Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice

KJ Barber
By KJ Barber March 9, 2021 10:16

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice

I don’t know how many times I open my pantry, filled with all kinds of ingredients and a surplus of canned goods, and still have difficulty coming up with an idea for a meal.

I stock up on canned items when they are on sale, so I have a variety on hand at all times, along with home-canned items, rice, pastas, and even seasonings.

But, there are times that I simply just draw a blank. Nada. Nothing comes to mind and I just end up closing the doors, hoping that when I come back, an idea will jump out at me. That usually doesn’t work though.

Or, maybe it’s not so much about a mental block on what to make, but an issue of time. There are many times that I wish I could just open a bag and heat it up for a few minutes and have a meal.

That’s much easier to do with a freezer. But, what if you don’t have room in your freezer for a few of these ready-to-cook meals? Or, don’t have a freezer at all?

Meals in a bag are a great idea for everyone…from the super busy family to the prepper who needs meals for survival. There are a lot of recipes for beans and rice.

Related: How to Dry Can Beans and Rice for 20+ Years Shelf Life

But, I like a little variety…a little spice in my life, so to speak. Combining that thought with all the protein bowls you see on menus and advertised lately, I thought…why not turn that idea into a meal in a bag?

So in this article, I am going to provide a Sweet and Spicy Protein and Rice recipe that can be stored in a bag for long-term storage.

And, look for variation options at the end of the article.

Needed Supplies 

For 1-2 servings:

  • Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice 1-2 tablespoons of meat protein powder (see how to make that here)
  • ½ cup rice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and spicy seasoning (see recipe below)
  • ½ cup dehydrated veggies (I used a pack of peas, corn, tomato, and bell pepper)

Ingredients For The Sweet And Spicy Seasoning Blend

  • Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice paprika (2.5 tablespoons)
  • garlic powder (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • dried thyme (1 tablespoon)
  • ground red pepper (1 tablespoon)
  • one sugar or 3-4 sugar packs (you can omit this and add later if you prefer)
  • one tablespoon black pepper

You could always use the spices of your choice, or a spice blend on hand that you like instead. The above mix is just a suggestion.

How To Create This Easy Meal In A Bag 

There are a couple ways I would recommend the following process, depending on what type of rice you use. For example, if you use instant rice, all the ingredients can be mixed in one bag.

However, if you use a long-cooking rice, I would recommend separating the dehydrated veggies in a smaller bag within the bag, so they can be added later in the cooking process. Otherwise, they would be mush.

Related: Meal in a Bag: Hamburger Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

OK, let’s make the meal in a bag:

#1. Pour the rice into a sealable baggie.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice #2. Add the veggies.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice #3. Put 1-2 tablespoons of the meat powder into the baggie.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice #4. Put 1 tablespoon of the spice mix into the baggie. You can add more, depending on how spicy you want it.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice

#5. Seal the baggie.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice #6. Label the bag with the name of the meal and the date you put it together.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice All the items in the bag have a shelf life of about 2 years, as long as they are not opened.

So, you can use a sealed baggie, rather than a food saver option. The only reason to consider using the food saver option would be to keep the seasonings fresher.

But in a sealed baggie, they will last at least several months, as long as it remains sealed until use.

Preparing the Meal

When you are ready to eat this meal, it’s very easy to make.

Pour the contents of the package into a pot (hold off with the veggies if you want, at this point).

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice Add about 1 cup of water.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice Bring to a boil and cook until the rice is tender.

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice Enjoy your quick and tasty meal!

Meal In A Bag: Sweet And Spicy Meat And Rice Variations

If you would rather add fresh meat, instead of the meat powder, you can do 1 of 2 things:

  • Add fresh cooked meat, such as tuna, chicken, or beef to the cooked rice meal and mix.
  • Add fresh meat to the baggie, as long as it is in its own sealed bag, then place the finished meal bag in the freezer. If sealed properly, it should last in the freezer for up to a year.

You could also add texture and more flavor by adding peanuts and/or fresh veggies when serving. Do this by adding the veggies at the end of the cooking process, or top with peanuts just before eating.

This is a really simple meal in a bag to make, in both prepping the bag and making the meal. Obviously, you can omit or add ingredients to your own liking. For example, if you don’t like the seasoning, change it up. Or, if you prefer to add some fresh veggies from the garden, add those and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

But, having a few meals in a bag on hand will be of great benefit in multiple circumstances, whether it be you’re a busy household, or for when SHTF, they are handy to have around. Just make sure that they have a good shelf life, like the one in this article.

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KJ Barber
By KJ Barber March 9, 2021 10:16
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  1. Jose March 9, 14:59

    Hello, interesting read. In the seasoning ingredients, you list “one sugar or 3-4 sugar packs”. Would that be one tsp sugar or one tbs sugar?

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  2. A. E. March 9, 16:33

    Ahhh…. when you said meal in a bag, I thought of ‘cake in a bag’, which a very old lady told me about. She said that in camps, when there was no oven, they would put a pot of boiling water on, make up a cake recipe, and then put it into cloth,(such as a dish cloth, drop into the boiling water. I tried it, and it was definitely good, it didn’t look all that great, but it was delicious. I used the vegan wacky cake recipe, not many ingredients: 1.5 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking SODA (not baking powder), add 1 cup water, 4 Tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar. Beat with a spoon until smooth. That’s it.

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    • Cindy March 9, 19:41

      How long do you boil the cake in a bag?

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    • Miss Kitty March 10, 03:01

      Cake in a bag is an alternative name for the traditional English boiled pudding. If you have access to vintage cookbooks (and there are a lot of them you can download free on Amazon Kindle) just check under pudding recipes. Filled dumplings are another vintage dessert that can be boiled or steamed.

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  3. ED March 9, 22:51

    You never want to put food that is real dry in a plastic bag. Plastic allows moisture to penetrate throughit. If you want long term storage a glass jar with a metal lid and seal is the best and next is aluminum. You can purchase aluminum lined pouches at Walmart for $9.00 for 100 0f them. You heat seal the opening with a sealer you can purchase or you can use a regular iron (for clothes) and seal the bags. Moisture will penetrate any plastic no mattwer how thick it is. It is just a temperare and humidity and time for it to penetrate.

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  4. red March 10, 03:50

    I can’t raise it, I do not want it. Amaranth is much better than rice, as is Indian rice grass, quinoa, and so on, and have flavor

    An old-school sopa seca, dried soup, is drained of liquid (which are used elsewhere) and dehydrated. Refried beans, same. Chili, menudo, beef and barley, and others work very well with little change in taste.

    Parched grain (dry roasted) is often sweeter and better than boiled. Do not overcook! Experiment with small batches. Unsold sweetcorn was always boiled, then parched-dry for a very good cornmeal. Roasted beans are often sweet, as well. Mesquite roasted becoming caramel-flavored. Honey locust (not black locust, which is toxic) pods, as well are sweeter. Grind for flour; it’s precooked. niio

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  5. Gallo Pazzesco March 10, 04:54

    Thank you. I appreciate these kind of offerings because it always gives me more ideas. And if you vacuum pack, especially in small mylar bags, I’d be willing to bet that you can get 15-20 years of shelf life out of these types of meals in a bag IF you choose your ingredients properly.

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  6. Govtgirl March 12, 17:14

    I remember reading about these premade meals and the explanation for separating ingredients was that if one part of the meal was on the shelf longer than you were comfortable with, you wouldn’t have to toss the entire thing and could just replace the questionable part.

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  7. Clark March 12, 17:16

    would this also work with some beef jerky or pemmican instead of the powder?

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