, Instructor and Guide