I'd have to agree that Noodles and rice, although fast and east to make, won't cut it for a whole week in the park. I hear you on wanting to pack minimal and do a little bit of a survival trip, and perhaps it could work for a 1-2 night trip, but you really dont want to be on a survival trip for a week long if you dont have to be. It will suck the enjoyment right out of the trip.
There are a lot of really easy, but effective camp meals out there that will satisfy the hunger of someone who just paddled the largest lake in the park
Some breakfast ideas could be:
- Oatmeal (I like it with milk at home, so in the backcountry I'll just add more water to thin it out)
- Bacon (usually for days 1 & 2 you can bring read bacon, and for beyond that use Ready Crisp Bacon)
- English Muffins for the Bacon, or bring PB & Jam to spread on it
Some lunch ideas could be: (I dont usually eat lunch in the park because I am always on the go during the day, so generally I'll just snack throughout the day)
- GORP (make your own, its cheaper and you pick what you want in there and how much) usually 100g/day
- Cliff Bars or a product alike
- Meat Sticks / Jerky
- Cheese Stick hold up well on the trail
- A bit of chocolate for a boost of energy (usually some choco covered raisins will do it)
Some Dinner ideas could be:
- Steak, Potato & Grilled pepper. Works best for the first night if your wrap the steak in foil to keep it frozen.
- Dehydrated items (not necessarily the dinner's in a bag at MEC, although they work) but perhaps chili, etc.
- Learn to make Bannock and you'll be glad you did - nothing like fresh, warm bread in the middle of a trip.
- Instant Mashed potatoes work well as a side.
- I tend to shy away from chicken in the backcountry unless I know for sure I will cook it on night 1.
that's only a small sample of some of the good eats you can have while youre out there - dont get me wrong, Im not knocking your survival on rice and noodles idea, but I'd rather you find out it's not going to work as planned now as opposed to Day 2 in the park, and you have 5 to go. In the bush, your food is your fuel!
And on that note - I do recommend you cook up a fish should you catch one - Lake Trout is delicious, Im sure Brookies are too! Just dont forget a little oil to fry it up in, as well as a little bit of flour and seasoning... Gutting / Filleting a fish isnt as bad or gross as you may think, nor is it that hard - as long as you have the proper knife. Check out YouTube on how to clean a trout (look for trout because different fish have to be cleaned slightly differently due to bone structure / placement) Its a skill you wont regret having, plus you'll be able to cook up some Lakers for your buddies while out there.
All in all, with a little preparation and planning - your guaranteed to have a blast!