Just because you’re out on the road doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. In fact getting a good meal is more important when you’re bike touring than when you’re at home. There’s nothing like some good grubbin’ to cheer you up and prepare you for a hard day of biking.
My pal, Mike, AKA T-Bone, came up with this dish on one of our trips. It was a cold, rainy day on the Olympic Peninsula. We’d ridden 10 hours in a downpour and we were ready for a hot meal. Mike pulled a box and some cans out of his pannier and commenced to whip up this high-carb, high-protein supper. It more than filled us up, provided us with lots of energy, and lifted our spirits.
The recipe is simple and uses boxed or canned ingredients so there’s no problem with spoilage. You can whip it up on your camp stove in about 15 minutes and it’s enough to feed 3 or 4, but I’ve found that two hungry bikers can finish off the whole feast in one sitting.
1 box of macaroni and cheese mix. (Make sure you get the kind that has a cheese sauce packet, otherwise you’ll need to bring along milk and butter.)
1 small can of sliced olives.
1 small can of sliced jalapeño peppers
1 package of tuna. (You could use canned tuna, too.)
Prepare the mac & cheese according to the instructions on the box, then just mix in the peppers, olives and tuna.
This dish is quick, easy, nutritious and tasty, and it only costs about $6-$8 ($3-$4 each). That’s a lot less than you’d pay for a similar number of calories at McDonalds and a lot better for you, too.