Our "pantry diet" (as my husband dubbed it) continues. This past week, we were traveling. We packed a bunch of homemade dehydrated meals from our backpacking box. At our airport layover, I asked for two cups of hot water at starbucks (which apparently they don't charge for! I did leave a tip though, as the line behind me was quite long), and 15 minutes later we had a hot pinto bean stew to eat, instead of roaming around and spending too much on airport food. Then, as part of our trip, we borrowed a car and camp gear from my parents and did a few days camping. We polished off several more of our meals (black beans, split pea soup, chickpea curry, white bean and garlic soup), plus some assorted nuts and raisins from the snack box. They were all easy to prepare (just add hot water, and some fat if you want to bump up the texture/flavor a bit), tasty, nutritious, and (best of all), CHEAP (including the electricity our average cost per meal-sized serving is just under $1).