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Ultralight Recipes for Outdoor Explorers Cookbook – Digital

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Need inspiration to kick your backpacking meal recipes up a notch?

Can’t stomach another serving of instant mashed potatoes?

Tired of the same old ramen noodle recipes? Looking for inspiration to kick you backpacking meal recipes up a notch? Our50 easy to prepare backpacking meal recipes cookbook is just for you! Recipes do not require the use of a dehydrator and are designed to require a minimal amount of time at home and in the field to prepare. This is the ultimate backpacking meal recipes book. Check it out at

These ultralight backpacking meal recipes are just for you!


This cookbook is designed to reduce time spent meal planning allowing you to spend more time backpacking.

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What does this cookbook offer that other backpacking cookbooks don’t?

Recipes created and field tested by Aaron Owens Mayhew, a long-distance backpacking dietitian

Calories provided by each recipe range from 128 to 182 calories per ounce

Minimal water required for preparation which means less weight in your backpack

Low volume meals are perfect for the limited space in bear cans

Detailed nutrition information allows you to meet your personal nutrition goals

Net weight for each recipe allows you to easily tally your food weight

Table of Contents button located on each recipe allows you to quickly jump from recipe to recipe without scrolling

Ingredients sourcing links included in each recipe reduces time spent shopping

Recipe label templates can be printed and included with each meal – put down that Sharpie!

Wow! That’s a lot to offer, right?


Guess what? The cookbook offers even more…

Recipes are dry ingredients-based recipes, no dehydrator needed

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and nut-free recipes included

Recipes are freezer bag style which means meals do not require simmering

Cook, no cook and cold soak recipes included


This is the most unique backpacking meal recipes cookbook you’ll find.

About the Author:

Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD has practiced as a registered dietitian for the last eighteen years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Tufts University in 2001 and has since launched her own business, Backcountry Foodie LLC, in January 2018. With her business, she combines her passion for food and outdoor adventure by writing cookbooks including personally trail tested recipes and ultralight meal planning consulting services. Aaron has developed a passion for long-distance backpacking and longs for the next time that she can put on her pack and spend the night in her tent gazing at the stars. She hiked over 1200 miles in 2017 and completed the Oregon Coast Trail in August 2018. Aaron’s bucket list of adventures is endless as is her passion for educating outdoor explorers about eating healthy for peak performance.

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4 reviews for Ultralight Recipes for Outdoor Explorers Cookbook – Digital

  1. 5 out of 5

    I found Aaron after searching for meal plans for my upcoming JMT through hike. After reviewing her credentials and acknowledging they were top of the line, I waited for her cookbook to be published and I probably bought it in the first few days it was published. I made pesto ramen noodles on my next trip (which I loved) and I am planning to try many more recipes between now and my JMT trip. I think this is the first cookbook I buy that I know I will be getting 100% of the value. The recipes are easy to make and the cookbook provides stats about the meals that are well needed for a long hike. I cannot say enough good things about it. I truly recommend it and I cant wait to buy her next one.

    Rated 5 out of 5
  2. 5 out of 5

    I read this entire book in one night. The recipes are fantastic. They are delicious and just what a backpacker needs to keep up with their special nutritional requirements. I LOVE that recipes come with sheets of labels for your food storage. Writing up labels is one of my least favorite tasks.

    Rated 5 out of 5
  3. 5 out of 5

    I am preparing for a 4 day hike in the Sierras and have tried several of Aaron’s recipes and they are very easy to make and delicious. Using 1 packet of True Lemon Powder in the Trail Tabbouleh was too much for me so I backed it down to 1/2 packet. I did a cold soak of the Beans and Cheese Fritos for a lunch on a hike and it worked out great. I really like the Double Chocolate Coconut Pudding. I highly recommend this book!!

    Rated 5 out of 5
  4. 5 out of 5

    The experience, the knowledge, THE EBOOK!!!, just overall wonderfulness. Aaron is a joy to get information from and she actually answers my email and messages!

    just bought the ebook and it is printed and in page protectors. trying out the recipes. I am very pleased and cant wait to give an actual book review in a few months after some recipe and logistics testing.

    well done Backcountry Foodie!

    Rated 5 out of 5

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