Apricot Lovers Quick Cooking Bulgur Wheat One-Pot Backpacking Meal

Apricot Lovers Quick Cook Bulgur
Apricot Lovers Quick Cook Bulgur

Bulgur is a quick cooking form of wheat that is an excellent alternative or substitute for rice or couscous in one-pot backpacking recipes. Best known as the grain ingredient in tabouli salad, Bulgur has a pleasant nut-like flavor which is high in fiber, rich in B-vitamins, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous


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  • 1/3 cup of dried apricots, diced
  • 2 tablespoons currants
  • 1/2 cup of Trader Joe’s 10 minute bulgur (or Bob’s quick cook bulgur)
  • 1/2 cube of vegetable or chicken bouillon
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of dried mint
  • 1/2 pinch of allspice
  • 1/2 pinch of ground cumin

At Home:

  1. Place the dried fruit is a small ziplock snack bag and set aside.
  2. Place the bulgur and of the other ingredients in their own ziplock bag

In Camp: 

  1. Add a small amount of water to the ziplock bag containing the fried fruit and let it plump for 10 minutes.
  2. Bring a cup of water to boil. Add the contents of the bag containing the bulgur and spices and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Drain the extra water out of the bag containing the dried fruit and mix the plumped apricots and currants to the grain. Add salt to taste.

Rating: This meal is a winner.

Recipe Source

The original source of this recipe is http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bulgur_pilaf_with_dried_fruits.html. I simply adapted it for easy preparation as a one-pot backpacking recipe. The fruit and the mint really make this an interesting backpacking recipe to eat.


  1. If the bulgar was dehydrated it would probably work as a FB meal.

  2. Interesting, bulgar isn’t something that comes to mind very often.

    • I saw it at Trader Joes and we tried it out. It’s pretty interesting taste-wise and a good grain alternative. Most people make mushroom gravy style meals with it, but I really like the way that the Apricot sets off the nutty flavor in this variation.

  3. When I first saw the reference to Bulgar I thought it was a misspelled refernce to Whitey. This would make a nice dinner with Matarano meatballs and Flemmi pudding.

  4. Hm. Delicious dried fruit mixed into soggy, toothpaste-flavored (mint) birdseed? I probably would rather tuck in hungry, and hope to find a dead skunk on the trail the next morning :)

    • We ate two servings of this that I had left over from my last trip tonight at dinner with home made cole slaw and fresh organic wax beans. It was fantastic! Don’t put it down until you try it.

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