First off I like Mountain House brand freeze dried dinners, and even the scrambled eggs were not bad.
I have tried a wide variety of their products testing both at home and in the mountains camping over the past years.
Last year or so I ran across at Safeway foods in the boxed dinner section a new lineup by Knorr some "soft packages" (rip the envelope open) that cook in about 8 minutes by simply boiling water and adding milk to some of the dinners.
These taste very good in camp, and are so easy to make.
Today at Safeway I picked up several more to restock my supply at 10 for $10 which is dirt cheap.
One package of pasta can feed a person twice as a side dish to adding other foods such as vegetables or meat on the side.
We cooked up two packages last night of the stroganoff for the main dinner dish, and I have some left over for dinner tonight, and a heapin' helping for lunch tomorrow at work.
I did mix in a 12 oz package of Mexican flavored Litelife Smart Ground (all soy, no beef, zero fat)
Here are my favorites, and most of the time I just add a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled over before severing.
Cheddar Broccoli Rice
Here is the whole list of pastas and rice dishes, some do have meat in them.
Gives these a try and report back here if you like them or not.
For a buck a piece they do not break the bank, and so easy to cook at home or in the woods.
These do not have as long a shelf life as the Mountain House products, but the savings in money is great.