Food and Recipes

Enjoy the stars, Saguaro silhouettes and coyote howls!   There's no place like Arizona!

Hearty Desert Breakfast, End of the Trail Supper, Nutritious Trail Snacks and Finger Foods recipes are below.

I pre-chop and store as much as possible in baggies for easy packing, use and clean up. No mess, no fuss.

The Wild and Free Cookbook
The Wild and Free Cookbook
Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants







  1. Staples: Salt, pepper, honey.
  2. Bacon, pre-boiled potatoes, chopped onion and garlic.
  3. Eggs: Beat them ahead of time, throw them in a baggie and off you go! Two eggs=about a quarter of a cup.
  4. Crackers and cheese.
  5. Peanut butter and a spoon for a quick trail energy fix
  1. Measure out a couple of cups of Bisquick and put it in a baggie. Add the liquid and use the baggie as a mixing bowl. Great pancakes for an early morning breakfast and high energy start. Super easy clean up..just throw it away!
  2. Canned beans, chili, tuna and fruits
  3. Dry soups (Lipton’s works great. Hot and hearty)
  4. Dried fruit (raisins, apricots)
  5. Lunch meat and bread.
  6. Packets of butter,catsup, mustard, mayonnaise and pickle relish.


Hearty Desert Breakfast

asy and fast!!

Take the baggie with the 2 cups of Bisquick in it. Add about a quarter cup of egg mixture, 2 packets of butter or margarine (the kind you get at Kentucky Fried Chicken for your biscuits), 1 1/4 cup of water. (If you have bananas or blueberries, add them now) Seal the baggie, making sure all the air is out. Squish it with your hands until thoroughly mixed. This is a great activity for kids or helpers.

Set up your single burner propane stove. Get out the largest nested pan you have and place over flame.

Add 2-4 strips of bacon. Cook and place of paper plate. Leave the bacon fat in the pan.

Open pancake baggie, pour  batter in skillet. Flip pancakes (it should make about 8-10). Place on plates. Add butter immediately. (Honey, peanut butter and/or raisins are great toppers,too.)

Now, pour in the egg mixture. Use spatula to scramble. Divide and add to plates.

Add water and detergent to pan. Place over flame for a couple of minutes to heat it well and let it sit while you enjoy a delicious hot meal before hitting the trail.

Nutritious, fast and simple for a great start for your Arizona sunshine day!

End of the Trail Supper

You'll find I'm a great fan of one pan cooking. Nutrition is always first on my list. Hiking takes a fair amount of energy and nothing is worse than running into the "wall". No, we do NOT eat like this at home! On the trail, however, taste, quantity and quality are first and foremost.

Set up your trusty Coleman single burner propane stove. Use your biggest nested pan.

Cook 2-4 pieces of bacon (steak, hamburger, ham slices, Spam and baloney work, too) and place on paper plates. Leave the grease in the pan.

Add 2-4 sliced pre-boiled potatoes, 1/2 cup of pre-chopped onions and garlic and salt and pepper to taste. When crispy and browned, add to your plates.

Now, add a can of drained beans, more chopped onions and garlic, a couple of packets of catsup and a packet or two of honey. Heat to bubbling and spoon on plates.

Add water to your pan with a couple of squeezes of detergent and place back on the burner until it reaches a rapid boil. Turn off and let sit.

You have a fabulous fast meal and literally no mess or clean up.

Enjoy the stars, Saguaro silhouettes and coyote howls!

Nutritious Trail Snacks and Finger Foods

I know it sounds like an oxymoron but it isn't. One requires a food processor and needs to be done a day or two ahead of your trip but they are worth the effort! The second can actually be done at camp.

Fruit Bars

Chop 1 cup of each of all the dried fruits and place in a mixing bowl: apricots,dates, raisin, pears and apples. Add 1/4 cup of orange juice and 2 Tablespoons of honey. Mix well and refrigerate for 2 hours so the juice is absorbed by the fruit. Pat into a buttered cake pan. Refrigerate another 2 hours. Cut into desired shapes. Lift from pan and roll into 1 cup of powdered sugar to coat OR Quakers Fast Oats which ever you prefer. Place in second cake pan and return to the refrigerator overnight. Package 2-3 in, yes, a baggie. Absolutely delicious and full of vitamin and energy!
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. cocoa
Dash salt
3 c. dry oatmeal
3/4 c. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar, milk, butter, cocoa, and salt together in large saucepan. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Stir until mixed well. Drop by tablespoonful onto waxed paper.

When cool, stack on plate. If these last till your hike, I'll be surprised! Delicious!!!

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Map of Arizona


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Map of the reservations and Four Corners 


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