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PostPosted: January 16th, 2008, 8:02 pm 
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feeling rather lazy these grey days so thought I'd try making something using the old standby, good old Kraft dinner

here the scenario:

it my job to make dinner this Friday night for 4 people on a cold camping trip

resources are 2 pots and 2 whisper light stoves

considerations:
one vegetarian, one unadventurous eatter (thus the KD suggestion)

its 2 days away and I don't have time to fuss, would like to go with off the shelf grocery store supplies

food weight is not an issue (parking lot camping until Sat AM departure)

what can I do to make this meal more nutritious and tasty with minimum fuss? it seems to me, there are already lots of carbs (the pasta), chemicals (cheese mix) and fat (butter, milk)

looking for suggestions for colour and middle of the road taste enhancers

(already savouring desert of roasted chestnuts and rum toddy by camp fire!)


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For years and years I have thought about writing a cookbook called 100 ways to enjoy KD.

Try Mexican...add salsa

If the vegetarian eats fishes....add tuna

Try water chestnuts and soy sauce.

Soy bits, prunes and apricots with some cumin and cinnamon and call is Morrocan KD

Really the possibilities are endless.

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PostPosted: January 16th, 2008, 9:00 pm 
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Not sure if vegatarian friendly but you could add tunna and condenced cream of mushroom soup to it and bake it. Tuna casserole.


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whew....dodged a bullet there.

Thought for sure Shelley was going to suggest adding Spam.....



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Add a can of Stagg Vegetarian Chili - yummy.


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PostPosted: January 17th, 2008, 8:29 am 
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Hello ‘K’, the vegetarian Stagg Chili is a great idea, but for more conservative palette a strained can of whole tomatoes would add some flavour, and add some basil leaves whole or torn in half.

If you skip the prepared cheese mix and do your own, smoked gruyere cheese melts readily and adds real depth and subtly to the pasta.

If you’re looking to add protein then TVP or veggie dogs are additives but not flavour enhancers.

Have fun,

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PostPosted: January 17th, 2008, 9:22 am 
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make sure that the vegetarian person is not a vegan as KD has dairy product in it


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PostPosted: January 17th, 2008, 10:47 am 
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great ideas!

the international aspects of KD never occurred to me:

Morroccan KD (cumin-cinnamon),
Chinese KD (chestnuts-soya),
Italian KD (tomatos-basil),
French (Gruyere cheese)

would love to have Canadian KD (back bacon) - should I make the vegetarian pick out the bits?

a definite opportunity to write a best seller (especially since USA seems to be falling into recession which means penny pinching times ahead)

thanks for the tips

katekate


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One of my favorites for both a splash of color and a flavor variation is chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

Fresh or dehydrated red or green bell peppers, sliced black olives, fresh or dried mushrooms would all go well with KD, as would the aforementioned strained canned tomatoes. Maybe a few frozen baby peas since this is a cold weather trip.

A dash or two of Tabasco or Habanero sauce would spice it up nicely.

Sprinkle some canned fried onions or a crushed Triscuit or two on top for a little crunch to the munch. Or maybe some pine nuts, sautéd until golden brown.

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katekate wrote:

would love to have Canadian KD (back bacon) - should I make the vegetarian pick out the bits?

katekate


just add them at the "table" (cooked of course) or pick up some vegetarian bacon bits (yes there is such a thing)


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OK, just thought I'd let you know the KD was a real hit! perfect thing on this frosty weekend: simple, fast and no leftovers.

at home, I prechopped onions and garlic to save this chore at camp

fired up the stove, sauteed the onion, garlic, mixed with sun dried tomatos - then added the shrimp and some frozen peas

when the KD was cooked, drained out most of the water, added the butter, milk powder and only 1 pack of dayglow orange powder (used 2 packs of KD for 4 persons)

after about 7 - 8 minutes, pasta was done, mixed the whole wad together and presto! chow time

finished off with some pears halfs topped with whipped cream, choco truffles, and drizzled with warm rum sauce (it is winter meal after all)

very late night snack was chestnuts which were roasted in the fire

(some photos to be posted in the myccr gallery section)

I would definitely make this meal again! thanks for all the suggestions!


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katekate wrote:
finished off with some pears halfs topped with whipped cream, choco truffles, and drizzled with warm rum sauce (it is winter meal after all)


Glad to see a couple of my suggestions made it into the mix.

If I was there, I would have eaten KD mixed with dog kibble if it got me to that yummy dessert! This winter camping thing is starting to look better and better to me...even if the paddling is a bit tough. :lol:

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Ah, the old KD dinner....my tripping meal of choice for fast and filling.

KD
Can of flavoured tuna (usually sweet chili heat or sundried tomato)
pinch of Thyme
pinch of chili peppers
Tabasco sauce
tsp of olive oil for more calories

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Veggie ground round
LOTS of garlic
pepper
tabasco
onion
tomatos


TVP is always good for pseudo-beefing things up.

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A good option for KD is to use Kraft Velveta instead. The sauce is already finished in a pouch, just have to cook the pasta. I like adding a small can of stewed tomatoes for each box of the mix. Then anything goes. It is a good meal to use up stuff at the end of a trip. Olive oil, fried onions, garlic, chorizo, can tomatoes( or reconstituted sundried)and one box Velveta. Quick , easy , tasty meal.


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