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.
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!
Ratatouille with Nutty Quinoa Pilaf (hot): Another super filling dinner loaded with veggies and fresh garden flavor.
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. But they make great stocking stuffers, so drop a hint to your family and friends this holiday season.
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