Food for the Sole – Backpacking Meals Review

Food for the Sole Backpacking Meals Review

Food for the Sole is a new Backpacking Meal Company out of Bend, Oregon that specializes in dehydrated Vegan and Gluten-Free meals. Founded by Julie and Henry Mosier, this mother and son team has created a dazzling array of tasty meals that are delicious and easy to prepare, including nutritious cold salads that just need to be soaked in water before being eaten.

Being a young company, Food for the Sole doesn’t have a huge selection of different meals available yet, but the ones I’ve tried are pretty good, with excellent mouthfeel and a complex array of flavors and textures. They’re also very clean without any processed junk or unpronounceable ingredients, which is something I appreciate. All of their meals have 500-600 calories, but they’re surprisingly filling and it’s often hard to eat anything else after you finish one.

Zesty Miso Broccoli Salad
Zesty Miso Broccoli Salad

Here’s are the ones I’ve tried on backpacking trips and back home.

Triple Peanut Slaw (cold soak): This is Food for the Sole’s signature disk and it is crunchy and peanut-y, without being spicy. Loaded with vegetables, it has enough body that you could enrich it with pre-soaked ramen noodles to make a feast.

Zesty Miso Broccoli Salad (cold soak): Another great tasting cold soak meal with actual broccoli florets and crunch.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Quinoa (hot): Super filling with a nice balance of flavors and textures. You’ll be amazed by the amount of kale and sweet potatoes it contains. Bring toothpicks to get at the kale the sticks in your teeth!

Food for the Sole’s hot meals and cold salads take 15 to 20 minutes to rehydrate can be prepared in the bag. If you prefer cold soaked meals, you’ll appreciate the fact that you don’t have to measure fluid ounces when rehydrating their meals. Instead, their instructions tell you to add enough water to just cover the food, so you don’t have to carry a graduated measuring container like a cook pot or Nalgene bottle to measure out the exact amount of water needed.

At $11.00/each, Food for the Sole’s meals are on the pricey side.

Disclosure: The author received meals for this review.

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  1. You should do a article on going stoveless. That’s the trend these days and I’ve tried it myself a few times. I was surprised how little I missed it, especially in the warm summer months.

  2. Thank you. I’m always on the hunt and willing to try a meal without a bunch of stuff in it that I have to squint to read and mispronounce. Putting in an order for the taster pack.

  3. Are the meals prepared with a commercial dried (freeze dried) veggie which is superior in my opinion to a home dehydrated veggie? They sound delicious!

  4. Very happy to now have a source for gluten-free that also is sans all the “bad stuff”. Being GF I have had to dehydrate my own meals at home for trips but now I will have some other choices as well. Thank you for this article. I will be ordering from Food for the Sole

  5. I have had the some of the meals listed and have some more to try. They seem to be the best space foods for the trail I have found. I pretty much only buy things on sale as I am proud to be frugal and have a only so much $. Just check around. I often by these for $5-$7 and they are worth the retail of more. If you are considering something like this, try this brand! Food is good, convince is awesome, it an easy way to go. I am not GF or vegan, but still notice this is tlthe better “camping” meal !

  6. I took some of these meals on my last section hike. My absolute favorite of those untried was the kale miso broccoli slaw. Nice quick lunch and so yummy. Will be ordering more for the LT in September!

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