When we first started traveling, I wasn’t much of a cook. I shopped the “inside” aisles, where the highly processed meals are shelved. Hamburger Helper. Campbell’s Chunky soup. Great Value frozen meatballs.
Six years later, I don’t mind cooking a full course dinner. There are times, though, when a quick meal would be handy. I don’t want to return to those highly processed meals. I’m wanting to try some healthier options.
I think I found a solution.
Not Just for Emergencies
A couple months ago Legacy Food Storage contacted us and asked if we’d like to see if their freeze-dried meals would fit our ditched lifestyle. I quickly agreed, and they provided us with one of their meal kits for review.
A week later we received the package containing several meals. As I looked at the ingredient lists on a few of the meal pouches I realized these meals could fit my desire for healthier quick meal options:
If you’re not up on this, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Basically, scientists inject foreign genes (bacteria, viruses, chemicals or non-plant sources) into the DNA of a plant. This process has produced foods that are less nutritious, increase food allergies, and increase our risk of cancer and other diseases.
Mike and I have actually talked about this issue quite a bit. That is why I was pleased to find that these Legacy meals are Non-GMO.
Have you ever read the ingredient list on a Kraft Mac-n-Cheese box aloud?
Maybe if you’re a scientist you can pronounce and identify all of the ingredients. But for the standard person, those words are foreign.
I much prefer to read items like Pinto Bean, Black Bean, Tomato, Corn, Onion, Celery, etc. that are in Legacys’ Classic Chili Mix.
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The Legacy meals are 1 1/2 - 2 cups of food per serving. This is plenty of food for my family of 4.
Now to see if the meals fit into a “ditched” lifestyle.
After a Long Travel Day
When we traveled as a family of 4, we’d leave early (8:00am at the latest), drive up to 4 hours, set up camp and eat lunch at noon. That was the ideal. It didn’t always go that way. Sometimes we’d arrive at a campground mid-afternoon and everyone would be hangry.
When we were making our way back to Michigan this summer, we made one of those long drive days. We were all tired and hungry by the time we stopped. I decided it was a good time to try our first Legacy meal, Enchilada Beans and Rice.
While Mike and Miranda shuffled around Miranda’s things to make room for us to all sit in the camper van, I prepared the meal by boiling some water, whisking in the Legacy meal packet, and cooking it for about 15 minutes. By the time they had things straightened out, the hot meal was ready to eat.
One of the benefits of cooking the whole package for only 3 of us was that we had leftovers for lunch the next day. Enchilada Beans and Rice served on tortillas with added salsa. Yum!