I'm heading off hiking for a couple of weeks and hate the idea of regressing to the standard pasta+oats/granola+refined sugar kind of diet. However, the food needs to keep up with the punishment it will receive in my pack as opposed to the refrigerator.
*Last about 7+ days in a pack (it's winter over here in Oz so temps should be no higher than 15 degrees C / 59 degrees F where we're going)
*Be fairly robust, ie not fragile
*Quick to cook, say, less than 30mins, and obviously not require an oven!
I figure the extra energy will more than make up for the extra weight. For reference, I'm a fairly fit 22yo male who'll need a decent amount of energy to hike for 6-8hrs a day. A certain amount of pre-hike preparation is OK but it would be easier just to grab things off the shelf and repackage as required.