Mmm, Mmm, Mmm MREs: How to get the most out of your ready-to-eat meals

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm MREs: How to get the most out of your ready-to-eat meals

Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.

Pot Luck Pie
1 pouch beef stew
½ packet cheese spread
4 dashes hot sauce (optional)
½ pack crackers (crumbled)
Heat beef stew and cheese spread in heater. Then combine stew, cheese, hot sauce and top with cracker crumbles.

Cheese Burger
1 pack cheese spread (does not need heating)
1 pack snack wheat bread
1 pouch beef patty (heated)
Hot sauce (optional)
Spread cheese on snack wheat bread.
Top with heated beef patty. Add hot sauce to taste. Serve open-faced.

Enchilada Soup
1 pouch heated beef enchiladas
1 packet cheese spread (heated)
4 ounces heated water (1/6 canteen cup)
Hot sauce to taste
Cut beef enchiladas into small pieces. Add cheese spread, water and hot sauce, .mix well

Loaded Baked Potato
1 package of mashed potatoes
1 package of cheese and bacon spread
1 bottle of hot sauce
1 package of salt
1 full cracker, crumbled
Warm the mashed potatoes as you normally would. Include the cheese pack for easy mixing. Once warm, add the cheese and bacon spread, hot sauce, and salt to taste. When everything is mixed, sprinkle crumbs from the cracker to the mixture and enjoy.

MRE Hash
1 pouch beef patty (heated)
1 pouch mashed potatoes (heated)
hot sauce to taste
1 packet cheese spread, optional (heated)
Cut Beef Patty into ½ inch pieces, stir in Potatoes, Hot Sauce and Cheese Spread if desired and mix.

Baghdad Chili
1 grilled beef steak package (heated)
1 Western-style beans package (heated)
1 package of crackers
1 package of red pepper

Break beef steak into desired chunks then add western style beans. Mix, but do not pour out beef steak sauce before mixing. Crush crackers and add them to the dish. And to complete your creation, add red pepper and seasoning from accessory pack to taste.

Ranger Pudding
1 MRE packet of cocoa beverage powder
1 MRE packet of coffee creamer
1 MRE packet of sugar (optional)
Mix together creamer, powder and sugar. Add water and stir.

Ranger Cookie
1 coffee creamer packet
1 packet of sugar

Open both sugar and creamer packet. Add the sugar into the creamer packet, shake it thoroughly, and then fold it up together. Heat the packet over the book of matches until the contents have melted. Let it cool. You should have a caramelized cookie.

Chocolate Icing
1 cocoa mix
1 non-dairy creamer
1 sugar packet

Stir in small amounts of water until desired consistency is achieved. Spread icing over pound cakes, crackers or nut cakes.

Mousse Pudding
1 cocoa mix
1 creamer

Slowly add water to get desired consistency. Serve.

Coca Mocha
1 packet coca powder base
½ packet instant coffee
8 ounces hot water (1/3 canteen)
Combine everything and mix well.

Peanut Butter Cookie
Any cookie
½ pack peanut butter
Roasted nuts or M&Ms

Spread cookie with peanut butter than put on any topping you want

Beef and Mushrooms with Crunchy Potatoes
1 pouch beef steak with mushroom gravy (heated)
1 pouch potato sticks
Hot sauce to taste

Combine beef and mushrooms with hot sauce then top with broken up pieces of potato sticks

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
1 MRE cocoa powder packet
1 MRE creamer packet
1 MRE sugar packet
1 MRE peanut butter packet
1 MRE pound cake (vanilla flavor is best, avoid pineapple or orange)
MRE coffee packet (optional)

Begin by slicing the pound cake so that you have two flat pieces. Empty the whole packet of peanut butter onto one piece and set it and the other pound cake half aside. Next, mix up the Ranger Pudding (see recipe). If you need the caffeine, then mix in some of the coffee, but not too much. Take this concoction and pour half of it over the piece of pound cake that you’ve just covered in peanut butter, put the other piece on top, and then pour the other half over it.

Cheesy Spaghetti
MRE spaghetti with meat sauce entree (heated)
MRE cheese spread (heated)

Heat main meal and cheese spread in same stove for at least 10 minutes. Mix together in main meal pouch. Add Tabasco sauce to taste. Garnish with crushed MRE crackers if desired.

Beef and Dumplings – Ranger Stew
1 beef stew main meal
1 pack MRE crackers

Heat main meal for a minimum of 10 minutes. While cooking, crush crackers, while still in package, into a uniform powder. Open package and add a small amount of water to form pasty dough. Form into dumplings. Add dumplings to hot beef stew. Add Tabasco sauce to taste.

Cafe Mocha
1 pkg instant coffee
1 pkg hot chocolate mix
1 pkg sugar
1 pkg non-dairy creamer

Mix and drink.

Peanut Butter Cups
1 pkg peanut butter
1 pkg cocoa mix
1 pkg sugar
1 pkg creamer

Mix all ingredients together in the Cocoa mix package (or other available package) and only using enough water to get mixture completely mixed (doesn’t take much at all) form into cups if desired or use a spoon to eat.

Field Birthday Cake
MRE pound cake
1 pkg of MRE crackers
1 pack of dairy creamer
1 pack of cocoa mix
1 pack of MRE sugar
1 water and a canteen cup with a spoon to mix
1 book of matches

In the canteen cup mix the cocoa powder, dairy creamer, pack of sugar with some water in a clean canteen cup. Add the various powders as needed to make the icing as thick or thin, as you want. Mix them all together.


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